In politi-speak, that means "no repercussions". Don't know about you, but I've had about enough of the double standards: for politicians and bureaucrats, "taking full responsibility" or being "held accountable" means absolutely nothing. The head of the Secret Service today said that she "takes full responsibility" for the screw-ups in her agency, and what that means is that she won't lose an hour of pay. She'll show up to her office tomorrow as though nothing ever happened.
Oregon's Retread governeor said that he "has no problem with being held accountable" for pissing away $300 million taxpayer dollars on "Cover Oregon". What that means is that he tosses a few underlings under the bus, but doesn't lose an hour of pay. He, too, acts as though nothing happened. Where's the "accountability" in that?
If you screw up, you don't get that treatment. You'll be suspended without pay, or fired. For the political class, the rules are completely different - and I'm about fed up with that. These politicians and bureaucrats need to be held to the same standards as the rest of us, and that means that they need to start feeling some actual consequences when they screw up.
For the state of Oregon, I've begun considering an initiative that would require actual penalties for the political class, wherein merely saying that you take full responsibility or that you have no problem with being held accountable is no longer good enough. It's time, I think, to actually hold them accountable, and to inflict actual pain. There's a term for that.
Bad things happen when you tax the hell out of people, as the "progressive" Northeastern states are beginning to discover:
Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent.
The biggest impact comes in the loss of congressional representation.
Deep in a recent report, for example, the American Legislative Exchange Council tabulated how the drop in population relative to the rest of the nation cut the region’s power in Washington. While the states from Pennsylvania to Maine had 141 House members in 1950, they are down to 85 today, a drop of some 40 percent.
Well, goshamighty, what a surprise! They've long said that the South shall rise again, and it looks like that's happening. Of course, the same things are happening on the "progressive" west coast, as jobs are being moved along with businesses in Portland and Seattle, while in SoCal, jobs are heading to Texas and Arizona. That means that votes are leaving, as well. Taxing people to death isn't a sound strategy, but "progressives" don't quite understand the concepts.
I don't think so. Let's wait to see how it plays out in Washington and Colorado. It's already killing California, where a lot of illegal grows are located, as much of that is now being sent to Washington and Colorado:
Detective Chandler Baird of the Humboldt County Sheriff showed KPIX 5 how growers are clear-cutting 100 year old redwoods, leveling hills and sucking dry rivers that are already stricken by drought. Not to mention the violence.
Bob Sallinger, over at Portland Audubon, is (of course) outraged all over again, as are some of the folks living on the east end of the island. Somehow, the idea that 300 acres might one day be developed on the west end, leaving a mere 500 acres as undeveloped greenspace/wildlife habitat, just gets these folks all up in arms.
City planners, in a draft of Portland’s new comprehensive land-use plan, included 300 acres on West Hayden Island among the city’s industrial lands available for future development, in order to meet a state mandate to provide adequate land for future jobs.
Well, this is just terrible. The residents don't seem to mind having the big Jantzen Beach shopping center over there - any more than they mind having their own manufactured homes, crapartments, and condos on the east end - but they sure don't want the Port of Portland to do anything that might involve jobs over there on the land that the Port controls: the 800 acres of West Hayden Island.
Bob Sallinger, conservation director of the Audubon Society of Portland, said the marine terminal project should have died once and for all when the port dropped its proposal in January. “That should have been the end; they said they would not protect the community and the environment,” said Sallinger, who helped galvanize opposition to the trade terminals.
By designating the land as a future industrial site, he said, “It virtually guarantees that development will happen.”
Here's an idea that dovetails nicely with Bob's preservationist agenda: Let's run some T-9 dozers through Jantzen Beach center, along with all of the condos and manufactured homes. Take every stick and stitch of any sort of development off the island completely, and restore the whole shebang for wildlife. Of course, the businesses and renters and owners would likely have a problem with that, but that's because they're short-sighted and greedy. It'd all be for the greater good, after all.
Hey, with all of the doom-and-gloom bombarding us every day with dire forecasts of planetary effects caused by you, and species of plants and animals going extinct at unprecedented rates because of habitat loss, you're overdue for some really good news: there's at least one species that's not at all endangered:
Yep - the population of crab lice is doing just fine. Although burning questions have been raised from time to time:
Will the noble pubic louse Pthirus pubis, which once grazed the rolling plains of our crotches in great herds, be driven into extinction? Do we need to erect habitat reserves for crab lice conservation in New Jersey? Will these insects that “swing from hair to hair” in our undergrowth someday only be known from medieval kings and mummies?
The answer, you'll be relieved to see, is a resounding "No". All of those Brazilian waxes and other deliberate efforts to clear-cut their habitat have been, as it happens, ineffective - dire prognostications in Smithsonian and other publications notwithstanding.
The emergent Pavlok Wristband is a device whose time will never arrive. Selling for a hundred bucks, it's like Fitbit with electrodes:
Pavlok’s app lets you set up goals like hitting the gym or avoiding social media sites, and then its wristband electrically shocks you when you screw up.
Oh, big plus here - you can modify the voltage from a low of 17 volts to a high of 340. Handy for slow learners or those with zero willpower. Oh, wait; those folks won't buy one, and the rest of us don't need one.
The National Terrorism Advisory System, established in 2011 to supplant the Bush administration's old and busted color-code scheme, has - somewhat surprisingly - never issued an alert. At all.
Since replacing the old system in 2011, it has not issued a single alert, bulletin or advisory to the American public. NTAS encourages Americans to check its website and social media feeds for "information about threats in specific places or for individuals exhibiting certain types of suspicious activity." But no alert has ever been posted to the website, the Twitter account has never tweeted, and the Facebook page is empty.
That seems kind of odd, given that we've had the Boston Marathon bombings, that we know that Muslims from the Minnesota enclaves have headed to fight with ISIS, and that some are on record with threats to bring the battle to American soil. It kind of raises the question of what, exactly, the 244,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security actually do.
At the same time, however, that Department has, in and of itself, onerous overtones: the "Homeland" is something more often associated with Communist and Fascist governments; it is a term that should never have been introduced and employed by the American government. What's next - references to "the Motherland"?
And with that association comes an oddly un-American mindset, which we regularly see throughout the Departments various arms; most notably at the TSA, wherein DHS employees and members of the political class receive preferential treatment while ordinary citizens are regarded as little more than cattle. These are antithetical to traditional American values and mores.
Notice that NTAS has not communicated with the public regarding ISIS threats to attack subways in Europe and in this country, yet DHS has been "briefing" their counterparts in the metropolitan police departments. The police, like DHS themselves, are "special"; the rest of the people exist only to be herded.