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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:00 am

Stockton is leading the charge among California cities to renege on its obligations. Now, our geniuses in the capitol have decided to "double down" on irresponsibility. Led by Gov. Moonbeam, they bring us high-speed rail! Who is going to use it? More importantly, who is going to pay for it? The same fools (you and me) who keep sending these charlatans to represent us!

These incompetents at the state and federal level are very good at passing pay raises and pensions for themselves. They are adept at grandstanding and mendacity (that is polite for lying!). They have no clue about economics, honesty, integrity; when is enough, enough?

Unless you are a deadbeat, a racist, a milk-the-system sponge, wake up and vote. Do you really plan to leap onto the "bullet train"? When was the last time you rode Amtrak? Jerry Brown is the same fraud he was 20 years ago. Good grief!

Jerry Osgood

Galt

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63 comments:

  • Matt Miller posted at 10:38 am on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Matt Miller Posts: 11

    $68 Billion. And that number will only get bigger.

    $4000 an INCH to build.

    It is expected that the train will not pay for itself on an annual basis. That means that taxpayers will be picking up the tab for Brown's pet project for years to come.

    Why exactly are we building this? The construction jobs that it creates will not last. Can't people in LA fly to San Francisco? We don't even know how much a ride will cost. And if the population growth along the route changes.... too bad. The track has been laid and now crosses useless land.

    This whole thing a HUGE mistake and a prime example of how the democratic "leaders" that we have in this state are crushing us. People need to wake up the fact that more and more government CANNOT makes better off. Government does not create value, or goods, or anything at all. We need to trim it back to let individuals grow the economy. Without that, this state and country are destined to a slow decline in relevance.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 3:13 pm on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2357

    "[n]ever a big deal that someone could wear other people's medal of honor?"

    Really? Most former and current military members would vehemently disagree. I've never even seen an authentic Medal of Honor and if I were, I wouldn't even dare touch it without permission to do so. But to actually don the medal? Not a chance. This one medal above all others commands respect. It is earned (never won) through acts well above and beyond the imaginations of most people; the majority of recipients never being alive when it is conferred.

    As for the rest of your dad's medals (remanufactured or authentic); why would anyone want to wear them in the first place? That makes little sense to me. Perhaps you could explain your feelings in this regard beyond just not having a problem with it at all? They’re not toys. Is it that you really don’t understand their significance; or do you simply not have any respect for what military members do?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:04 am on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Oh...are you upset? No worry Mr schmidt, your cart will be fine. [wink]

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:00 pm on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Chuckle.... it appears I upset the wing nut apple cart.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:14 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1533

    Even or ahead in the popular vote. In the last five presidential elections the winner has only carried the popular vote twice. Republicans have been attacking Obama for three and a half years did you expect the Democrats to take that lying down. I'm glad the democrats have grown a backbone and are fighting back ask Kerry about attack ads, the lies spread by the swift boat ads helped give Bush a second besides the reason Romney has the nomination is due to his attack ads in the primary.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 9:41 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1847

    Brown's then girlfriend, Linda Ronstadt, called Brown "her little moonbeam" in the Rolling Stones article which was published in 1978, not 1976. Royko used it again in 1979 and that's when Moonbeam stuck. The communication satellite link is an aside from the reason he is referred to as moonbeam.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:41 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    And it's most bizarre Steve Schmidt would be a proponent of the epitome of Anti-Colonialism. 100% taxation! We'll get that bullet train moving ahead for ya Steve.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:34 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    Its disgusting that a man like Steve Schmidt can be coopted by the Obamites, when he spends countless hours of his life operating a small business in Lodi.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:55 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    http://www.youtube.com/v/Z6QOscKvUjU?version=3&feature=player_detailpage

    It's really quite simple to grasp Steve's vsion of the U.S. He and Obama are Anti-Colonialists.

    Watch this short preview of the movie "2016". And then the short talk by Denesh Desouza.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:27 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    John stated...Meet me on the eastside and sell me some of what Steve Schmidt takes. I have never had hallucinations like that from my regular stuff !!!!

    I always thought Mr Schmidt was just a class clown that takes joy in pulling the wings off butterflies as well as maliciously pulling everyone's leg. Maybe I am wrong and it is simply hallucinations. I am more skeptical and think his intent is quite conscious, calculated and deliberate.

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 9:58 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    John Kindseth Posts: 243

    Please someone ! Meet me on the eastside and sell me some of what Steve Schmidt takes. I have never had hallucinations like that from my regular stuff !!!!

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 6:36 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1847

    Yo Steve Wonder, wanna prove any member of the TeaParty called Oblamo the N word? Did you read that on some Chris Matthews blog? How about posting some proof of your bs instead of just posting phony accusations like a good drooling liberal. I am not saying he has never been called the N word, but by a MEMBER of TeaParty? Prove it.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 6:10 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1847

    Gary, Harry Reid of Nevada expressed outrage when it he learned that American Olympic uniforms were manufactured in China. Wonder where his outrage was when he set up a Chinese mfg for the solar panels installed in Nevada. By they way, Rory Reid is a lobbyist for the very same Chinese solar mfg. Good job of keeping Chinese solar mfg busy Mr. Reid. Hmmm, would that be outsourcing? Naw, a liberal democrat did it, it couldn't possibly be outsourcing.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 5:56 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1847

    But not nearly as bad of an economic impact is huge public sector wages, benefits and outrageous pensions. Brought to you by your friendly UNIONS.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 5:28 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1847

    Promise freeloaders more free stuff and they will vote for PeeWee Herman for President.

     
  • Gary Musto posted at 3:27 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Gary Musto Posts: 506

    The entire Democrat run State of California is over $16 billion dollars in debt and unlike Obama, we can't just print more money. Look for more California cities to default real soon, they are lining up.

    The voters of Wisconsin threw out the corrupt unions and after years of excessive deficit spending finally posting a budget surplus.

    Wonder why Obama didn't bother to stop by before the Wisconsin election, he's such a smooth talker and brilliant speaker he probably would have swayed a few thousand votes for Walker's opposition just by showing up.

     
  • Gary Musto posted at 3:08 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Gary Musto Posts: 506

    Speaking of business practices and outsourcing, Obama's own failed stimulus funneled over $500 million tax payer dollars to the "Westley Group", a "green energy" investment fund headed by Steve Westley who bundled over $500,000 dollars to the President's campaign back in 2008.

    The large percentage of those "green jobs" were sent overseas to Finland, Mexico, Denmark, and South Korea.

    Wonder how many American workers lost out to the President's brand of outsourcing????

     
  • Gary Musto posted at 2:58 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Gary Musto Posts: 506

    Well Eric the Democrats have spent close to $100 million in attack adds about Romney's taxes, Bain Capitol, his wife, his dog, outsourcing, etc. and he's still either even or ahead of Obama.

    This latest gaff about those hard working Americans that have built a business from ground up only to have the President of the United States tell them, "somebody else made that happen" has lit a fire under some that might have stayed on the sidelines. He should never go off script, he's really not all that smart and it's starting to show.

     
  • Gary Musto posted at 2:49 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Gary Musto Posts: 506

    Thank you Steve for posting the quote exactly as he said it and exactly as I wrote it.

    Unemployment numbers are for those that seek unemployment benefits, it doesn't really matter who laid them off, they are still unemployed. Obama's failed economic programs have kept the unemployment rate holding steady at over 8% for 41 straight months.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 1:58 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1533

    Of the 12 toss up states, the states that will probably decide the election, the polls have Obama leading in 9 including Florida, Colorado and up by over 4 points in Ohio. Obama has a solid 142 Electoral College votes to Romney’s 74. If you consider all of the states solid, likely and leaning towards Romney he has 181 of the 270 Electoral College votes he needs. That’s a steep hill to climb and those tax returns aren’t going to help any.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:58 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    That said, I do suppose that Willard Mittens Romney is an exception to that rule.

    Willard Mittens Romney didn't need public schools, his parents sent him to elite private boarding schools. Willard Mittens Romney didn't need American roads since his business was taking good paying American jobs and sending them to China.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:55 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Gary bin Mustofa conveniently distorts the Obama quote he cites below. The complete text reads as follows and is completely true:

    "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:30 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    What Gary "Baggins" Musto leaves out is the difference between government employment and private sector employment.

    If you factor out the countless state and local government jobs that have been eliminated by Teabag Taliban suicide attacks (job losses that the President has no control over) you get a completely different view of the employment numbers.

    Sitting here next to Stockton, there can be no doubt that the issue of local budgets is a complicated one but the fact remains that the genocidal birtherbagger jihad against local public workers has had a very negative effect on the national economic outlook.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:24 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Gary wrote: "CBS/ NY Times poll released today has it at 47% Romeny 46% Obama. "

    Chuckle..... I don't know who Romeny might be but, whoever he is, he would almost certainly be a better President than Willard Mittens Romney.

     
  • Gary Musto posted at 10:59 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Gary Musto Posts: 506

    Obama, "If you've got a business---you didn't build that." "Someone else made that happen."
    "I believe in bottom-up economics."

    Thanks to the President's laser like focus on job creation, over 34,000 American workers filed for unemployment last week bring the weekly total to over 386,000.

    Maybe the problem with the lack of jobs could stem from the fact that the President hasn't met with his "jobs council" in over 6 months, but, (when not golfing) has attended over 100 fund raisers hosted by some of the Democrat parties favorite millionaires and billionaires.

    Take it easy on old Stevie, he's gonna throw out the race card and "tea bagging Taliban" mantra instead of facing the fact that this President has no clue what's going on in the country and when he tries to speak off teleprompter it's nothing but a complete disaster.

    CBS/ NY Times poll released today has it at 47% Romeny 46% Obama.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:24 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    I don't think it was ever a big deal that someone could wear other people's medal of honor. Suppose I have or get my Dad's medals remanufactured by a medal company and I allow my son or another family member wear them. I don't have a problem with this at all.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 9:14 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Speaking of tangents, Brian, I was wondering what your thoughts were about the recent SCOTUS repeal of the Stolen Valor Act.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:44 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Not my point all. I merely noted that the Teabagger ranks are filled with people who think it is funny to call the President a "n!@@&r".

    A fact, I would note, that you do not dispute

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:38 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    Steve insists on going off on his tangent.[yawn]

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:29 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    I know Steve,

    All of us folks are a dime a dozen to you BECAUSE we lack the bizarre thoughts that fill your world on a daily basis. To each his own.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:02 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Why can't they Brian? Because you, a confirmed low ranking Mujadeen of the Mullah Miitia say they can't? I think we have all heard all we ever want to hear from members of the Teabag Taliban that like to call the President a "n!@@&r". You folks are a dime a dozen.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:26 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    The founders of the Taliban can in no way be parallel with the founders of the Tea Party. But I suppose in Steve's Fantasyland it's not impossible.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:24 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Its disgusting that a great man like John Adams can be coopted by the Teabaggers, when he spent the last 40 years of his life standing in firm opposition to their spiritual forefathers.

    The whole thing reminds me of the Mormon practice of "baptizing" the victims of the Holocaust in an attempt to rob their spirits of the very thing that they went to their graves in the defense of.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:21 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Brian, I had thought that you were banned for life. Good to see you back, I hope you learned a valuable lesson.

    Strange, though, that we haven't seen much of your pal Larry since you came back from the dead.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:20 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    Steve Schmidt wrote:

    Teabag Mullahs comparing themselves to John Adams is like Josef Mengele comparing himself to Christ.

    Preposterous!

    -Chuckle,

    Our President just offered amnesty to " young immigrants ". Some of these people are Islamic militants , really doesn't matter how few , It only takes one with a bomb to blow up a crowded building or area. Not that this matters a bit to Steve.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:06 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    Steve Schmidt wrote:

    High speed rail is a baby step on the path to that brighter tomorrow.

    -We thank you Steve for reminding us the Democrat's philosophy is one could never spend enough money to improve life.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:19 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Teabag Mullahs comparing themselves to John Adams is like Josef Mengele comparing himself to Christ.

    Preposterous!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:57 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Why do you think that is Walter? [innocent]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:33 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1125

    The beat goes on. The beat goes on.

    La de da la de. La de da de da....


     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 4:11 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    DB, Jerry had no point which is exactly what I said at 6:29. The Founders were a radically heterogeneous group and there certainly can be no parallel between men like Jefferson or Adams and the Teabag Taliban Group Mind.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 9:57 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Why on Earth would I say that the bullet train only benefits illegals? Steve like to think of Republicans as the Taliban. I was rebutting that and encouraging government that cuts wasteful spending.
    Any benefits that illegals get is wasteful spending.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:52 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Steve... did you wllfully miss Jerry's point or are you that confused?

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 6:29 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    I love the willful ignorance of people like Jerry Kimono who blindly equate John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as if the Founding Father's were some sort of single minded corporate being.

    Adams (the proto Whig abolitionist) and Jefferson (the libertarian slaveholder) would certainly have had VERY different views of the current conflict between decent Americans and the Teabag Taliban.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 6:16 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Jerry, you soil the names of great men.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 6:08 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    "seemingly"
    Seem to, appear to. Ever heard of the (state) Dream Act?

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:43 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2357

    Of course a more accurate comparison to positive revolutionaries would be Jefferson, Adams and Franklin to name but a few men who truly loved this nation, its people and its Constitution.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:22 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Don, at 122 posts you are a relative newbie here so I am willing to cut you some slack but, if you think that birtherbaggerpalintitis begins and ends with keeping the brown folks "in their place", you just haven't been paying attention.

    The Teabag Taliban say they want a revolution and, like Pol Pot, Joe Stalin and Jefferson Davis before them, they aim to get themselves one.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:05 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Great story DB, the only problem is that the Royko article came out in 1976, not 1979 so it predates the Rolling Stone article by 2 years.

    The man was a visionary and he took a lot of carp for it from many of the same idiots who are criticizing him today.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 4:32 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Programs that only benefit illegals? Are you referring to the bullet train?

    I'd like a list of programs that only benefit illegals, the elimination of which would balance the state budget.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 4:05 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    their, not there

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 4:05 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Steve, the happiest place on earth is Fantasyland, where you must be living if you think that Democrat spending beyond there means is going to make California a better place.
    Encouraging responsible spending and cutting programs that seemingly only benefit the illegals does not make the Taliban. For you to compare a proponent of such to the Tailban means that you have stuck your head in the sand in regards to what the Tailban truly is. Maybe you need to tour of duty in Afghanistan to enlighten you.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:55 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Schmidt stated...first started referring to the Governor as Moonbeam was because he proposed the state establish a network of satellite phones...

    That is conflicting because In 1979, an out-of-state columnist, Mike Royko, at the Chicago Sun-Times, picked up on the nickname from Brown's girlfriend at the time, Linda Ronstadt, who was quoted in a 1978 Rolling Stone magazine interview humorously calling him "Moonbeam".A year later Royko expressed his regret for publicizing the nickname.

    Regardless of why it started, most people used it because of his wacky girlfriends and lifestyle combined with his court appointments and legislation proposed.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 2:47 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    If impoverished workers, nonexistent government, a poisoned environment and worthless land were the keys to national prosperity, Somalia would be the happiest place on Earth.

    Heck, they would probably make Kim Parigoris their Queen.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:08 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    California will never be able to compete with Republican distopias like Talibama where land can be had for next to nothing, latter-day sharecroppers can be paid ever decreasing wages and environmental regulations written by the corporations themselves allow multinationals to poison their workers water, air and food. We would be fools to even try.

    Our state's future lies in building a sustainable economy anchored by first class infrastructure and a well educated workforce. While the Teabag Taliban would have us engage in a race to the bottom in which everyone (except the 1%) lose, the path lays open to a better future in which all Californians enjoy the fruits of prosperity. High speed rail is a baby step on the path to that brighter tomorrow.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:08 pm on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Every year scores of companies move to the Silicon Valley inspite of the area's high wages, absurd real estate prices and strong regulatory environment. At the same time, hundreds of start ups are hard at work building the foundations of tomorrow's Googles. These companies choose to base themselves in the Bay Area because of two things, the area's superb information infrastructure and its highly educated and skilled work force.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:49 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Kim, I am telling you ENOUGH. ENOUGH nonsense from the dangerous right who's only solution for a toothache is cranial amputation. ENOUGH fascism from the Teabag Taliban who pose as patriots while they plot the destruction of our nation. The American people have had ENOUGH of your hatred, ENOUGH of your racism and ENOUGH of your one way ticket back to the dark ages.

    ENOUGH!

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:45 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    The visionaries on the dangerous right forget that the reason wing nuts first started referring to the Governor as Moonbeam was because he proposed the state establish a network of satellite phones.

    Crazy talk, right? How we will move the state into the 21st century when the "conservatives" are trying to drive it back into the 16th is anyone's guess.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:30 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Tell Sacramento enough! And vote no on any tax increases this year- make them live within their means. Every tax increase will bring more government agencies and bureaucracies to "oversee" any extra revenue they might bring in. This state has one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel and they don't change a darned thing about the way they operate; in fact they put the pedal to the metal with every failed policy they adopt.

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 8:51 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Makes sense to me. I am deep in debt, can't pay my bills but those new super fast Ferrari 599XXX sure look nice, they only cost a lousy $2 million. I think I will ignore my financial woes and figure out how to buy one,I am sure I need one.

     
  • Jonathan Shinn posted at 8:50 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    JRS Posts: 9

    To answer your question in a word, yes. I will use the bullet train frequently. (My comment is not an endorsement of the SPENDING decision - I'm just saying that there is a market, regardless of the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the move). I imagine that the thousands of people who are driving up and down I-5 on any given day would join me.

     
  • Marc Yates posted at 7:43 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    MWYates Posts: 22

    Keep electing liberal, spend-thrift democrats and the piggybank becomes empty very quickly. Aren't the state senate and assembly about 70% democrat? That train will never see completion. The state will be bankrupt before it even comes close to linking San Francisco with L.A. They start off by building a line from Madera to Bakersfield. People will be lining up for miles to get a ride on that. You can go to the Buck Owens Cowboy Band Museum.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:19 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Governor Brown has had the nick name "father of public unions" ever since he was governor the first time in which he was instrument for unionization in government.

    It is no surprise he is enthusiastically psuhing high speed rail.

    Teamsters Rail Conference Applauds California Vote For High Speed Rail...

    Largest Public Works Project in State to Employ Hundreds

    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Teamsters Rail Conference applauds today's vote by the California State Senate to pass legislation that will enable high speed rail construction. The new rail system would be the largest public works project in the state and could potentially employ hundreds of unionized maintenance of way workers and locomotive engineers and trainmen who are members of the Teamsters Rail Conference.

    PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1h64o)

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 4:09 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    N) on 30,31,38 and 39..YES on 32! This thing was sold to the taxpayers as a bullet train from LA to SF, like it was going to happen overnight. It will be lucky if it sees that route in the next 20 years. The Sierra Club is all for the train, but had a hissy fit when Brown wanted to make its construction immune to lawsuits stemming from environmental issues, so he caved. So now we have the Sierra Club- much more than just a birdwatching group- who will cost the taxpayers millions in lawsuits for something they support. What are the chances that they will not find a Swainson Hawk or some other terribly endangered species during construction.. Boondoggle is that this whole project is. Another pet project of Governor Brown, along with the Peripheral Canal. Even CNN is talking about what a joke this is..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wFJZCF1V0w&list=PLE7E7C4EC23E8D811&index=3&feature=plpp_video

     

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