Monday, June 26, 2017

Critical Thinking

Activists/Terrorists — or just bullies (Amended)

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Volume 1501, Number 5 Al Qaeda tactics  The Fairview Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting illustrated “terrorist tactics” as a preferred approach to problem solving. No dynamite or swords, though, just raucous rudeness and name calling. But the purpose was the same — to intimidate those who disagree by attacking them personally. The specific issue for the committee was requesting more ... Read More »

What are kids learning

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Volume 1501, Number 4 They learn by watching Young people who attended the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday night learned a lot. They learned that the way to deal with those who dare disagree with you and your friends is to groan ostentatiously, catcall, and yell “liar.” And, they found the way to handle a request to refrain ... Read More »

By the oath, or . . .

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Volume 1501, Number 2 Oath — or Herd Mentality Costa Mesa Police Officers swear (or affirm): I WILL never . . . permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence . . . I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will . . . The CMPD union’s law firm advised: Work ... Read More »

Noted in passing

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Volume 1412, Number 17 Midweek’s  random notes Gandhi on guns: “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Gandhi might have some sour observations about the California government. Stabilizing or moving to stables? LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen ... Read More »

All I want for Christmas


Volume 1412, Number 14 Dear Santa, For Christmas this year I don’t want candies and gorgeous gifts. We look at pictures of many people who broke governmental rules crucified, or displayed with their hands and limbs hacked off, or strangled. Our colleges and movie industry angrily protest the cruelty of the U.S. in “torturing” a few terrorists at Gitmo some years back ... Read More »

Plan for Pareto effects

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Volume 1412, Number 13 Pareto’s Principle is correct  Pareto’s Principle boils down to: 80 percent of the effects (good or bad) always come from 20 percent of the causes. It seems to apply in fields as diverse as economics, medicine and even home gardening. Pareto’s Principle is validated during CM Council meetings: about 80% of the vitriol originates from about ... Read More »

Only the names have been changed

". . . they are obsessed with hate . . .can see only conspiracy . . ."

Volume 1412  Number 11 Playbook still used The CMPD union’s now-defunct law firm published a “playbook” to help police unions pressure government officials. “Keep in mind that most of these tools are not to deliver your message to the public but are designed to simply get the decision makers into giving in to your position.” (CMPD’s union announced that they had fired ... Read More »

Need integrity not assault

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Volume 1412, Number 10 Do lies make a difference — really We’ve noticed that the Frogs ( term explained ) and their acolytes haven’t made major position statements about the PD union recently. They and Bubbles are probably waiting for the union to tell them the correct position. Here’s a guess; the position will be “The rogue PIs that the ... Read More »

Plywood and the First Amendment

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Volume 1412 Number 9  Free speech or freebies? An article in the Daily Pilot notes that a sheet of plywood might be trash, or it might be a political sign. Either could be subject to the wrath of Code Enforcement (CE). Oops, no, turns out it’s an expression protected by the First Amendment as interpreted by controversy-averse City employees. (Read, ... Read More »

They won’t play nice — regardless

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Volume 1412, Number 8 The last 10% Marketing Guru Seth Godin writes In a competitive market, if you do the work to lower your price by 10%, your market share grows. If you dig in deep, analyze, reengineer and make thoughtful changes, you can lower your price another 10%. This leads to an even bigger jump in market share. (Soon you ... Read More »