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!”
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:
• Single parent who has custody of a child
• On public assistance
• Lacking a high school diploma
• 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.