In January of 2012, in Los Angeles, the LAPD and Special Forces conduct military maneuvers without warning citizens, and officials stated that the training was hush-hush, but “routine”.
Many questioned what was going on Wednesday night as a Black Hawk helicopter and four OH-6 choppers – or “Little Birds” – flew over the city, at one point hovering just above the US Bank building downtown and later flying low over the Staples Center as the Lakers played inside.
From coast to coast the nanny state continues to grow. Everyone is familiar with Mayor Bloomberg’s recent health promotions taking away the salt shaker and large sodas in restaurants. Now the city of Los Angeles has voted to promote ‘Meatless Mondays’.
The Los Angeles city council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution urging residents to pledge to have meatless Mondays. The resolution does not have the force of law but the city officials hope to start a trend.
From the City Council that declared war on trans-fats and fast-food restaurants comes the latest way to make residents feel, well, guilty about what they eat.
LA Daily News: “This follows the `good food’ agenda we recently adopted supporting local, sustainable food choices,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has called for a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles to fight obesity.
“We can reduce saturated fats and reduce the risk of heart disease by 19 percent,” Perry said. “While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses.”
Councilman Ed Reyes, who joined with Perry in proposing the resolution, said one of his sons has been diagnosed with diabetes.
“The issue is how does a local municipality engage in this and how do we create change,” Reyes said. “If we do it one plate at time, one meal, one day, we are ratcheting down the impact on our environment. We start with one day a week and then, who knows, maybe we can change our habits for a lifetime.”
In July, 2012, following the USDA’s embrace the Meatless Monday concept the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.D. Alexander called into question USDA’s commitment to U.S. farmers and ranchers. Following their interaction the USDA removed its support of the campaign.
Alexander was quoted as saying, “Beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food, helping you get more nutrition from the calories you take in.”
Please watch the Today Show promotion of Meatless Mondays:
An observation: One of the councilmen (Ed Reyes) who joined in proposing the resolution stated that he had a son with diabetes.
According to the American Diabetic Association’s website: Foods that contain carbohydrate (including starches) raise blood glucose. By keeping track of how many carbohydrates you eat and setting a limit for your maximum amount to eat, you can help to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range.
Foods high in starch include:
Starchy vegetables like peas, corn, lima beans, and potatoes
Dried beans, lentils, and peas such as pinto beans, kidney beans, black eyed peas, and split peas
Grains like oats, barley, and rice. (The majority of grain products in the US are made from wheat flour. These include pasta, bread, and crackers but the variety is expanding to include other grains as well.)
While the dietician on the video promotes whole grains and beans in place of the meat she does not mention that diabetics often must limit their grain and legume intake. Meatless Monday may well influence their diabetes management.
And as a PS to that there are many meats that are low in cholesterol and necessary for good health.
But the end question really remains the same: Is it the government’s job to restrict our food choices? If this plan is adopted where will it end? Will adults who do not take government assistance be required to purchase only approved food items? How soon before banned foods like brownies, hot dogs or even chocolate milk soon become black market items?
FOUR years ago, as America faced serious trouble at home and abroad, this news organization embraced the need for bold change to a different brand of leadership and endorsed Barack Obama for president.
That assessment of the depth of the nation’s problems and the most promising solution was correct in 2008. Regrettably, it applies no less in 2012, after nearly a full term of Obama’s administration. This is why the editorial board urges voters to choose Mitt Romney for president in the Nov. 6 election. He is the leader this country needs for the future. . .
Sad to say, the reservations our editorial board expressed about Obama in 2008 have been borne out. His inexperience in an executive position has been exposed. His naivete about his chances of getting much of his program through a deeply partisan Congress has been cured the hard way.
Instead of taking charge in Washington, Obama has shown unwillingness to take even the most basic step in presidential leadership: picking up the Oval Office phone to bring his influence to bear on reluctant representatives and senators.
Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, is symbolic of his term for another reason: It passed entirely because of Democratic support.
The economy is making an all-too-slow recovery. The nation’s budget problems remain unsolved, portending a new financial crisis ahead. In the ending of the Iraq War and the killing of Osama bin Laden, there is a sense that we’ve already seen the high points of an Obama administration.
And Americans hoping for better from a prospective second term are frustrated by Obama’s failure to explain how four more years would be different. . .
Instead of following through on his hope-and-change message, Obama keeps telling us the limits of hope and change.
We are all for hope and we champion change. Many of this organization’s editorial positions are guided by the belief that change in government is to be sought, not feared. We embrace new leaders, independent thinking, and shaking up the status quo; this philosophy is evident in several other endorsements this fall.
Four years ago, the editorial board’s willingness to change horses in the middle of a churning river led us to call for voters to break the Republican hold on the White House and try a Democrat with a fresh spark.
Today, it leads the editorial board to urge voters to say “enough” to a Democratic administration whose sincere best has turned out disappointing, and install a seasoned leader with a record of fixing problems.
Mitt Romney is that seasoned leader.
This endorsement comes on the heels of a recent poll which showed that the most solid blue state in the union isn’t as supportive of the President this go around.
Californians head to the polls today to vote in primary elections and the ballots will be longer than voters have seen in the past. That is because new ballot rules goes into effect this election cycle. Under the new “top-two” system, party affiliations are removed from candidates and voters will have the opportunity to choose from any candidate from any party. The top two winners will then square off in the November elections. This applies to all races except the Presidential race.
There are only two propositions on the ballot this cycle:
Prop 28 has been billed as “term limits” legislation but technically lengthens the amount of time legislators can serve. Currently legislators are limited to two 3-year terms in the Assembly and two 4-year terms in the Senate. That’s a total of 14 years a politician can serve in the legislature. Prop 28 reduces that limit to 12 years but allows lawmakers to serve that 12 years in either house.
A couple of other races to watch in California today:
In Orange County the heated, controversial race for County Supervisor between “establishment” Republican Todd Spitzer and “Tea Party” candidate Deb Pauly will come to a head. Both Spitzer and Pauly have thrown out contentious, serious allegations of misconduct against each other. Pauly was ousted as vice-chair of the OC Republican Party just days ago and Spitzer has been running from a record in which he increased pensions.
The Senate race, where Republican Elizabeth Emken will join 23 other candidates to take on the heavily funded Diane Feinstein
The race for District Attorney in Los Angeles, where Republican Alan Jackson will try to force a run-off against Carmen Trutanich. Trutanich (D) has faced accusations of corruption and bullying, but has raised twice the funds of Jackson.
Two local elections are mirroring what is happening in Wisconsin today. In San Diego and San Jose voters will be asked to decide on pension reforms in order to reign in the city budgets. Predictably, unions have been fighting the measures in both cities. The results will have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the state, as California faces an $85 billion unfunded pension liability in the coming years.
California currently does not have any of those pesky, racist voter identification laws so vote early, vote often.
Martin Bernard Springer is second teacher arrested for sex abuse at Miramonte Elementary School
Last week I reported to you the disturbing case of Mark Berdnt, a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles County. Berndt was arrested on 23 counts of lewd acts on children – acts that included blindfolding his students and feeding them his own semen. To add insult to injury, under California law, Berndt is eligible to retire early and collect his $4000/month pension for the rest of his life, regardless of any criminal conviction.
In a stunning twist of events a second teacher from the same elementary school- Martin Bernard Springer- has been arrested on child molestation charges stemming from revelations made last week that fondled at least two students in his classroom. Ironically, one of the students who came forth with the allegations had also been a student in Berndt’s class back in 2008. She was transferred to Springer’s class after her parents complained about Berndt. The student, who was 7-years-old at the time came home with pictures of her and another girl standing against a wall and being fed cookies with a “light liquid” on them. The school dismissed the claims and transferred the girl to Springer’s class.
Today, many parents have chosen to keep their children out of the school and are organizing a protest to express their frustration with the school board for keeping them in the dark for so long. The school will be closed until this Wednesday at least while an investigation is being conducted. The Los Angeles Unified School District will hold a meeting on Monday night to talk with concerned parents. They’ll meet earlier in the day to decided whether or not to fire Springer in the wake of the allegations.
Let’s try to be fair here: it’s entirely possible that parents and students are understandably sensitive right now about this whole situation. It could be that Springer is simply a victim of these enhanced sensitivities right now. Child abuse is a very serious charge and thus I am leery about jumping on the bandwagon to convict this man in the court of public opinion before there is more solid proof (unlike his colleague, who thoughtfully provided photographic evidence of his depravity). However, if these allegations prove to be true, its time for Los Angeles County, districts and unions across the country to admit that there is a serious problem in our public school: one of oversight, education and staffing. The Catholic church has been excoriated over revelations that they have ignored and/or covered up serious sex abuse for decades. The same thing is happening right under our noses in our own schools, yet criticism of a system that allows such behavior to flourish is squashed or labeled as “hate” and “ignorance”. Worse still, you have a choice to attend a Catholic church or not. But for too many children across the country they have absolutely no choice in what school they attend. They have to roll the dice and just hope that they don’t end up under the tutelage of someone like Berndt and his ilk.
If Springer is fired, just like his colleague Berndt he will still be eligible to receive his full pension until the day he dies under California law. Is it still “all about the children”, union? Really?
UPDATE: KABC 790 Talk Radio out of Los Angeles is reporting that a third teacher will be arrested soon in connection with these two cases. Reportedly the teacher is a female who acted as a sort of “pimp” for Berdnt and possibly Springer. Conservative Daily News will post updates as we receive them.
In the “rewarding bad behavior” file, we have this. The City of Los Angeles is said to be offering their “occupy” protestors a whole lot of goodies if they agree to leave their camp. The following excerpt is from LATimes.com.
…city officials have offered protesters a $1-a-year lease on a 10,000-square-foot office space near City Hall. He said officials also promised land elsewhere for protesters who wish to farm, as well as additional housing for the contingent of homeless people who joined the camp.
So, you got that, folks? If you stand outside of a government building and protest long enough, you just might get a lease worth thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars and some land. Maybe you could even trademark the OWS logo and use it to sell T-shirts.
I strongly encourage you to read the link to the L.A. Times for the whole story and then come back here and tell us what you think of all this madness. But you know what? In the bankrupt state of California, this sounds about right. We throw all of our money in the trashcan in order to pander to groups we’re scared of.
This has everything you could ever want in an “occupy” video. I almost wonder if it was staged. (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t) Here’s what you can expect to see:
1. A guy playing a flute into a TV reporter’s microphone, so he couldn’t conduct an interview.
2. Protestors discussing $150 worth of food stamps.
3. Public Yoga!
4. An “occupier” who was busy last night “protesting police”.
5. Protestors complaining about bureaucracy in the “occupy” camp. (and about “centralized planning”)
6. The collective NOT working in the interest of the collective.
7. And a lot of other random “hippie stuff”.
What do you guys think? Was this the “perfect” “occupy” video, or were some things missing? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, or Facebook.
In true Liberal parroting fashion, we see that there is now a very small group titled Occupy Chicago, to go with the misguided misfits and hippies at the OccupyWallStreet group, along with the totally disorganized and pathetically undefined Occupying Los Angeles so-called movements. People sleeping in the streets, urinating in public, and begging for handouts while interfering with the working people’s ability to get to and from actually working for a living appears to be a recurring theme of these “protests.” Another recurring theme coming out of these protests is their whining about the lack of media coverage. I,m going to help them out there, yet I don’t believe they will like some of the truths I will bring out here in giving them some exposure in this article, but since you asked for it, here goes.
Let’s start with checking out the head of the snake, so-to-speak, the original community-organizing [group] that started it all, the Occupy Wall Street crowd shall we? Both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity sent reporters down to check out the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Red Eye’s Bill Shultz and Jesse Waters both reported that most of the protesters had no real definition of just what exactly they were protesting, or even what they expected to accomplish with these protests. No revelation there, as this is a movement based on Marxist anti-capitalism rhetoric, and the general Liberal ideology that the successful working class people somehow owe these people a good portion of their hard-earned wealth. The problem is that these people are trying to play the victim card , yet they just can not come out and say we don’t want to work for a living like everyone else does, we want Congress to give us their money. That is right out of Barack Obama’s wealth redistribution agenda that he was caught red-handed stating to Joe the Plumber.
Bill Shulz sloshed right into the mosh-pit at Occupy Wall Street and came back with some very hard-hitting truths about just who these people are and what they are [ trying ] to accomplish there. Shulz described them as ” people with absolutely no purpose or focus in life,” while adding that the smell of the place was equal parts patchouli, body odor, and urine.” The Occupy Wall Street folks wanted some media exposure so check it out, thanks to OnyxBook.com:
Now let’s take a look at the “sister protests” out in Los Angeles. Excerpts from their supposed community organizing homepage:
fishwick45 – Fri, 09/30/2011 – 2:20pm.
If this is an ongoing event, I do not think this is clear in the promotional materials you are using.
LloydJHart – Sat, 10/01/2011 – 4:11am.
Occupy Demands And Civil Disobedience Guidelines
Proposed By Lloyd Hart – Demands: Free college education. Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment .Open borders migration, anyone can travel anywhere to work and live. Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Outlaw all credit reporting agencies. These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy. ( tell me this guys isn’t a lunatic)
I also saw on TV yesterday that at the Los Angeles protest had 6 people who were inside of a bank and going to stay there 24/7, hoping to be arrested, because the bank had the nerve to foreclose on their houses … for not paying their mortgages.
Now for some of the info right out of the Occupy Chicago folks page;
Do you people go to week long protests without your socks? Really!
Posts from their homepage:
Please fix the NBC photo link — it goes to swimsuit models and celebrities instead of photos of the occupation.
Where are you demonstrating at? Like precise location? I would like to join tomorrow.
We’re not going to get long-term change unless we dig up a ton of dirt on GOP Senators and Congressmen (Their Presidential candidates are doing each other win quite well). We’ll need 70 liberal Senators and a liberal House to: (SIC)
1.) Enact socialized campaign financing. 2.) Impeachment of the SCOTUS 5 who brought this mess on when they selected W in 2000, and exacerbated this wiht their Citizens United decision. (sic)
its all going down at the corner of jackson and lasalle in chicago’s financial district. I’m sure the over nighters would appreciate tarps, toothbrushes, toothpaste.
If you don’t have a proper mission statement on your webpage, people will form their own (many a times, incorrect) opinion about this movement, which might be detrimental to the movement. An organic movement is great, but any movement has to have a mission. Without a mission, quoting George Bernard Shaw again, is like a “blind leading a blind, and both will fall into a ditch”.
No mission, no clue, just a bunch of non-working 60’s hippies, radicals, and uniformed youth gathered together calling for the over-throw of the government and the financial system, while demanding that everyone else support them, instead of actually working for a living. Community (Dis) organizers in the mold of another long-time Marxist student, Mr. Barack Obama. Remember folks, they need toothpaste, toothbrushes, food, tarps, mattresses, tents, and SOCKS ! LOTS of SOCKS!
One irate driver, a Ground Zero construction worker, blasted the pedestrians. “I work my ass off all day, and these goddamned hippies close down the Brooklyn Bridge so I can’t get home?” he said. “This ain’t right!”
Power to the people! You sure showed that bridge that you mean business! Last count was 700 in jail, and again, these lunatics are bragging about being arrested in New York, just like the people who didn’t pay for their houses and were infuriated that the bank was foreclosing on them in the Occupy L. A. debacle. As noted above from their very own website in the “Occupy L..A” protest, they are calling for a “guaranteed living wage, employment optional.” That says it all right there.