Yesterday morni…

Yesterday morning on Fox News there was a small bit about the upcoming PPACA Supreme Court decision. In order to be “fair and balanced” there had to be a couple sentences summarizing the opposition to PPACA, even though the piece was simply about the decision, not the merits of the law. They mentioned Constitutionality, cost, and this: “Others say the plan would ration care and concentrate healthcare decisions into the hands of bureaucrats.” (or something to that effect). Oh holy shit. Like that doesn’t happen now? Like your healthcare isn’t being rationed by some corporocrats in order to make a few extra cents on stock shares?

This is how it’s happening, though. We’re headed for the dark ages. Things are no longer based on facts & empirical observation. Hell, things can’t even just be about facts. What should have been a simple “hey this thing is happening soon” turned into a FAIRANDBALANCED opportunity to inject some commentary, yet again.

 

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crane’s corner again

When Ed Crane isn’t making completely uninformed statements about the LGBT community and blaming President Obama for everything under the sun (especially the price of oil), he’s calling prostitutes on craigslist enterprising young women with laptops. Like he did this morning.

crane’s corner

I listen to KFBK every morning, because it’s the only news talk that comes in on the crappy, 20 year old clock radio in my bedroom. I hate listen to Crane’s Corner, a daily dose of Fox News talking points brought to you by morning anchor Ed Crane. I finally just looked him up and this is him. Not the 75 year old I was expecting, although a little hair dye and a killer set of veneers can go a long way. Couple of recent highlights:

1. Blaming Barack Obama for things.

“Consider that in 2008 gas was around two dollars….But this President…a hostage to the environmentalists refuses to try..”

Um, Ed? Gas was $2 at the end of 2008 because the house (of cards) that derivatives built spectacularly collapsed.  Now if you want to stop conveniently forgetting most of that year, skip back with me to July 2008, when the national average for gasoline was $4.11 a gallon. Here’s another gas one:

Actually..it’s building right now….back in 2008….when then senator obama was promising us all hope and change—-we were concerned about…gulp….two dollars a gallon for gas…the average price around this time in 2008 was a dollar ninety six…today that same gallon in california will run you an average of 3.85 a gallon

This was from the February 15th Corner and it’s wrong. The national average in February 2008 was $3.04 per gallon.

2. Thinly veiled disdain for the LGBT community.

But it is good to know if tomorrow, I wake up singing show tunes, have an irrestible urge to go shopping for that gorgeous pair of Jimmy Chus or Manolo Blanick pumps— or start looking at the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue to see whats in my size, that Berkley will be there for me. Likewise, if I start borrowing all of Amy Lewis’ Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon DVD’s and start searching on line for Doris Day Rock Hudson movies I can download, or swap my old spice for Channel number 5—it’s comforting that hard by the Bay Bridge, theres a city that will cater to my—well feminine side…

That was on a story about the City of Berkeley covering the cost of sex-change operations for transgender city employees. A fair amount of this Corner was spent making unoriginal jokes about what transgender/gay people are interested in. Showtunes, REALLY?

OK that’s all I have time for. Enjoy your weekend!

Ron Calderon Does it Again

He didn’t bother to vote at all on SB 890 (Leno), a bill that would require debt collectors to have the bare minimum of paperwork before suing a debtor in court. To show that they at least served the person so that person can at least show up to their own lawsuit.  At the very least, it will prove that they are at least suing the right person, because people who don’t owe the debt have had their wages garnished. It happened to Senator Lou Correa and he told his story on the Floor yesterday. If only this had happened to Ron Calderon- perhaps he wouldn’t have been taking a walk while this was being voted on. It passed anyways.

But he definitely made sure to be back on the floor to earn the honor of being the ONLY Democrat Senator who voted “No” on SB 810 (Leno), the single payer healthcare bill. Perhaps he should’ve just stayed gone. He’s the Leeroy Jenkins of the California State Senate– useless, then he shows up and proves to be so unhelpful you wish he would’ve just kept being useless.

And did you know his son/nephew/some other Calderon is running this year? Does California really need more do-nothing, non-voting Calderons in office? Methinks not. If you’re in his district, do yourself a favor and stop voting for these clowns.

ok…..

Just saying: Earlier this morning Senator Lou Correa voted “no”on AB 22 (banning use of credit reports in hiring process) but just voted “aye” on AB 350 (expanding the Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act to include many more types of employees: window washers, cafeteria workers, dietary service providers, etc.).

 

Oh heavy sigh. Why not vote for something that helps some constituents? You know, just throw it in there while you’re busy voting for something that helps your union donors?

 

ron calderon & ed hernandez are punks

Seriously these two are serial non-voters. After watching both of them remain silent on a bill that should’ve been a no-brainer (especially if you’re a Democrat) YET AGAIN, I’ve decided to do a Calderon/Hernandez watch. Cal-Her Watch 2011 is in full effect.

The bill in question is AB 22 (Mendoza), a bill that would outlaw the use of credit reports in the hiring process, with a few exceptions. With so many people experiencing near or total financial devastation, and jobs being so hard to find, putting up another barrier to employment is…well it stinks. Of course the Rebublicans (typo & it stays) got up and waxed poetic about the good old days when you could use any tool you saw fit in the hiring process. Anyone with more than a passing interest in this stuff could see that coming. It’s not them I have such a problem with. They’ve made their case and I disagree.

But the non-voting, when this bill has 20 ayes and only needs ONE more to make it out…yeah, good going guys. At least the rebubs (I like the sound of that) have the balls to act.

Thus begins a pet project: The Calderon & Hernandez No Vote Project.

first they came for the lobbyists…

Just read a post over on Gawker about a proposal to make all lobbyists wear badges.  Mass Rep John Binienda compared it to Hitler making Jews wear tattoos. Well, not really, sir. But still unnecessary. Lobbyists don’t slink around capitols in diguise. They don’t wear these things Everybody knows who the lobbyists are. Legislators don’t take meetings with unknowns, and then later realize they’ve been lobbied and and yell “Tricked again! If only there was some way to identify these damn creatures!”

From Gawker