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Birthday Wishes

It’s CAgov Jerry Brown’s birthday today. He’s 77. [4/7/38]

I smell mustard....

[Jerry Brown’s] net worth [is] $4 million

His major Life Goal is: a traaaain.
Technology of the 1840’s !!!!1!!!!!!!
…carrying No One from Nowhere to Nowhere South.
…not even any buffalo to shoot.

What he’s completely uninterested in is Water. Well, to be fair, he is completely uninterested in preventing any problems with Water, the most vital resource in his state. In fact he once said that most of the major water storage dams ought to be blown up and returned to Nature, or something, but the InnarToobz have been scrubbed of that little TruthSlip™.

But now:

Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. … the smart meter.

…“It collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone that’s built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption,”

…the precise moment to send his employees to videotape the infractions to use as evidence. … an enforcement tool … used in both businesses and homes

Carly Fiorina is blaming California’s water crisis on “liberal environmentalists” who are “willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.”

“With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could be avoided,” … “Despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population has doubled.”

…as a result, 70 percent of California’s rainfall “washes out to sea” every year

…“California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It is a tragedy,” Ms. Fiorina said.

“Government has grown so huge, so powerful, so costly, so complex, it is literally crushing the life out of this country,” she argued. “It is crushing small and family-owned businesses, which are the economic engine of our nation. It is crushing possibilities out of people’s lives by entangling them in a web of dependence from which they cannot escape. The weight, the cost and the power of government are literally crushing the potential of the nation.

Opportunity Cost.

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25 Comments!

  1. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 11:33 am |

    Okay, the title/pic play is funnier’n snot.

  2. ZZMike
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 11:34 am |

    California’s had its head in the sand for at least a decade, over the water problem. It’s not like this is a big surprise.

    And trying to blame it on “global warming” is just plain stupid.

  3. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 11:56 am |

    I seem to remember Dear Leader had no problem getting a round of golf in last visit. So I guess the country club sprinklers are Exempt™.

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm |

    country club sprinklers are Exempt™.
    Palm Springs. In the middle of a desert. The very idea, building golf courses in deserts, is an obscenity.

    I recall seeing a sign in a rental cottage along the Outer Banks of North Carolina imploring renters to be stingy with water, because it was scarce.
    At the same time, looking out the window, i could see the sprinklers running most of the day at the golf course across the highway.

    Water conservation for the political and country club set in Kali and elsewhere:
    You hoi poloi conserve water so we can have our golf courses, pools, fountains, water features and lush lawns in the desert. All y’alls, especially you farmers, go fuc k yourselves and take dust baths. We have snail darter and delta smelts to water.

  5. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm |

    ^^ California’s had its head in the sand for at least a decade …

    In the sand ??….

    If you say so.

  6. geezerette
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm |

    Wahh Wahhh we need the tax payers of America to pay for our draught—- we need federal funding!!!!!

  7. geezerette
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm |

    By the way Ms Fiorina is sounding very strong. Don’t you think it’s time for a woman to be the President—- yes– Hillary you could be right.

  8. Abernathy Cranston III
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm |

    If high speed rail is 1840s technology then your car is 1890s technology.

    Fiorina is pandering.

  9. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm |

    ^ Actually, high-speed rail* is competing with airlines.
    You know, 1910s technology.
    But they’re not real technological advances like rockets and …
    (What? Medieval Chinese technolgy? Shaddap!)
    _______
    * A monorail would’a gotten us to the 1940s.
    A maglev would’a used 1970s technology.
    Superconducting/cryogenic maglevs would’a gotten us to the 1990s.
    Free levitation would’a used 2015 movie tech.

  10. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm |

    Breaking: Abernathy Cranston III endorses Jerry Brown for President!

    Shocker!

    or not

  11. Ironic in Denver
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:38 pm |

    ^
    Jerry Brown for President! – 1970s political technology.

  12. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm |

    People sometimes ask me how I went from being a PETA supporting vegetarian MassPIRG “Silver Telephone Award” winning ( TWICE!!! ) fund raiser practicing Wiccan to conservative whateverelesinthehellIam. One part was gradual…the more I became responsible for the more conservative I got. More sober—more Conservative.
    Two other substantial steps were seeing the Spotted Owl clusterfuck first hand and driving through California and seeing what the Delta Smelt wrought. And of course that time that I was ” excommunicated” from my Wicca group for voting for George Bush because ( and I quote ) ” A vote for Bush is a knife in the heart of the Goddess “. There was even an attempted “intervention”. This happened.

  13. ZZMike
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm |

    dnqdwg (#4) All of the Los Angeles area was a desert, until one enterprising gentleman came along and turned it into the city it is now.

    One story I heard was that he was a rainmaker. He went to the city council and asked for $10,000 to make it rain. That was a bit of money in those days. They said OK, let’s see you do your stuff. So he went out into the desert – didn’t have to go far – built a tower, did a rain dance, built a fire to send some vapors into the air,

    A few days later, it rained. It didn’t stop raining for several more days. The place flooded. The city council tried to run him out of town (or maybe row him out).

    Later he sued, saying OK, I made it rain. They said Yeah but the whole city’s flooded. We’ll give you your $10,000, but you owe us about $500,000 for cleanup costs. When we gt paid, you’ll get paid.

    I don’t know how that turned out, except that LA and environs is no longer desert.

  14. Paul Moore
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm |

    When I read the P.J. O’rourke comment that famine was always a man caused disaster, I scratched my head.
    I get it now.

  15. ZZMike
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:02 pm |

    DougM (#9) “…Superconducting/cryogenic maglevs would’a gotten us to the 1990s.”

    Well, yeah – in the lab. There still aren’t any large-scale SCCMs. There’s a problem of cooling 100 miles or so of chromium/ytterbium/scarceium rails to 3 or 4 K, and keeping them there.

  16. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm |

    ^ *heh* Yeah, true, in my limited understanding of the technology.
    I was just tryin’ to segue into Back to the Future levitation.

    As ACIII says ^8,
    Fiorina is wrong in that the railroads of that time used external-combustion engines (steam from coal then oil) which were pretty much replaced by internal-combustion (diesel-electrics) in the ’50s. Modern electric trains are powered, ultimately, by coal, nuclear, gas-turbine, and hydroelectric plants, sooo …

    Point is,
    the current CA high-speed rail project has nothing to do with any practical need for high-speed intercity rail transportation.

  17. Buzz
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm |

    dick has a few years on me, but we’ve observed the same.
    How SoCal got so overpopulated without its own source of water is something the mental giants of the post-apocalypse will discuss at length.

  18. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 7:54 pm |

    ” He who Smelt it Delta it ”
    — some commenter somewhere

  19. rickn8or
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm |

    ^ Actually, high-speed rail* is competing with airlines.

    At what energy cost per seat-mile? LAX to SFO, I’m thinking that planes and hi-speed trains would be a dead heat.

    And The Space Cadet is going to be 77? How do you get to be 77 years old and not know shit??

  20. Ironic in Denver
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm |

    I know what it is, but every time I see the word “maglev” in this thread, I think of a bunch of Jewish people dancing in a circle and singing “maglev nagila, maglev nagila….”

  21. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 9:43 pm |

    ^ Maglevtov!

  22. accipiterNW
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 11:29 pm |

    ^ “Maglev, not war.”……. So sayeth a 77 y.o. hippie icon.

  23. mech
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 7:27 am |

    How many more ways will he turn cali brown?

    ***********************************
    I’m looking for the company that will start drilling the alleged massive qualifiers on the continental shelf and pipe it to the land (the rails don’t go out to sea to bring the water in by rail car). Another few hundred years of clean water under the sea floor, enough till the other technologies become mature and economical.

    Imagine the consequences of a leak or spill !!!!!

  24. Ironic in Denver
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 8:55 am |

    ^ How many more ways will he turn cali brown?

    Well, he and his irresponsible, left-wing, fruit cake* colleagues have already covered cali with shit, so there is that.

    * Or is it just opportunistic, self-centered greed?

  25. RonF
    Posted April 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm |

    Shield the antenna on the thing.