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Best Letter On L.A.’s Boycott of Arizona

Posted by Nancy on May 19, 2010

Via Hot Air, a commissioner of Arizona’s utility regulation panel recently sent the following letter to the mayor of Los Angeles.

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,

I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).

You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona.  Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.”

I received your message; please receive mine.  As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.

Sincerely,

Commissioner Gary Pierce

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The Most Depressing Commencement Speech Ever

Posted by Nancy on May 18, 2010

‘Tis the season of graduations and commencement speeches.  The invited speaker addresses those heading out into life, the graduates listen politely (sometimes), and everyone leaves inspired. 

 Here are a few examples of words of wisdom bestowed upon some recent graduates:

“As you stand here tonight, you are at the starting point of a wonderful journey.” — Michael Dell

“Never give in to pessimism. Don’t know that you can’t fly and you will soar like an eagle.” — Earl Bakken

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. ” — Alan Alda

Then there’s this aggregation of excerpts given by former vice-president (and current  carbon cap-and-trade scammer) Al Gore, at the May 14, 2010 University of Tennessee graduation. 

Lord help those having to go forth into the world with all this woe rained down upon them.  Maybe they should just go out and end their miserable lives instead of causing more pollution and global warming.

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Weighing In

Posted by Nancy on May 11, 2010

Weighing in has more than one meaning, doesn’t it? 

Since we got a Wii a couple months back I have been weighing in almost every day as I take the body test and it tells me if I have gained or lost weight.  I’ve lost six pounds, but had to endure its smack talk on the days I backslide.

Last week I was on vacation the entire week and came back to find I weighed – exactly the same as when I left.  The Wii had nothing to say. I considered it quite an accomplishment, since vacations always seem to include too much food and not enough activity.  Relaxing on the beach doesn’t burn off a lot of calories. Not one word of congratulations from its rectangular white circuitry.

But back to weighing in.  Sometimes that means giving your opinion, asked for or not.  I’ve learned there are lots of times it’s better not to weigh in; the wise person observes instead of giving advice. I haven’t learned to be that wise person, though.

There’s a lot of political weighing in being done now, with opinions on Kagan for Supreme Court, Obama’s never ending bailout schemes, or how many seats the Republicans will pick up in November’s election. Boehner is now saying 130 seats could be in play, but not claiming Republicans will pick up that many.  That’s a lot of seats.  They only need, what – 47 to take back control of the house? 

Of course the Democrats are weighing in too,and their strategy for the November elections is still “It’s all Bush’s fault.”  They are nothing if not consistent.  Their luck may have run out on that meme though.

So here’s my opinion on what happens when your luck is good, as the Republicans’ is for the fall, and the gods are smiling on your team’s side.  You become confident; you believe in yourself; you try things you normally wouldn’t. You know there are so many who will win that any potential misstep you might make, or even your loss, won’t be the end of the world. 

Here’s a case in point from Tim Burns in Pennsylvania.  When’s the last time you saw a Pixar-knockoff political ad?

It doesn’t tell you a darned thing about the candidates or Pennsylvania, but it does get your attention.

Exit question: Is it negative campaigning when you aren’t saying anything bad about your opponent?  Well, except implying he would support the 50 foot tall Pelosi.

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Klavan on the Economic Culture

Posted by Nancy on May 7, 2010

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What Caused the Gulf Oil Spill

Posted by Nancy on May 5, 2010

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Money, Elections, SEIU, and Ohio

Posted by Nancy on May 4, 2010

Today was primary election day in Ohio, and their Democratic governor ran unopposed.  He also started his bid for re-election in November’s general election.

Nothing like going negative first thing, using a recycled ad originally paid for by the SEIU.

Strickland’s current ad:

Compare that to this 2009 presidential ad:

Same factory in the background, same actress (who, according to thirdbasepolitics, is gainfully employed as a nurse), same sad story.  An honest presentation would mention that Ted Strickland does not want to see NAFTA overturned.

Declaring that it is “not the time for a trade war,” Gov. Ted Strickland appeared today to approve of President Barack Obama’s decision last week not to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.  Columbus Dispatch Feb 22, 2009

I hope the voters in Ohio are paying attention as their governor begins his purported $500k in ad buys. 

Half a million for a governorship while Congressional Democrats complain about the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court.  Democracy is for sale and the Democrats want to decide who can get in on the bidding.

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