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ALERT Republican Lie #1: Post Office

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers
–Plato

Thanks for popping in —and  Since you’re here could you do me a favor –take some papers across the country for me –I need them in upstate New York in a few days –I’m willing to pay …oh let’s say –$.50

Republicans say:   Post Office doesn’t work

This is not the first lie Republicans have told, nor the biggest lie –but the most urgent lie.  Rally:  Tuesday September 27

Who would —go all that way –to a rural address –work for so little money?   US Post Office –would not only pick up my papers, but Guarantee to deliver Directly to address –within only a few days –for so little money.

US Post Office –“not profitable, near bankrupt –bloated with too many employees,  reduce the workforce –a for-profit company could do it better, privatize PO”  –True?

Pop Quiz

  1. PO relatively new idea ‘borrowed’ from others, outdated *True *False
  2. UPS, FedEx:  make more money, do job better than PO *True *False
  3. Americans like PO, taxpayers should keep funding OOO*True *False
  4. PO doesn’t make money -0OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-*True *False

Answer

  1. FALSE -Benjamin Franklin was actually the ‘father’ of the Post Office –founders put the Post Office in the US Constitution, the oldest institution in America
  2. FALSE  -Every day UPS and FedEx:  use the PO to ship their packages that would not be profitable for them to deliver –e.g., to rural addresses
  3. FALSE -It’s a trick question:  though government oversees their function –PO receives NO federal money –taxpayers stopped funding the Post Office in 1982
  4. FALSE -PO makes money every year, 1st quarter 2011:  made  over $240 Million profit

So what’s going on?
Polls:   over 80% of Americans like the Post Office –support it –need it –want it to stick around, care about it.  Last year:  US Post Office did $65 Billion dollars of business and makes a profit every quarter.   So:  Why is PO saying they are broke?  What’s going on?  –Too many Postal offices –too many employees?

I’ve been using same post office for years, I know the employees:  Workforce  cut long ago, during Ronald Reagan recession, 1982.  –One employee moves from office to office —every two hours.   Now most offices don’t have enough staff and my long-time friend must fill in –all over town.  How would you like to sit down to work –then move –to a new desk –all day, every day?

Why doesn’t the Post Office have money –Why does director of Post Office say they’re broke –why are Republicans complaining?

New Rule
During the last Administration –when Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress and the White House:   they changed the rules.  Republicans made laws that require the Post Office to fund next 75 Years of health benefits for employees  –within 10 years.

No business anywhere in the world, public or private –could pay 75 years worth of bills in only ten years –and still stay in business.

Why did the Republicans change the laws –require benefits be paid in advance?  You’ll have to ask Republicans.

What is known:  Republicans do not like unions, they want Post Office to fire needed employees –bust unions –in violation of numerous previously-agreed contracts, so thousands of employees –could join millions of already-unemployed.  Why?  Ask Republicans.

What is the solution –organic, creative, thoughtful Remedy for this craziness?   You can get angry –or you can get over to a Post Office –join millions of Americans  Tuesday September 27 –across the US:  protest –closing of Post Offices –firing of needed employees –destroying Post Offices

Find a rally in your area to Save America’s Postal Service here

Find out if your representative in Congress supports the Post Office –or is part of the problem –then download Petition –sign it –send it to friends –take it to the rally

Who Else Still delivers to Every Address?
You can get angry –or you can get busy Saving our Postal Service –for farmers –for ‘unprofitable’ rural communities  –for inner cities –for ALL Americans.

For-Profit Private corporation:  would NOT deliver to Every address in America.

Note:  if you lose  a Money Order bought from For-Profit corporation, e.g., Western Union, PayDay Loan, etc., it will cost you Minimum $12+ replacement charge –and No Guarantee they will replace  lost MO; Post Office:  charges half the cost, guarantees replacement.

daVine Remedy:   Rally to Save America’s Postal Service here  now

Tuesday September 27, 2011 –or Don’t complain later

This is the first in a series –

to see entire series bookmark:   daVine Remedy https://davineremedy.wordpress.com 

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Disclosure:  author raised by a Republican and a Democrat, moderates, who each eventually married respective extremists; doesn’t believe in any ideology -looks at issues, candidates on individual merit.

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Show Up Burglars of America: Show Up –Protest Tax-Dodgers on Tax Day

While You’re buried in receipts –dealing with taxes:   corporate burglars of America preparing for REFUND from federal government after they ripped off America.

BofA:  ripped off those who just wanted a home –loaned on inflated prices –no proof of income or even ID –sliced -diced garbage loans and with Wall Street weasels, bundled up the garbage and sold it to managers of public-employee pensions, city and state government investors –without revealing the concealed trash –bought thousands of options betting price would fall –waited for pay-off on insurance policies bought “if” the price fell on the trash they created  -sliced-up -sold.

GE –If you haven’t heard:  owner of NBC –weapons factories –holder of giant contracts with Penta-goons, made multi-billions in Profit = tax owed?   Submitted 24,000-page tax ‘return’ that will “protect” their billions of profit: will pay $0 in taxes

–AND GE  will get Rebate from broke US Treasury –Americans.

Corporate burglars
PAID Moody’sStandard & Poors rating agencies: “rated” stinking garbage as Class “A” laundry. NO investor would have –could have bought the covered-up filth without their stamps. –WHY haven’t the rating agency heads been arrested for lies –greed –graft?

When the market, duh, crashed from their greed:   all the burglars went to the feds –sobbed ‘poor us’ –got billions that prevented bloated bastards from bankruptcy –to keep on keep’n on rip-off scams.

NO way to Prove who holds any mortgage
–economy cratered from scams
Prices fell  –on Homes of owners with inflated mortgages can’t make payments without job –wiped out in economic crash –stock market cratered by banksters –seize homes without legal foreclosure or any PROOF they own the property –after they re-sold slices of bundled rotten mortgages –to thousands of unsuspecting investors –on “investments” with fake ratings.

TaDa:  the trash hit barrel-bottom –banksters who KNEW all, made money on all the garbage loans –on the insurance policies on the loans –on the put options when the market crashed.

Taxes Wall Street weasels will pay on billions of profit from the garbage they created  = $0

Big banksWall Street weasels
–so bloated with cash they buy lobbyists  –‘good deals’ from Congress:   hope You too dumb to understand what you just read, what they did –too busy to bother –not angry enough to act.

On TAX DAY
You can give the tax-dodgers big Heads Up: embarrass corporate thieves who ripped off America –pay NO TAXES –expose cowards, sly foxes who hide in gilded lairs. Protests across America –You can join Americans –in Los Angeles on Tax Day:

noon Monday – April 18 –in Hollywood

You're Invited:
Protest corporate tax dodgers:
Monday—Tax Day—in Los Angeles

Host: Lisabeth R., MoveOn member

Where: Corner of Sunset and Vine (in Los Angeles)

When: Monday, Apr. 18, at 12:00 PM

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Click below for more details and to RSVP:

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What: While vital government services get cut, corporations like GE are making huge profits, but paying no federal taxes. So, on Monday—Tax Day—in Los Angeles, and at hundreds of events across the country, we’ll gather outside the headquarters and local offices of the biggest corporate tax dodgers to deliver tax bills from the American people. We’ll demand that our leaders make them pay up, instead of cutting billions from programs that would create new jobs, drive economic growth and help the needy and our nation’s children.

–don’t just get angry:  urge everyone you know to join up  –Protest corporate tax dodgers –Monday April 18, 2011 –there’s more of us than them

Can’t go?  Send this to:  neighbors –friends –co-workers –PTA –your e-mail contact list

WHERE Are the Arrests
WRITEAttorney General Eric HolderDepartment of Justice:  demand  justice   –banksters arrested, prosecuted for burglarizing Americans —daVine remedy for gross grotesque theft —daVine Remedy for Burglars of America

President Obama Schedule, Saturday Address: Budget, April 16, 2011

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February 15, 2011: Tasty Toothy Truthiness –Today

Though I’m recovering from both recent move and illness, still, have got the energy, barely, to oogle the tellie –whatever did we do before we had the brilliance of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert….

Last night Colbert announced a Valentine for everyone
he created a flavor with Ben & Jerry Ice cream called “AmeriCone” and today –today only, if you buy a scoop –another will be given FREEEeeee!

Colbert Flavor

AmeriCone
vanilla with fudge chunks and caramel-covered waffle cone two-for-one is only for February 15, 2011 –but:  You can buy the flavor all year –donations to Colbert’s foundation for wounded soldiers all year.

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Stephen Colbert:  will give his portion of the proceeds to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital.   –How’s that for Truthiness –you don’t hear any such from The Dick or The Thug who Ordered those soldiers to go in to battle –where they got injured.  Oh well, now that they don’t have government-paid staff –aides aiding their every word, probably somebody just forgot to tell them to donate —DO a thing to make up for putting them in harm’s way —causing wounds, injuries, death.   Oh well, they’ll probably get around to thinking about that, eventually.

Meanwhile, till then:  find local Ben & Jerry store today
–grab a scoop + one.  If it’s still cold outside:  just ask for both scoops in a cup and pop into your freezer till ice cream weather arrives!

daVine –Stephen Colbert –Truthiness –new flavor –donating.   Pass along/e-mail this to family -friends -co-workers -neighbors -club members –whole PTA.  Bon Appetite.

NOTE: To read more here’s links, but I don’t have speakers hooked up so don’t know what they “say”…

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/374294/february-14-2011/sign-off—scoops-of-americone-dream

http://www.colbertnation.com/home –scroll/see:  right side

http://www.google.com/search?q=stephen+colbert+americone+dream+fund+feb+15%2C+2011&btnG=Search&hl=en&source=hp&rlz=1R2GWYA_enUS383&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

Ben & Jerry’s –Find a store (Colbert’s flavor under “s” for Stephen),

locator:
http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/flavor-locator/

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CA Debt Crisis: Gov. Brown 5 PM January 31, 2011

We begin New Year with very good news of very good person as our back-to-the-future good new leader Jerry Brown.  Monday at 5 PM, January 31, 2011:  our Governor will give Californians low-down on our State.

Whew, it cudda been a rich right-winger –winging us into deep grief, to help out rich pals. As it is: we already had Plenty grief from that Party, with the sexual predator who squatted the office for seven years, doing Nothing that helped.

How gross was he? Jerry Brown: asked the squatter to let him get an early start on the Budget by vacating the offices early. Predator: refused. Brown’s group asked the Predator to allow them to use the offices on the Friday before the swearing-in: Predator refused. The sexual predator, who admires hitler, refused to vacate “governor” offices until late Sunday night. –Ya, he really “cares” about the state. Remember that, when he tries to clean up his rep –go for ANY other political position.

Here’s hoping we DON’T hear anything about/from that slug any more.

Governor Brown has worked non-stop anyway. He has created a proposed budget and submitted to Legislature, and in refreshing openness put on-line.

You can see it here –I’m posting both the Summary and the Specifics

Proposed Budget Summary

Proposed Budget Details

You might want to Bookmark this page, return to look up different agencies, departments to see what is proposed; send your thoughts to your state reps and to the Governor in next few months.

It is refreshing that the Governor is doing this in January –not just before fiscal year ends in June, so we all have Plenty of time to weigh this against that to fix the giant hole the Predator created.

In case you don’t know: on his First Day in office ignorant knows nothing sexual predator “accepted” $.05 for every $1 ENRON, his benefactor, owed California for illegally shutting off our electricity during major heat wave. That “settlement” cost California $11 Billion bucks –which grew to our current deficit of $28 Billion. So much for “Republican fiscal responsibility.”

Governor’s State of the State speech will be televised at 5 PM, PST. I believe also on the web.

I welcome your thoughts, comments –post below.

Personal Note: I’ve had residence and health issues lately –whew, am I ill, for only time since winter of 1988, hence no posting lately. –Heck this is hard to post; I’m trying to get health and posting schedule back, asap.

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End of 2010: Odds, Ends

Fat…Marshall…
In a country that does nothing whatsoever to Prevent corporations that speed-fry ‘food’ –devoid of nutrition –market-target children:   Odd that children developing serious problems –health issues previously weren’t seen except in adults of advanced age?   Ya, surprise, surprise.  WHY can’t they leave children Alone.

Do the old white males who run Rose Parade fiefdom –even Know what goes on in the Real World?  The old white bores:  Only interested in means to their Ends –publicity, free of course, so their choice for “Marshall” of Rose Parade? 

They chose  Queen of fat –a ‘chef’ who, if you have ever seen her cook, you know:  makes THE MOST diz-gusting –unappetizing –fat-laden stuff of anyone, anywhere.  Stuff she throws into a bowl:  makes one’s arteries clop clop -clog just watching.  WHY is she, Paula Dean, some kind of symbol for 122nd Rose Parade???

More proof the Old White Guys:   live in their own world?  You:  won’t see the Parade next New Year’s, thanks to those pea-brains.  BOOKMARK this page:   come back later to Sign a Petition –to demand they Drop their Bias –SHOW the Parade next year.

He Who Admires nazies…
End of the Year means:  END to the squatter in California’s “governor” seat, FINALLY.  IF You are one of the rare few who doesn’t know:  Gov. Ahrmpit Arnold admires hitler –“admires” what he “achieved” –“…he rose from nothing, to be a leader –for the little people… I want to do that.”  –THAT’s who You/7o% of Californians thought would be “cool” –“macho” to do the Hard Actual work of running government.

“Macho”  sexual predator –documented by eight women reporters found BEFORE the Ignorant arrogant predator elected –many many more who refused to work  on any picture, because of him.  What are the Odds:  You are happy Now?

Think California’s debt crisis problems:  due to “recession”?  Odds are you do, but:  Not True.   First Day Ahrmpit’s butt hit the seat HE cost us $11 BILLION bucks, pay-back to his patron who PUT him up for office –and the Real Reason he ran:  to help pig Ken Lay, dead CEO of ENRON.  Gov. Ahrmpit:  stopped the lawsuit filed by Governor Gray Davis against ENRON for illegal shut-off of electricity throughout California.  Gov. Ahrmpit:  accepted $.05 for every $1 Ken Lay owed us. oh well? 

Era of Stupid, Incompetence:  Ends Good riddance to old nazi-lover trash –he ends his disgrace in Our state when Breath of FRESH air —Jerry Brown  is inaugurated Governor –Monday January 3, 2011 –11 am (televised) —daVine

Proper, Smart, Quality governing begins…  What do you think:  should be First order of business?  –Post in Comments, below.

Odds are you won’t Agree, but, My choice:  I say we put End to the LOBBYISTS –out of business –put our Elected representatives in charge of Looking OUT for the state –long-range view.  How? 

As soon as an elected rep learns the ‘ropes’ around Sacramento:  their term Ends –out of office.   Who doesn’t leave?  Lobbyists –they are at EVERY rep’s door, every day –with checks –getting bills written for their bosses –not for long-term Interest of California.  What are the Odds : WE can get Good Smart Government out of THAT?  –daVine Remedy to run government: TERM LIMITS in state government HAVE to go.

Proof?  Two members of Legislature:  one Termed Out –so he ran for seat of another termed out –and now:  Swapping offices, literally, since one address isn’t in the District, here in So Cal.   Since Thanksgiving:  one shut off his phone –while staff of the other Waited –to find out amount of the Moving Budget and when the check would arrive.  Totally stupid –un-daVine

Odds Are: You THINK You Know –Best Burger…
But I double-dare you, to pop over to Pasadena:  get in line at drive-thru window of Orean —on Lake, be patient –then order a burger –better make that two, you’ll want one in the fridge, for lunch later, get it with ‘fries’ and then, unless you’re made of very tough stuff, pull into a parking space

–find out if that isn’t The End –the Best burger in all of So California… daVine….  and Yes, I’ve had hole-in-the-wall –hotsy-totsy Exec chef –and all the other offerings, Nothing comes Close to OreandaVine

Then go back:  ask them if you can sign a Petition –to get them to come back/open a branch in LA –Silver Lake –Echo Park –or Hollywood, where they used to be.

Security –Social Type
Tea-baggers believe, apparently, they can End:  the federal account of working Americans for some security when an employee doesn’t work any more.  Though they haven’t even taken their seats, every one of them mouthing the words –inaccurately: “Social Security is broke”

WHAT are the Odds —they Each came up with that phrase –by themselves?  –WHO programmed them –and so fast?  SS:  Ain’t ‘broke.’  It is FUNDED through next several decades –WE ARE funding it with Every paycheck.  So WHY do Old and NEW Elephants–my 2011 word for those of Republi-cant persuasion–say this stuff?

If you were busy passing notes to that cute one, few rows over –when you Should have been paying attention in History:  you would Know –Elephants loathe –despise –revile President Roosevelt, the one who was elected to office four times -successfully prosecuted World War II –brought the country through worst Depression in US history.

Stock Market crashed –banks took everyone’s money and just closed their doors –and life Ended for One worker out of every four –jobless, homeless, broke and ripped off –beyond destitute, but elderly people no longer had the ability to fend for themselves.  Pres. Roosevelt: saw elderly people living in the street. Roosevelt:  started Social Security. 

Oddly: Elephants still hate Roosevelt –Hate Social Security , Lord only knows why –it’s SELF-funded.  They don’t care: their hatred Bottomless.

Odds are it should be Tweaked a bit, since American expected life-span runs to late 70’s and 80’s:
-Those who do repetitive, and hard-labor jobs –assembly line, waitress in diners, etc, for twenty -thirty years:  should probably get earlier start, age 62 –63
-non-physical labor employees, middle-range wages:  change to age 69 -70
-Those with “6 figure X” pension and savings by say age 60 –should NOT receive any Social Security checks –giving money to ‘retired’ Millionaires, Billionaires:  obscene. 
Yes, it’s called ‘means-testing’ and it Should End ‘one size fits all‘ –All of it changed ASAP.

My opinion feds should run PSAs, non-stop:
‘Amount you need to live today –Save enough money every month to enable you to live the same/comfortably when you aren’t able to work any more –Start Saving TODAY’ 

SS should be One leg –of Three-legged stool:  SSprivate pensionpersonal savings –and two of those should be in investments that gets more than just the measly tenth of 1% stupid banksters paying now.

But END Social Security???  Elephants:  should get a grip –move on to constructive use of their time, cuz it Ain’t Gonna happen.  Period.

The Gooey Chase is On…
Odds are, unless you don’t own a TV, you cannot miss ‘warm fuzzy’ come on ads by Chase Bank started about a year ago in California –to come get a credit card.

–Never pull out Chase card –they’re chasing Californians after New Yorkers quit doing business with the banksters chasing homeowners out of their homes.

All the Banksters:  KNEW Congress was going to ‘mess’ with their ‘credit’ card scam –the jacked up rates –“late” fees, etc., etc.

Best Revenge –End the Banksters
Who needs Congress: YOU Be the Change you want to see. Take your money OUT –of Burglars of America (BofA), Chase chasing you, Citi –Wells Fargo fiasco –using un-educated mortgage “servicers” to STEAL homes –without even any papers, bankster BASTARDs that Caused the recession –got rescued by Taxpayers –and paid themselves millions in ‘bonus’ with the ‘rescue’ money.

–It’s the Right thing to —END your account –shut it and move to an institution that Does have Ethics —ISN’T about grotesque theft.

Find:  a credit union –way NOT hard to do. Once you bank with one:  you will LOVE it, I Promise, I’ve had one for over three decades. –ATM fees: $0 –Checks –this & that stuff:  same; you are a member, they Don’t gouge, they will actually get to know your name.

Account insured –and for much more than bankster limit.  Plus: You CAN have a debit card/credit card –without ‘jerked’ interest rate.  Can also get LOW cost loan to buy a home, a car; a pension, savings account.  Some:  have ROTH-IRAs.  Live -work -school in Pasadena? You qualify for E-Central credit union, on Fair Oaks.

We CAN ‘starve’ the banksters —End them, in every state –unless they get ethics –or bankruptcy.  –There’s more of us than them.

Make it a Promise to Yourself:  before January Ends –do some homework, find a credit union or a decent bankclose your bankster account –cut up their “credit” card –move money to a decent institution.  It’s the patriotic thing to do.  —daVine Remedy for pigs, thieves.

Google “credit union” in your area; ask each the qualifications to open account.
Or:  ONE Calif. Bank –started three years ago, by people appalled at what’s gone on with banksters –set up for low-income loans for homes, small biz.

No credit union made lousy mortgages -sold junk mortgage pieces to Pension funds –then demanded billions from Taxpayers after greedy failure.

NO credit union went bankrupt/got taken over –wiped out pensions or caused the recession.

If Americans Watch Dummies…
If you dumb-down your brain –watch Really worthless married –hoarding –desperate –pregnant –over-populating women –help make cable stations rich:  what are the Odds you will End your ability to Think –have anything worthwhile to say –become as dumb as what you watch?  100%

Sly FOX “News”…
If you watch local, cable version of sly “news” –how will you find out the truth –the facts –the rest of the story?  How can we END America’s slide –expect Next generation to compete in the world: if YOU watch the lies, the junk, the mangled facts, mixed up ‘history’ –misinformation put out by Rupert Murdoch  and his dummies?

Watched local sly FOX during election?  You saw the bobble-heads, none are real reporters, slant every bit of coverage on candidates –to favor the Republicans –whether or not they were good candidates or even had a Clue what they were talking about.

In Los Angeles:  three Sundays before November 2 election the local mental midget on sly FOX started out every sentence with slanted description of Meg-the-elephant-Whitman –and in person cut off opposing candidate Jerry Brown repeatedly.

Sly FOX “news” –when you’re watching:  ask yourself ‘why are they showing THIS –what aren’t they showing –why aren’t they asking the hard questions –where is the proof of ANY thing they say?’ –Then END your addiction to manipulation:  change the channel

–No?  Then DON’T whine, wonder why your representative in Congress takes money from Wall Street –and gives YOU ‘lip service’ –but NEVER ever any Real help -solutions to the country’s problems.

Come back:  More Odds, Ends later.

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Fire Fighters –Do It, Wet or Dry

–channel-flipping… pictures … “best”-selling singer… Perception… reality… I don’t listen –watch any movie with him in it –ever.

Nothing ‘White…’ …’wonderful’ about him.   People knew.  After he finished work:  he went home and beat his children. Bing Crosby:  creep.

Crosby:  took out his problems –beat up –defenseless children, all of them, every day.  One:   survived childhood, but later on killed himself; all had serious problems.  Excused for addiction to alcohol?  No friggn’ way –Crosby was a thug -just a punk –bully -a criminal, the worst kind.

Small person:  he wasn’t man enough to pick on people his own size.

I am so fed up with so-called reporters:   saying gaga crap about Crosby –without ever mentioning his soul-killing of boys for which he was Supposed to be responsible.

He shouldn’t have been praised –then, now –he should have been exposed —publicly disgraced —imprisoned –his records destroyed, thrown in the gutter… his children:  supported, valued.  He got praise –WHO spoke for the children?

…channel-flipping… and there’s Another one –with a gooey-eyed “reporter” –both pretending to be ignorant –NOT ONE has the balls to SAY to pedophile-pusher cardinal thug Roger Phony Mahony’s Face:  “do you have any thing to say to those sodomized -raped by church employees because you moved them around California –after you KNEW what they had done?”

No, the course is NOT –they just shove the microphone under his flapping jowls on Christmas eve –he spouts the usual dung. Ya, but:  Why?  WHY do “reporters” NEVER say the Rest of the sentence –why does the pedophile-pusher get FREE air time –Without questions –or even mention of the  Theft of Childhood he CAUSED/enabled?

Then… Beguiled by weak sun appearance, between fluffy whites, I finally went out in the morning, with a long To Do list –suddenly cut very short –as I went to do an ordinary thing:  stepped off the sidewalk.

–people -drivers stopped, watched –as I Suddenly got ‘planted’ –no way back -not forward –rain drops –morphed into rushing muddy flood down the street –so big -so fast -so rushing -so wide:  first time I REALLY got what it must be like –fall into Los Angeles River…. My brain:  kept waiting –for  ‘stop’ –wanted to change the channel –so I could just cross –while the light –the light turned red –me planted/stuck in the Way… would have been funny brain-works –if it hadn’t been so scary, dangerous….

…channel-flipping –bright yellow slickers… fire fighters bracing a senior adult as she descended a ladder –escaped –rescued –but nearby her car shrouded, up to the windows –horrendous mud swallowed ‘sunny’ Southern California –not forgotten on sunny today….

Perception…reality… thinking of fire fighters… the view from their ‘hill’… I should think it would be all too easy for them –to reflect on the “not” –who not saved…the losses… they show up, but they cannot save every house -car -cat -Grandmother….

I called nearby station house.  Captain answered.  I said:  You saved the ones you were supposed to save –the ones you didn’t save, you weren’t meant to –please tell the crew –not to take in –not to feel bad about the losses.  He was surprised, he thanked me.

NO one expects Perfect, just do –no excuses, no booze-soaked brain –no taking out problems on others, on those who cannot fight back –no mouthing the words.

The daVine Remedy:  Show up –step off the curb –do what you’re Supposed to do, best way you can… THAT’s what’s expected… that’s Honoring G-d.

Another storm headed this way… to hell with bullies, enablers –sly FOX & co –the grotesquely over-paid –the hypocrite –the stupid –the slob –the small …TG for fire fighters…for those who Show up.

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California Drivers: Money Extorted Via Australia -LA City Council

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Get rear-ended –ticketed for LEGAL right turn –screw Los Angeles –many California cities have discovered:  1984 ain’t working so good –way NOT daVine Remedy to improve traffic or make money HERE.

Isn’t Bernard Parks, head of Appropriations on LA City Council —Supposed to Actually WATCH where the Public’s money goes?  –Isn’t that why we pay him $190,000 a year, plus all those pricey perks, to sit on LA City Council?  WHAT IS he doing, those 2 1/2 days a week he ‘works’?

HEY –LA City Council –Mayor V –Chief BeckWHEN will You LISTEN to Controller Wendy Greuel???

Reprinted from:  http://californiawatch.org/

Red-light cameras go dark across state December 13, 2010 | Joshua Emerson Smith

While the state collects millions of dollars from red-light cameras at intersections, a few California cities are starting to question whether the safety benefits are worth the high cost to their own coffers.

Loma Linda is the latest city to drop their red-light camera program. “Ding dong, the witch is dead,” Mayor Rhodes Rigsby told the Redlands Daily Facts after the city ended use of the cameras. Rhodes has been a vocal opponent of the program, calling on San Bernardino and Los Angeles to follow this lead.

Over the last five years, Loma Linda brought in around $200,000 from the project, the paper reported. But the bulk of the ticket fines went to the state or to Redflex, the Australia-based company that operates the cameras. “For that $200,000, we took $15 million out of the local economy” in ticket fines, the Daily Facts quoted Rigsby as saying. Whittier shuttered its program in November, choosing not to renew its contract with Nestor Traffic Systems, citing no improvement in traffic safety and declining revenue, the Whittier Daily News reported.

Because of a state law passed in 2004, renewing the contract would have meant paying Nestor a flat fee instead of a percentage of each ticket – not a good deal for the city, Whittier interim Police Chief Jeff Piper told the Daily News.

Anaheim voters have also turned off their red-light cameras, voting in November to ban them and other automated systems.

The measure passed by an overwhelming 73 percent.

“Anaheim’s voters recognized that red-light cameras are not a proven deterrent to traffic violations or traffic accidents, and I happen to agree with that assessment,” Mayor Curt Pringle told the L.A. Times.

Other cities have rejected automatic ticketing programs as well, including Union City near San Jose, Yucaipa and Costa Mesa, Cupertino, Compton, El Monte, Fairfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Indian Wells, Irvine, Maywood, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Paramount, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Roseville, San Carlos, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa and Upland.

The backlash is not just in California. Recently, Houston also passed a ballot initiative putting an end to red-light cameras. The Houston Police Department and many city council members support using the cameras, but they’re in the minority. “All they talk about is the money shortfall. They aren’t talking about how many lives have been saved. They are not talking about how many accidents have been reduced. They are only talking about one thing and one thing only and that is what it is always about, it always was about the money,” Michael Kubosh, with Citizen Against Red-light Cameras, told local reporters.

In Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel released a report [PDF] saying the city’s red-light camera program is actually costing the city money: Our audit disclosed that the (red-light program) has not provided additional revenue to the city. Because the city’s share of citation revenue is only about one-third of the fine amount, and many citations are either never paid or adjudicated without a payment due, we found the city received only $2.3 and $3 million from the (program) during 2008 and 2009, respectively.

When compared to a conservative estimate of the costs incurred by the city to implement the program, the (program) actually cost the city approximately $1.5 million in 2008 and $1 million in 2009.

Of the $446 ticket drivers receive, only $157 goes to the city while the county gets $74 and the state $215, according to Greuel’s report.

On top of this, many tickets are never paid, party because failure to do so does not result in a suspension of license but also because 67 percent of tickets were mailed to people making legal right turns on red. Greuel’s study found no improvement to traffic safety due to the program.

Studies in Arizona [PDF], New Mexico [PDF], and Canada [PDF] have gone further, finding that red-light cameras can actually cause accidents because drivers often stop abruptly to avoid a ticket, leading to rear end collisions.

Back in Loma Linda, similar statistics proved the demise of the program. Eighty percent of the traffic tickets produced by the cameras were for legal right turns on red. “I believe these red-light cameras are ways for city governments to legally extort money from their citizens,” Mayor Rigsby said.

WHEN do we get OFF Australian gravy train and DITCH those crooked cameras?

WHEN do we DITCH un-daVine LA City ‘Council’ member Bernard Parks?    

We got money to burn –helping Australian entrepreneurs rip off –we got $42 Million bucks, somehow, to spend on ONE elephant.  

–Despite Council president Prince Eric Garcetti’s emotion-laden blathering at the Barnsdall board meeting, he’s Actually done what about:   the Appropriations head, costly ‘bottle-neck’ –who thinks putting art in poor schools is “elitist” –but spending Major Money, OURS, out-of-town to rake in a sports team is OK, while his District’s schools don’t even have enough textbooks?  

–Ya, We KNOW why Barnsdall Doesn’t have the money, now, to put even crayons in schools all over Los Angeles.  –Does Anyone Know, yet, Why:  his granddaughter sitting next to her date –got dead –shot –up-close –through driver-side window while he utterly untouched?

Nevermind drivers –elephants –arts –sports Vs education:  whose child next?  

daVine Remedy on Bernard Parks:  March 2011  Election NOT hardly soon enough….

How Much will he -his pals cost us by THEN?  

 

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