A couple to think about…

And this one is verified by a number of other folks… sigh…

GOODBYE TO CALIFORNIA

Written by Dr. Ron Martinelli

(Dr. Martinelli is a renowned forensic criminologist and retired police detective with the San Jose Police Department).  

  As I sit in the LAX terminal after concluding business in downtown Los Angeles for the past two days, I cannot help but reflect upon my journey from a once California native to a new resident of the Great State of Texas and why.  You see, in my personal and professional opinion, the once great State of California has in essence become a third world country.

“The concept of the “third world” has evolved to describe countries that suffer from low economic development, high levels of poverty and little to no ability to utilize natural or economic resources.”  French demographer Alfred Sauvey, 1952.

While the reasons for California’s ever-spiraling downwards status from 1st World economic prominence and prosperity to near 3rd World malaise are many;  I will assert that when you combine uber-liberal politicians, with rich elitist Hollywood Celebrities, dotcom CEO billionaires, disengaged millennials and illegal aliens; you in effect create the circumstances where your city or state becomes a 3rd World environment.

The process of California’s demise from the “Golden State” to 3rd World status has been slow but steady; supported and enabled by the aforementioned actors.  While much of the legislated changes for the worse have been designed and voted in by politicians in Sacramento; municipal politicians and a complicit uninformed, naive and entitled voting public must also share blame.  After all, when 51% of those on some type of government subsidy out-vote the 49% of the money earning and tax paying citizenry, any state is doomed to failure.  With California now a “Sanctuary State” and their libtard Democratic state legislature pushing for voting rights for illegal aliens, the state will never recover.

My observations during my short visit to Los Angeles underscored many of the problems Californians are facing as they follow lemming-like their Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, their Democratic legislators and urban mayors like Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles off the economic cliff. Literally nothing substantive is good about L.A. anymore.  An ever-growing homeless subculture populates the downtown area.  The intoxicated, drug influenced, mentally impaired and criminals are everywhere.  They literally surround Civic Center, federal buildings and courts – the so-called foundations and protectors of the Rule of Law and society.  

How ironic to be surrounded by the failures these very systems, liberal politicians and judges have created.  Isn’t karma interesting to watch in real time?

The homeless, numbering in the thousands, sleep in the shadows of immense, gleaming edifices owned by multi-billion dollar international conglomerates and dotcom corporations. Business executives in Brioni suits and workers quickly pass by the unwashed masses, while holding their noses to screen out the stench of urine and feces.  The obvious health and safety hazards to the public are too many to count.

Interconnecting Los Angeles city roadways and state highways designed to transport the commuting, tax paying public to their job sites are a debacle.  The ribbons of roadways are a mess of potholed, weed infested, trash laden, graffiti vandalized passages filled with vehicles lined up bumper-to-bumper going nowhere fast.  These are your tax dollars at work.  While California voters grumble and groan, in the end they just seem to accept their fate as one of the prices to pay for living the California dream.

You see, the working public has no time to get out and protest the outrageous and constant increases in taxes on gas, municipal services, vehicle registrations, rapid transit and a bullet train going to nowhere.  Only the unemployed, government subsidized masses have time to demonstrate in the streets to ensure that their subsidies continue.  Since the liberal politicians in Sacramento know this dynamic and their power base all too well, the taxation without representation continues.  I was staying at a hotel near LAX and my mileage commute to downtown L.A. was a mere twelve miles.  However, it took me every bit of one hour and twenty minutes to arrive at my destination. I then paid $20 for the privilege of parking my car in a public lot.  Of course, this was after I paid $30 a day to park my rental car at my hotel.  Nice.  I’m seriously considering Uber next time.

Since I frequently travel throughout California on business, I will tell you that Los Angeles is a mirror image of all of the other large urban cities in the state.  I have observed similar and even worse depressed and dysfunctional urban environments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County, San Diego and a number of other cities. California is rapidly becoming a two-tiered society of the very rich and the very poor, similar to the 2nd and 3rd World countries I regularly visit.  The middle class, small business owners and the retired are either being pushed out of state and/or escaping in droves to such tax free, business friendly and less crime ridden states such as Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Florida.  Lame duck Gov. Moonbeam and the state’s liberal Democratic legislature know this.  They just don’t care because their power base is now assured  Just ask any of their castrated, powerless Republican colleagues.

There will never again be a Republican administration in California.  The days of Ronald Reagan have long passed.  The candidates lining up for the governor’s race in 2018 are Open Borders and Sanctuary State advocates Anthony Villaraigosa and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.  Governor Brown and his Democratic legislature are pulling out all the stops creating legislation that will allow illegal aliens in the state to vote in state and local elections.  Republicans, conservatives and moderates don’t stand a chance.

Here are just some of things Californian’s have done in recent years to turn their state into a 3rd World mess:

  1. Passed Proposition 47 which has since freed tens of thousands of felons from state prisons and county jails back into communities.
  2. Prop. 47 also eviscerated the parole enforcement agency and created a system where police on the streets can’t even enforce outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants anymore.  
  3. Police no longer arrest people for being under the influence of dangerous drugs.  What would be the point; it’s just a misdemeanor. 
  4. They have reduced the crime of auto theft to a citable misdemeanor.  Steal a car; get caught and get a ticket.  Commit non-violent crimes, get arrested and you are out the same day with a promise to appear in court that will not ever be enforced.  No warrant enforcement, remember?  Amazing!

California’s new “Sanctuary State” status supports and enables its Open Borders mentality.  Police in a number of cities such as San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles are ordered not to assist ICE with border enforcement.  Remember the Kate Steinle murder case where her five-time convicted criminal and deported illegal alien was acquitted?  Well, that’s the political mentality that created that circumstance.  This is also an excellent example that liberal politicians in California are willing to sacrifice the innocent to demonstrate that they support violent illegal alien criminals.

What happens in California’s larger cities filters down to its medium and small sized cities as well.  I recently wrote about the city of Salinas, CA.  that experienced an incredible 150% increase in its homicide rate from 2014 – 2015 which rated Salinas as one of the nation’s 30 most violent cities.  Fifty percent of all of their murders were gang and drug related, with the predominate population of gang members being illegal aliens.  I can only wonder how Silicon Valley dot-commers’ who are paying over half a million bucks for a home and commute over four hours a day to San Jose like living in that violent environment?

Which brings me back to why my successful business owner wife and I escaped to Texas.  The state loves us  No commute problems, no state taxes and we live in an area where there is little to no crime.  Our area just outside of San Antonio some of the best school districts in the U.S.; high employment, great people and lots of fun things to do.

My wife and I live a great life on a ranch with a river in our backyard where we can fish, swim, kayak and BBQ with family and neighbors anytime we want.  The price?  Less than you would pay for a one bedroom studio condo in any of the cities in California I’ve mentioned.  New home buyers only need three percent down to purchase a home and veterans make no down payments.  If you are a younger middle-class person, a small business owner or retired, you’d be nuts to remain in California.

With California over a trillion dollars in debt and 30% of their budget going to subsidizing illegal aliens at the expense of hard-working, taxpayers who have little to no voice on how their state is run, the state and the majority of their citizens are doomed  That’s what a two-tiered society eventually creates. 

One heck of a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!

The truth is blatantly obvious… and yet the left STILL turns a blind eye.   I say let this Titanic sink.

It’s no wonder anyone with any sense is leaving… But sadly, they are trying their damnest to turn the states they’re going to into another California…

Voter suppression…

By another means???

Interesting to note that last Wednesday/Thursday all of the MSM came out almost simultaneously with almost identical articles on how the Dems were going to take 40 seats next Tuesday, saying the races were ‘all over’. This was combined with Pelosi going on some TV program saying she IS going to be the next speaker. The logical extension was don’t bother voting, it’s a done deal…

Kinda reminds me of 2000 and the voter suppression of the military absentee ballots- When the NYT admits it’s as bad as they did in the article, you can take a guess at how bad it really was, HERE. And CNN et al tried to call Florida for Gore before the polls had even closed in Escambia County (Pensacola), which is what swung Florida to Bush. And the MSM was quickly calling states for Gore, while suppressing the calls for states where Busy was winning. That went on most of the night.

We’re already hearing how two ‘districts’ in VA and one in Kentucky will ‘decide’ the races nationally, saying they will presage the democrats blue wave.

I’m to the point that I believe they should NOT be able to ‘call’ races until the morning of 7 November, AFTER everyone has actually voted.

On another note, there is this video from Project Veritas…  Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke’s (4th gen Irish, without a lick of Hispanic background), whose campaign workers spending campaign funds illegally for the illegals, apparently WITH the blessing of the campaign manager Jody Casey.

The TL:DR is:

“I just hope nobody that’s the wrong person finds out about this.”

“It’s f***ing happening.” O’Rourke Campaign Staff Uses Pre-Paid Cards for Honduran Alien Supplies

“Don’t ever repeat this…” Campaign Staffers Explain How to Hide Campaign Expenditures for Aliens

“If you get caught in some sort of violation that’s like a $50,000 fine,” “For me I can just ignore the rules and I’m like f**k it.”

Staffer Says She Sent Texts to Director; Told Campaign Manager Jody Casey, Who Says “Don’t Worry”

If a Republican had been caught like this, it would be page 1, and the lead on every newscast simultaneously! A Dem? Crickets… Project Veritas caught Gillum’s campaign in Florida doing something similar, and ‘that’ individual was let go, with the campaign complaining the video was racist… Sigh…

As far as I’m concerned, the slogan should be VETO Beto… Seems that ‘most’ of his money has come from the left coast and NYC. An interesting note, his ads ONLY appear on national TV, whereas Ted Cruz is running his ads on local channels.

As for his being called ‘Kennedyesque’, not so much, other than family bailing his ass out and keeping him out of jail at least twice…

I know…

I’m old and grumpy, okay???

But dammit, Christmas crap isn’t supposed to be on the shelves until AFTER Thanksgiving, FFS…

Grumble… I know they market Christmas stuff year round, and there are locations that have ‘Christmas Stores’, especially in tourist areas that are open year round, but what happened to having time to celebrate Thanksgiving?

The ‘history’ of Thanksgiving in the US is interesting, from Wiki.

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts, and also to a well recorded 1619 event in Virginia. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as dictated by the group’s charter from the London Company, which specifically required “that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631. According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden. Now called Oktober Feesten, Leiden’s autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims’ plans to emigrate to America. Later in Massachusetts, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned the colony’s thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.

Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”. Franklin D. Roosevelt finally proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as the ‘official’ day in December 1941.

OBTW, we aren’t the only country that celebrates it…

I ‘think’ part of the problem is that it was originally a day to give ‘thanks’ to God for the Pilgrim’s survival, in addition to being a day to give thanks for the harvest. Since it’s ‘tied’ to Christians, may are trying to minimize it… Sigh…

 

Book Promos…

More promos for indie authors! 🙂

First up Celia Hays and Leanne Hayden’s seventh book in the Chronicles of Luna City- Luna City Lucky Seven

Click on the covers to go to the Amazon links!

The blurb-

Welcome to Luna City, Karnes County, Texas … Population 2,456, give or take! Fugitive former celebrity chef Richard Astor-Hall has become a valued member of the community, expanding service at the Café, keeping company with local ace reporter Kate Heisel, and training his new assistant cook, Luc Massie, part-time drummer for the punk rock band OPM. Trouble is brewing when Luc falls in love with the daughter of Sook Walcott, the most ferocious tiger-mother in Luna City … and progress of renovating the historic old Cattleman Hotel has slowed to a standstill. And is Richard’s past about to catch up to him, once again, when his old flame comes to Luna City to get married to someone else? All these questions and more will be answered in this, the seventh Luna City chronicle.

Next up is another short from Cedar Sanderson- Lab Gremlins

The blurb-

All Steven wanted was a lab job to get experience. His boss acted like a mad scientist, but that wasn’t the problem. No, the problem started with disappearances around the lab, and then it really escalated. Steven finds himself scrambling to cope with gremlins, chemical spills, and much worse things when the government agents show up… because they are recruiting and don’t take no for an answer!

And last, but not least, Laura Montgomery’s Mercenary Calling

The blurb-

Exoplanets. Terrorists. Lawyers…

Calvin Tondini has his first client, but he may be in over his head.

It’s the twenty-second century. Humanity’s first and only interstellar starship returns safely. Its mission to discover a habitable planet succeeded beyond all hopes, but there’s one problem. Captain Paolina Nigmatullin of the USS Aeneid left an unsanctioned human colony behind and now stands charged with mutiny.

Despite a somewhat spontaneous approach to his own career, life, and limb, Calvin intends to map a more cautious path for his new client. Captain Nigmatullin, however, shows an unnerving penchant for talk shows—appearing on them, that is—and otherwise ignoring her attorney’s sober counsel.

How can Calvin ensure his client’s freedom when death stalks the Aeneid’s crew, and Nigmatullin herself hides secrets from everyone, even her lawyer?

TBT…

This was from the first night in the new house back in 2016…

Hard to believe it’s been two years… And I’m enjoying it! 🙂

 

Happy HOWLoween…

It’s Halloween, it’s cold, it’s raining, and we’ve got WAY too much candy… Sigh…

So you get humor…

  1. Why don’t witches like to ride their brooms when they’re angry?
  2. They’re afraid of flying off the handle!

 

  1. Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
  2. No body

 

  1. What do skeletons say before they begin dining?
  2. Bone appetit !

 

  1. Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
  2. Dayscare centers

 

  1. Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
  2. His ghoul friend.

 

  1. What monster flies his kite in a rain storm?
  2. Benjamin Frankenstein

 

  1. What do ghosts serve for dessert?
  2. Ice Scream

 

  1. What’s a monster’s favorite play?
  2. Romeo and Ghouliet

 

  1. What do witches put on their hair?
  2. Scare spray

 

  1. What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?
  2. Bamboo

 

  1. What’s a haunted chicken?
  2. A poultry-geist

 

  1. How can you tell when you’re in bed with Count Dracula?-
  2. He has a big D on his pajamas

 

  1. What’s pink and gray and wrinkly and old and belongs to

Grandpa monster?

  1. Grandma monster

 

  1. Why did the monster eat a light bulb?
  2. Because he was in need of a light snack

 

  1. Why are most monsters covered in wrinkles?-
  2. Have you ever tried to iron a monster?

 

  1. What kind of mistakes do spooks make?
  2. Boo boos

 

  1. Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep?
  2. Because of his coffin

 

  1. Why do mummies make excellent spies?
  2. They’re good at keeping things under wraps

 

  1. What kind of cereal do monsters eat?
  2. Ghost-Toasties

 

  1. What kind of monster is safe to put in the washing machine?
  2. A wash and wear wolf

 

  1. What’s the first thing ghosts do when they get into a car?
  2. They boo-kle their seatbelts

 

  1. What has webbed feet, feathers, fangs and goes quack-quack?
  2. Count Duckula

 

  1. What do you call a person who puts poison in a person’s corn

flakes?

  1. A cereal killer

 

  1. Why are monsters huge and hairy and ugly?
  2. Because if they were small and round and smooth they’d be

M&M’s

 

  1. Why wasn’t there any food left after the monster party?
  2. Because everyone was a goblin!

 

  1. How did the ghost patch his sheet?
  2. With a pumpkin patch.

 

  1. What is as sharp as a vampires fang?
  2. His other fang.

 

Q: What do the birds sing on Halloween?

A: Twick or Tweet

 

Q: What did the little ghost have in his rock collection?

A: Tombstones

 

Q: Why should a skeleton drink 10 glasses of milk a day?

A: It’s good for the bones

 

Q: What do baby ghosts wear on Halloween?

A: White Pillowcases

 

Q: What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?

A: Squash

 

Q: Why did the witches’ team lose the baseball game?

A: Their bats flew away

 

Q: What was the witches favorite subject in school?

A: Spelling

 

Q: What does a vampire fear most?

A: Tooth decay

 

Q: Where did the vampire open his savings account?

A: At a blood bank

 

Q: What did the mad scientist eat on Halloween?

A: Frankenfurters with Ketchup

 

Q: Where do mummies go for a swim?

A: To the dead sea

 

Q: What is Transylvania?

A: Dracula’s terror-tory

 

Q: Where does dracula water ski?

A: On Lake Erie

 

Q: What kind of boat pulls Dracula when he water skis?

A: A blood vessel

 

Q: What do you get when you divide the diameter of a jack-o-

lantern by it’s circumference?

A: Pumpkin Pi

 

Q: Why are there fences around cemetaries?

A: Because people are dying to get in.

 

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?

A: He didn’t have the guts.

 

Q: What does a ghost eat for lunch?

A: A BOO-logna sandwich.

 

Q: How does the silly witch know what time it is?

A: She looks at her witch-watch.

 

Q: What did the Mommy ghost say to the baby ghost?

A: Don’t spook until your spooken to.

 

Q: What kind of protozoa likes Halloween?

A: An amoeboo!

 

Q: Why do ghouls and demons hang out together?

A: Because demons are a ghoul’s best friend!

 

Q: What happened to the guy who couldn’t keep up payments to his

exorcist?

A: He was repossessed.

So…

The WAPO and other MSM are blaming the bombing on Trump, and defacto blaming him for the synagog shooting in Pittsburgh yesterday, claiming ‘they’ have the moral high ground, because they are ‘honest’ reporters. One of the claims yesterday on cable was that the President has radicalized more people than ISIS…

But if you go back and look at when Steve Scalise was shot, even though the shooter was an admitted and avowed Bernieite, you never saw THAT in a headline.

As an OBTW, Trump’s daughter is married to a Jew, has converted to Judaism, and he has Jewish grandchildren. Kinda hard to say he’s anti-Jewish.

I would just ask this question of the WAPO/NY Times, and other MSM outlets- How clean are your hands? What is the actual slant of most of your stories concerning either the President or Republicans? Hint- Over 80% negative/provocative in nature.

Have your stories played up or played down violence between various groups, and what slant is seen on those stories?

What do many of your talking heads/pundits continue to insinuate on a daily basis? Peace and love, balanced reporting, or ???

Are your articles for or against the military?

Law Enforcement?

The common people/flyover country?

Immigration?

NRA/Armed citizens?

And the list goes on…

There is some pushback, HERE, from S. Sanders on the President and First Lady visiting Pittsburgh tomorrow.

I’m about to the point that anything I read in the papers or see on the MSM, I pretty much believe the opposite is going to be the truth… sigh…

 

 

Oldies but goodies…

This weekend was one for seeing some beautiful oldies…

Beautiful 55 shoebox sedan delivery! Talking to the owner, it was four years and a ‘lot’ of money that went into the restoration. It’s running a crate 350 with a Turbo 400 behind it.

And this one… A 53 3100 (1 ton) Chevy pickup. I didn’t talk to the owner, but wow…

And this rear graphic is something else!

We were all parked WELL away from the store, the white truck behind this one was also Marines. LOL

The one I didn’t get a pic of, was a 1970 Mercury Grande Marquis Brougham, fully outfitted, including wheel pants, that looked all original. It was leaving a parking lot as I was pulling in, being driven by a little old white haired lady. I’m betting that one was immaculate inside and out too!

Sigh… So many nice cars, so little money…

Snerk…

The Icelanders have obviously ‘forgotten’ how much beer Americans drink…

A national crisis hit Iceland this week when a force of 7,000 American sailors and Marines who know nothing about the third president’s propensity for alcoholic self-restraint invaded the country’s capital city of Reykjavík, flexed an unquenchable thirst for frosty suds and swiftly drained much of the city’s beer supply.

Full article, HERE.

The only ‘real’ beer in Iceland before 1989 came from the US military. You have to understand that until 1989, Iceland beer was limited to 2.25%, so people drank hard liquor, or traded with sailors and airmen for beer from the bases.

We left there in 2006, pulling all the support and exchange/commissary was closed, which meant no more American beer. From what I’ve heard, even today their ‘beer’ isn’t real good… And they don’t import beer from the states as far as I know. Hence the ‘drought’ when the Americans hit town.

And hopefully the kids were smart enough to NOT try the Ákavíti… That s**t is NASTY…

Food and friends…

Our little group gets together on a regular basis for food…

Tonight was my turn to cook, and there had been a back and forth about Tortillas. Now I’d done Miggie’s recipe earlier, and since Peter didn’t remember trying it, I decided to do it again.

Now I’m cooking for six, so it’s barely going to be enough… Even with adding two more eggs, and some ‘extra’ on the other ingredients…

So I reached out to Miggy, “WTH do I serve WITH the Tortilla?” Or words to that effect…

So we ended up with fruit, cheese, and biscuits! 🙂 And pie for dessert!

And everyone, including Peter, was very happy with the meal, but it was a close thing, there were NO leftovers… It barely served six. Sigh…

Which takes it off the list if it’s more than our little group, unless I feed ’em in shifts!

Thanks Miggy!