Tuesday, October 21, 2014

$21 million savings for McKinleyville taxpayers

Taxpayers in McKinleyville will save more than $21 million thanks to the refinancing of school bonds. - Jack Durham/Mad River Union

The McKinleyville Union School District recently refinanced $7.3 million in bonds, thereby saving $21.2 million over the next 36 years. That’s $4 million more than the savings anticipated back in August when the MUSD Board of Trustees approved the cost-saving measure.

The bonds were originally approved by more than 55 percent of voters in McKinleyville back in 2008 and were used to repair aging classrooms, upgrade utilities and improve energy efficiency at the district’s three schools – Morris, Dow’s Prairie and McKinleyville Middle School.

Change: Among Students, Republicans Crushing Democrats on Social Media

For eight years, Americans have been told that Democrats have a decisive advantage among young people, and especially on the Internet. That might have been true with the rise and re-election of Barack Obama. But as his presidency falters, and as Republicans invest in technology, the tide is rapidly turning. In fact, among students, Republicans are now far ahead of Democrats on social media, winning on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. - Joel B. Pollak/Breitbart California

As Sean McMinn of the Scripps Howard News Wire reported recently:
On Facebook, the College Democrats of America have just 17,400 “likes,” compared to the College Republican National Committee’s 124,700. That’s seven times more.

And on Twitter, the Democrats’ count of 33,600 followers is behind the Republicans’ 56,700.

Even more shocking: While the College Republicans are consistently churning out videos with several thousand views on YouTube, all but one video on the College Democrats’ YouTube account is set to “private.”
Democrats counter that mere numbers of users or views on social media do not translate into votes, and that the key in Internet campaigning is translating online enthusiasm into offline activism. Republicans also use professional staff to manage their social media presence among students, whereas Democrats rely on volunteer efforts. Still, the edge--even if symbolic--is significant as a possible indicator that the GOP can turn the tide.

Obama: Hey, all these red-state Democrats running away from me are strong supporters who vote with me!

President Barack Obama appeared on Al Sharpton’s radio show today to send a campaign message seemingly calculated to drive folks like Sens. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu to drink. - Mary Katharine Ham/HotAir
“So, this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. And I tell them, I said, you know what, you do what you need to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn up.”

...As I’ve mentioned before, there’s maybe nothing that cheers me more about Republican prospects that Democrats acting so very, very desperate. You’ll hear not a thing about a tone of “unprecedented negativity” in this year’s ads because the worst examples are coming from endangered Democrats. But just because the press doesn’t report the pattern doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
More shocking than this jibberish is that we have a president who appears on a criminal's radio show. - Discussion at Lucianne

What It Looks Like for an Entire City to Flee ISIS – Right Before the Terrorists Get Bombed by the U.S.

Satellite images from September 6 and October 15 released by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and made available at Mashable show what happens to a border when hundreds of thousands of people are forced to leave their home for refuge in another country. - IJ Review

A September image of a border crossing shows a desolate landscape on both the Syrian (southern) and Turkish side:

While an image taken of the same location the next month shows hundreds of vehicles which have been abandoned on the Syrian side of the border so that civilians can make their way on foot into Turkey:



Washington (AFP) - With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities were cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system. - AFP
About 100 more people, most of them health care workers, are being tracked in Texas after coming in contact with the first patient diagnosed in the United States in late September.

Still, officials said it was reassuring that no new infections had emerged in recent days.

"We are breathing a little bit easier, but we are still holding our breath," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Hospital Requiring Patients To Knock Before Entering ER...
Must Answer Set Of Questions Before Allowed In...
CDC releases new Ebola gear guidelines...
Liberia's broken medical system fails to keep track of patients...
Study Projects Spread of Virus...
Obama Repeats: You Can't Get Ebola on Bus -- Day After Bus Quarantined...
Drama continues around NBC News' chief medical editor...

The American Ebola patient you haven’t heard about - The Right Scoop

Apparently there is a secret Ebola patient that is on the way to a full recovery that no one has mentioned yet. As a friend of mine wondered, if this Ebola patient had died would anyone have told us about it?

Another U.S. Ebola Patient Recovers at Emory - NBC

Trial Ebola Vaccine Set for January Rollout in West Africa, WHO Says - NBC

The WHO, in consultation with health authorities in the countries most affected by the outbreak of the disease that has killed more than 4,500, will decide on how the experimental vaccine will be distributed and used. About 1,000 people a week are being infected with Ebola, according to the organization, which has warned the number could rise to between 5,000 and 10,000 a week. The WHO has cautioned that experimental vaccines cannot immediately help to control the worsening epidemic, but could be used to help protect the health workers needed to get it under control.

Infection Protection: New CDC Ebola Guidelines Stress Gear Ritual

...the CDC has received more than 400 calls from hospitals who feared they had an Ebola patient. About 10 percent seemed worth investigating, he said. Not one since Duncan has turned out to actually have Ebola. But the CDC expects more cases could come so long as Ebola continues to ravage Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

California Judge Voter Guides

California voters often don't know much about judicial candidates - LA Times
"How many people know anything else about the judicial candidates?" said Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State L.A. "How do you know they're doing a good job?"

Most of California's roughly 1,600 Superior Court judges are first appointed by the governor. Those judges appear on the ballot only if they are challenged for a new term. Other judicial elections take place if a judge retires or resigns very close to an election. (Slots on state appeals courts and the Supreme Court are filled solely by appointment.)

Trial judges earn a base salary of $178,789 and serve for six years.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County voters will weigh in on six judicial races, half of which involve sitting jurists. Strict ethics rules limit what the candidates can say, mostly stripping the races of the sort of controversy that makes voters take notice.

"Judicial races done right should be clean," said San Diego Superior Court Judge David M. Rubin, who's president of the California Judges Assn. "You don't want something that will sully the reputation of the bench."
Judges hold considerable sway over the lives of those in their courtrooms. But the average voter either has no clue how to assess judicial candidates or spends little time doing so.

Our Judge Voter Guide for California’s November 4th General Election will help you cut through the rhetoric, election propaganda and biased media coverage of the campaigns. This guide ranks every aspect of a candidate’s record according to experience, integrity and commitment to community. - Craig Huey/judgevoterguide.com via Tim Donnelly
How important is it for you to vote for the right judges?

Judges sitting on California courts may be incompetent, corrupt or lazy.

Even worse, many are political opportunists with a political agenda. They are “judicial activists.” A judicial activist legislates from the bench. Instead of strictly interpreting California law, these judges make the laws. Instead of applying the law to facts, they impose their own values on us all.

It is the voters of California and the legislatures that are supposed to make laws. Not judges. In fact, these judges ignore the law in favor of their own liberal, left-wing, anti-family agendas.

Legislating from the bench, these judges destroy or weaken constitutional protection, votes by the people, family values, marriage, religious liberty and economic freedom. SEE MORE at the link
California judicial elections, 2014 - Judgepedia
This year, voters have the opportunity to choose whether or not to retain certain justices of the supreme court and the courts of appeal. Such retention elections only occur every four years.
Robyn Nordell's Conservative California Election Website

$21 million savings for McKinleyville taxpayers

Taxpayers in McKinleyville will save more than $21 million thanks to the refinancing of school bonds. - Jack Durham/Mad River Union

The McKinleyville Union School District recently refinanced $7.3 million in bonds, thereby saving $21.2 million over the next 36 years. That’s $4 million more than the savings anticipated back in August when the MUSD Board of Trustees approved the cost-saving measure.

The bonds were originally approved by more than 55 percent of voters in McKinleyville back in 2008 and were used to repair aging classrooms, upgrade utilities and improve energy efficiency at the district’s three schools – Morris, Dow’s Prairie and McKinleyville Middle School.

Monday, October 20, 2014

R.I.P. Oscar de la Renta

Iconic Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82 - ABC

Cuomo Concedes Defeat in the Common Core Wars

A safe Democratic governor joins the conservative education wars. - Bloomberg

What a dizzying downward spiral it's been for Common Core. Just a few years ago, it was the joint product of agreements by 48 governors (minus only Rick Perry and Sarah Palin), an attempt to ameliorate the negative impacts of No Child Left Behind. (Cuomo was not elected until 2010, after the initial agreements.) Then conservatives rose in opposition – and for a while, progressives laughed at foolhardy lawmakers warning that these new standards would induct children into homosexuality. Later, as Tim Murphy has documented, suburbanites (in New York especially) started raging about the new testing that reflected poorly on their kids, and labor unions worried about the shuttering of underperforming schools.

That's how we ended up with this ad, from a center-left Democrat with heavy labor backing, promising voters that he will slow-walk the education standards that Glenn Beck had warned about first.

Tina Brown: Obama Makes Women Feel ‘Unsafe’

“I think [women are] feeling unsafe,” Brown said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday. “They feel unsafe economically. They’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS. What they feel unsafe about is the government response to different crises.”

Brown said Obama’s smugness and willingness to place blame has also contributed to his declining support.

“I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody,” she said.

What a Failed Ideology Looks Like:

Socialist Group Calls For $20 Min Wage at the Same Time Paying... - IJREVIEW.COM|BY MICHAEL HAUSAM

The Seattle, Washington-based Freedom Socialist Party thinks the federal government should mandate a $20 per hour minimum wage.

This is a group that, earlier this year, also strongly supported the Seattle/Tacoma airport’s wage increase to $15, as well as the city of Seattle’s efforts to do the same.

And they are completely on board with the efforts to raise the minimum wage in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and the state of California itself.

In fact, the group just published an editorial on why the minimum wage should be even higher than what’s being proposed in these various places...

So, you’d expect that when looking to hire folks to help spread the socialist gospel they’d lead by example, right? Wrong.

Take a look at the job listing they recently posted on Craigslist, taking careful note of the highlighted wage they’re offering:

You read that right. They want to pay $13 an hour for a web content manager! Notice also that this is only a part-time job. As both Magazine and All American Blogger point out, this falls well below the average pay for this type of position....

The Toxic President

"It’s the X factor... X stands for trust. Obama has spent six years squandering it. - Discussion at Lucianne
A Toxic President - New York Post
...it will take a miracle worker to restore Barack Obama’s credibility. While there are many things to say about his tenure, the one thing you cannot say is that the nation trusts him.

Poll after poll, on subject after subject, show a collapse. Consistently now, a majority of Americans say Obama is not trustworthy. Most think he’s a failure, many say he is incompetent and the vast bulk — 70 percent in some cases — says his key policies are wrong for America.

He is so unpopular that members of his own party don’t want to be seen with him, lest his failures spawn a political plague.

Against that backdrop, any emergency will cause the national yips. The rise of the Islamic State and its beheadings of two Americans did it, and now Ebola is doing it.
As “Ghostbusters” asked, who you gonna call? Certainly not this White House.

Credibility is like a reservoir or a bank account. You make deposits in good times so you can make withdrawals when you need them.

Obama never made the deposits. It’s been all downhill since Day One. He blames others for failures, and when cornered or ambitious, reaches for a lie. Routinely....
This is featured on Drudge at the moment: - John Hinderaker/PowerLine

Far be it from me to kick a man when he is down, but note that those who walked out on Obama were all–presumably–Democrats. They didn’t leave because they disagreed with the president, but rather because they were bored by him. Which highlights a point I have made before: contrary to assurances the Democratic Party press has been giving us for eight or ten years now, Barack Obama is a mediocre public speaker, at best.

Ouch! Perhaps they had heard it all before. - Discussion at Lucianne

The Incompetence Virus: The Obama administration has all the symptoms. - David Catron/American Spectator
If the shoe fits... - Discussion at Lucianne

AND ANOTHER Senate Dem Candidate Refuses To Say If Voted For Obama - Daily Caller

‘People may lose their jobs': Ready for another James O’Keefe sting video?

Donna Brazile: ‘Voter fraud is a big ass lie'; James O’Keefe: You’re ‘going to regret saying this’ - Twitchy

O’Keefe just tweeted this tease of his next project, writing that hacks like Donna Brazille and others who claim voter fraud isn’t happening will come to “regret” their words. Get the popcorn:

Wait … what? Well, as Twitchy reported, James O’Keefe warned the idjit known as Donna Brazile that she would regret saying “voter fraud is a big ass lie.” - Twitchy, Who Said What on Twitter

The $1 billion Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will convert as much as 56 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water for San Diego County residents, is emerging from the sand like an industrial miracle.

Could desalination solve California’s water problem? - Sacramento Bee

...Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.

They are building the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will convert as much as 56 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water for San Diego County residents. The project, with a price tag of $1 billion, is emerging from the sand like an industrial miracle. In California’s highly regulated coastal zone, it took nearly 15 years to move from concept to construction, surviving 14 legal challenges along the way....

Reverse-osmosis desalination was invented in California in the 1950s. But other nations with fewer natural freshwater supplies – Israel, Australia, Saudi Arabia and others – embraced the technology first and built dozens of projects over the past few decades. When the Carlsbad plant begins operating in 2016, it will be the largest desalination project ever built in the Americas. Desalination on this scale is so new, said MacLaggan, that Carlsbad will be operated initially by an Israeli subcontractor, which will help train a staff of California workers.

The eyes of a thirsty state are trained on this project: It is a crucial test for an industry eager to expand in California, where residents are famously protective of their coastline and also accustomed to relatively cheap water. In short, the Carlsbad project is challenging California’s status quo while also offering the tantalizing prospect of relief from drought.

“This plant can’t come online fast enough,” said Bob Yamada, water resources manager at the San Diego County Water Authority, which serves 3.1 million people and is buying all of the plant’s freshwater production. “It’s droughtproof. That’s one of the most important attributes. It will be the most reliable water source we have.”

...The state has more than a dozen permitted desalination plants, but they are all small. When Carlsbad begins operating, it will produce about 25 times more drinking water than all of them combined...


‘Empty bleachers': As Pres. Obama peddles hope, Maryland Dems head for the exits - Twitchy

a funny thing happened. The Obama faithful, who had waited in line “for hours” to get a chance to hear him speak, started leaving in the middle of his speech. Jeff Mason of Reuters reports:

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early - Reuters
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
Obama To Dems: You Need To Get “Cousin Pookie” Off The Couch And “Tell Him To Vote”… - Weasel Zippers
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Starting tomorrow, you can vote too. You’ve got to grab your friends. You’ve got to grab your co-workers. You know, don’t just get the folks you know are going to vote. You’ve got to find Cousin Pookie, he’s sitting on the couch right now watching football, hasn’t voted in the last 5 elections, you’ve got to grab him and tell him to go vote.
Obama: Get "Cousin Pookie" Off The Couch And "Tell Him To Vote" - Real Clear Politics