A Few Thoughts

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I wonder what Weiner’s cell mate will think – being paired/coupled with Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger), in prison? Will they steal his chow in the mess hall? Will they take selfies with him? Is there an arrow in cupid’s bow? Will Weiner end up shaving himself completely and start walking like a duck to please the other inmates? He did run for Mayor of New York City. Maybe they’ll respect him for that?
The conviction means that he will not run for the presidency with former Attorney General Eric Holder, a perjurer. Team WEINER-HOLDER will never grace the American political landscape as the darlings of the progressive left. 

And what of Huma Weiner? She’d been Hillary’s lesbian lover for a long time. Her divorce from Anthony and her separation from Hillary leaves her available and ‘on the market’. Nobody seems to know which way she’ll swing now that she’s out and about. And at this point, nobody cares. Maybe her family in the Muslim Brotherhood will take her back to her homeland and stick her under a black tent/burka?
Heroes and Scoundrels

Dastardly politicians have strived to weaken the nation for their own benefit. It was true in Washington’s time too, so things have changed but not as much as we’d like to think. Nowhere is this more evident than in the struggle of Democrats to get illegal aliens (who tend to vote for them) into the country at all costs.

Tearing everything down and replacing the “Old Constitution” with a new one of their devising is the aim of the progressive movement. And it’s all about power – and wealth – and votes, because the best way for a politician to get votes is to take your wealth and give it to somebody else. It was the aim of President Johnson’s “Great Society”, which crashed and burned on the pages of history. Crashing and burning isn’t a tragedy to progressives no how many people are hurt, because in the ashes of crisis arise ‘opportunity’. Such is the case of Obamacare, as another example.

Voting other people your money is how the program works these days – a program that Jefferson, Madison and Washington never envisioned.

And the Democrat Party is outraged and deeply wounded that despite their control of the corrupt, wicked, elite, smug, lying mainstream media, the Republicans control both houses of Congress and the Executive Branch of government. How can this happen?

The GOP is only slightly less corrupt than the Democrats – but they are certainly no angels.

Meanwhile, In California

Bloomberg reports that Governor Jerry Brown is working on legislation that would ban fossil fuel powered vehicles in California. You can read the article for yourself.

Mary Nichols, head of California’s Air Resources Board, said “I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?'” she said, adding that Brown is particularly worried that his planet-saving efforts might be outshined by those of other countries.

The United Kingdom and France have both said they will ban the sale of gas and diesel by 2040. Norway’s transportation plan calls for all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2025. India wants to make the switch to electric by 2030.
But it’s the People’s Republic of China, currently drafting its own ill-defined ban on the production and sale of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, that is giving Brown the most grief.

Says Nichols, “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”

Apart from envying the autocratic powers of a communist dictatorship, Brown has not said what a ban on gas and diesel vehicles might look like. Nichols herself offers scant detail, other than saying that a complete ban on the sale of new combustion-powered vehicles could arrive as early as 2030 and that all combustion would have to be phased out by as early as 2040.
The popularity of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) is part of Governor Brown’s problem. Despite generous subsidies, purchases of ZEVs still hover below 3 percent of new vehicles sales. Only 13,804 were sold in California in the first quarter of 2017, out of 506,745 in total new vehicle sales.
Only 300,000 “clean vehicles,” of which roughly half are partially gas-powered hybrids, have been sold in California. Purely electric vehicles are about .4 percent of the nearly 35 million registered vehicles on the state’s roads.
To achieve Brown’s goals, he will have to compel 99.6 percent of California drivers to trade in their gas guzzlers for electric vehicles that they currently find too expensive or too impractical. And that doesn’t even touch on the issue of providing enough charging stations for these vehicles, or of generating enough electricity to power those stations.
Nor does it cover the issue of affordability. Right now, electric cars are the domain of the well-to-do. A 2016 Berkeley study found that 83 percent of those making use of California’s electric vehicle subsidy program made over $100,000.
California has a the highest poverty rate in the US. There is a vast disparity between rich and poor as the middle class have been squeezed to pay for everything. I expect that there will be some sort of program for the middle class to pay for “electric cars for illegal aliens” or something along that line. Don’t laugh. I’m not kidding.

24 thoughts on “A Few Thoughts

  1. "Apart from envying the autocratic powers of a communist dictatorship, Brown……"

    Back in the day my employer decided to become a dealer for Miles Electric cars and gave me the task of selling some. I failed utterly.


    My best prospect was the City of Denver. They were desperate to buy something electric powered to meet some arbitrary dictate. If we could only get them in right hand drive, they would buy a fleet for parking enforcement. Didn't happen.

  2. What a great post. I'd forgotten about the Weiner Holder ticket; I guess that's off the cards for now. And what an excellent infographic:

    If it's Brown, Flush it Down.

  3. LL,

    If they get ZERO petrol cars, isn't it then "reasonable" to have ZERO petrol production and use in the state? How is electric power in CA generated and how much of the CA economy is generated by the petrol industry? There are more than a few involved in coupon clipping thanks to the Seven Sisters pumping from their ground. And, I would suppose, the state gets a healthy check each month from the offshore production.

    Oh what a tangled we weave…

  4. California, the birthplace and holy Mecca of American car culture, will never tolerate a ban on gas or cars that burn it. The Progs are drunk on power, and foolishly, grossly overreaching here.

  5. In re California: the thing is, you have to burn something to get the necessary amount of power to run anything. Even if you dump all internal combustion engines and go exclusively electric, something has to be burned in order to produce the electricity to charge the engine. That something is usually coal — another fossil fuel. Unless we figure out a way to power vehicles with nuclear power; but liberals only trust this country's enemies with nuclear facilities.

    If California does pass a law banning fossil-fueled vehicles, it will probably be struck down as an impermissible burden on interstate commerce. There is a line of cases out of the Supreme Court striking down state laws imposing burdensome requirements on vehicles traveling within their borders, particularly when those requirements are out of the national norm (e.g., limits on the number of freight cars on trains, limits on trailer lengths, requirements of a particular shape of mud flap, etc.). We haven't reached the point where the liberals will be able to pull this one off.

  6. California is deciding to commit suicide as a state, yet, they're completely ignorant of this.

    In global terms, California's total CO2 emissions are less than 0.4% of the global CO2 emissions forecast for year 2030. Whatever they're doing here is going to have no measurable effect on global temperatures.

    They're going to make the cost of living in the state so high that everyone is going to leave except the most liberal of limousine liberals. There will be an uber rich few and millions living in poverty, just like every other third world sh*t hole.

  7. Norwegian politician figured out they wanted to give wealthy people an incentive to buy another car. Many families now have 4 cars instead of two. To succeed they subsidized Tesla heavily and made it attractive since you could drive in the bus lane, park for free plus a lot of other benefits. Among the existing incentives in Norway, all-electric cars are exempt from all non-recurring vehicle fees, including purchase taxes, which are extremely high for ordinary cars, and 25% VAT on purchase, together making an electric car purchase price competitive with that of a similarly sized conventional car. Elon Musk love Norwegian politicians. Of course other people pay the bill. To make it better the same politicians made it possible and attractive to sell Norwegian hydro power abroad since it is zero carbon emission from the production, more that 90 percent of production capacity is sold to European companies so they can get their green certificates and save the world. Norwegians driving their electrical cars on the other hand use electricity produced in Europe made of coal. The transport of the Teslas to Norway costs a lot of energy and the batteries causes a lot of discussions as people learn that the production harms the nature and the production workers more than anyone can believe. I do not know much about politicians but they seem to lack something in the brain. New combustion engines offer many benefits and little emission of NOx and CO2(that is what the trees and algae need to produce the oxygen we need to survive). Especially the owner of the car can purchase it for less cost and save money compared to electrical cars.

  8. The Title 8's (also known as illegal aliens, undocumented persons, undocumented guests and wetbacks) are very happy with Governor Brown.

  9. Progs are not known for thinking ahead…ever. It's all knee-jerk reactions and nothing is worse than the global warming hoax, which they have swallowed the way Fat Un swallows a wedge of chocolate cake.

  10. I don't know, Governor Brown has a super majority in YOUR California legislature. He would seem to be able to do whatever he wants to with the lemming voters rubber stamping everything.

  11. "you have to burn something to get the necessary amount of power to run anything"

    There you go again, using logic. They don't see it that way in CA. Electricity is clean and they'll buy it from another state that burns fossil fuel to generate it.

    It's like celebrities flying private jets to an event where they excoriate America for burning fossil fuel. If they were at all conscious of the environment they'd ride a horse – but horses give off methane. So maybe they walk and pull a handcart?

  12. That's the way that it's stacking up.

    And using logic to appeal to them is a complete waste of time. They just shout at you and throw water balloons full of urine at you. It's what progs do.

  13. We read from the same sheet of music, John. Logic does not enter into the discussion. Electricity good. Fossil fuel bad. Anything more complicated than that frustrates them.

  14. >If they were at all conscious of the environment

    If they really cared about Dear Mother Gaia they'd compost themselves. Something that I would like to see. Only because I care so much about Earth, not out of any personal animus, you understand.

  15. It gives added weight to your new book CALEXIT: THE ANTHOLOGY!

    Sure, it's a shameless plug, but the book is a MUST READ.

  16. Given an unlimited amount of information, the Progressives and more particularly progressive college students can be counted on to come to the wrong conclusion.

  17. The Weiner Holder ticket is just too hilarious to believe. Can you imagine bringing that idea for a novel to a publisher? Pardon me, I'm still laughing.

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