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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Politics on a Pigskin Sunday

What a beautiful day to start with a hike and then watch some football in the Great Blue State of California!
Two of my favorite teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears meet today in their first post season match-up in 70 years.

Oh No You Don't! Closer to home, AEG is once again seeking exemption from CEQA in order to avoid environmental scrutiny for their proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles. The Planning & Conservation League, stalwart defenders of CEQA,  have sounded the alarm bells. Ron Kaye has a related story.

Former mayoral candidate and hater of Spanish language signage, Walter Moore, wants LA's Fourth Estate to "get in the game".

Just a friendly reminder; The GOP brand is very very dead in California. Not to be outdone, the Dems are 6 feet under in Texas.

What next, medical marijuana soft drinks? Yep.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wacko Walter was a prime beneficiary of the 4th Estate being "broken" in L.A., on his last ill-fated run for Mayor. He got 100 times the coverage he deserved from radio points like McIntyre.

If media really weighed things in the balance in terms of their significance to the voters, he would never have been heard of beyond the obligatory Ch. 35 statements.

January 23, 2011 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You'd better hope the GOP isn't dead in California, for a number of reasons.

One-party states, or any kind, are monopolies that do harm to their "consumers" - with no competition, accountability or reason to ever change -- and eventually stagnate.

With no viable opposition to blame when things go wrong, the "majority" brand begins to erode instead, eventually eating it's own.

They'll come for YOU next.

January 23, 2011 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

California is "last" in most recoveries, including recovering from recessions -- and the "blue flu" that is liberal control.

It'll take awhile, but the democrats will self-destruct, again, even here.

January 23, 2011 2:42 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

The Cali GOP will resuscitate itself if it drops the RINO finger-pointing and moves closer to center. As long it has a right wing Jennerjahnish type mentality, it will languish in irrelevance and be mostly an observer in state politics.

January 23, 2011 3:03 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

the GOP has been dead in CA for years.

It's not a dynamic party. They are arguing the wrong issues at the wrong time.

The nail went into the coffin with the fight for prop 8. Congrats... you banned gay marriage and lost everything else. You're a regional party in the state. The rural parts of the state, and a slice of the OC is all you have.

But Joe, do you think political parties matter anymore in CA? With open primaries we'll have better candidate. The party just becomes a letter. Ideologues and centrists from each major party will be fighting for the job. The best candidate should win now.

January 23, 2011 3:05 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Trojan, Parties still matter and always will, but you are correct that we will see better candidates who must appeal to a broader spectrum. Perhaps this is the medicine the Cali GOP needs.

January 23, 2011 3:16 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Welcome back to posting and can we give Middle America's team some love?

Wonder who will Obama cheer for now?

January 23, 2011 3:24 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Oh yeah, props to the Pack! Not a particularly exciting game, but they got the job done. Obama will be rooting for either the Jets or the Steelers, as any real Bears fan would. I'm leaning towards the Jets.

January 23, 2011 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What? No mention of Villar's hired gang lord ( who's supposed to be setting an example for the youth) getting arrested for jumping on the back of a cop and trying to choke him?

January 23, 2011 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny how the dems always tell the GOP they need to become more "centrist" to win.

But the biggest, most sweeping GOP victories the last 50 years have been when the true conservatives have been in control. It's the middle-roader McCain types that usually drive the party bus into the ditch. Even Bush the elder's one term was a lesson in how to derail a conservative revolution.

Read some recent history folks, or even a recent newspaper.

January 23, 2011 3:43 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Anonymous @3:43- Please pay attention, we're talking about the great state of California.

January 23, 2011 3:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Medical marijuana in lollipops, cookies, and now soda? Little kids are going to end up i the emergency ward as more of this stuff abounds.

If the medical marijuana people were really serious about its medicinal use, you'd think they would be campaigning for it to be dispensed by pharmacies.

January 23, 2011 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:48 p.m.

Same applies . . . do you need examples, or have you been paying attention?

It could start w/ "RINO" Arnold - nobody's conservative making it possible for an even more entrenched liberal Dem majority to drive us further in debt.

The "great state" is no more.

Thanks, democrats.

January 23, 2011 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:28, Idaho is calling!

January 23, 2011 5:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And Texas is doing MUCH better than California.

January 23, 2011 6:21 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

"And Texas is doing MUCH better than California."

-that would depend upon how you measure success.

January 23, 2011 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Texas sucks. Ever been there?

January 23, 2011 6:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I suppose you find no connection between California being one of the bluest states in the union, and being nearly bankrupt - ready to pay people with IOUs.

I suppose that COULD be a coincidence.

January 23, 2011 8:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Arizona's deficit is equal to 30% of its budget. That's huge!

Oklahoma is at 18%.

January 23, 2011 9:12 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

The Republican Party in California is a social club for the elderly. It is irrelevant.

January 23, 2011 9:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore I love you. Your sense of humor always makes me smile.

January 23, 2011 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:47= Walter Moore

January 23, 2011 11:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arizona and Oklahoma are not California. Once upon a time people, businesses, etc. all had a hard-on to be in California (that could never be said for the other two states).

California's public schools and university systems were the envy of the nation.

Now they avoid this state.

January 23, 2011 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

California conservatives must do what is truly their only option at this point; Move to Idaho. The Golden State is done with the GOP, it is time to build our new nation in Idaho.

January 23, 2011 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, Why do you allow the racist Latino hating cracker Walter Moore to contaminate your blog with his disgusting posts? He is MALO!

January 24, 2011 12:00 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Hey, hey, hey there. What happened to the new civility for which we all must strive?

Couldn't you say, "You're a racist cracker, but you're a heck of a good dancer."

January 24, 2011 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

@11:03 PM
I'm 10:47. I'm not Walter Moore. I've never even met him. but I like his style.

And 12:00 AM, I've never heard him say anything hateful. I've only heard facts and reality.

January 24, 2011 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Lots of jobs in Idaho! And you can't beat the weather.

See ya later!

January 24, 2011 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The problem with moving to Idaho is, then CA will deteriorate even faster under the liberal left, tank completely and have to be bailed out.

Then the FEDS have to step in, use tax money from the other 49 states to prop up the state where 1-in-9 Americans already live.

Either way, you're screwed.

Stay here and try and show people the absolute chaotic damage wrought by rampant Leftism, or pay for the repairs from afar, with no voice in the matter.

January 24, 2011 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't Idaho where Wacko Walter was gonna move when he lost his last mayoral bid.

Or France?

(Granted that's a very odd combination of options; sounds a bit bipolar to me - like choosing between Antartica and the Gobi Desert).

January 24, 2011 11:13 AM  

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