One man who speaks the truth about Fornicalia: Tom McClintock and the drought

Top Five Gubernatorial Candidates Debate In SacramentoFrom Breitbart.com:

McClintock on CA Drought: ‘We Are Being Governed by People Who Are Out of Their Minds’

by Joel B. Pollak

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) warns that California’s water crisis will continue until there are major changes in state government, and until Republicans win the U.S. Senate. 

“We are being governed by people who are out of their minds,” McClintock said, referring to the inability of state and federal authorities to manage California’s water supply.

“Droughts are inevitable–they are nature’s fault. Water shortages are our fault,” he said. 

And I couldn’t agree more with Representative McClintock.

In fact, it was Governor Jerry Brown’s problem first in the 70s, which he purposely chose to ignore.  Via schadenfreude, it is now his issue to handle in his doting hypocrisy.

Speaking to Breitbart News in his Capitol Hill office, McClintock outlined what he believes would be necessary to prevent future shortages: resuming construction on existing dam projects, some of which were abandoned during Gov. Jerry Brown’s first administration in the 1970s.

The Auburn Dam project, for example, would create a reservoir two-and-a-half times the size of the ailing Folsom Lake, he said. In addition, McClintock suggested raising the height of the Shasta Dam from the current 600 feet to 800 feet, as originally designed. That, he said, would add nine million acre-feet to its existing storage capacity–double its present volume.

Precisely the issue I raised in the post prior to this.  Jerry Brown had his chance to solve the issue before it became the massive problem it is now.  And he roundly refused.

McClintock also criticized Brown’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project, which will cost billions but would offer no water storage capacity and no hydroelectric power. He noted that state water projects in the mid-twentieth century spent comparable amounts in current dollars, yet also included storage and generated electricity, and paid for themselves over time.

“It’s only in the last several decades that the state has issued general bonds for these projects, which leave taxpayers on the hook. It’s insane,” McClintock said. 

I can only concur, Congressman.  It is in fact insane.  All that cash to be spent with no electrical generation included.  At least Brown and Leftists are nothing but consistent.

Environmentalists have opposed the construction of new dams, partly because of habitat and scenery destroyed by reservoirs, and because of the physical obstacle dams often pose to annual fish migrations.

There you go.  The veritable Crux of the Biscuit.  Lefitsts and Enviros clearly value fish and scenery over humanity.

Yet McClintock sees dams as a critical part of addressing California’s chronic water shortages. He and his Republican colleagues have also passed several measures aimed at changing the distribution of water to favor struggling Central Valley farmers, and he intends to hold hearings to investigate the release of large amounts of water from existing dams just before winter.

Allow me now, at this point, to illuminate some additional Leftist hypocrisy, if you will.

Jerry Brown solicits more illegal aliens into Fornicalia, but refuses to expand the necessary infrastructure for water and power.

Jerry Brown has thrown Fornicalia’s political power and wherewithal into electric cars, but he refuses to see the obvious: just where will we acquire the electricity necessary to recharge this massive fleet of change?

There are NO electrical generation stations “in the works” now in Fornicalia.

On the current system, with hot days, the CalISO can’t even find sufficient power to forestall brownouts, much less expand power to potential hundreds-of-thousands of electric vehicles.

Fornicalia has, simply, One Party Political Power.  People have historically had to flee from those kinds of governments around the world.

It is alive and well in Fornicalia.

Which is why I shall leave this state when I retire.  It is about to go straight to Hell and I shall not be complicit in that ride.

BZ

 

Next for drought-struck Fornicalia: daily rationing per household?

California Drought TillingFrom the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:

Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

by Steve Scauzillo

You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number.

But do you know your drought number?

The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know it, you probably should. Not knowing could cost you money. As California’s severe drought moves into a fourth year, state and local water agencies are working on something called “allocation-based rate structures,” a kind of precursor to water rationing that’s all the rage in Sacramento and in some areas such as Santa Cruz, Irvine and Santa Monica.

Here’s how it works: Your local water company, special district or city assigns you and your household a number in gallons — a daily water allocation. Usually, one number applies to maximum indoor water use, i.e. showers, kitchen and bathroom faucets, dishwashers, clothes washers, etc., and an extra allocation is assigned for outdoor use such as lawn irrigation.

Toilet manufacturers wishing to sell product in the US have already been required to create fixtures that went from 3.5 gallons per flush, to 1.6 gallons.  In 1992, President GHW Bush signed the law which mandated the current 1.6 gallon flush maximum.

One throne issue:

In 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that, while low-flow toilets are estimated to have saved the city of San Francisco 20 million gallons of water per year, the reduction in water volume has caused waste sludge to back up in the city sewer pipes that were designed expecting a higher ratio of water to solids. The city is attempting to solve this by adding chlorine bleach to the pipes, a proposal that has raised environmental objections.[4] In house drain system design, smaller diameter drain pipes are being used to improve flow by forcing waste to run higher in the pipe and therefore have less tendency to settle along the pipe.

To continue from the SGVT:

While some call it a more equal way to meter out mandatory water conservation, others call it social engineering. Some say the idea simply will not work. 

True, laws instituted rarely if ever are repealed.  That is the nature of government.  And yes, the nature of social engineering as well.

After the new numbers are crunched, the state board could order the local agencies to implement stronger water-use regulations, such as banning all watering of lawns and all decorative fountains, she said.

Eastern Municipal Water District, which covers communities in the Inland Empire from Riverside to Hemet, has enacted a Stage  2 drought plan. Each single-family household with three residents gets 60 gallons per person per day. An outdoor allocation is provided based on whether a house has a pool or turf or both. Any household going over the total allocation will be charged an “excessive rate,” according to the plan.

What might that rate be, pray tell?  No one either knows, or will say.  Except:

Making water hogs pay a top-tier rate is another trend gaining popularity among water agencies.

For example, Irvine charges a “wasteful” rate of $12.60 per hundred cubic feet, well above the $1.34 base rate.

Just how onerous will this be?  Will it make people think long and hard as to when to flush their toilet?  Will Fornicalians in a multi-bathroom household decide to designate one toilet for urine, and one toilet for fecal waste?  The toilet for urine may tolerate multiple pissings and one or two flushes per day, depending on the number of persons in the household.  The toilet for fecal material will mandate more frequent flushes, cost-dependent.

It all depends on if you don’t care about a yellow toilet bowl, or one already occupied by a prior person’s feces.

In the meantime, as your lawn in Beverly Hills dies (or doesn’t, depending on your “shizzle” with the Beverly Hills Public Works manager), true Fornicalian middle class taxpayers continue to shoulder the burden for ILLEGALS who CONTINUE to demand infrastructure usage that we can no longer afford in many ways.

These are illegals that bald and elder Governor Jerry Brown insists on inviting — no, demanding — into Fornicalia.  Though lawful and abiding taxpayers cannot afford them on a budgetary level or an infrastructure level.

Here are the facts: farming uses roughly 80% of the water allocations in Fornicalia, because Fornicalia is still the literal breadbasket to the rest of the state, the nation and to parts of the world.  Fornicalia produces almost 70 percent of the country’s top 25 fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  Literally and figuratively.  You suss that last sentence out.

The bulk of Fornicalia’s water comes from the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain snowpack per winter.  One of the reasons I live up here; I get my water before you in the flatlands do. And I know where to get more.

However, logically, a bad seasonal snowpack equals a poor water year for the flatlands.

But here’s the simultaneous hypocrisy and schadenfreude: elder Fornicalia Governor Jerry Brown must now deal with the issue of having made no attempts whatsoever, as junior governor, to improve any portion of Fornicalia’s infrastructure — to include the creation of new dams or reservoirs — because of his Leftist ideology.

He possessed the opportunity, for example, to approve the Auburn Dam, which would have created another 900 million + acre-feet of water available for thirsty residents downstream.  That equates, in my mind, to a man-made drought ahead of its time.

Brown's Chauffeured Satellite, 1974Yet, whilst he was swiving Linda Rondstadt in his lofty downtown Sacramento apartment directly across the street from the capital and having his “plain wrapped” motor pool 1974 Plymouth Satellite chauffeured (which acquired roughly 16 mpg with its 383 CID engine, as he eschewed the former governor’s Cadillac limousine with its concomitant terrible 13 mpg, and translated into nothing more than Leftist “smoke and mirrors” for the ignorant amongst Fornicalia voters) to various points, Brown not only accomplished nothing, but pointedly refused to expand Fornicalia freeways and infrastructure projects.

Coming back to haunt you, Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.?

Because of water (please see Marc Reisner’s book “Cadillac Desert,” and hearken to the underlying theme of the classic 1974 Polanski film “Chinatown”), southern Fornicalia administrators in particular were and are able to turn arid desert into fecund and productive land.

Water issues coming back to haunt you, Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.?

I cry crocodile tears.  You made your bed and those who don’t recognize that bed are your immediate ignorant voting base — which is why you embrace more voters who can’t even understand the English language.

BZ

 

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No matter his political predilections, I completely admire the acting skills of Mr Spacey.

BZ

P.S.

If you’re not watching “House of Cards,” you’re missing some incredible acting from Spacey as House Majority Whip Frank Underwood.

 

Detroit, water, and the UN building

Water Is A Human RightWater is apparently a human right, according to residents in Detroit, Michigan.

Deadbeat residents in Detroit, Michigan, can’t pay their water bills.  All roughly 17,000 of them.  However, no one quite knows how many of those bills represent persons still living in Detroit, and those who have abandoned their homes.  Because, in general, Detroit looks much like this:

Detroit Abandoned HomesDetroit Abandoned Homes 1That said, the city of Detroit is now doing its worst: actually turning OFF water to those who haven’t made their payments.  This is, clearly, beyond evil.  So sayeth those whose presence still exists.

From WSJ.com:

Detroit Residents: Restore Our Water

Detroit Homeowners Delinquent in Making Payments Testify About Hardships

by Matthew Dolan

DETROIT—In this bedeviled city struggling to convince residents to pay their bills, a slash of blue spray paint on front lawns serves as a kind of scarlet letter of debt.

“I was really embarrassed. I started to cry,” Carol Ann Bogden, a 68-year-old retired emergency-room nurse told a federal judge Monday, describing how city water department officials marked her home before shutting off service in July.

During the last two years, the city’s water and sewerage department has put its mark on tens of thousands of residences. With the help of advocacy groups, some homeowners are suing to restore service and stop future residential shut-offs for at least six months.

Your problem, madame, is that you still live in and believe in Detroit.  I’d have guessed you’d understood that basic conundrum from its establishment because, as a nurse, you are clearly not stupid.

People in the rest of the United States laugh out loud at the so-called “predicament” of Detroit.  They predominantly ignore you because they perceive you as too stupid to understand your plight.  They readily compare Detroit to Hiroshima.

And your expectations of some kind of deus ex machina.

But wait.  Aren’t those blacks?  Protesting the decisions of blacks?  Because blacks are mostly in charge of Detroit?

Urban experts see Detroit’s dilemma as a result of the city’s inability to cover the expense of an outsize infrastructure system built when the city’s population approached 2 million. As of 2013, the city had about 688,000 residents.

“Detroit is a bit like a teenager who has inherited an expensive sedan—the car may have been free, but he doesn’t have the income to cover the insurance or maintenance and maybe not even the gas,” Harvard University economics professor Edward Glaeser said in an email.

But here’s where it gets even better:

The utility cutoffs in Detroit amid its municipal bankruptcy have drawn international criticism, including from a United Nations group that alleged the city was violating basic human rights for water.

There you go.  The United Nations now involving itself in Detroit.

Let’s go a bit deeper into the topic, shall we?

Now AlJazeera.net weighs in.

UN panel: Detroit water cutoffs violate human rights

A large-scale water shutoff is underway in Detroit, a move that advocates say is taking its toll on the poor

by Amel Ahmed

A United Nations team of experts said Wednesday that Detroit officials’ decision to shut off water service to thousands of residents who are late in paying bills is an affront to human rights.

“Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” the U.N. officials said in a news release. “Because of a high poverty rate and a high unemployment rate, relatively expensive water bills in Detroit are unaffordable for a significant portion of the population.”

The U.N. assessment comes days after a coalition of welfare rights groups — including the Detroit People’s Water Board, Food and Water Watch and Canada-based Blue Planet Project — pleaded in an open letter for the world body to intervene.

A wonderful way to invite the United Nations into the once-sovereign country formerly known as the United States of America.

Here is one amazing thing: the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) actually expects to try to acquire a minimal percentage of its bills due.

How onerous to think that DWSD should have to maintain an ancient infrastructure heretofore unaddressed.  How terrible to think that the DWSD should attempt even briefly to recoup costs it had to place up front.  That it had to attempt to replace pipes and motors and systems once ignored?  Hello, anyone?  Infrastructure?

That said, however: should these bills be dismissed summarily due to the overall goodness of the UN?

But wait.  It gets better.

The No. 1 scofflaw isn’t a business but the State of Michigan, which the department said owes more than $5 million. Dave Murray, deputy press secretary for Gov. Rick Snyder (who is sheparding Detroit through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history) said the bills have been disputed for the last five years over a possible broken water main near the old state fairgrounds in the city limits, which was mothballed several years ago.

And, with UN intervention, should not everything in Detroit simply “get better”?

With that, the UN is invited.

The UN weighs in, as per AlJazeera.com:

The large-scale service shutoffs risk being inequitable, according to Leilani Farha, one member of the U.N. team. “If these water disconnections disproportionately affect African-Americans they may be discriminatory, in violation of treaties the U.S. has ratified,” Farha said in the press release.

She urged the U.S. government to ensure due process guarantees in relation to water disconnections.  

According to international human rights law, states are obligated to provide urgent remedial measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation. “The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected,” the U.N. experts said.

UN intervention.

Further, in consideration of the UN, I have a suggestion.

Remove the UN from US shores.

Then, further, turn the UN buildings into either 1) expensive condos or 2) low income apartments.

My my my.

Nothing better than that.

BZ