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MANSOOR, LEECE AND FOLEY GO FOR A SIT DOWN WITH THE GUV
[The following is from a City of Costa Mesa press release that we received today.]
On Monday, January 4, 2010, Mayor Allan Mansoor, Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece, and Council Member Katrina Foley will be in Sacramento to meet directly with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to request that he stop the proposed sale of the Orange County Fair and Event Center.
The City’s delegation will use this time to express the point that the proposed sale of the Fairgrounds is a bad financial deal for the State and for all taxpayers. With the property’s restricted use, any sale would generate minimal revenue while eliminating such a treasured asset for Orange County. Mayor Allan Mansoor stated, “A face-to-face meeting between our delegation of locally elected officials and the Governor is the best way to ensure that our message is communicated clearly.”
The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately Noon on January 4, 2010. With three members of the City Council scheduled to attend and to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Brown Act, this meeting will be conducted as a Special Closed Session Meeting of the Costa Mesa City Council. An Agenda will be properly posted both in Costa Mesa and in Sacramento in compliance with State law.
For further information on the proposed sale of the Fairgrounds or to review a copy of the Agenda for this Special Closed Session Meeting, please go to www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us or call the City Clerk’s Office at 714-754-5225.
THE CM PRESS COMMENTS:
The three will meet for a half-hour with Governor Schwarzenegger. What can they possibly say in that half-hour that he hasn't already heard? Nothing. Will he stop the sale? It's doubtful. Why? Because there are other forces at work to switch the Orange County fair and all other activities currently held on the fairgrounds to the Great Pork.
What might the Governor say to our Councilmembers? He'll probably tell them about the state's budget hole that is getting deeper even as they talk. Then, he might tell them that the bidding process will continue and he'll keep their wishes in mind after the bids are opened. If the bids are too low or not clean enough, he may then have the property removed from the market. He'll probably also tell them that other state properties may go on the market in 2010, so Costa Mesa shouldn't feel picked on.
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U.S.LED TROOPS ACCUSED OF EXECUTING 10 AFGHAN CIVILIANS, INCLUDING 8 CHILDREN, AFTER DRAGGING THEM FROM THEIR BEDS
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8 AMERICANS DIE IN BLAST IN AFGHANISTAN
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CMPD DUI CHECKPOINT RESULTS
The Costa Mesa Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Santa Ana Avenue and 18th Street.
During the hours of operation, 296 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, 142 were stopped, and 11 drivers were screened for driving under the influence. There was 1 DUI arrest. In addition, 3 drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license. A total of 11 citations were issued for miscellaneous vehicle code violations and 4 vehicles were impounded.
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GET READY FOR CONSPIRACY TALK ABOUT THE PANTS BOMBER
In the world of spooks, er, spies, plots and subplots are often convoluted. You know that from Hollywood films, which in some cases do mirror reality.
You've probably seen the news reports that the American intelligence community had information on the pants bomber before he got on the plane this past week.
And, you've probably also seen news reports about how he got on the plane without a passport because of the aid of a well dressed man.
And, lastly, you've probably seen the news reports from Yemeni government officials saying there are hundreds of potential pants bombers in that nation just waiting to board planes headed to the U.S. to blow up their crotches. Link
What's it all mean?
Well, one way of looking at it is to start with the fact that Yemen wants more U.S. involvement in that nation (read U.S. dollars and other help), and that it needs to give an excuse to the U.S. to give that aid and send in thousands of U.S. troops.
Hmmm. How can you get the U.S., that is stretched thin around the planet as well as right in the U.S., to undertake a massive military effort in Yemen. Hmmm. How can you get the American people to support yet another military front?
Hey, how about tricking some poor sap to put a bomb in his underwear, help him get on a plane heading to the U.S. and then have him blow the plane up. Voila! Remember 911! Remember the Maine! Remember the Alamo! Wave your little American flags! We have to protect America. Send your American kids to die in Yemen--it's the American way!
Unfortunately for the plotters, if there is anything to the above scenario, the dumb pants bomber couldn't get his crotch to blow up and he's still alive and he's apparently talking.
And, now, people are wondering if that well dressed man who helped him catch his flight might have been a Yemeni or U.S. or some other nation's intelligence agent working to blow up a plane to get American public support for a new war in Yemen.
Our guess is that some people are now looking for the well dressed man. Some may want him to talk and some may want to silence him. Our further guess is that he's probably a little nervous right now.
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DEADLY BLASTS IN IRAQ--AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY A TRAIN WRECK
We've long long said that the U.S. is just making things worse in Iraq and that our troops are dying for nothing.
Now that we're pulling troops out, the very conditions that the U.S. said we were fixing are continuing but with not as much notice in the U.S. press. Don't be fooled by this.
The reason you won't read much about Iraq in the neo-con controlled U.S. media these days is because it's pretty much doing the bidding of the government and has an out-of-sight-out-of-mind policy toward the American people.
Read about Iraq in foreign news sources and you get a much better idea of what's happening.
Eventually, the U.S. puppets in Iraq will be overthrown and Iraq will become an Islamic republic. That's the trajectory that was set by the first George Bush and which was continued by his idiot son and which is continuing under Obama. No, these three didn't intentionally set that trajectory, they just blindly shot the arrow into the air without thinking intelligently about where it would land. They failed to fully understand the various forces at work on its path.
As we wrote even before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the only person who was keeping Iraq relatively stable and secular was Saddam Hussein. So, what did we do? We demonized him and then killed him.
You remember the phony PR ramp up to the invasion: Babies were supposedly being thrown out of cribs by Hussein's forces (Didn't happen). There were weapons of mass destruction (There weren't any). Hussein was killing his own people (He was fighting those who the U.S. is now fighting who wanted to get rid of his secular regime and bring in an Islamic government).
In the next few years, even the dumbest among us is going to see what our stupidity has done.
And, the slow motion train wreck of American foreign policy continues on. Today, we are making more stupid mistakes, but this time in Afghanistan and soon it will be in Yemen as the war mongers and war profiteers continue to send our young people to die for nothing.
The world is a big chess game, and the major players in the U.S. think they're playing checkers.
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