Thursday, April 30, 2009

CM PRESS # 681

WOMAN GETS RAPED, ROBBED AND HAS HER BABY THREATENED
She didn't avoid black attacker because she "didn't want to seem racist."
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WHAT CHANGES ARE COMING TO THE ALMOST DAILY DAILY PILOT?
As we've written many times before, we hope the Daily Pilot stays afloat. We really like having a newspaper here that links Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. It's a halo effect that CM needs.

Maybe the folks at the Pilot really will have something good when they unveil the changes they've been trumpeting. We hope so.

What we're mostly seeing in the paper these days--to judge from the Internet version--are very slow moving and often boring stories, puff pieces about restaurants that look to us to be little more than unpaid (unpaid to the newspaper, that is) ads written by publicists, and an occasional grade school level column about all things Latino.

Speaking of publicists. I used to know a guy who did that on the side in a big city. He'd charge restaurants a small amount--$50 to $ 100 bucks--for every time he got their names mentioned in a newspaper.

Then, he'd call up his pal who wrote a regular about town column for the major newspaper and give him some short blurb about how so and so was seen at_________(fill in the name of the restaurant) so that it sounded newsworthy or he'd give his pal a blurb about something that was overheard (often a joke) at__________(again, fill in the name of the restaurant).

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CURIOUS ABOUT WHY THE WORLD IS SO WORRIED ABOUT THE MEXICAN FLU?

Go forth and multiply is the basic program of all living things. Failure to do so leads to extinction.

Influenza viruses have their genetic code in RNA rather than DNA (the code is in DNA for humans, by contrast). When DNA mutates, it has ways to correct the mistakes (which is what a mutation is), but RNA does not have a way to correct the mistakes.

This means that the flu virus mutates at a very fast rate as principles of natural selection and survival of the fittest work themselves out within the viruses.

The flu viruses use the hosts' DNA to replicate themselves. As they replicate and spread, they continue mutating in order to survive. Some survive,and make more of themselves, many die off. The ones that survive are, by definition, the fittest.

We are seeing evolution at quick-time happening in the bodies of the infected.

This particular flu, which is incorrectly being called the Swine Flu, apparently is carrying bits of genetic code from swine, birds and humans. BTW, there are also dog and horse and other types of flu, but at present we have no indication that this flu is infecting them. The CM PRESS is calling this new flu the Mexican Flu (as are some European nations) because of its apparent point of origin and main area of infection.

The fear is that the Mexican Flu will mutate to a very deadly strain that we can't kill.

You might say that this isn't a very smart survival strategy for the flu since if it kills a host, the flu virus inside the host also dies.

However, remember that this flu can live within swine, birds and humans. And of these three, the only real enemy it has--apart from the immune systems of swine and birds--are humans, who can, in addition to their own immune systems, invent ways to kill the virus. Thus, if the virus can kill off all human beings, it wins. This is because it still has other animals in which to live. It doesn't need human beings in order to survive.

Survival of the fittest isn't about individuals (whether we're talking about a virus or a human being) but about the code the individuals carry that make those individuals part of a particular group of living things. Nature plays the percentages.

Are viruses living things?
It depends on the definition of life that is used. They can't reproduce on their own without a host, so at least one definition would say they're not alive. However, they have found a way to reproduce by using a host, so other, and perhaps more accurate, definitions say they are living things.
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MISS CALIFORNIA TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE
Refuses to be browbeaten by gays. Maybe she understands the basic program of all living things as written in the article above.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CM PRESS # 680

RIGHT WING COLLEGE GROUP HAS LEFTIES IN A TIZZY
Lefties don't want the righties to have free speech rights.
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CM SCHOOLS AND THE MEXICAN FLU (That's what it should really be called, and we will refer to it as such from now on.)
We got an eyewitness report yesterday of two kids feeling sick in one classroom at CMHS. The kids were taken to the nurse's office and didn't return to the classroom, but staff went to the classroom and used antiseptic wipes to wipe down and sanitize everything the kids might have touched.
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HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SAYS VOTE NO ON ALL PROPS
They're saying the same thing as the CM PRESS. The scumbag politicians are reaching for our wallets again so they can spend like drunken sailors.
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QUAKERS HANDING OUT ANTI-WAR LEAFLETS AT CMHS
We got a leaflet from a Quaker standing by Costa Mesa High School this morning warning kids to be careful before they enlist in the military.

We think the advice in the leaflet is good and should be read by all who are thinking of enlisting.
Here's a link to the Quakers' website.
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FALSE PANIC OR IS THIS THE FLU THAT WILL WIPE OUT HALF OF MANKIND?
Video report.
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GROUPS DEMAND OUSTER OF CRAZY BIG SISTER
George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa all terrorists.
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FIRST FLU DEATH IN US--MEXICAN BOY IN HOUSTON
Child travelled to Houston from Mexico.
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RESULTS OF SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT
The Costa Mesa Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on April 28, 2009, at Wilson Street west of Pomona Avenue.

During the hours of operation, 658 vehicles drove through the checkpoint and 258 drivers were screened. Police conducted 10 DUI investigations resulting in no DUI arrests. In addition, 4 drivers were cited for driving without driver licenses, 3 drivers were cited for not having a CDL in their possession. A total of 3 other traffic citations were issued for miscellaneous vehicle code violations and 2 vehicles were impounded.

Police will conduct another checkpoint on May 15, 2009.
Source: CMPD
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CM PRESS # 679


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SPECIAL CM PRESS ELECTION GUIDE
The election is May 19, 2009
PROP 1A--VOTE NO
PROP 1B--VOTE NO
PROP 1C--VOTE NO
PROP 1D--VOTE NO
PROP 1E--VOTE NO
PROP 1F--VOTE NO
That's right. VOTE NO on every proposition on May 19. Don't believe the phony wording about "the children," it's BS. Don't we already pay enough in taxes in Taxifornia?Remember, you can't just stay home and not vote or the other side will win.
YOU MUST VOTE, AND YOU MUST VOTE NO ON EVERY PROPOSITION TO REIN IN GOVERNMENT AND KEEP OUR TAXES LOW.
STOP THE POLITICAL HACKS FROM STEALING MORE MONEY FROM US!
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Monday, April 27, 2009

CM PRESS # 678

CALIFORNIA COUNTIES CUTTING HEALTH CARE TO ILLEGALS
So saith the LA TIMES. Orange County next?
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EU TELLS EUROPEANS NOT TO TRAVEL TO US OR MEXICO
World worries: Is this the start of the feared pandemic that many have predicted?
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IS BIG SISTER RISKING AMERICAN LIVES?

It appears to us that Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano is doing little to stop the immigration of swine flu from Mexico to the U.S.

In fact, she seems as slow to move now as government officials were with Hurricane Katrina.

Instead of substantive action as we're seeing in other nations, we're seeing what looks to us to be a government PR campaign of happy face coordinated memos going out to the media that seem calculated to keep people in the dark.

We watched Geraldo Rivera's segment on swine flu last night and it was little more than an attempt to tell everyone that the government is much better prepared than in the past to handle such outbreaks.

As we watched, we kept saying to ourself: "Okay, that's great, so when is the better prepared government going to actually do something?" No real answer came from the TV.

All we heard was the present version of duck and cover when a nuke is about to be dropped on your town.

This odd swine/avian/human flu may just fizzle out, but the way it has jumped species is troubling since it has apparently mutated to be more general than specific.

That is, as living things evolve, they generally do so to fill particular narrow niches where they can make a living. This means that they fit into one niche nicely, but don't do so well in other niches.

If this present flu really can exist in swine, birds and humans (And what else?) the ability to wipe it out is lessened and the opportunity for it to mutate even more is increased.
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

CM PRESS # 677

MEXICAN MARINES GUARDING PUBLIC AREAS TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM CONGREGATING AND SPREADING SWINE FLU
Mexico is the common denominator in the present swine flu scare world wide.
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POL CALLS FOR CLOSING OF MEXICAN BORDER OVER SWINE FLU
As the disease expands, more will follow. Let's hope it's done soon enough.
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ALMOST DAILY DAILY PILOT SAYS ABOUT 100 PEOPLE ATTENDED THEIR PARTY THIS PAST WEEK
Why no photos? Let's see the 100.
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BIG SISTER ENDANGERING AMERICAN LIVES
Janet Napolitano refuses to test people coming to U.S. from Mexico for swine flu.
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PEOPLE DYING OF SWINE FLU IN MEXICO IN DROVES, NOT SO IN US. WHY?
Is it possible that the indigenous peoples of Europe in the European diaspora in the U.S. have an immunity, related to the Black Plague 700 years ago and a mutation, as many have with HIV? Time will tell.
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WORLDWIDE COMMON SOURCE OF SWINE FLU APPEARS TO BE MEXICO
Drudge constantly updating progress of disease around the planet. Is this the start of the feared pandemic or will it fizzle out? No one knows. The last great flu pandemic in 1918 spread all over the planet (even before modern transportation) and killed as many as 100 million people.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

CM PRESS # 676

CLOSE THE MEXICAN BORDER TO PREVENT PANDEMIC IN US
Sixty-eight dead so far in Mexico. Strange flu is spreading.
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(MAKING THE) RENT

Friday

The play I'm doing is over about eleven. Twenty minutes later, some of the other actors and I are out of make-up and costumes and walking up to Max's Kansas City.

"Hey, man, you know Jack Smith?" says one of the other actors to me. "He's probably in the back room."

"Nah, I don't think I know him. Who is he?"

"Jack's famous, man. He does a lot of Andy's [Warhol] camera work and he's the guy who did Flaming Creatures. Great flick, man. Really cool. Fellini says he got some of his ideas from Jack. Come on, I'll introduce you."

We go into the back room which is crowded with New York's Avant-garde and walk over to a booth in a dark corner occupied by a skinny guy with military short hair and an earring.

"Hey Jack, this guy's an uptown actor (a compliment) you should meet."

So, after talking for a while, and after drinking a few beers, and to make a long story short, Jack asks if I want to be in his play about Atlantis. "See man," says Jack, "the real star of the play is Jane Mansfield's bra."

"Yeah, well I'm stretched pretty thin right now, but maybe I can read the script."

"Okay come on down to my loft Saturday morning and we'll go over it."

Saturday


I'm standing outside an old decrepit brick four story factory building in a grubby deserted (except for the winos) area just off the Bowery; which years later is to become trendy and will be renamed SOHO. The door is locked and there's no door bell.

As you no doubt realize, there is but one sane thing to do. I do it. I step into the street, look up at the top of the building and shout at the top of my lungs, "Hey Jack, open the damn door will you."

Soon, Jack's head pops out from a fourth floor window. He recognizes me--can't be too careful in New York, the place is thick with method actors--and he tosses down a key attached to a foot long chunk of 2x4 with a bit of chain. "Come up to three," he yells.

I open the door and immediately get in the falling apart freight elevator and creak and jerk up to the third floor expecting the thing to crash to the bottom at any moment.

At three, I sling up the wood gate on the front and immediately enter the loft--no doors here. Anyone on the elevator can simply walk right into your loft.

The loft is one long room that used to be full of machines of some type or other in its earlier life. I imagine rows and rows of sewing machines with women with bobbed hair and bustles. Now, it's full of an odd assortment of Jack's junk. Literally.

The ceiling is cut away--with a chain saw from the looks of the jagged edges and beams sticking out--about half way to the back of the loft. Up above, on the fourth floor, is Jack. He shimmies down a rope. "Thanks for comin', man, he says. See those marijuana plants over there? They're going to be the palm trees in Atlantis."

So, to once again make this story even shorter, I ask to see the script and Jack pulls out a wrinkled and dirty piece of white typing paper from his back pocket that has typing on both sides and with plenty of strikeouts and margin notes.

"Where's the rest of the script?" I ask.

"That's it. You have it all."

"Geez, how long is the play, five minutes?" I ask.

"Last time we put it on it went for 48 hours,"says Jack.

"I'll give it some thought," I say, as I wonder how in the hell you improvise from a single sheet of paper for 48 hours. Jack apparently senses rejection.

"Hey, I'm having a showing of some of my films here next Tuesday to raise the rent, you wanna come?"

"I don't have any dough," I say.

"That's okay, come anyway and you can maybe help me with the projector.

"Yeah, maybe. We're dark on Tuesday. I'll see if I can make it."

Tuesday

With nothing better to do than entertain the cockroaches in my seventh floor walk-up, I decide to go to Jack's place. I walk from the 20's down to Jack's loft. It's dark when I arrive. This time, the door's open and there's a hand written sign on the freight elevator saying that everyone should go up to four and then take the ladder to the roof. I go to four.

Over in the corner is a black metal fire escape type ladder bolted to the wall and leading to a trapdoor that opens on the roof. I climb up the ladder. To my surprise the roof is packed with people. Many are dressed in expensive looking suits. Not exactly the Bohemians and drunks I was expecting; but there are some of those also.

I run into Jack and ask who all these people are and he says just people who like his work. That one over there is an ambassador, this one is a guy running for senator, that guy's with the governor, buncha people from the coast, people from the mayor's office.

Jack's donation basket is quickly filling up with big bills. I figure he's made his rent for another month and then some, and there are still more big bucks people arriving through the trap door. I suddenly realize that I must be the only person in New York who didn't know that Jack is a big deal.

I hang around a while, help a little with the projector which keeps screwing up, and then, because it's getting late, I head back to my own place. I have my own rent to meet. That means, in my case, getting up early and working in an office.

What? You think all actors work in restaurants? Don't worry, I've done that in spades. In fact, I worked as a dishwasher and bus boy in a restaurant in Boston when I was 13 and then later I worked for a while as a waiter in Ocean City, Maryland. I don't much like restaurant work. Not that I'm crazy about office work. But for me, at least, it was the lesser of the evils.

That's how a couple of us in the biz made our rent. Others have other stories and other ways. You may have heard about a few of them and maybe you've even seen a play about the subject. Well, it's possible.
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Friday, April 24, 2009

CM PRESS # 675

POLS CALLING FOR CRAZY BIG SISTER TO BE FIRED
In addition to her stupid report about "right wing extremists" she also says that it's not illegal to enter our country illegally. Huh?
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EX-SENIOR SERVICES DIRECTOR CONVICTED
She stole $941,00 from non-profit for senior citizens. Where was the oversight?
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DUI CHECKPOINT ON WILSON
The Costa Mesa Police Department will be conducting a sobriety / driver license checkpoint on Tuesday evening, April 28th, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The checkpoint will be located on westbound Wilson Street, west of Pomona Avenue.
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GOD HATES CORONA DEL MAR HIGH SCHOOL?
Play RENT being picketed tonight by Westboro Baptist Church
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US FEARS TALIBAN WILL TAKE OVER PAKISTAN AND ITS NUKES
Pakistan now being run by weak puppets of the US--big problems ahead.
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SCUMBAG POLITICIANS WANT TO CHANGE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
They want to be able to pass higher taxes on a slim majority vote.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

CM PRESS # 674


MORE DEAD CHICKENS

Also, this just in from Pee, er, Brady Rhoades' blog over at the almost daily Daily Pilot: "We served chicken...[at the almost daily Daily Pilot's open house yesterday]." Hmmm.

We imagine...

"Hello, take-out...this is the almost daily Daily Pilot, your hyper-local newspaper. Could you please send over enough left wings to feed a hundred people?"
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SENIOR CENTER ISSUES CONTINUE TO RUMBLE
Paul Flanagan has a column in the almost daily Daily Pilot today in which he alludes to unnamed people trying to strangle fundraising, etc. at the Costa Mesa Senior Center.

This column appears to be identical to what Flanagan said at public comments at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Is Flanagan just a disinterested citizen? Maybe.

Say, did we mention that Flanagan's wife is the president of the board of directors of the Senior Center Corporation? We know Flanagan didn't mention it, and we know the almost daily Daily Pilot didn't mention it. Maybe that's just not relevant. You be the judge. Link to Senior Center website.

The Buzz...
The CM PRESS is hearing a buzz in the community that no one wants to strangle fundraising or in any way cause harm or grief to our senior citizens. Indeed, the buzz is that most folks want to make sure our seniors are getting the very best service and the most bang for our buck that they can get.

Since the Center is using a building owned by all the citizens of this city (for $1.00 per year), gets free janitorial service from the City, and gets piles of citizen money, citizens of this city have an interest in seeing that our seniors are getting what the citizens are paying for them to get.

This means that the way the place is being run should be completely open and transparent and that complaints of senior citizens should be looked into by the City Council.

We have also heard unconfirmed reports that at board meetings, some citizens who wish to speak have been told they can't speak or have been told they can't speak about certain issues relating to complaints or that they can't record the meetings, etc.
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SCUM BAG TAXIFORNIA POLITICIANS TRYING TO FOOL VOTERS
Chuck DeVore's website tells you why you should vote NO on all six propositions.
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MISS CALIFORNIA GETS SUPPORT
Probably would have been Miss USA if she hadn't said what she believes.
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JAPANESE NOT BUYING CLICHE THAT DIVERSITY IS THEIR STRENGTH
Japan pays immigrants to leave the country and never return.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CM PRESS # 673

THE SUN IS QUIET...TOO QUIET
Scientists trying to figure out why and what it means for us.
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CRAZY BIG SISTER NOW BLAMES CANADA FOR TERRORISTS
What a lefty loon.
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ACTING FREDDIE MAC CFO COMMITS SUICIDE
Check the books.
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CITY COUNCIL HANDS NO-PLANNING COMMISSION A DEFEAT

At the urging of citizens who packed the City Council Chambers last night, the City Council rejected all the substantive law changes that the no-Planning Commission had sent them regarding parking and single family residences.

At one point, Mayor Mansoor said that the Council had heard from their bosses [the citizens--and was doing what they wanted].

The no-Planning Commission, for its part, had made a good faith effort to obliquely solve the increasing problem of group recovery homes in the City (reportedly we have about 70 of them now in various residential neighborhoods) by requiring that any home with five or more bedrooms have a three-car garage.

The problem with this is that it has the potential to negatively affect many non-group homes in the City. This proposed law change was denied by the Council.

The Council then quickly denied other changes.

The result is that just about everything is as it was before the no-Planning Commission sent these changes to the City Council for their approval.

SO...

We do have parking and other problems in Costa Mesa, but as many speakers said last night, we do not want to become Irvine. Most of us chose to live in Costa Mesa because it does have a certain eclectic and spontaneous feel to it.

One of the implied messages (not always just implied) of many speakers was that they're fed up with an overly intrusive government in Costa Mesa.

Solve our problems without intruding on the peace and quiet of homeowners in this city and don't turn Costa Mesa into Irvine was a constant refrain.

The CM PRESS opinion...

What the no-Planning Commission and City Council should be doing is some heavy lifting to reduce our violent street crime and make the Westside nicer and safer.

HOW...

Realize that most of our violent crime comes from about four slum areas. If our politicians don't believe me then have staff and the CMPD prepare a scatter map showing where the violent crimes take place and where the criminals live.

What you'll see is that most of our police activity involves these slum areas.

Why? Because these slum areas have become safe harbors and habitats for a criminal element as surely as a swamp will become a habitat for alligators. Remove the swamp and the alligators will move away all on their own and then you won't have to hire as many alligator hunters. Problem solved.
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VICTORIA FREEWAY--STUPID COUNCIL DECISION

The CM PRESS once again told the Council last night that it seems as though the Councilmembers often lose their common sense when they get on the dais.

We again cited the problem on Victoria Street west of Placentia which has had a constant string of auto accidents and many deaths as a result. The problem is that the traffic just moves too fast on that stretch of road.

So, what has the City Council done? It approved resurfacing that part of Victoria Street with rubberized asphalt that will allow cars to travel more quietly and more smoothly along the street.

Now, our common sense tells us that a quieter and smoother ride equals drivers going even faster.

Mark our words. There will be more accidents and more deaths along Victoria as a result of this City Council decision---and more negligence law suits.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CM PRESS # 672

UPDTATE: Word just in from the CMPD on the dead body found yesterday on Placentia near 19th Street. The man was a transient who apparently died of natural causes while at the bus stop.

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RAHM EMANUEL TOLD TO LOOK OUT FOR ISRAEL'S INTERESTS (NOT AMERICA'S)

Obama's Chief of Staff reminded in letter from Israeli politician that Emanuel is Jewish and Israeli

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U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN A FOREIGN AGENT

Jane Harman caught in evesdropping web.

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SPECIAL CM PRESS ELECTION GUIDE

The election is May 19, 2009

California Republican Party agrees and is telling voters to vote NO on all these propositions.

PROP 1A--VOTE NO

PROP 1B--VOTE NO

PROP 1C--VOTE NO

PROP 1D--VOTE NO

PROP 1E--VOTE NO

PROP 1F--VOTE NO

That's right. VOTE NO on every proposition on May 19. Don't believe the phony wording about "the children," it's BS. Don't we already pay enough in taxes in Taxifornia?
Remember, you can't just stay home and not vote or the other side will win.

YOU MUST VOTE, AND YOU MUST VOTE NO ON EVERY PROPOSITION TO REIN IN GOVERNMENT AND KEEP OUR TAXES LOW.

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VIDEO OF MS. CALIFORNIA DEFENDING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
Why is gay activist Perez Hilton even a judge of this contest?
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MOTHER TERESA--ONE OF BIG SISTER'S TERRORISTS
If still alive, Mother Teresa would be called a terrorist.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

CM PRESS # 671

BREAKING NEWS--5:49 PM--4/20/09

There's lots of police activity on the east side of Placentia between 19th Street and 18th Street near Wahoo's Fish Tacos, and there appears to be a dead body covered with a tarp near the bus stop.

UPDATE: 6:47 PM--4/20/09--Another eyewitness tells the CM PRESS that the deceased may be a homeless person. The CMPD was seen taking another homeless man away in a cruiser and the assumption is that this homeless man was with the deceased person. It does not appear that the homeless man taken away was handcuffed, so he may not be a suspect in whatever happened to the other person.

Further details as we get them
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THINK THE U.S. HASN'T FALLEN DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE?
Ms. California gets smeared because she said she thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman. She's probably a right wing extremist, right?
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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR TOMORROW NIGHT
The hot items are under Public Hearings and involve parking/3-car garages/driveways/cars hanging over on sidewalks, etc. You may be affected--especially if you live in Mesa del Mar where many driveways are short and cars long. LINK
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

CM PRESS # 670

"I AM AN EXTREMIST"-- OLLIE NORTH
The list grows.
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JUDGE LISTS SIX THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE RIGHT WING EXTREMIST REPORT
Has same last name as Big Sister but has no relation that we are aware of.
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DON HENLEY SUES CHUCK DEVORE
DeVore hits back.
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JONATHAN FALWELL: TO MY FELLOW 'EXTREMISTS.'
Doesn't like Big Sister's screwy report.
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

CM PRESS # 669

CLASH BETWEEN THE RELIGION OF GOD AND THE RELIGION OF MAN
Bishop Williamson knows the difference.
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FACTUAL ACCOUNT OF GOVERNMENT TRYING TO DESTROY A RELIGION
Liars in uniform are still liars.
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MAYOR MANSOOR GIVES ONE FINGER SALUTE TO COMMIE MAY DAY
May Day becomes Loyalty Day in Costa Mesa.

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DEM AND GOP SUITS UPSET AT BIG SISTER'S EXTREMISM REPORT
They want to know how such a shoddy piece of political propaganda was put together and sent to police agencies across the country.

Hey Suits, if you want to know where this garbage came from, give us a call at the CM PRESS.

We saw similar trash used in a demonstration by a Costa Mesa Police Officer at a mandatory assembly at Costa Mesa High School a couple of years ago. We used the California Public Records Act to see the whole disgusting presentation.

Also, this type of garbage seems to be at least partly behind a report put together by the CMPD about gangs in Costa Mesa that concluded there are no white gangs in Costa Mesa but which then went out of its way to avoid stating the fact that all of the gangs in Costa Mesa are Latino.

In fact, as we've reported previously, the report didn't once use the terms "Latino," "Hispanic," "immigrants," " illegal aliens," "non-whites," so that a casual reader of the report would only read about "whites" and might not realize that they were the only ethnicity mentioned in the report and that they're not the source of the gangs that are terrorizing our streets and helping keep the Westside as slum central.

LINK TO THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER AND MICHAEL SAVAGE'S LAWSUIT AGAINST BIG SISTER JANET NAPOLITANO
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Friday, April 17, 2009

CM PRESS # 668

PALIN STANDS AGAINST ABORTION
It's not just tissue, it's life.
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THREE ITEMS OF INTEREST ON PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA FOR 4/27

1. Skosh Monahan's is trying to put in live entertainment and a karaoke machine.

2. IN-N-OUT Burgers is trying to open at 3211 Harbor Blvd.--this is the former location of Kaplan's Deli.

3. The City wants to ban sign spinners and commercial mascots.

LINK to agenda.

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BIG SISTER MAY BE WATCHING, BUT SHE'S ALSO BEING SUED
Talk radio's Michael Savage files suit against Napolitano.
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U.S. NEWSPAPERS LOSING RECORD NUMBER OF JOBS
Steepest cut since the survey began in 1978.
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BACTERIA FOUND THRIVING UNDER ANTARCTIC GLACIER
If there, why not on Mars?
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LATEST FROM THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER
Where science meets religion.
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IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN OR HEARD SUSAN BOYLE--CLICK HERE
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

CM PRESS # 667


THE EARLY POLITICAL BUZZ

As you may have read in the almost daily Daily Pilot (if you're still reading the thing), Mayor Mansoor is putting the pieces in place for a 2010 run for the 68th State Assembly District seat currently held by Assemblyman Van Tran who will be termed out.

The surface buzz is that Van Tran is considering a move to the State Senate.
The deeper and more interesting buzz is that he really wants to challenge Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for her 47th Congressional District seat.

If Tran does challenge Sanchez, he may be on a fool's errand given the demographics of the 47th District which includes a small part of Fullerton, a large part of Anaheim, a large part of Garden Grove and a very large part of Santa Ana. Comprende, Senor?

Still, once you move up the political ladder to State Assembly, the State Senate is not that attractive, and a national Congressional seat is where you start to get into the big time.

Here's how some of the pieces on the political chess board should start lining up.

Mansoor would like an endorsement from Tran. However, endorsing Mansoor would do little for Tran in his next move (whatever it is) and might hurt him with certain constituencies. Think demographics again, Senor.

Thus, expect Tran to endorse a Vietnamese candidate for his Assembly seat. But, since Tran will need the support of people such as Dana Rohrabacher and John Moorlach (and other GOP bigs), his support of a Vietnamese candidate may be little more than lending his name to a leaflet or two. In other words, he won't go negative on Mansoor.

As for Mansoor's seat on the Costa Mesa City Council, expect Jim Righeimer to take it in the next election.

Many voters believe that it's unfortunate that the talented Mansoor is boxed in and can't run for the U.S. Congress.

The only two Congressional seats that would make geographic/demographic sense for Mansoor would be those held by Dana Rohrabacher and John Campbell, but both of these guys are pretty much on the same page as Mansoor politically, and if he were to challenge either of them, he probably wouldn't get far and could hurt his future chances for higher office.

And what about Assemblyman Chuck DeVore who is challenging Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat?

It would take a miracle for him to win. He knows it, so he's doing everything he can think of to get name recognition, including writing lyrics to old songs by Don Henley of the Eagles and challenging Henley to sue him.

That's how we see things shaping up as of today. Expect changes as more players enter the stage.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CM PRESS # 666



BIG SISTER IS WATCHING YOU

Against abortion? For the First, Second and Tenth amendments? A veteran?

Against illegal immigration? Don't like taxes? Want a smaller government closer to the people?

Janet Napolitno thinks you're a right wing extremist and you have to be watched. Link
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SPECIAL CM PRESS ELECTION GUIDE
The election is on May 19, 2009

PROP 1A--VOTE NO
PROP 1B--VOTE NO
PROP 1C--VOTE NO
PROP 1D--VOTE NO
PROP 1E--VOTE NO
PROP 1F--VOTE NO

That's right. VOTE NO on every proposition on May 19. Don't believe the phony wording about "the children," it's BS. Don't we already pay enough in taxes in Taxifornia?

Remember, you can't just stay home and not vote or the lefties who are doing a full court press for yes votes on everything will win.

It's time to stop the big spending politicians in both parties.

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IT WAS CHEEK BY JOWL LAST NIGHT AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

It felt as though most of the City's 611 employees came in from their far flung homes last night to sit in City Council chambers to try to stare down the Council as that body tried to come up with ways to make up a $19.9 million dollar shortfall in City revenues.

The only Councilmember missing was Eric Bever and no one seemed to know why he wasn't there.

Flopsy Katrina Foley was the only Councilmember to get applause from the crowd as she paid back the police and fire unions for their support in the last election by saying that, golly, she had just come back from her vacation on Sunday night, but that she had figured out how to make up the shortfall without laying off any of her union pals.

This, of course, was amazing news and the City employees, who Foley serves, greeted the brilliance of Flopsy with thunderous applause.

Now, why hadn't the City's well paid accountants and other high ranking staff, who have been working on the shortfall problem since November, been able to figure out what Foley figured out in a few minutes?

Why, all you have to do is rob Peter to pay Paul. According to Foley, the problem is easily solved. Just dip into the reserves that the City needs to be fiscally responsible and use that money to pay City employees. Yup. Break open that piggy bank and spend every last cent and then worry about things down the road. Don't be a busy and frugal ant. Be a happy-go-lucky grasshopper and play while the sun shines. Of course, the sun is not shining and we are in the midst of our economic winter.

Never mind that the City Manager said that if the reserves were tapped, the City would run out of money in about three years.

In the end, the Council, with Foley voting against staff's recommendations, and with some minor tweaks, agreed to the 10 elements for a balanced approach to making up the $19.9 million shortfall, including looking at eliminating as many as 22 employee positions.

A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Of every $1.00 received in revenue by the City, 73 cents goes to employees in salaries and benefits. That leaves just 27 cents for everything else (parks, roads, programs, everything else, etc.).

Most of the City's police officers and fire fighters do not live in Costa Mesa, so the millions of dollars in salaries and benefits that we pay them leave our city when they punch the time clock to go to their own cities.

Thus, most of the money we pay these employees does not circulate here in Costa Mesa and very little of it comes back to the City's coffers in the form of sales tax.

When last we checked, something like 75% of our police officers live elsewhere.

This talk of sales tax is not a trifle. Remember,unlike many other cities, most of Costa Mesa's revenues come from sales tax. So, if our retail merchants aren't selling goods, our revenue drops. This being the case, you'd think the City would encourage employees to live and shop here.

Of course, as already mentioned, these employees who don't live here and who can't vote here, didn't mind giving thousands of dollars to help elect Katrina Foley, who now serves their interests, and who is doing everything possible to not enact staff's recommendations for a balanced approach to make up the shortfall, because the balanced approach includes the elimination of some employee positions.

Foley's other brilliant idea (we're being sarcastic) was a suggestion to raise the TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax). In plain English, this is a tax on people who stay in our hotels. Costa Mesa has a low TOT, and this is necessary to attract visitors here. After all, Costa Mesa is not really a destination location. We don't have Disneyland and we don't have a beach. This is a non-starter and the Council has repeatedly turned down this tax as being counter productive.

Foley's union pals all clapped wildly when she brought this up. However, since the other members of the Council wouldn't put this on the agenda it died. Not happy with this result, Foley then had the City Manager and the City Attorney explain to Foley's union pals how they could go around the Council and get this TOT put on the ballot. Will the union members try to get the approximately 6,000 signatures to put the TOT on the ballot? We doubt it. It's not really going to make up the shortfall even if it does go on the ballot. It was just Foley grandstanding.

Don't get us wrong...

No one wants to lay off employees. In my business life, that's always been one of the worst things I've had to do. Hopefully, the unions, despite what some union members said last night about not wanting any cuts in their salaries or benefits, will understand that layoffs will happen unless they do take some cuts.

The citizens of Costa Mesa do not live here to serve the City's employees, the City's employees work here to serve the citizens.

The 10 element plan presented by staff appears to be well balanced and spreads the negative effects of the shortfall across all areas of municipal government.

We just can't spend more than we make.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CM PRESS # 665


ICE REPORT FOR MARCH 2009

In March of 2009 there were 43 ICE detainers issued. Thirteen were for felonies.
In March of 2008, by contrast, there were 19 ICE detainers issued. Six were for felonies.
That's 43 more criminals that the Census won't have to count.

Good work CMPD and ICE. You're making Costa Mesa a safer city. Now, if we can just get the City Council to do its job of reducing the number of slums in the city and freebies for illegal aliens, Costa Mesa will really start moving forward.

Funny how you don't see the ICE stats reported in the almost daily Daily Pilot which is billing itself as a "hyper-local" newspaper, isn't it?

Guess the folks at the Pilot don't care about the things that most voters in Costa Mesa care about. Well, you already knew that. The Pilot puffs charities for illegal aliens and hides the race/ethnicity of violent outstanding criminals unless they're white.
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IMPORTANT SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Tonight is the night that the City Council will vote on how to cut about $20 million dollars from the City's budget. If you can't be there, be sure to watch on TV. We'll have a report after the meeting.

What to watch for

Some are suggesting that citizens are going to have to take reduced essential services because they claim Costa Mesa has been on a tight budget for years.

What some may do at tonight's meeting is claim that police and fire services are going to be cut way back. It's a ploy to get the know-nothings to say "Oh, we can't have that, let's raise taxes on citizens."

This is baloney. The city spends our money like a drunken sailor on many fluff items--including on services for illegal aliens. We have staff just trying to think up things to spend your money on in order to make their jobs seem essential.

Here's one example of waste and stupidity that we find particularly galling. The city has a problem with speeding cars and accidents on West Victoria Street. So, what is the city going to spend big bucks on? Resurfacing already smooth West Victoria Street with rubberized asphalt so cars will have a smoother ride (read faster ride).

If the city wants to stop speeding cars on a street, they should install a rougher road or speed bumps, not turn the roadway into a racing track. Good grief!

And, what about the federal stimulus money that we've reported on before? It's not going to things we really need such as a tunnel from the 55 to 15th Street. The city isn't asking for a single penny for this. Instead, the city wants to do things like resurface roads that are already in fine shape and do other easy things and busy work jobs.
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STATES RIGHTS MOVEMENT GATHERING STEAM

Remember the Tenth Amendment? It gives states all the powers not specifically given to the federal government. If you don't remember it, you're not alone. The Tenth Amendment has been constantly eroded since the '60's as the feds grabbed power away from the states and tried to manage fifty states from Washington, D.C.

Many states are now saying that enough is enough. The latest is Texas. Link
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Monday, April 13, 2009

CM PRESS # 664


THE COSMIC SANITARY DISTRICT
(Back by popular demand)

As Joey Bigears and I are walking down the street on the Eastside this fine April day, a small ugly dog starts following us while nipping at my new imported five buck shiny shoes manufactured of all man made materials in China.

Joey Bigears asks why I do not just kick the noisy beast. Joey Bigears is like this. He is a man of the streets who packs a shiv in his belt and who has a tattoo of a green squid on his right arm.

Now, do not ask me why Joey Bigears has such a tattoo of a green squid on his right arm. I do not know the answer to this question and I do not care to ask Joey Bigears about this subject. It is of no moment. I do not care. If Joey Bigears wishes to volunteer this information, I will, of course, perk up and listen attentively, as the most polite and genteel person that I am. But I do not wish to disturb Joey Bigears with small talk questions about the green squid tattoo on his right arm as we walk down the street on this particular fine day.

Joey Bigears, you will understand, is a good fellow. But, he lacks finesse and refinement, as we say in the polite and genteel company to which I am more accustomed at Skosh Monahan's fine establishment for Bog Irish gentlemen.

Joey Bigears does not know that this word Skosh is not Gaelic, but Japanese, and I do not choose to tell him this fact that I know, lest he think the joint may not be an authentic Irish pub.

I do not often bother Joey Bigears with such dissertations of my extensive knowledge, for this would be a digression and I do not wish to be perceived as a know it all. In addition to running this gin joint, the proprietor, one Skosh Monahan by name, also serves on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District where he recently voted to raise our sewer rates. And, he also serves on the Costa Mesa City Council where he regularly votes to spend our money.

I tell this information I posses to Joey Bigears and this does not make him very happy. I sense the loathing coming from Joey Bigears at having his sewer rate raised. Being that Joey Bigears is a man of action, often known for taking matters into his own brawny hands, I quickly tell him that he must not write bad words on Skosh Mohahan's bathroom walls about this troubling turn of events.

"Kick it?" I retort, as I finally deign to answer the most probing question that Joey Bigears asks me about this dog nipping at my shiny new shoes . "I will not kick this creature, my good Joey Bigears. This would be a most ungentlemanly thing to do. I pity this dog that is so ferociously but impotently nipping at my shiny new shoes. It is, I divine, trying to get attention to put some meaning into an otherwise meaningless life.

Says, Joey Bigears: "Boss, with all due respect to your superior and most excellent way of looking at things in the world around us, which comes from your most excellent observations of nature, I do not think that this mutt is doing that which you say that it is doing. I think that this mutt is just intent on masticating your new shiny shoes. I sense in my innermost self that this dog is not very existential. I believe in my being of beings that it may just be as nasty inside as it is outside."

"Joey Bigears," says I, "you must try to understand the finer points of the psychology of those who are born as losers and you must attempt to be compassionate toward them. We must treat this poor creature with all the noblesse oblige feelings that we can call up from our souls. It is indeed sad that nature has not been very kind to this canine that you see right before your squinty blue peepers at this very moment; which is most busy nipping at my shiny new shoes.

"This is obviously a stupid creature. It is most indubitably very ugly. It is clearly weak. It smells bad. It has a foul disposition and it is old. On the plus side of things, well, in truth, Joey Bigears, I cannot, at this moment in time, think of anything on the plus side of the ledger for this nipping dog."

"Now," says I, to Joey Bigears, after a few moments of silence, as we are continuing to walk down the street, "I happen to know the history of this particular dog. You see, in addition to the clearly visible problems of this most unfortunate mutt, it is also sterile."

"Says Joey Bigears to me: "You mean it does not got no germs, Boss?"

"No, my dear Joey Bigears," says I, "and, despite your most unfortunate and uncouth double negative, this is not what I mean at all. I mean that Mother Nature has a way of keeping such problems from being passed on--Mother Nature has let this dog live, Joey Bigears, but has made it so that it can not reproduce to pass on its many afflictions. There are no more little nasty dogs born of its loins in its foul image. When this one is gone, it is gone for all eternity."

I continue: "This poor despicable mutt already has one paw in the grave. It is not, as we say, Joey Bigears, in the best of health. But, the real problem that I discern with this mutt, is that it has wasted its life in being bitter and hateful. Now, Mother Nature is coming around the corner with a handful of Karma to return the favor. Mark my words, Joey Bigears, there is a balancing in the universe that takes strange forms and surprises those who do not understand the unseen and interweaving forces as they work upon each other and flow and swirl eternally.


"The big wheel just keeps turning. What you put on it here, comes back around. Do not try to understand this Joey Bigears, I speak of physics and the subatomic particle world."

"You mean that it is like a Lazy Susan, Boss?" asks Joey Bigears."
"Indeed," says I to Joey Bigears. "It is like a Lazy Susan or like a merry-go-round. Put something bad on it here and it'll come back around. Put something good on it and that will also come back around. You decide what you put on it in life. This most despicable mutt nipping at my shiny new shoes has put bad on the merry-go-round. Stand back, Joey Bigears, lest you receive some of that bad that is coming back around.

"You must remember, Joey Bigears, that I am a respecter of all life. This is why I will not kick this unfortunate dog as you have suggested. Even though it is not my fault that this mutt has so many things wrong with it; out of my most wonderful kindness, I will let it nip at the heels of my shiny new shoes and I will let it think in its tiny brain that it is important. But, just as I will not kick it, I will also not acknowledge it. I shall walk on and I shall do nothing to it.

"Mother Nature has a higher purpose for this mutt. The higher purpose is that it is a walking bag of fertilizer. That is its purpose and that is its only purpose. You do not think it would be fitting for Mother Nature to simply hike up her skirt and carry bags of fertilizer from one place to another so the earth would be fertile, do you Joey Bigears? That would be most unladylike. That is why she has designed mangy mutts like this. The mutts do the job for her and in return, she allows them to live out their lives, miserable though they may be. So, you see, Mr. Bigears, Mother Nature is the big Sanitary District in the sky, and she flushes all according to her own schedule and never raises the rates."

"You do wax very philosophical, and maybe metaphorical with a touch of allegory added in, Boss," says Joey Bigears.

"That, Joey Bigears, is why I am the Boss," says I.

"But Boss," says Joey Bigears, "what do you say to those who say this has no point?

"Says I: "That is the point, Joey Bigears, that is the point. Any purpose beyond the basic purpose of making more like ourselves, is a purpose that we must invent. And, if we haven't fulfilled the basic purpose, all is for naught. Nothing else matters and is dust. We are the vehicles of the code, Mr. Bigears, and it speaks to us if we have ears to hear; no affront intended, Mr. Bigears."
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

CM PRESS # 663

MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS BLAST TEXAS GOONS FOR GRABBING FLDS KIDS
"The [FLDS] mothers are incredibly loving and patient with the children. The children were well-socialized and well-behaved and interacted willingly and happily with us."
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UPDATE: THREE PIRATES KILLED, CAPTAIN RESCUED AND OK
Will Obama now send in troops to wipe out the pirates on shore?
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GOOD NEWS! FOUR PIRATES IN A RUBBER BOAT HAVEN'T CAPTURED U.S. NAVAL FLEET...YET
Obama looks as silly as Jimmy Carter.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

CM PRESS # 661

BREAKING NEWS--2:56 PM, 4/10/09

The City of Costa Mesa has released the agenda for next Tuesday's special City Council meeting on finances and it looks grim.

According to the agenda, the City will need to make up a shortfall of $ 19.9 million dollars (some earlier thought it would be $14 million). The City plans on making up the shortfall with a package of cuts to ten categories of expenses that will include eliminating 23 full time City jobs, elimination of excessive overtime, and various other cuts. LINK

The City is clear that if the Council doesn't approve cuts to all ten categories that make up the package of cuts, and removes an item or two from cuts, that the dollar value of those cuts will have to be added to other categories.

Here are the ten categories where staff is recommending cuts:

1. Reduce department operating budgets by an additional 5.0% (resulting in an average reduction of 10% from the prior fiscal year which will require elimination of approximately 23 full-time positions). Est. $6,318,134.
2. Negotiated reduction in employee compensation equating to approximately 5.0% of salary. Est. $3,623,663.
3. Reduction of $1 million dollars in non-reimbursable overtime for Police and Fire departments. Est. $1,000,000.
4. Negotiated suspension of minimum manning requirements in the Fire department in order to accomplish the aforementioned reduction in overtime.
5. Seek Federal Stimulus funding for ten police officer positions to be eliminated due to Police department budget reductions. Est. 1,052,010.
6. Offer PERS Retirement Incentive to create vacancies to (a) reduce the number of personnel that may be laid off as a result of reductions in departmental operating budgets and (b) create additional vacancies needed for budgetary purposes (assumes total of 50 employees opting to retire of which 25 positions would be eliminated). Est. $3,485,000.
7. Suspension or termination of the Retiree Health Savings Plan (Contributions are comprised of 1% by Employer and 1% by Employee). Est. $508,764.
8. Implement various cost recovery programs including resident EMS fees, inspection fees, and Police and Fire Cost Reimbursement Fees. Est. $959,700.
9. Renegotiate/extend the Golf Course Operator’s agreement for a greater share of revenues and institute formula adjustments to the greens fees. Est. $244,850.
10. Utilization of undesignated unreserved General Fund fund balance. Est. $2,900,000.
Total estimated budgetary reductions and new revenues amount to $20,092,121

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KNOW NOTHINGS SHOW THEY KNOW NOTHING--THIS TIME THEY SHOW THEIR IGNORANCE OF LAW AND RELIGION AS THEIR JERKING KNEES DO THEIR THINKING FOR THEM



Over at the know-nothing almost daily Daily Pilot we're reading the usual knee-jerk claptrap from know-nothings voicing outrage about practices of the Santeria religion which include ritual animal sacrifice. LINK



Now, don't get us wrong, many of us abhor the harming of any living things except to provide food for us, and would like to see such sacrifices stopped.



However, whenever you deal with religions, you have to tread very softly. And, remember, lefties, your great god Obama recently declared that the U.S. is not a Christian nation. So, you better get used to the diversity. LINK



Put aside Santeria for a moment...



Consider: Are you outraged at the ritual mutilation of the sexual organs of male human babies?

Will we see editorials in the Daily Pilot and letters from know-nothings about the practice? Probably not. Why? Because this religious practice is circumcision. In orthodox Judaism, the mohel (the man who performs the circumcision)also traditionally puts his mouth on the sexual organ of the baby to stop bleeding. Come on know-nothings, you can find several laws about such practices, right? Let's see your editorials and letters against this.



Consider: What about religious folks who believe they're eating the flesh of Jesus and drinking his blood during their religious ceremonies? Sounds like ritual cannibalism or the teaching of cannibalism to young kids. That's Catholic Communion. Editorials and letters, anyone?



We could go on with religious examples, but the point is made to those capable of understanding, and it'll never be made to those who aren't as capable.



It depends on what the definition of "is" is



Over at the Daily Pilot, folks are citing California Penal Code section 597(a), as their rationale for demanding the cops stop the Santerians from practicing their religion.



It won't work, and here's why: the law turns on words.



CPC Sec. 597(a) provides, in relevant part:“...every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison, or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, or, alternatively, by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.”



"Maliciously" is a legal term of art. Try to prove the Santerians act "maliciously." Go ahead. Knock yourself out. You can't do it. And, that's just one element you'll have to prove. Next, you'll have to prove "intentionally," "maims," "mutilates," "tortures," "wounds."



Oh, and while you're considering how to rein in the Santerians, how about doing something about these Christians who nail people to the cross each year (as shown in the photo above)? LINK



One last thing. We heard a conservative radio talk show host the other day giving voice to the old but false cliche about how America was founded on Christian principles.



He then went on to talk about Jesus and the founding fathers. Then, midsentence,he made a subtle switch in words from "Jesus" to "God" and said Thomas Jefferson believed in God. Ah, right. Jefferson did believe in God, but he was a Deist. He was not a Christian. He did not believe that Jesus was divine or the Son of God. And, many of the other founding fathers were also Deists, not Christians.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

CM PRESS # 660

BLOOMBERG SAYS NY HAS TO CUT 7,000 JOBS
City employees are costing city too much.
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CITY COUNCIL TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT BUDGET SHORTFALL?

The CM PRESS has been hearing a buzz from citizens who are unhappy about the perceived lack of action on the part of the Costa Mesa City Council in dealing with the $14 million dollar plus shortfall in revenues coming to the City this year.

Perhaps various Councilmembers have also heard the buzz, because instead of having their regularly scheduled study session, next Tuesday, the Council is going to have a special full City Council meeting. The CM PRESS will try to be there.

The major difference between a study session and a City Council meeting is that at the former, the Council can't take any action. They can only talk. At a City Council meeting, by contrast, the Council can exercise all the considerable power and authority they have in running this city. Thus, the only logical reason for the Council to make next Tuesday's meeting a City Council meeting is because they apparently want to take action of some type.

Will the Council start sending out pink slips? Will it demand more department savings? It appears that the Council will have to do something.

Local financial wiz Judi Berry displayed a large chart at Tuesday's City Council meeting that shows we're quickly running out of money.
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NEW RELIGION IN TOWN
Headless animals found in Newport.
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OBAMA GETS READY TO SCREW AMERICAN WORKERS
Wants to give citizenship to 12 million illegal aliens.
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HE WASN'T BOWING, ER, HE WAS SHAKING HIS FAT BABY HUEY BUTT AT THE CAMERA



















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SELL YOUR GOLD? THINK TWICE, SELL ONCE.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Kathleen Eric, a local artist and activist, cautioned senior citizens to think it over a little when faced with various offers to buy their gold such as at a so-called Gold Party that is to be held at the Senior Center on April 27.

Ms. Eric pointed out that when you sell gold, you're usually selling it based exclusively on the weight of the gold--as though it were melted down into a lump--and you're not receiving the value of whatever the gold has been made into.

By way of example, she said that if you sell an expensive watch with a gold case, you may get a few hundred dollars at most for the weight of the gold, but nothing for the watch, as a watch, and possibly as a valuable collectible. She also pointed out that some watches might fetch $50,000 if sold to watch collectors rather than for the weight of the gold. The same principle applies to jewelry with various gemstones and other features.

Ms. Eric was also curious why the name of the investor who will buy gold at the Senior Center was not mentioned.

Ms. Eric's advice to seniors was not to avoid selling their gold items, but, rather, to have some idea of what their gold items are really worth as collectibles before selling them for the weight of the gold alone. If they're worth nothing as collectibles, then their value is in the weight of the gold.



Here's what appears in The Chronicle, the magazine of the Senior Center. LINK

EXECUTIVE MESSAGE

A Golden Opportunity to Help

Of all the precious metals, gold is the most popular as an investment. Investors generally buy gold as a hedge or safe haven against any economic, political, social or currency-based crises.

These crises include investment market declines, inflation, war and social unrest.In today's economy it is difficult to raise funds for any organization, but we have come across an investor wishing to buy gold from our members and by so doing, will help us raise funds for the Center. If you have old gold jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings etc, please bring it to the Center.

Our investor is a well known local jeweler who will give you immediate cash for your gold and donate 20% of the above to our Senior Center. (emphasis added--so, what's the investor's name?)

He does not want diamonds or any other valuable stones, just gold that you would like to sell.
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CM PRESS # 734

NYPD'S CRIME REPORT SHOWS THAT BLACKS AND LATINOS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALMOST ALL VIOLENT CRIME IN THE CITY #                           ...