“If it’s yellow, it’s mellow” *

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

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — April 7, 2015 @ 11:33 am

  2. 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.

    Comment by ZZMike — April 7, 2015 @ 11:34 am

  3. 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™.

    Comment by Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter) — April 7, 2015 @ 11:56 am

  4. 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.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — April 7, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

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

    In the sand ??….

    If you say so.

    Comment by Lord of the Fleas — April 7, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

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

    Comment by geezerette — April 7, 2015 @ 1:07 pm

  7. 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.

    Comment by geezerette — April 7, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

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

    Fiorina is pandering.

    Comment by Abernathy Cranston III — April 7, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

  9. ^ 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.

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — April 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

  10. Breaking: Abernathy Cranston III endorses Jerry Brown for President!

    Shocker!

    or not

    Comment by Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter) — April 7, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

  11. ^
    Jerry Brown for President! – 1970s political technology.

    Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 7, 2015 @ 4:38 pm

  12. 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.

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan — April 7, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

  13. 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.

    Comment by ZZMike — April 7, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

  14. 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.

    Comment by Paul Moore — April 7, 2015 @ 5:01 pm

  15. 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.

    Comment by ZZMike — April 7, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

  16. ^ *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.

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — April 7, 2015 @ 6:25 pm

  17. 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.

    Comment by Buzz — April 7, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

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

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan — April 7, 2015 @ 7:54 pm

  19. ^ 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??

    Comment by rickn8or — April 7, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

  20. 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….”

    Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 7, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

  21. ^ Maglevtov!

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — April 7, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

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

    Comment by accipiterNW — April 7, 2015 @ 11:29 pm

  23. 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 !!!!!

    Comment by mech — April 8, 2015 @ 7:27 am

  24. ^ 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?

    Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 8, 2015 @ 8:55 am

  25. Shield the antenna on the thing.

    Comment by RonF — April 9, 2015 @ 4:24 pm

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