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jimb
Santa Monica, CA
30-year Santa Monica resident
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“No one is above the law,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, commenting on the FBI raid on President Trump. She’s glib but wrong. What’s above the law is the constitution. It prohibits the FBI from using the power of the courts to enable a mission that ends with an agent trying to position himself to sniff the former first lady’s underwear.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Saturday Afternoon at JustOneMinute
"...lawlessness they endorsed has come to their neighborhoods..." You would expect that, but in fact, the whirlwind is felt by people like bus drivers in Chicago. Meanwhile, here in West LA, where political conformity is rigorously enforced, we have better things to worry about: on Nextdoor.com, the local Rich White Ladies are debating this outrage: "Heartless Rich People. Today was the first time after the pandemic that I gave a housekeeper a ride down the hill to Sunset. I picked her up at Chalon and Westridge; I don't know how farther up she came from. It was cold for LA, 56 degrees, and a long, dangerous walk, particularly tiring after a day's work. If employers cannot take their help to the bus or arrange for transportation, maybe they should consider ..." These don't strike me as people with a clue ...
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2021 on Championship Saturday! at JustOneMinute
"The CA Dems remapped (Nunez) district..." Iggy, California re-districting is by a supposedly nonpartisan commission, created by a proposition that voters approved, made up of an equal number of Dems, Reps and Independents ... California lost a Congressional seat, and Visalia doesn't seem to be the growth engine of California, so it seems there's more to this than meets my eye ...
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2021 on Championship Saturday! at JustOneMinute
Gilead glass problem: "aren't the bottles plastic" ... A contamination risk might be, for example, an overhead light tube that breaks and spills glass into machinery that makes the drug. The FDA requires light tubes be enclosed in plastic tubes, so that's one place an FDA inspector would look.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2021 on Championship Saturday! at JustOneMinute
Joe Buy-Done has taken the Bold Move of selling off the Strategic Petrol Reserve to achieve a tactical goal ... Why, Oh Why didn't traders care? Joe plans to sell the 50-million-barrel reserve over several months. In contrast, Joe rejected the Keystone Pipeline, with its proposed capacity of nearly 50 million barrels EVERY three months, for several decades.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2021 on Safe Travels, Happy Holidays at JustOneMinute
"DCSCA is either trolling or being purposefully obtuse." I see no indication that he's a moron on purpose.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2021 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
Regarding the aircraft carriers that were sold for $1 after years of gathering moss and barnacles: Steel is one of the world's most recycled materials. Much of the world's new steel is produced in electric arc furnaces (EAF) that melt scrap steel that's been shredded. The Asian EAFs are the largest buyers of scrap steel, and the world's largest producers, but most of the new US mills (e.g., Nucor) also melt scrap rather than forming steel through the Bessemer process that starts with iron ore and metallurgic coal. So, the ships won't become amusement parks, they'll be shredded and sold on a global market. The steel in those ships will be worth millions on the global market, but the effort to extract the steel will be costly as well. Most of the world's shipbreaking yards -- in India, Bangladesh, China and Pakistan -- would likely pay more for the ship, but apparently not even Sloppy Joe Biden thinks it's wise to let the Chinese into the guts of our carriers. With US environmental regulations and labor costs, and with our desire to keep our carrier technology at home, the job of shredding those ships will cost a lot more than what it could cost in Bangladesh. The $1 sale price makes perfect sense to me...
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2021 on The Emerging Democrat Debacle at JustOneMinute
I love this story: "ROGUE SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM EXITS AFGHANISTAN" I wish it didn't look like a hoax ... (https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2021/09/fact-check-fox-news-did-not-report-rogue-special-operations-team-exits-afghanistan.html#:~:text=The%20rogue%20group%20of%20retired%20vets%20and%20contractors,a%20French%20special%20forces%20unit%20stationed%20in%20Mali)
"...wonder if the Russians or Chinese will step in..." It seems the die already is cast. China has pitched its "silk road" scam, now that it has clear access from China through Tibet and through Afghanistan to Iran. There's a rail line in the US through Santa Fe where the big American trains reach nearly 100 MPH -- and I'm sure the Chinese can monetize a line like that, especially if it cuts through mountains that have yet to be mined the way that extraction is possible with modern industrial mining ... In other words, the Chinese think they're going to own the road and the mines, and get paid to build them ... Pakistan Intelligence owns Afghanistan on a superficial level, but it's allied actually with the Chinese, even though it seems we in the US pay much of their bills -- yes, we are so very clever. Iran shares another border, and it's already doing deals with China (e.g., during the rise of the pandemic, Iran was very hard hit, mostly because it has a bunch of people, including members of leadership, flying back and forth to China) ... Iran evaded US sanctions in part by selling tanker-borne oil to the Chinese at a discount to world prices, and the Iranians would like to get full price, but they are price takers. They could see the value, however, of a pipeline that followed the Tibet-Iran rail link... The Russians aren't part of this. They left and they'd rather spend their money and military to steal a southern sea port than to care for the humanitarian crises that advances their interests so long as it continues. Did you notice that the Russians, without explanation, are cutting gas deliveries to Europe? No problem, because the Europeans also can get gas over the ocean from us, except when they can't: most of the Gulf oil platforms are now shut down because of the hurricane, inventories already were falling faster than expected, and here in California, one of the pipelines that comes out of the Mountain States is now charging $6 at the terminus (consumers are famously noisy and upset when retail prices get near $4) ... None of this is so hard: it's checkers, not chess, which is good because our Leaders seem not to have the moxie for chess ...
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2021 on Should We Stay Or Should We Go Now? at JustOneMinute
(that was sloppily explained ... she says rural people don't have access to Kinko's ... and that's not the worst thing about her answer)
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2021 on Kandahar Collapse at JustOneMinute
Here's a recent reminder that out vice president is a bit out of touch ... https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/kamala-its-almost-impossible-for-rural-americans-to-get-voter-id/ For example: Around here, which is near her house on the westside of LA, all the "Kinko's" have for well over a decade been called, "Fed Ex."
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2021 on Kandahar Collapse at JustOneMinute
MM2, what jim nj wrote ... This may simply be a clever banking product that deals with the problem cited by ZeroHedge: "...so long as China runs a current account surplus, and global investors continue to purchase more Chinese assets, “someone somewhere in China is going to have plenty of dollars to lend.”"
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2021 on Big News Out There, Probably at JustOneMinute
Thanks, Gus. Live in So Cal, though grew up not that far from Iggy's hillside ...
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
Regarding the election of 1876 -- Tilden v. Ruthaford B. Hayes - which was resolved in Congress: The comparison by Appalled between the 2020 election and 1876 fails on one important point: that election was not stolen, in that the ballots were not impaired – rather, the tie vote in the Electoral College was effectively negotiated by the GOP – whereas, in 2020, everything we’re seeing in AZ, WI, MI and elsewhere suggest this election was stolen by a counterfeit vote, before it reached Congress. Basically, after a toss up in the Electoral College, the vote was swung toward Hayes when southerners who were old Whigs and non-succession-supporters joined with northern GOP, including the old northern Whigs (today we call this group the never-trumpers, and then and now they have an uneasy alliance with Lincoln's party, which provided most of the GOP vote).The deal represented a complicated bargain between regional groups, and it was brokered by Hayes’ team, who spent more than a month on the road, taking trains to carry on the give-and-take talks. The deal still stalled at the last minute ... What broke the deal free, enabling the GOP victory (and the GOP would then produce all but one president up to the early 1900s) was a final deal. Word came back to the northern GOP negotiators that the deal needed one more inducement to get over the hurdle: the southern Whigs asked that Sen. Key of Tenn. be appointed Postmaster General, the office that at the time controlled most federal largess ... The Hayes circle agreed, and the deal was sealed ... The Dems naturally complained, but everyone recognized that the Dems would have made a similar deal if they could have. The election was not “stolen,” as Appalled charged. Statements like that lead me to dismiss everything that this poster is posting – and I’m sorry he’s getting so much attention … There were some very big differences between 1876 and this past year. The biggest problem for Trump – as big as the fake ballots -- was the problem that Trump had faced for all of his term: he didn’t have enough friends and allies in and around government … in contrast, Hayes could tap a broad coalition of people who were experienced in government and had bases of support -- Hayes could, for example, quickly find negotiators who were close to him and would take a train from Cleveland to Topeka to carry on the give-and-take negotiations that led to that complicated inter-regional deal. Trump lacked a crowd of supporters who were part of the Administrative Class (he picked the Exon CEO as sec. of state because he didn’t already have time-tested candidates, and he lost time with trial-and-error process for picking successors or finding candidates who could pass muster with the establishment while still representing Trump). Indeed, Trump’s ties with his supporters was so weak, in the end, that he couldn’t count on his vice president – it doesn’t appear that Trump and Pence were even planning together in the end, which of course is the lesson to learn from 1877.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2021 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
"...not thinking of the revolution of 1848 -- which was a fizzle all over Europe." I think that's an answer that'll earn you a correct score on the SAT-American History test, but that's history for high school kids, plus it leans left. That started with the Paris Commune and ended with a long essay by Marx, sounding themes later developed by, among others, Lenin. And in its immediate wake, it fueled one of the first immigration booms (that's how we picked up all those families of socialist-leaning people who still tilt the political balance in states like Wisconsin and Minn.) This silly argument echoes the one we hear today: a good riot in someplace like Minn. is necessary to advance the cause of Freedom (in fact, using the case of Detroit as an example, the 1966 riots destroyed the city's economic foundations and would have been catastrophic for the Black residents, but for the mountain of government antipoverty aid) ...
"The situation (in LA) is out of control because the people currently in power want it that way." True, though it's not always clear who are "the people currently in power" ... A lot of fists stir those pots, but the biggest driver may be Mr. and Mrs. unintended consequences ...
With its limited ambition, the Dem's congressional agenda fails to command a sense of urgency or focus among its supporters. Thus, the Dems open their first time by expending precious time on impeachment, knowing it cannot be completed before the President leaves office on his own...
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2021 on Lots Going On at JustOneMinute
The Detroit Lions should pick up Kaepernick. It's not like they're going to win, anyway.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2020 on Here We Go Again at JustOneMinute
Dep. D … Thanks … what I know is what I see from sources like Fox, where reporters don't do numbers.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2020 on Here We Go Again at JustOneMinute
There's a dishonest Fox headline that homicides in LA are up 250% in a week. From the Fox reporting, this percentage increase seems to have translated into one homicide during the period. But everyone knows "media is idiots." But the story has interesting facts on who got shot: The homicide victim, Fox said, was "a man in his 40s, died at the scene. No information was available on the man's identity, or on a suspect. The other three shootings: — At about 2:10 p.m. Monday, a person was wounded near Daley Street and Manitou Avenue in the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division by a man who fled in a vehicle. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition. — At about 3:45 p.m. Monday, a person was wounded in a gang-related shooting near Spaulding Avenue and Cologne Street in the LAPD's Wilshire Division by shots fired from a vehicle. The wounded person was hospitalized in stable condition. — At about 9:20 p.m. Monday, "multiple" victims were wounded in a gang-related shooting near Telfair Avenue and Sheldon Street in the LAPD's Foothill Division by someone in a truck that sped off. All were hospitalized in stable condition." If those victims are representative of the people in LA, I'm wondering if everyone in LA is in a gang ... Looks like the police have been only moderately effective against gangland, both before and now …
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2020 on Here We Go Again at JustOneMinute
Southern California's cities, especially affluent cities along the urban coast, have been having trouble attracting qualified police recruits. That's one reason the Santa Monica police chief makes so much money -- and the reason some other cities have short-staffed police departments. Many of these cities are facing budget shortfalls, and that'll limit the money that cities have used to compete for the limited personnel. The riots and noise from lefties won't make the cities' problem any easier to solve.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2020 on In From The Wild at JustOneMinute
Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks is the highest-paid employee of the City of Santa Monica, with a compensation package totaling nearly $480,000, reported CBS local. She oversees a department of 300-400 people, with a budget around $100mil. CBS notes LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has a base salary of $344,000 and a force of more than 9,000 sworn officers. But, as CBS notes, more than 100 city workers make close to $300,000 in total compensation. Oh, by the way, before the riots, the city was grappling with a budget shortfall, service cutbacks and a huge unpaid pension liability. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/11/14/only-on-2-city-wages-in-santa-monica-dwarf-those-in-towns-of-similar-size/
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2020 on In From The Wild at JustOneMinute
The petition to "recall" Santa Monica's police chief is nearing the organizers' goal of 50,000 signatures. The city of Santa Monica reported that 225 businesses were vandalized, and 76 had been looted. https://www.newsweek.com/petition-fire-santa-monica-police-chief-gets-50000-signatures-after-cops-fail-stop-looters-1509199
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2020 on In From The Wild at JustOneMinute
So when did California go off the rails? It was a conservative state that launched Nixon and Reagan. It looks like the trainwreck stated in the early 1960s. Around 1964 the US Supreme Court handed down what was known as the one-man one-vote rule. One of its consequences was to force the redistricting of state legislatures like California's. California was formed with a bi-cameral legislature, with the General Assembly being apportioned by population, and the Senate by land. My state Senator at the time was representing about three counties, all touching close to Tahoe -- and after the redistricting, that districted stretched from the Oregon border to include a few counties more than 100 miles from Tahoe. My 8th grade memory boiled it down to my teacher saying this meant LA gets all the roads. She was one of my best teachers ever, and I think she was right. The problem started there ...
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2020 on Mad Dog Barking at JustOneMinute
On the topic of the two Californias … One of the problems with the movement for statehood is that a new state changes the political balance in our federal system. That was a key issue in major new-state compromises in the first half of the 1800s, which preserved the balance in the Senate between slave and free states. History shows two ways to create a new free state: either fight a Civil War or create a new slave state … That's one reason I say that energy is better spent trying to fix California.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2020 on Mad Dog Barking at JustOneMinute