Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CM PRESS # 333

NEWARK N.J. LAYS OFF 14% OF ITS POLICE FORCE TO SAVE BIG BUCKS
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Mayor says citizens won't notice any difference. 
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SCIENTISTS REVERSE AGING IN MICE
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Basic principle should be similar in humans, but has some bugs and unknowns at present including the possibility that injections to reverse aging may increase the risk of cancer.

So, a patient getting the anti-aging shots (if they're developed for humans) might hear: "Good news, we've reversed your aging, but the bad news is you now have cancer and will die sooner than if you hadn't had them."

Nevertheless, bet on much more research being done on what looks like a promising lead about why we even age at all.
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DOES CALIFORNIA REALLY NEED 50 SPECIAL DISTRICTS (AND DOES COSTA MESA NEED TWO)?
Link

We've written about this before but in the context of Costa Mesa which, in addition to our regular municipal government, with its five person City Council, also has two other "governments" (not counting the NMUSD) that we're paying for. Each has its own equivalent of a City Council: The Mesa Consolidated Water District and Costa Mesa Sanitary District.

We think it's an expensive duplication of effort and that the two districts in Costa Mesa could easily be part of our municipal government, watched over by the City Council.

Unfortunately, most citizens of the city aren't very aware of the duplication of effort.  Meetings of the Mesa Consolidated Water District and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District are open to the public but very few people ever attend.  So, when these districts raise our fees, they often do it with no complaints.
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LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER--WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO HAVING A NEW COUNCIL SEATED

Have no fear, as soon as we get the complete lists, resumes, and applications, the CM PRESS will let you know the names (and more) of those who want to be appointed to fill Foley's seat on the City Council and we'll also let you know the names (and more) of those who want to be appointed to the Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

And, we'll let you know who we think will be good or bad for improvement.

Remember, almost every time one of these three bodies meets, important things are decided for Costa Mesa and our quality of life.

We need the right people with the right vision for Costa Mesa on these three commissions.  We don't need any squishes or lefty losers.  We need people who will vote to improve Costa Mesa for CITIZENS.

We'll also be keeping a close eye on the school board.  We're hopeful that Ms. Foley will focus on some improvements at Costa Mesa High School.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

CM PRESS # 332

CYPRESS, CA. CONSIDERING LAW TO SPAY/NEUTER ONE BREED OF DOG--PIT BULLS
Link

Hey, that's profiling and it's also racism, er, breedism.  If you're going to treat Pit bulls this way, then you have to treat all other dogs the same way. Remember, all dogs bleed red blood.

And, remember, if you let people know that you think different breeds of dogs are different from other breeds, these people might conclude that different varieties of flowers are different from other flowers and this might also lead them to think that different races of people are different from other races.

Why, they might start thinking that genes matter.
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PERCENTAGES OF DISTRESSED HOMES FOR SALE IN O.C. CITIES
Link to OC REGISTER article

List shows 35 % of homes for sale in Costa Mesa are distressed.
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INTERESTED IN TINY HOUSES?
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No Mention of Legal Status of People Living in Garage With No Bathroom
Link

Here are the relevant facts from the above linked story: The people in this story are Latino. They don't speak English. They live in a garage with no bathroom. They have no work.  They are being propped up by a Church from a different area.

Sounds like Costa Mesa, but this story is from Santa Ana.

We don't think anyone likes to hear about hungry children living in such circumstances, but the world is full of similar situations. 

If you and your family fell on hard times, you'd probably also need help. But wouldn't you try to move to  where you could be self-reliant again?  Would you stay in a garage with no bathroom?  If you were from another country, wouldn't you maybe move back there where you would be among family and friends who might be able to help you?

Look, this is the way it is throughout nature.  If a water hole dries up, the animals that use it will move to a new water hole; unless someone delivers water every day to the old water hole.  By artificially propping up those using the old water hole by delivering water every day, the natural corrective actions that are required when things change (and things always change) aren't taken and there are negative consequences for other animals.

Underpinning our traditional American way of life is the often unspoken belief that we must all be responsible for ourselves.  This means we must take care of ourselves, we must be self-reliant, we must do our best for ourselves.  When you have most of the population following this belief, the country as a whole prospers. There are few slackers. Everyone is pulling their own weight.

And, yes, there are those who do try to be responsible for themselves who have some bad breaks and need help.  But, in a society based on the traditional American way of life, with the belief in being responsible for oneself, the percentages of those needing help are relatively low. 

But, when you have a large part of the population not having those beliefs, you see what we're seeing in Costa Mesa and Santa Ana and in many other places: a growing welfare state and a growing local government that is expected to do everything for everyone.

To be clear, most of us are, by nature, kind and compassionate.  But, shouldn't we focus our kindness and compassion on our own people who have fallen on hard times instead of on people who come here from other countries and who often then game the system and play on our heartstrings and demand that we take care of them?
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IRAN NUKE SCIENTIST KILLED BY BOMB
Link

Iran claims U.S. and Israel behind this killing and another attack that led to injuries. Unlike bombers who blow themselves up, the bombs used in these two attacks were placed on cars by motorcyclists who then escaped.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

CM PRESS # 331

THE INSANITY VIRUS

Schizophrenia caused by a virus? LINK

We found this interesting because we have long believed that there are mechanisms of evolution--such as certain viruses and prions--that are not generally recognized as having such a function. 

This article, while not directly addressing this, does hint at it since the virus believed to cause schizophrenia--Human Endogenous Retrovirus W  (HERV-W) lives in DNA and is found on Chromosomes 6 and 7.
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Swiss Voters Approve Robust Deportation Plan For Illegals As Country Moves Right
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Want A Version Of Arizona's Anti-Illegal Immigration SB 1070 In California? Here's How You Can Help
LINK
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GOP WEAK IN CALIFORNIA
Link
Our View: California GOP plays too much nerdy inside baseball and also fails to present a good image of what its values are (maybe because it doesn't know what its values are).  Also, there's no exciting big name Republican in the state right now.
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MESSAGE TO STEVE SMITH: IMPROVE THE WESTSIDE AND THE SCHOOLS WILL IMPROVE WITH ALMOST NO EFFORT

Steve Smith has a column in the DAILY PILOT (HERE) in which Smith writes about "the horrendous performance of some Westside Costa Mesa schools."  He also writes about the "neglect" of the Westside schools by the "educational establishment."  He then names Wilson, Whittier and Pomona  as falling in the horrendous category.

Of course, Smith is right about these schools (i.e. student scores) being horrendous, but he's a bit fuzzy about why and seems to fall into a false cause fallacy. 

Look folks, the SCHOOLS on the Westside of Costa Mesa--meaning the buildings, the facilities, the study materials, the money spent on them, the teachers and the administrators--are all as good as, or better, in some cases, than SCHOOLS in Newport Beach.

There's only one difference between the schools on the Westside of Costa Mesa and those in Newport Beach:  THE STUDENTS.

The Westside doesn't have lousy schools; it has lousy students (speaking here of average test scores of the whole school populations in the three schools mentioned).  Read this sentence again if you're as confused as the guy who wrote us before telling us that his kids are scoring high in Westside schools.

Here's the reality that many folks don't want to admit: When the Westside attracts more upwardly mobile people who put their kids in the schools, the schools will improve.

A school's ranking depends not on the buildings or the teachers or the administrators, but on the student test scores. If you have students who perform poorly, the school gets ranked low.

So, since Smith brought up three specific schools, let's dig a little below the surface to see if we can figure out why these three schools are doing so poorly and why similar schools in Newport Beach are doing so well. You can crunch the numbers for yourself at the schools' report cards (HERE).

WILSON---------96.72 % Latino-----------1.80 %  White (Not Hispanic)
WHITTIER-------96.72 % Latino-----------2.15 %  White  (Not Hispanic)
POMONA------- 94.58 % Latino-----------2.46 %  White  (Not Hispanic) 

And on the other side of the district in Newport Beach where the schools are all great, we see:

NEWPORT COAST----------1.42 % Latino--------82.05 % White (Not Hispanic)
HARBOR VIEW--------------5.19 % Latino--------90.12 %  White (Not Hispanic)
MARINERS-------------------6.18 % Latino--------87.36 %  White (Not Hispanic)

Say you're an upwardly mobile parent and you have young kids and you're moving to the area.  One of the first things you'll do (remember, you're upwardly mobile so you think like this) is to check how the schools are doing in the area. You do this because you want your kids to succeed in life and you know that success breeds success.

Looking at the above school results, do you think you're likely to buy a home on the Westside of Costa Mesa and put your kids in the schools there, or are you more likely (if you can afford it) to buy a home near one of the schools in Newport Beach?

Or, if you do buy a home on the Westside and if you are upwardly mobile and if you have young kids, you may, if possible, put them in Newport schools instead of the ones right in your own neighborhood.  And, that's what a lot of parents are doing.

So, how do we improve the schools on the Westside of Costa Mesa?  We attract more young upwardly mobile people to Westside neighborhoods.

How do we do that? We remove slums.  We drive down crime.  We remove the gangs.  We build homes or improve homes that will attract upwardly mobile people. We discourage charities from turning the Westside into a skid row. We promote the Westside's closeness to the ocean. (And, we build a marina as was once planned. Well, sorry, we had to throw that in, even though this may be far fetched these days.)

Now, maybe you're one of those squishy folks who doesn't like the above statistics.  Maybe they make you a little uncomfortable. Perhaps you'd rather believe that the NMUSD is giving all the money to schools in Newport Beach and sending the best teachers and study materials over there and the kids in Costa Mesa's Westside schools are sitting on dirt floors and are being taught by lousy teachers and that there are no school study materials.

Fine.  Do your own research. Then, send us examples of schools with similar demographics as Westside schools but which are performing like Newport Beach schools.

And, send us photos of the dirt floors in Westside schools.  Also, don't  forget to send us objective information about how lousy the teachers and administrators are in Westside schools, along with some figures showing that Westside schools are being shorted out on money and study materials.

We won't hold our breath.
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LIBERAL LA TIMES HAS A STORY ABOUT THE PROBLEMS IN MAYWOOD BUT DANCES AROUND THE REAL PROBLEM (whisper: Demographics)
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Maywood, Mexico  USA is 96% Latino and has named itself a Sanctuary City. Link
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ISRAEL FEARS BEING WIPED OUT FROM WITHIN BY ILLEGAL ALIENS
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BIG PROTESTS IN IRELAND OVER AUSTERITY MEASURES
Link

It's not just in the U.S. that government has become too big and too expensive. And, it's not just in the U.S. that the banksters and the politicians are the ones being bailed out.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

CM PRESS # 330

Iran's First Nuke Plant Now Switched On And Running
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MORE ON MARINES NOT WANTING GAYS
Link to Huffington Post article.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

CM PRESS # 329

ARIZONA MOVES RIGHT
Link
Elected most conservative legislature in state's history on 11/2.   State Senator Russell Pearce, a hero of  anti-illegal alien, law abiding citizens is now the Senate President. This didn't get much play outside of Az. but it may in the coming year.  Keep your eyes on Arizona.
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SOME O.C. FIREFIGHTERS LIVE OUT OF STATE
Link to OC REGISTER article.
One lives 2,000 miles away in Ill.
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SHOULD MONOGAMY BE MADE ILLEGAL?
Link

Maybe that's the question the polygamists up in Canada should be asking. Certainly the monogamous community has many problems that are not good for society.  Spousal abuse and adultery are just two of these problems.

And, maybe the polygamists should be asking why those of other religious beliefs are getting to decide what the polygamists do in the privacy of their own homes.

The fact is that the fundamentalist Mormon polygamists in Canada are a peaceful people who just want to live their lives and follow their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences.
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INVISIBLE MAN ROBS GAS STATION ON FAIRVIEW IN COSTA MESA
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The suspect
If you see an invisible man wearing dark pants and carrying a big knife, call the cops. Ho hum. Another useless description of a criminal from the useless main stream press. When there's no real description given, the perp is usually non-White. The main stream press wants you to believe that violent crime is an equal opportunity employer.  It isn't.  Not by a long shot.
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MARINES DON'T WANT GAYS

So, if you're gay, please go in the Army, the Air Force, the Navy or the Coast Guard.  They want you.

Don't mess up the Marine Corps. You won't find any love there.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

CM PRESS # 328

POLYAMORISTS NOW ARGUE IN THE POLYGAMY CASE IN CANADA
Link

Polygamists and polyamorists are saying that the government should butt out of their private lives and let them live their peaceful lives as they wish.

Meanwhile, the busy bodies are trying to invent reasons why polygamy is harmful to society.  However, they're having a hard time doing so. 

The polygamous community schools are turning out students who do better than those who attend most regular Canadian schools, and the polygamous communities have almost no crime.  So, what's the harm to society?  There is none. 

What's going on is that blue-nosed busy body Christians want everyone to live as they want them to live.
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WHITE MAN, 77, THREATENS TO KILL OBAMA BECAUSE OBAMA ISN'T DOING ENOUGH FOR BLACKS
Link

Now, why would a White guy be upset with Obama for not helping Blacks more?  Does that make sense? 

It makes no sense at all unless you consider that this White guy is probably a neurotic Great White Father.

If you're a long time reader, you'll recall that we use the term Great White Father (and Great White Mother)   to describe those Whites who subconsciously believe that Whites are superior to non-Whites and that they must therefore help and take care of non-Whites as though the latter are little children incapable of taking care of themselves.  And, we call the subconscious belief itself: Noblesse Oblige Racism.
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

As usual during this season, we've been seeing comments from the usual characters about how the White Europeans stole this country from the Indians. 

Stole the land? Nonsense. That's not the way existence works.  Humans have feet and they've been using them for thousands of years to move about the planet. 

Who owns any particular land?  Is it the first ones there?  Why?  Who gave them that right?  Who gave them the deed to the land for all time?

And, the various Indian tribes in America had pushed out earlier tribes.  That's just the way it works.  There is no moral high ground in this story. Living things gravitate to where they feel comfortable.

Those who struggle to take and keep a land and who fill it with their people for their people are the ones who get the land...until another people comes along that struggles more successfully and fills that land with their own people.

And, don't say that the Indians taught the Pilgrims how to survive.  That's nonsense. 

The Pilgrims came from England. The weather there is much like it is in New England. And, in England, the Pilgrims didn't just run down to the supermarket to buy food.  They were about as close to the land there as the Indians were in America. They knew how to shoot game, farm and make bread.

The problem the Pilgrims had was poor timing. They had arrived when it was cold and there were no Europeans there before them who had built homes for their arrival and who had planted gardens and stocked up on food for them to get through the winter.

That's where the Indians did help.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CM PRESS # 327

CHRISTIAN GROUP COMPLAINS ABOUT SPLC
Link
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ASTON-MARTIN DRIVING  WOMAN WHO WAS THE TV SIDEKICK OF A GUY WITH A COOKING SHOW IN HIS NEWPORT BEACH GARAGE SAYS COSTA MESA SHOULD FOLLOW THE MISS AMERICA WAY OF APPOINTING SOMEONE TO REPLACE FOLEY----GOOD GRIEF!

"Oh hi, I'd like to be appointed to the Costa Mesa City Council because I'm for world peace and I want to save the whales and... and I want to feed all the children and...and end poverty all around the planet and stop global warming."

Actually, the person appointed should be solidly for improving Costa Mesa.  He should not be a loser who was just a pawn being used by the out of town unions to try to defeat Jim Righeimer.  He should be somebody who has been active in the city working to make this a nicer place in which to live.
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Stock photo of  polygamous family

CANADA'S LEGAL SYSTEM GETTING TIED IN KNOTS OVER POLYGAMY AS THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO PERSECUTE FUNDAMENTALIST MORMONS

*Government wants to say it's illegal for a man to have more than one wife.

*But, wants to keep it legal for a man to shack up with more than one woman.

*And, wants to keep it legal for a man to marry a man or to shack up with more than one man.

*Also, wants to keep it legal for a woman to marry a woman or to shack up with more than one woman.

*The system just wants to keep the fundamentalist Mormons from doing what their religion requires.

Solution for the fundamentalist Mormons:  Just stop calling all your wives, "wives."  Call them "girlfriends."
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OBAMA'S WAR NOT GOING WELL

Of course it isn't.  The Afghans don't want us there.  We're seen as the invading enemy. All we're doing is killing a lot of people including American kids. It'll be like Vietnam. 

You may recall that in Vietnam we lost more than 58,000 American lives.  And, for what?  Nothing.  Vietnam is now our friend and trade is increasing with that nation.

As I've written before, I once did a play in New York called Enemy Go Round, in which the absurdity of such wars was made clear. Today's enemy is tomorrow's friend is the day after that's enemy is the next day's friend.

As two time Medal of Honor winner and Marine General Smedley Butler said: "War is a racket."
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Pilgrims Land at Plymouth Rock



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CM PRESS # 326

THE MAYFLOWER OFF PLYMOUTH, MASS.






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HEY, BIG SPENDING CITIZENS OF COSTA MESA--WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU PAID YOUR EMPLOYEES IN 2009?
Link to City compensation data.


Citizens of this city must all be billionaires to be paying the help so much.

But, wait a minute, according to this source (HERE), the median family income in Costa Mesa is  $72,971 (other sources show a lower figure). So, you're not all billionaires.

Well then, how are you folks paying so many of your individual employees more than $ 200,000 to $ 300,000 per year in total compensation? That's about three to  four times more than the median family income in Costa Mesa.

Just based on the above and nothing else, you might think Costa Mesa is going broke. Oh, right.

Maybe we should rename Costa Mesa, Bell Mesa.

As we've written before, how about adopting the Peace Corps model and have the people "serving" us live at the same level as the people of Costa Mesa by pegging their salary and benefit levels to the salary and benefit levels of ordinary citizens?

HOW DO THE UNIONS GET TO SUCH HIGH COMPENSATION LEVELS?

It's easy. The out of town union employees work with union employees in other cities to leap frog pay and benefits.  Thus, union employees in City A will elect a few puppets to their city council who will raise their pay and benefits. Then, union employees in all surrounding cities will demand parity.

Then, in the next election, maybe union employees in City G will be able to get a few puppets elected to their city council.  These puppets will raise the compensation of their union employees.  Then, the union employees in the surrounding cities, including in City A (remember them?) will demand parity with City G. And so it goes.

In the just past election in Costa Mesa, unions in cities as far away as Fullerton gave money to try to defeat Jim Righeimer.  Don't understand why?  Read the above again.
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Black Children More Likely To Die From Neuroblastoma
Link
Genes are us.  Consider them in medical research, and lives are likely to be saved.  Accept false PC nonsense as truth, and lives are likely to be lost.
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SWEEPING THINGS UNDER THE RUG AND THE 'WAIT UNTIL ALL THE FACTS ARE KNOWN' SCAMS

It is the citizens of Costa Mesa who are the bosses of this city. 

You'll even see that on the City's organization chart. 

Do you feel like you're in control or do you, as do many others, feel as though your employees are hiding things from you?

Consider the following (and this isn't even a complete list):

There has been much in the press over the past month or two about the CMPD.

--DUI CHECKPOINT INCIDENT: Cops who said they couldn't talk to the press, did so anyway. And, the press reports that came out based on those conversations painted Jim Righeimer in a bad light just before the election in which the cops opposed Righeimer.

However, when the audio tapes of what actually happened were released, it was clear that Righeimer was polite and was just acting as a concerned citizen about a misplaced and potentially dangerous DUI checkpoint. So, what has happened to the cops who spoke to the press? What are their names?  Are they the big union bosses?  We don't know. This has been swept under the rug.


--STINKEYE INCIDENT: Then we had the stink eye incident involving cops who seemed to be surveilling one of our Councilmembers who was legally putting up signs for Righeimer. We were told that an outside investigator was going to investigate this.  So far we haven't heard another official word about this.


--CHIEF AND CAPTAIN INCIDENT: Now we have the two top cops in the CMPD put on leave with no explanation. We are told by many to "wait until all the facts are known."  When will that be?  When hell freezes over?

--CMPD GPS INCIDENT: And, what about the case of the CMPD cop who used a CMPD GPS device to stalk a woman? Has there been an investigation of  how CMPD equipment could so easily be used by a rank and file cop for personal purposes? 

And, are there cops using other equipment and police facilities owned by the citizens of Costa Mesa  to perhaps further their political  and social agendas against the citizens of Costa Mesa?


Folks, that "wait until all the facts are known," stuff is a very old PR trick. It's an attempt to get you mollified until you forget about things.

Look, the public has a right to know what's going on and not have these matters all swept under the rug.

Remember, if we have serious problems in the CMPD, we may end up with some major negligence lawsuits. And, we the citizens of Costa Mesa will be the ones paying for those lawsuits.

The way to prevent another City of Bell situation is for citizens to ask tough questions of our local government and demand straight and timely answers.
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OFFICIAL AND FINAL RESULTS OF ELECTION
The Registrar of Voters has now certified the election.

JIM RIGHEIMER         12,997             31.7%
WENDY LEECE           11,572            28.2%
CHRIS MCEVOY         10,846            26.4%
SUE LESTER                   3,881              9.5%
CHAD W PETSCHL        1,721             4.2%

The big winners in this election are the citizens of Costa Mesa who voted against the out of town unions that are trying to run Costa Mesa from the police station and the fire stations.

The over the top negative campaigning by the out of town unions boomeranged.

If the buzz we're hearing from many stable citizens of Costa Mesa is any clue, we're going to see increasing demands that business not be done as usual in Costa Mesa and that the City Council grow some gonads and take back this city for the citizens, and stop being the flunkies for the out of town unions (do you hear that Leece and Monahan?).

HAVE YOU NOTICED...

That the people defending the out of towners who are picking our pockets and who are trying to run this city as their personal golden goose, are mostly lefties, uniform groupies and suck-ups, along with the usual assortment of low I.Q. weak sisters who don't know what they believe? 

And, have you noticed that it is the  stable citizens of Costa Mesa who want power back in the hands of the people?

The voters of Costa Mesa have loudly said that they don't want Costa Mesa to be a City of Bell. 

They don't want their employees running the show.  They don't want to be sent to the poor house while their employees are living the high life.
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Those are our opinions.  Thanks for reading them.

Monday, November 22, 2010

CM PRESS # 325

STINK EYE INVESTIGATION RESULTS?






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 THREE BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON.COM

"The main characters in Millard's books are non-conformist, self-reliant, individualistic and alienated as they look for answers to the questions of existence, and whether life has any meaning in an uncaring universe."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

CM PRESS # 324

TWELVE STEPS TO END ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Link
Mostly simple, mostly common sense things that the U.S. should do.
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KATRINA FOLEY PLAYING A GAME SHE CAN'T WIN

Foley is hinting that she may try to stay on the City Council and also take her seat on the school board.

Is that what she's really trying to do?  We doubt it. 

We think she's bluffing in an attempt to try to get the Council to appoint Chris McEvoy to her Council seat.

We imagine Foley saying something like this: "You want me gone?  Well, I won't go unless you appoint Chris McEvoy to take my seat."

The Council should show some backbone (you hear this Leece and Monahan?) and call her bluff. In no case should the Council appoint McEvoy to the Council.

Then, if Foley really does try to hold both seats, it'll be time to take other action.

Consider two scenarios from that point on:

1. Suppose the courts say Foley can legally hold both seats.
We expect many citizens will be outraged that Foley is so selfish as to not give her full attention to one or the other. A recall may then take place. 

Also, the Council might then decide to schedule its meetings for the same times and dates as the School Board meetings. Which ones will Foley attend?  Hmmm?

2. Suppose Foley gives up the School Board seat and stays on the Council. 
No big deal.  She's better than McEvoy and she'll be the lamest of the lame ducks.  Even Leece may abandon her.

Foley's best choice is to simply go to the School Board where she may really be able to make a difference.

She has no aces up her sleeve except to have the two weak sisters on the Council go along with her.  If they show some spine and don't, she's out of luck.
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POLYGAMY TRIAL STARTS TOMORROW IN CANADA
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LATINOS GET ALZHEIMER'S ABOUT SEVEN YEARS BEFORE WHITES
Link
The above linked article sidesteps the genetic issues involved.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

CM PRESS # 323

REGISTRAR REPORTS ALL VOTES NOW COUNTED

JIM RIGHEIMER       12,997      31.7%
WENDY LEECE        11,572      28.2%
CHRIS MCEVOY      10,846      26.4%
SUE LESTER                3,881        9.5%
CHAD W PETSCHL    1,721        4.2%

So, Righeimer beat Leece by 1,425 votes and he beat McEvoy by 2,151 votes.  Given the fact that the out of town unions tried to defeat Righeimer and put about $ 150,000 into their effort, this is a remarkable result.

But the real cost to those who tried to defeat Righeimer is in the lack of confidence that many citizens now have for these out of town union members who meddled into the politics of Costa Mesa where most of them don't live. 

Our crystal ball tells us that there may be big changes coming to Costa Mesa as a result of this negative campaign.  In fact, they may already have started.
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WHAT ARE MCEVOY'S REASONS FOR OPPOSING THE OVERLAY ZONE?

The above is a question we just received from a reader.  We put it down below in comments, but it's a good question and one that deserves an answer up here.

We can only guess at McEvoy's reasons from bits and pieces of things we've heard or seen, but it seems that he believes the Westside industrial zone, which covers many acres of the bluffs, should remain as it is. 

Improvers, by contrast, believe that by allowing eclectic housing units and accompanying retail shops, restaurants, etc. to begin integrating themselves into the industrial zone, that the whole Westside will start improving, our tax base will increase, and we may end up with an art colony that will draw people to the area. 

Remember, the overlay is just that.  It doesn't chase out industrial users.  It just allows those who want to move in a new direction do so with a minimum of effort because there are now two zoning plans on the bluffs.

Say you're an artist and you want to turn an industrial building into a living/working loft.  The overlay lets you do that without too much difficulty.  You'll still have to make it safe for living in and meet other codes, but, generally speaking, the overlay zoning already allows such a use.
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ATTEMPT TO VIOLATE THE FIRST AMENDMENT?  HUH?

Geoff West has another uninformed column in the Daily Pilot today. HERE

In the column, West first heavily invests himself in the fallacy of an appeal to pity, followed by a fallacious appeal to prestige, before finally getting to his latest attack on Jim Righeimer.  

But, what we really want to focus on is this sentence written by West:

"He [Righeimer], in turn, retaliated by unleashing his pit bull/lawyer/brother-in-law with threats [in a letter] of lawsuits to attempt to violate the First Amendment rights of the police association and members of this community, including this writer."

Apart from the odd way this is written, there's something else that requires comment. 

A private person can't violate anyone's First Amendment rights.  Righeimer can't do it, and Righeimer's attorney can't do it.  And, how in the world would they even "attempt" to do so?

Only a government, or those in government working in their official capacities, can do that.  This is just Con Law 101.  Again, the First Amendment is a restraint on government.

So, what was Righeimer's attorney trying to do, if he was not trying to "attempt to violate the First Amendment rights," of West et al., as claimed by West?

Our guess (we haven't seen the letter) is that he was trying to let West and some others know that certain things that have been said or published about Righeimer are not true, and that those who received the lawyer's letter should not publish them, because they aren't true.  Why would the lawyer send such a letter?

Guessing again about why the letter may have been sent: it comes down to the words "actual malice."

In America, people can say pretty much anything they want about a public official or a public figure--and, Jim Righeimer is both.  If the public official or public figure sues, he has to prove "actual malice."   New York Times v. Sullivan

In the law of defamation, "actual malice" means the person publishing the falsehood knew it was false or  published it with reckless disregard for the truth. 

So, if those who might publish false information about Righeimer were notified in advance that such statements were false and if they still published or republished those statements, they would be demonstrating actual malice.
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LHC CAPTURES SOME ANTIMATTER
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Friday, November 19, 2010

CM PRESS # 322

HERE'S THE OC REGISTER'S STORY ON CHIEF SHAWKEY AND CAPTAIN SMITH BEING PUT ON LEAVE
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The Register is pretty good at getting information on why something has happened, and the paper says it'll update the above linked column later today.  The CM PRESS has heard rumours of what's going on, but we can't confirm them, so we're not going to report anything until such time as we do receive confirmation.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Recruits Some Big Names For His Anti-Illegal Alien Border Posse
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Steven Seagal, Lou Ferrigno and others, including Wyatt Earp--the nephew of the Old West lawman of the same name--sign on to protect our borders.
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MARINES TAKING THEIR M1A1 ABRAMS MAIN BATTLE TANKS TO AFGHANISTAN
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[Photo: Marines and Marine tanks.]

The Marines usually use their tanks in a different manner than the Army.

The Army will often use its tanks almost as a stand alone mobile artillery and will  often mass large numbers of tanks.

The Marines, by contrast, will usually attach a platoon of tanks (5 tanks) to a Marine infantry unit along with  attack helicopters, and sometimes a few jets.  Then, the whole battle group moves forward as a unit, usually very fast, to take a town. The jets go first, usually flying at tree top height strafing and bombing, immediately followed by the attack helicopters and then come the tanks and the Marine infantry.

Because tanks are very vulnerable to shoulder fired rockets, the relationship between the tanks and the grunts is a close one with each protecting the other.

ABOUT THE  M1A1 ABRAMS
Length:  32.25 Ft
Width:   12.0 Ft
Height:     8.0 Ft
Top Speed: 42 mph
Weight: 67.6 tons
Engine: 1,500 horsepower gas turbine
Armament: 120 mm smooth bore cannon/ .50 cal. M2 machine gun/ coaxial 7.62 M24 Machine gun/7.62 M240 Machine gun on a skate mount.

The Abrams has day/night and moving while firing capabilities.

Crew: 4--Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver. Crew members each carry a sidearm in a shoulder holster. This used to be .45 caliber, but in recent years it's been a 9 mm pistol (but the Marines now want to switch back to the more powerful .45 caliber weapons). Each also carries a KaBar Marine fighting knife.
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MCEVOY WANTS TO BE APPOINTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL
Link to DAILY PILOT article.

In the above linked article, Chris McEvoy tells the Daily Pilot that he should be appointed to the City Council to fill Katrina Foley's seat because he came in third in the recent election.

Sorry, almost doesn't count in elections.

Also, as anyone who follows these things knows, McEvoy only got as many votes as he got because he was a pawn of the two city employee unions (representing employees who mostly don't even live in Costa Mesa) that were trying to stop Jim Righeimer from winning.

In addition, McEvoy is on the record as opposing the Westside overlay that Improvers had worked so hard to get implemented to help lift the Westside out of being the worst part of Costa Mesa.

So, who would the Improvers like to see appointed to the City Council?

Two names pop up the most:

Colin McCarthy and Steve Mensinger.

Both McCarthy and Mensinger have been on the Planning Commission for a couple of years and the folks have had a chance to see how they operate and how they vote on issues that are important for the improvement of Costa Mesa.

Both McCarthy and Mensinger pass muster with most Improvers and either one might be expected to help improve the Westside and the rest of Costa Mesa.

Both are homeowners.  Both are married and have children. Both are intelligent. Both want to make Costa Mesa a nicer place. Both were active in the community before they were appointed to the Planning Commission. Both seem even tempered, likable, polite and soft spoken.

McCarthy has cut his teeth as the head of a neighborhood association.  He's a lawyer and considers the legal implications of various issues that come before the Planning Commission.  He's methodical, detail oriented, and likes to have all his ducks in a row before deciding on issues.  He's not a Ready, Fire, Aim type of individual. He'll vote against something that he thinks is good, if he sees a legal problem with the way the spade work has been done before the issue comes to Planning.

Mensinger is a businessman who is extremely active in boosting sports and other activities at Estancia High School.  He seems to get along well with everyone. In fact, even Katrina Foley praised him recently from the dais when she gushed and beamed (yes, those are the right words) that Costa Mesa should have an economic development committee and that Mensinger should be the head of it. 
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

CM PRESS # 321

LATINOS ARE GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED TO FATTY LIVER DISEASE
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Genes are us.
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CITY MANAGER PUTS POLICE CHIEF AND CAPTAIN ON LEAVE
Link to DAILY PILOT story.
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SLOPPY USE OF THE LANGUAGE LEADS TO SLOPPY THINKING

We really need (for the umpteenth time) to clear up three things that we hear all the time in Costa Mesa.

"Costa Mesa has failing schools."  No, it doesn't.  Costa Mesa's school buildings, school teachers, school facilities are every bit as good as the schools in the Newport Beach part of the district. 

What we have in Costa Mesa are too many failing students.  It is the students who take the tests, and we have too many who score low. It is these student test scores that determine the quality ranking of a school. 

And, it is upwardly mobile parents who look at such scores and who drive right by Costa Mesa in horror, so they can buy homes in cities with higher scores.

But, notwithstanding the above,we believe the schools are starting to improve and that's largely because of a general improvement in the city that is causing upwardly mobile people to move here again. It's not a land rush yet, but with more improvement it may become that.

And, surprise! We actually think Katrina Foley may help with improvement once she's over at the school board.  Remember, Foley has young kids in the schools. 

So, if for no other reason than her self-interest in seeing her kids succeed in life, we believe Foley will be tireless in trying to make Costa Mesa schools better.  Of course, she may have to deprogram herself from some liberal shibboleths to make some real improvements.

Hey, it's possible. Once you try all the liberal nostrums based on false liberal theories, and they fail, and if you're a logical and goal oriented thinker, you're left with the things that do work even if they make some people uncomfortable.  We'll whisper one word here: demographics. 

"Costa Mesa has the best police and fire departments in the state." How does anyone know this? They don't. Maybe these departments are the best, but no one really knows one way or the other. And, what determines "best?  Those saying that our two departments are the best are often the usual uniform groupies who would be saying the same thing if they lived in any other city. This is just a sub-species of the jingoistic, "be true to your school" type of statement.

"Costa Mesa's Crime Rate is going down because of the police."  Probably partially true, but the real reason is that many citizens have been working to improve the city. With the improvements that have already happened,  the city is becoming more desirable to young upwardly mobile families. The Eastside has become so much better  than it once was, that it blends seamlessly into Newport Beach.  The Westside...well...it still needs work. But the Improvers are on the case. We'll whisper that word again:  demographics.
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WE'RE SURE GETTING TIRED OF HEARING WENDY LEECE SAY SHE'S DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THE CITY--WHEN IT ISN'T TRUE

At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, the CM PRESS told Katrina Foley that she needn't worry that once she's gone from the City Council that her liberal views would no longer be represented; Wendy Leece and Gary Monahan would carry the ball for her.

After we made that comment, Leece sniffed that she's not  liberal and not conservative but is just for Costa Mesa. 

Baloney! What a load of pigeon crap. [Hold that thought about pigeons] Leece saying that, is about as honest as her giving her promise to not vote on a contract, then running to the Daily Pilot to whine that someone reminded her of her promise, and then voting for the contract.

Leece (along with Monahan) voted against the best interests of the citizens of Costa Mesa and for the best interests of some of the out of town union employees who are supposed to work for us but who, in some cases, treat citizens of this city as their private bank and as their serfs.

We also told you that Leece got financial support in the just past election from a Westside industrialist who fought against putting in an overlay to improve the Westside.

And, we showed you the financial reports indicating that on the very day after Leece voted to sell out the citizens to the unions, that the unions gave big bucks to an Independent Expenditure Committee that then used some of that money to buy signs to try to defeat Jim Righeimer and elect Leece and McEvoy.

Leece also appears to have a soft spot for some of the charities that are acting as magnets drawing illegal aliens and homeless people to the Westside.

What more do you need to hear?

If you disagree, tell us why and how you think Leece is helping Costa Mesa be a better place for you to raise your kids and how she's helping you and your family? 

Now, don't give us theoretical or broad kumbaya answers about world peace and the brotherhood of man.  Tell us how your lot, as a citizen of Costa Mesa, has been improved by giving union employees most of your tax money instead of using that money for infrastructure repairs and other needed things in Costa Mesa. 

Tell us how your lot has been improved by charities attracting and feeding the homeless and making illegal aliens feel wanted in Costa Mesa.  Has your home appreciated as a result of Costa Mesa heading towards becoming a permanent slum and a skid row?

Tell us how your kids are better off by attending local schools that show student scores slipping to third world levels.

And, as you think about this, you might want to visit Lions Park and the adjacent library to see what happens when our city officials, such as Leece, say one thing and do another.

And, you might want to visit West 19th Street to see the Soup Kitchen, the homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks and alleys and the general downscale nature of what should be, but isn't, a great street for citizens of this city.

Of course, there is an alternative explanation as to why Leece is saying one thing and doing another that does not involve being dishonest: she may simply not understand the complexities involved and may not realize that what she's often doing is counter to improving Costa Mesa.

She may be incapable of seeing the big picture.  She may think that every issue that comes before the City Council is in some sort of vacuum and doesn't bump up against other issues in such a way that the whole is failing.

We return again to our oft used analogy.  If you show "compassion" for that lone pigeon and feed it, you'll soon have a flock of pigeons.  And, as you go merrily and smugly on your way "trusting in God," your neighbors will be fending off the pigeons who are pooping all over the friggin' place.

Now, if you're Wendy Leece and if you're the one who feeds the pigeons, you might then tell everyone that you are doing the best for Costa Mesa because you helped the pigeons.

[Meanwhile, the Greek Chorus of citizens can be heard singing: "Wendy, how about caring for the citizens of this city instead of for the pigeons."]
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STRICT IMMIGRATION POLICY IN VA--CRIME DROPS
Link to American Patrol Report   (Content moves fast at American Patrol link, so you may have to scroll down to get to story).
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CM PRESS # 320

8:16 P.M.--AMERICANS FLEEING HIGH TAX, UNION DOMINATED STATES
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5:28 P.M. 11/17/10 COSTA MESA VOTE COUNT UPDATE
JIM RIGHEIMER            12,976         31.7%
WENDY LEECE             11,552          28.2%
CHRIS MCEVOY           10,831          26.4%
SUE LESTER                     3,880           9.5%
CHAD W PETSCHL         1,720            4.2%

The Registrar of Voters reports that there are only 912 votes left to count for all of Orange County.  This means there may be just a few votes added to the above Costa Mesa counts. 

Jim Righeimer's lead over Wendy Leece just increases with each passing day.  Today, his lead  increased to 1,424 votes over Leece.  Meanwhile, Leece's lead over McEvoy has dropped to 721 votes.
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RECYCLING ON W. 19th STREET
Here's a LINK to an article by Jon Cassidy at the OC Register about the recycling center on W. 19th Street that the city wants closed or moved.

By the way, Cassidy generally does a pretty good job of reporting on various Costa Mesa issues. You might check out his efforts from time to time.
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OUR DINGBAT METER IS RISING ON LEECE

At last night's City Council meeting, Wendy Leece tried to get the Council to appoint former mayor Arlene Schafer--who was just voted off the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board on November 2nd--to replace Leece on the Orange County Vector Control District Board. 

This is a position usually filled by a Councilperson.

This gig pays $100 bucks a meeting. Had she been appointed, it would have allowed Schafer to continue working on other gigs that pay various amounts.

The Council turned this down.

Now, Ms. Schafer is a nice woman, and we like her, but this sort of stuff where people like Leece try to give full employment to their supporters and pals who get defeated in elections, has to stop.

Elections matter, and the City Council shouldn't be an employment agency for politicians who lose them and who hang around after they're out of office trying to get appointed to under the radar positions that make them money and which should be filled by an elected representative.

If you don't want the OCVCD seat, Ms. Leece, then pass it on to another Councilmember.  We elect Councilmembers to fill such seats.
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CM PRESS # 732

A SONG  and ANOTHER #                                                 #                                                                    ...