ToDaZeD CA *palm-to-the-face*

Bold Words

PrettyPretty Gavin Newsom is the noo governor of Kleptofornia. He gave this performance speech performance at his inauguration:

At a time when so much of America is divided, we are united. Our people are big-hearted and fair-minded, when those qualities are more vital than ever.

Then he lists instances of people behaving decently as though it surprises him. Telling.

Here’s one example I’m putting in my back pocket for later

I spent time with farmers in Fresno who rise and grind before the sun comes up to feed the world.

“feed the world”…

Make no mistake, there are powerful forces arrayed against us.

Step One: Creation of the Us/Them dynamic.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
– H. L. Mencken


Not just politicians in Washington – but drug companies that gouge Californians with sky-high prices. A gun lobby willing to sacrifice the lives of our children to line their pockets. Polluters who threaten our coastline and pay-day lenders who target our most vulnerable.

Classic Proggie re-frames of reality. …or Exercises in Imagination. Imagine that.

Though ussing up one of three or four available hobgoblin spots in one’s inaugural speech on pay-day lenders? Hardly seems to compare to Big Carbon Inexpensive Power which has pulled more individuals out of poverty than any other human advancement… But whadda *I* know?
[Aside: they've already killed off the bail bonds industry. War on the low-functioning?]

In other places, interests like these still have a tight grip on power. But here in California, we have the power to stand up to them – and we will.

Alrighty, thennn, we’ve achieved the Us, the Them, and added the declaration that the Us are [is? am?] Special. Nicely structured.

[Cuz, say, Iowa and Idaho just don't have the power to stand up to Polluters and Big Pharma. Right?

OR does he have a Secret Weapon?]

We face serious challenges – some that have been deferred for too long.

You mean the long deferred water storage??!?!?
No? oh.

Even in a booming economy, there is a disquieting sense that things are not as predictable as they once were.

When were things “predictable”? Srsly, when?

That we must now run faster just to stay in place. Stagnant wages. Costs that keep rising – rent, utilities, visiting the doctor – the basics are increasingly out of reach. We face a gulf between the rich and everyone else – and it’s not just inequality of wealth, it’s inequality of opportunity.

Have you even considered the effects of ridiculous, donor-pandering over-regulation on business and the CA economy? Noticed productive people leaving in 6-figure numbers annually?
No? hm.

Many of those homeless you’ve described “turning dresser drawers into makeshift cradles” would be working today and buying cribs at Ikea but for the opportunity cost
created by the over-regulations and the demands that every potential coffee truck owner consider and document the fate of the red frog and titmouse in a 500 sq mile radius before being allowed to pour coffee.

These aren’t merely policy problems. They are moral imperatives. So long as they persist, we are all diminished.

Equality of Outcome as Moral Imperative.
Interesting. By which I mean Slick.

Us – check.
Them – check.
Special – check.

Now Higher Authority.
Yep. Right on schedule.

“Hey, wait!” one cries. “That otherizes the Them!”
Yes, indeedy it does. Also makes them into immoral, e-vial, raaaacist people when they oppose — or even question — Us.
Nifty, eh?

Here’s an odd bit:

We are all touched by the human condition – whether we ourselves are homeless or jobless, whether we ourselves can pay the bills or have safe drinking water at home [woah - things took a sudden T'urd World turn here in Unicorn-i-fornia. or is that a Water Storage promise? plz?]. We all have our own frailties and vulnerabilities – we’re all susceptible to suffering and disaster. [...or a threat? nice home ya got there; be a shame if... ]

So let us resolve to follow the example of rescuers and rebuilders [in the fire zones] – and make sure our fellow Californians share in the compassion and empathy that connect us and make our burdens and anxieties easier to bear.

Forced “sharing” in the “compassion and empathy”. How does that even work? Social Media shaming? Higher taxes, surely. wtf.

Funnay. My anxiety is not exactly decreasing.

Our politics doesn’t always reward taking on the hardest problems [see aslo Rahm's advice to DJT]. The results of our work may not be evident for a long time. But that cannot be our concern. [wait... what about the whole Equality of Outcomes thang!? Can't have "Income Inequality" superiority without it.]

We will prepare for uncertain times ahead. [moar Water Storage? Si?]. We will be prudent stewards of taxpayer dollars [so, kill the Bullshitte Train?], pay down debt [bwaaahahahahaha.], and meet our future obligations [lookin at you, CALPERS]. And we will build and safeguard the largest fiscal reserve of any state in American history.

I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man skeezy lanky, slicky sticky, wonky donkey, pretty boy.

Here in California, we will prove that people of good faith and firm will can still come together to achieve big things. We will offer an alternative to the corruption and the incompetence in the White House. Our government will be progressive, principled and always on the side of the people.

I was worng: ^^that^^ is Bold Talk.
Bold Talk™ that blythely ignores definitions and History.
[it's so much easier, really]

We will be “California for all.”

We will not be divided between rural and urban or north, south or coastal and inland. We will strive for solidarity, and face our most threatening problems — together.

How to square that statement with the fact that the southern-urban needs the water belonging to the rural-northern to survive — well, “survive” in the style to which they have become accustomed? We shall see…

Where Washington failed on the epochal challenge of climate change, California led, extending our cap-and-trade system and setting bold targets for lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and then beating them.

Ask those people with their babies in their dresser drawers how well that’s workin’ out for them.

When Jerry [Brown] last took the oath of office, he reflected on a parable from the Sermon on the Mount. It tells of a foolish man who built his house on sand. A storm washed it away. But a wise man sought sounder foundation. And when the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house he built, it did not fall. “For it was founded upon a rock.” For eight years, California has built a foundation of rock.

Like a Rock.

Our job now is not to rest on that foundation. It is to build our house upon it.

Now more than ever, we Californians know how much a house matters, and children matter — because so many of our neighbors have lost theirs.

Together, let us build a house stronger than the coming storms, yet open to the world. A house that provides shelter to all who need it and sanctuary to all who seek it — where opportunity abounds for all who will work for it. A true California house, sun-kissed, dream-soaked, and built with the sweat of honest work. We will not have one house for the rich and one for the poor, or one for the native-born and one for the rest. We will build one house for one California.

Because what is a house but a home. And California is our home.

sorry for the ad but IMO worth watching for the ginormous, gut-punch pander, the Hillary-worthy focus-grouped-ness, and the Fauxcahontus-grade spontaneity.

NB the first six seconds at the lower left corner.
Time… Ming!

Words fail me.

I’m all done here.

Oh, and it’s not just about meeeeeee. “California for all.”
Y’all got some Californicatin’ coming to you, too:

…It will only be achieved if we all share the spirit of the young DREAMer from Los Angeles I heard recently. She said: “I wasn’t born in California, but California was born in me.”

There’s a spark of California hope and California courage born in all of us. It’s up to us what we do with it. The eyes of the world are upon us. Now more than ever, America needs California. It needs the guiding light of our values and the progress they make possible. This is where America’s future is made. This is our charge. That is our calling. [...and your little dog, too!!!]

Bold Talk™ for a sleezy wheezy, creepy dopey, wonky donkey, Kleptofornia Pretty-boy.


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm |

    That schlemiel-ish goniff is a barf a minute. What a nauseating laundry list of empty words with no facts or other grounding in reality.
    “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind;…
    – Lord Kelvin
    Gavin The Toothy, Lord Kelvin just called you an emptyhead.

    Claire, I’m amazed you could sit through that bilge to report it to us.
    I think he topped FDR’s “nothing to fear but fear itself” bullshit, where all have rights except “the evil rich” who must be made to pay for others’ Utopia.

    That’s after the likes of Brown and Newsome skim? squander?…nah let’s go for both – skim AND squander about 40% off the top.

  2. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm |

    Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.
    ~ Hamlet 2:2

  3. Veeshir
    Posted January 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm |

    We are together!
    Just not with them.
    Inclusion:It’s not for everybody!

  4. Posted January 8, 2019 at 11:44 pm |

    Okay, I promise I’m not being a smart ass on this one.

    I’ve been unfortunate in life in that I never had any kids and thus never any grandchildren either so this is probably the most naive question of all time, but I’m truly curious. In the video clip above of the Governor, the young boy that walks on stage – I’m guessing that is his son…isn’t that child a bit old to have a pacifier?

  5. Patricia
    Posted January 9, 2019 at 9:19 am |

    So how did Annastacia’s ad get through the censor?

    [FIFY, now gone — dm]

    But back to California, bet the people walking the streets of San Francisco and trying their best not to get poked or to step in human waste really liked his speech.

  6. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted January 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm |

    ^ It’s now been spam-trashed.
    Uhm, if you mean the first one of us with kibosh authority to roll out of bed, eat breakfast, and do errands, then log-on to find an intolerable comment (so far, only spam and the n-word are on the list), and trash it, then reckon this time it was me.
    I also fix the occasional typo or spelling error, if I can’t find any joke/pun/satire in there.
    Hey, somebody commenting here may want to run for office someday.