The gangbangers who couldn’t shoot straight; NYC shootings up 41%; murders down 15%


Early in the morning of  Tuesday, July 1, two rival gangs bumped into each other in the Good Stuff Diner on West 14th Street in Manhattan. Their animosity soon tumbled into the street, where they proceeded to reenact the gunfight at the OK Corral. Continue reading

Who’s the looniest city in America? Introducing The MoonPie Award.

First Prize. A dozen Original Marshmallow Sandwiches for you, a dozen for your favorite local politicians.

First Prize. A dozen Original Marshmallow Sandwiches for you, a dozen for your favorite local politicians.

So your city council is going to pass a resolution honoring the 71st birthday of the United Nations,  but is too busy to fix a pothole that broke three axles last month. Continue reading

Parasitic redwood tree moved 150 yards in Cotati for $150,000.

Poems are made by fools like me, but bigger fools want to save this tree

Poems are made by fools like me, but guess who wants to save this tree.

A thriving redwood tree is one of nature’s most majestic creations. It can grow over 300 feet tall, with a trunk that can be more than 15 feet in diameter. One tree inspires awe by itself, and when gathered in groves, they create a deeply shaded cathedral that touches even non-believers like me.

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I say “Resilient Communities” like it’s a bad thing


The other day, I came across an innocuous-looking website that easily costs America’s cities and counties billions in wasteful projects, and billions more in lost business opportunities. It’s called Resilient Communities for America. The first image on the home page is an Army engineer in a hardhat looking sadly at a  flattened VW bug and the muddy devastation of some natural disaster, possibly Hurricane Sandy. It is accompanied by the headline: Extreme weather taking a toll: Heat waves, storms and droughts are ravaging our communities. Local governments must prepare. Learn more. The recent Typhoon in the Philippines was tragic, and the current drought sucks. But even two alarmists who point to your SUV as the source of all evils – Time Magazine and the IPCC – admit there is no connection between Typhoon Haiyan and climate change.

Despite the global cooling alarmists who turned into global warming alarmists who turned into climate change alarmists, the past 15 years have seen U.S. temperatures rise and fall. If you go to you’ll see that US temperatures peaked in 1939, and have never reached that level again. That doesn’t even take into account the 600 weather stations NOAA has closed because of their questionable accuracy

In the Atlantic and Caribbean, we got through 2013 without even one of the major hurricanes mentioned on Resilient Of course, you can’t let the lack of a good crisis go to waste. In liberal cities, the response is always the same: Start a task force, pay a boatload of consultants, and produce reams of documents. From the Resilient Communities site, here’s just one example of local reactions to a manufactured problem. There are dozens more: Ann Arbor, MI: Staff are developing a “Green Streets” policy to in­crease natural infrastructure and infiltration on streets and right-of-ways, making the capacity of the City’s stormwater system more resilient.

Climate considerations are also part of the forthcom­ing Urban and Community Forest Master Plan and a related Health Impact Assessment (HIA) coordinated with the State Health Department. The HIA explores future City tree planting in lower-income areas with comparatively less tree canopy and the health impacts avoided as high-heat days increase this century.

A Climate Action Plan in December aims for reduc­tions in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions of 25% by 2025 and 90% by 2050, from 2000 levels.

Because of shallow minds connected to deep pockets, Inc. Magazine named environmental consulting as one of the country’s Best Industries for Starting a Business. To quote their introduction, “With more and more eco-friendly regulations on the horizon, environmental consulting is a rapidly growing industry. Here’s all you need to know to get in on the action.”

And some action it is.Since 2007, the environmental consulting industry has grown nearly 39 percent to $20 billion in 2012. IBISWorld, a Santa Monica market research firm, estimated that industry-wide revenue for environmental consulting would increase revenue another 45 percent to $31 billion by 2017.

To put that size in context, in 2012, 3M also had $30 billion in revenue, with 88,000 employees and sales in 200 countries. And they actually make useful stuff, like Post-It Notes, instead of hundred-page studies that sit on shelves.

What does all this fear-mongering and its attendant regulation cost American business? There are so many factors that it’s nearly impossible to calculate. But a November 2012 report supported by the National Association of Manufacturers estimates that six pending EPA rules could cut annual US output by $630 billion, or 4.2 per cent of GDP. And that’s just on large industries at the macro level. There are literally thousands of other little cuts and bruises to American prosperity that this runaway climate scare causes. All caused by the specious assumptions behind Resilient

That’s why I say Resilient Communities like it’s a bad thing.

Ghost of Eva Peron haunts New York City

New York City's newest policymaker, who received exactly as many votes as I did

New York City’s newest policymaker, who received exactly as many votes as I did.

Quick, name a bitter woman who muscled her way into power by rushing in to fill the moral vacuum created by her husband. No, not Eva Peron, Imelda Marcos, Hillary Clinton, or Michelle Obama; they’re yesterday’s news. Today’s self-appointed dictatorette is Chirlane McCray, the wife of recently inaugurated New York Mayor Bill De Blasio. Continue reading

“A 14.5% raise? And only 90% of our healthcare paid for? We’re going on strike.”


Will County, Illinois might not be a household word, but its county seat is Joliet, which was made famous by the Blues Brothers. The official county website says it’s one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, and offers “fantastic business opportunities and a remarkable environment to all who live, work and play here.” Continue reading

Become a City Manager, pay yourself $1.5 million a year, go to jail for six years, keep your pension.

Richard Rizzo, the City Manager of Bell, CA, who paid himself $1.5 million a year.

Robert Rizzo, the man who made Boss Tweed look like an amateur.

In 2010, Robert Rizzo, the Chief Administrative Officer of Bell, CA became the poster boy for corrupt politicians who rob taxpayers blind and get away with it because local news is the least-read section of the paper. Continue reading

Plug in, dream on, opt out: the scam of government energy greenwashing


SCP_Logo_RGBIf you think the Federal government has no business managing your healthcare, here’s another takeover you won’t love: Community Choice Aggregation, or greenwashing, as it’s called by its many critics.  In either case, it means that local politicians will force you to buy electricity from an unproven new utility company run by… local politicians. Continue reading

Detroit’s response to bankruptcy: Sell no assets; build new $450 million hockey rink

detroit hockey

Worth every penny.

For decades, Detroit’s Democrat politicians have steered the city towards an inevitable crash that finally arrived in June 2013, when the city officially declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy and Kevyn Orr was federally appointed as an emergency manager, an act that turned Detroit Mayor Dave Bing into a figurehead as politically powerful as Queen Elizabeth.
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