Mayans Worng?

pull the other one; it’s got bells on

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday night that calls on the newspaper Village Voice “to act as a responsible global citizen” by taking down its “adult entertainment” section of its classified advertising website.

Consider that for a minute: The Senate of the United States of America urging a private business to “act as a responsible global citizen”…

Take your time with that one.

Oh yeah — their stated goals are laudable; coming out fully against child sex slavery. How brave. Without any stated proof that that is what is actually going on with this private business. And it’s a resolution.

Wasn’t there some kind of “cliff” and some other “foreign affairs” stuff they had on their plate? Oh, nevermind — must not be all that important.

Here’s something that’s actually important: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to save the sea otter population. Yes. For 25 years they have been relocating the sea otters to San Nicolas Island, off Santa Barbara. These are sea otters. In the open sea, you see.

In 1982, USFW were worried that a large oil spill could kill all the sea otters and wanted to create a “back-up population” on a remote Channel Island. In the open ocean. So, they created a No Otter Zone. And, between 1987 and 1991, they managed to capture 140 otters and put them on San Nicolas Island. “Sit. Stay.” 140 whole otters. On San Nicolas Island. In the open ocean.

USFW are firmly convinced that 12,000 to 16,000 southern sea otters “once” roamed from Oregon to Baja, Mexico, even though no one was counting otters then. Being eeeevil humans we only hunted them “to near extinction” for their fur during the 18th and 19th centuries. A hundred years and more ago. In the open ocean.

Commercial fishing [sea urchin harvesters] and oil interests, as well as the Navy, objected to the [original] plan to bring otters south, where they could compete for resources and complicate offshore development. To appease opponents, federal authorities restricted otters in southern waters to San Nicolas Island. [In the open ocean.]

Hence the No Otter Zone. For their porteeeection. Your tax dollars at work! Let’s “Tax The Rich” because we have no f’n idea why there is a deficit! There’s nothing left to cut!!!

Especially in California! To the bone, we are already cut! Vote for More Taxes — retroactively shhhhhhhhh – because we need money!! What for? I’ll give ya “What for!”

The California High-Speed Rail Half Fast Train Authority

On a 5-0 vote … the authority adopted a community benefits policy that sets hiring goals for contractors for the first sections of the statewide rail project in the central San Joaquin Valley.

…At least 30 percent of all work hours must go to workers who live in “economically disadvantaged areas,” and 10 percent of that work must be done by “disadvantaged workers.” …disadvantaged workers

…The rail authority will penalize contractors who fall short of the goals.

What the hell — it’s only building a dang train: 1840′s technology. How hard can it be?!?

The Half Fast Train will run from Bakersfield [pop. 350,000] to Madera [pop. 62,000][130 miles]. Or from Borden [ formerly, Alabama Settlement, Post Office closed for good in 1907] to Corcoran [pop. 25,000] [54 miles]. Whatever. For $6 BBillion smackeroos.

Some qualities that would define an applicant as disadvantaged:
• Homeless
• Veteran
• Single parent who has custody of a child
• On public assistance
• Lacking a high school diploma
• Felon
• Chronically unemployed
• Apprentice with fewer than 15 percent of the necessary hours to graduate from a trade program

Howinhell did *veterans* get on that list?!?

Nice deal; offloading a bit of the “entitled masses” onto private business in return for a nice, phatt govt contract. That ought work just fine.


  1. rickn8or
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    The Senate passed a resolution Thursday night that calls on the newspaper Village Voice “to act as a responsible global citizen” by taking down its “adult entertainment” section of its classified advertising website.

    Glad they’re finally concentrating on the important stuff.

  2. Posted December 22, 2012 at 11:31 am |

    The question is – is this country ready for self-government? Or will it take a few more generations?

  3. apotheosis
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 11:51 am |

    They otter know better.


  4. Posted December 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

    I did not wake up this morning. I am officially dead. Unfortunately, I still have to pee, so I’d better get up and do that.

    Or, I guess, I could just do that here.

  5. geezerette
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |

    Hog you could just do that there –depending–

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

    A railroad that nobody wants, or will use.
    A railroad that costs 100 times more than is budgeted for.
    A railroad from nowhere to nowhere.
    A railroad in a State that is Brazillions of dollars in debt.
    A railroad that must also serve as a jobs program.
    A railroad that must be built by felons, cripples, homeless and nonschooled.
    A railroad that no company has offerred a bid to build.
    A railroad that is slower than driving a car.
    A railroad that is waaay slower than a commerical flight.
    A railroad that requires special tracks that no one makes.
    A railroad that the govt agency`s head has quit.
    A railroad that exists in the mind of a psychotic leader of a psychotic legislature.
    A railroad that exists due to psychotic voters electing psychotic leaders and psychotic legislatures in a psychotic State that psychotically believes that they, alone, can save the entire world from Global Warming.
    A railroad that in no way can ever cure psychosis.
    A railroad that some day may be listed in medical books as a form of psychosis.

  7. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |

    I await the radical left who will want to stand on one part of the First Amendment while disregarding the rest of the Bill of Rights and the entire Constitution.

    I, too, have become a progressophobe.

    How long before the DalaiBama considers conservatism a mental disease and a disqualification for exercising your Second Amendment rights?

    The reason I pose the question is because that is exactly the course of action by Communist dictators.

  8. Merovign
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm |

    A “jobs program” is proof that if you explain an economic fallacy to a bureaucrat, they will try to impose it on everyone they can.

  9. Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm |

    Neurotics build castles in the air. Psychotics live in them.

  10. Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

    @Walt, this nation was better equipped for self government in 1787, or even a generation ago, than it is now. Sadly.

    Remember this moniker: Classical Liberal. Let’s take the name liberal back from the illiberal control freaks. Let’s usher in the New Enlightenment.

  11. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

    Okay, lessee …
    The US Senate now is trying to run the world by defining what a good global citizen is. Well, it’s either that or vote on a budget. Have these birks even read their job description?
    (What? Well, screw ‘em. They elected Reid.)

    Otters can swim and can’t read to “Otter-Free Zone” signs.
    Are they gonna fine or shoot otters that occupy the zones?
    However, in their defense, sea-urchin roe is tasty raw, if a tad hazardous to get (ref: my SCUBA days on the central CA coast), so there’s that.

    The railroad will be built by people qualified only to lean on a shovel.
    Aaaand they haven’t even run into Sheriff Bart, yet.

  12. Jess
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm |

    I think they’ll build the train, put it in service, find it cost it cost 18 billion, nobody rides it, it hits a three toed, frog sniffer, which was thought extinct, the train isn’t allowed to run any longer and they put it in Disneyland, so people can sit in the seats and watch a 3D movie.

    Meanwhile, the illegal alien coalition wins the California Senate and they pass a law making all Anglos provide a photo I.D. to vote.

  13. geezerette
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm |

    Veterans are on the disadvantaged list??? John Kerry comes to mind.

  14. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm |

    Neurotics build castles in the air. Psychotics live in them.

    And Californians build trains to them.

  15. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm |

    I have an idea. How about a train from Monterey that carries otters to Oceanside? That sentence has *train*, *otters* and *ocean* in it! A “threefer” in Sacrastupido`s logic……Logic?

  16. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm |

    High speed train?
    Nah – gravy train.

  17. TimO
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 6:20 am |

    The big question: Do YOU want to ride on a 100mph+ train built by ‘disadvantaged people’ with those qualifications?

    Waiting for the massive casualty disaster in 3…2…1….

  18. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:09 am |

    Y’know …
    I’ve read this plot before:
    Atlas Shrugged.

  19. Posted December 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

    Personally, I like otters, and….. Big surprise, Wolves. Beautiful creatures. The action, although they swam all over the place, seems to have worked, bringing their population up to about 2800, from less than 20.

    And, before you take me to task, remember, I am Disadvantaged!

    Ain’t working on no damn railroad in the middle of nowhere, though.

    Merry Christmas! I am done shopping!

  20. rickn8or
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    And Merry Christmas to you Wollf! But I’m ahead of ya; I spent yesterday with son, d-i-l, grandsons and Ex-In-Laws That Matter.

  21. The_Grey_Man
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

  22. accipiter NW
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm |

    Should just give the politicians a new Lionel Train set. Sure, they went bankrupt in 1986 but are back with new suppliers. Its no wonder the O-gauge line is the best selling.

  23. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm |

    Grey Man (21)
    Looks like you’re a fan of Mark Greaney.
    (good stuff)

    As for the link,

  24. ZZMike
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:46 am |

    The world did in fact end – wink out of existence – at midnight at the end of 12/21. However, realizing that this was extremely inconvenient to several billion people, it was instantly recreated, in exactly the same condition as it was before.

    About that Resolution: it’s real comforting to know that the Senate has all the the really important stuff handled.

    About that California thing: it’s official: we’re being governed by board-certified madmen.

  25. Posted December 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

    I want a Lionel Train set. Haven’t had one since I was a little kid. It was fun!

  26. Posted December 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm |

    One time, when we were growing up in the orphanage, we managed to come into possesion of a #2 key. How, I can’t remember, but we were some sneaky little bastards.

    A #2 key would work on any lock in the whole place, including the hidden basements. There, in one of the buildings, we found an intricate train set that had obviously been donated years ago, but never used. It was like 8′ X 8′ square. It had towns and trees, and switches and stations coming out of its ass. Yeehaw.

    So we played with it for a while, and then I ripped-out some of the relays and switches and servos and used them for my rocket-building experiments. I can now, singlehandedly, pw0n North Korea. Come to Poppa.