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Monthly Archives: December 2014

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 »

Past PD Privatization Studies

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Volume 1412, Number 16 Old Private PD References  One solution to PD union corruption is replacing the entire police department. This seems to be “throwing out the baby with the bathwater,” though. Transferring CMPD to the Sheriff’s Department and contracting with the OCSD for service doesn’t address the issues very well. And, the examples of present-day OC deputies texting their ... Read More »

Accidental synecdoche

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Volume 1412,  Number 15  Liars destroy credibility of all . . . A story meant to demonstrate the seriousness of the campus rape problem has become an accidental narrative about lying (a synecdoche*). Breitbart News published an investigation casting serious doubt on Lena Dunham’s tale of sexual assault in her memoir the same week driving the same message home. On ... 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 »

Odds and ends

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Volume 1412, Number 12 Potpourri Desalination This is an excerpt (seen here and here ) from a piece by someone who should be a strong environmentalist: Desalination, along with conservation and water recycling, can substantially begin to address the state’s water shortages. Fortunately, advancements in technology have greatly reduced the cost of desalination, as well as the energy consumption and ... 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 »