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Pop the top and blue sky with me - 11/16/04

Have you ever "blue-skyed" about an uninvented technology, or thought of a way that a current technology could get even better?

Even if you aren't "technical", please read the following press release from Siemens and imagine the possibilities:

The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) has received an order from Puget Sound Regional Council, Seattle, in the U.S.

"Dreier race illustrates cautionary tale on immigration policy" - 11/15/04

Associated Press (link):

Tucked into last week's otherwise predictable California election results lay a cautionary tale about the election year's most uncovered issue: illegal immigration.

Republican Rep. David Dreier, the 24-year Los Angeles-area veteran who chairs the powerful House Rules committee, won re-election to his House seat with just under 54 percent of the vote, down from 64 percent in 2002. His Democratic opponent, Cynthia Matthews, won almost 43 percent of the vote, despite spending just over $31,000 in her campaign, compared to more than $900,000 spent by Dreier. A Libertarian candidate won 3.5 percent of the vote.

While Dreier's winning margin over Matthews can't really be characterized as close, it was his worst showing since 1980...

[ was because of Political Human Sacrifice... ...AP reporter searches for this article's Voice of Stupidity and finds it in occasional KCAL political commentator Allan Hoffenblum:]

"Immigration is a very emotional issue, and there is a group of voters who have an intense, intense dislike for illegal immigrants," said Allan Hoffenblum, editor of the California Target Book ( "Dreier has the same position that Bush has, which a lot of right wingers don't like, and it's easier to go after Dreier than Bush..."

..."The Republican establishment strongly, strongly supports [Dreier]," Hoffenblum said. "Dreier would have Schwarzenegger walking precincts for him, and the president would probably join him."

Political Human Sacrifice - 10/27/04

[Cross-posted to and the Command Post]

If you live in Southern California, you've probably heard about Political Human Sacrifice by now. That's the attempt by KFI AM 640 talk jocks John & Ken to unseat two Congressmen who refuse to do anything about our incredible problem with illegal immigration.

Fox of Mexico to get tough with the U.S.A. - 10/18/04

More threats from our friends to the south:

In recent days Mexican President Vicente Fox and his Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Ernesto Derbez, have sent barbed messages to the U.S.A. The main message - Mexico plans to get tough with the U.S.A. regarding the treatment of migrant workers in this country and the services they should receive...

"The two faces of Arnold - a Mexican's viewpoint" - 10/11/04

Mexican newspaper Reforma published an editorial back on October 3 calling our own Arnold Schwarzenegger a hypocrite for opposing driver's licenses for illegal aliens.

The editorial is basically only of use to see what the elites of Mexico think.

"Governor right to veto driver's license bill" - 10/11/04

From an editorial by Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy printed in the L.A. Times:

Arnold Schwarzenegger did the right thing when he immigrated to America from Austria as a young man - he came here legally.

"Immigrants find a friend in The Governator" - 10/06/04

From Ruben Navarrette of the Dallas Morning News:

...Americans shouldn't be going out of their way to accommodate illegal immigrants - or when you really get down to it, those Americans who employ them - by making life in the United States comfortable for people who shouldn't be here.

I'm not sure all immigrants get that. After Schwarzenegger's veto, a television news crew for a Spanish-language network descended on the streets of Los Angeles to gauge public reaction.

Reaction to Arnold's veto from south of the border - 09/24/04

From this:

A top foreign relations official on Thursday lambasted California Gov.

Arnold might need to find a new excuse - 09/23/04

In "Maybe It's Time for Cedillo to Let Arnold Take the Wheel", the L.A. Times suggests that Gil "One Bill Gil" Cedillo stops trying to get the current version of his driver's licenses for illegal aliens bill passed. Instead, he should allow the mark Arnold wants that would distinguish the bearer as an illegal alien.

Being the L.A.

Arnold vetoes driver's licenses for illegal aliens bill - 09/22/04

As expected: "Schwarzenegger vetoes driver's licenses for illegal immigrants." The text of his nice letter vetoing the bill is here.

Also as expected, State Senator Gil "One Bill Gil" Cedillo, perennial sponsor of these bills, says he will keep on trying.

Although there's been much coverage of Cedillo here, the most telling bit is his barely-noticed rationale for giving DLs to IAs: "they were here first." I attempted to pa

Arnold signs "pointed" legislation - 09/21/04

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed needle-exchange legislation. While I would generally support this on public health rather than ideological grounds, the devil is in the details.

My casual read of the bill in question reveals there are no safeguards to ensure or at least encourage that those who get these needles are in fact already addicts and that the needles are only for their personal use.

"California legislators ask Mexican Senate to intervene [in driver's licenses for illegal aliens]" - 09/17/04

This is a MexiData translation of a Mexican newspaper story from 9/7/04.

"Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger pleases neither side in fight over licenses" - 09/03/04

Arnold's actions in the driver's licenses for illegal aliens matter so far are not as good as they could be, but it's the end result that matters.

Dan Walters thinks he won't please either side:

NEW YORK - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won boffo reviews for his prime-time Republican convention speech that extolled the virtues of fellow immigrants, but he returned to California on Thursday to veto a bill granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Schwarzenegger has not been coy about his intention to veto the licensing bill, easily the most controversial of the hundreds of measures enacted in the final hours of the legislative session that ended early Saturday. And he reiterated Thursday that the bill is deficient because it doesn't mark or color licenses of noncitizens differently, thereby making them less useful for opening accounts or other purposes...

During the debate before the vote in the Legislature, Cedillo and other advocates dwelled almost exclusively on what they said would be the traffic safety benefits of having drivers licensed and insured, while Republican critics said licensing illegal immigrants could be a security problem in an era of terrorist threats.

Neither faction wanted to talk about the real conflict, because to do so would rekindle California's divisive, racially tinged debate over the place that illegal immigrants hold in the state's economy and society - needed for their labor [I disagree --LW] but officially shunned for their illegal status. [I disagree as well. Otherwise we wouldn't have politicians pushing to give them things like licenses and voting rights --LW]

Those who back licensure clearly see it as a form of state-sanctioned quasi-legalization for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people who are integral members of society, removing clouds from their daily lives and opening up the possibility of opening bank accounts and otherwise moving out of the social background...

His best hope of resolving the stalemate may lie, ironically enough, in Washington's politicians, who control immigration policy but are equally befuddled by it. Schwarzenegger wants the federal government to set a national standard for driver's licenses that ends state-level debates as part of a larger agreement on immigration and homeland security policy.

"I think they will do it after the election," he says hopefully.

I discussed this doublethink on "immigration" here. And, I said Arnold should try to reduce the number of illegal aliens in California here.

The major long-term thing Arnold could do to resolve this problem is to reduce the number of illegals in California. If he's signed on to Bush's insane amnesty plan, he should reconsider. Instead, he should put pressure on Bush to simply enforce our immigration laws.

"Bustamante urged to step in and sign [illegal alien driver's license bill]" - 09/01/04

From the SacBee:

State Sen. Gil Cedillo on Tuesday called on Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante to sign his bill to allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses if the measure reaches his desk while Gov.

"You might be a Republican, if..." - 08/31/04

From Arnold's speech before the GOP convention, here are some of the ways to tell if you're a proper Republican:

Arnold will veto the illegal alien driver's license bill - 08/31/04

So says Dan Weintraub:

The latest rumor racing around the talk radio circuit is that Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, acting governor while Schwarzenegger is in New York, will sign SB 1160, the bill giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.

How soon could we recall the entire California government? - 08/27/04

Gil Cedillo might soon get Moter Voter cards driver's licenses into the hands of illegal aliens. The CA Assembly has just passed another bill into which SB1160 - the previous driver's license bill - had been inserted. Now it goes to the governor to be signed into law or vetoed.

Spot the error, Part #4932 - 08/25/04

Can you spot the error(s) in the following newspaper report from Torrance, CA's Daily Breeze?

Cedillo pushes immigrant license bill


Wouldn't it be nice if this problem would just go away? - 08/19/04

Reading the SacBee article "License bill is likely headed to veto", I keep thinking one thing. The article is about the acrimonious attempt by Gil "One Bill Gil" Cedillo to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Cedillo appears to be calling Schwarzenegger's hand.

"Legalization for all. Licenses for all." - 08/12/04

That's what's on the signs in the picture on this report of Gil Cedillo's latest attempt to get driver's licenses for illegal aliens:

Cedillo issued a news release Wednesday in Sacramento stating that he received a proposal from Schwarzenegger listing conditions under which the governor would support Senate Bill 1160.

But Schwarzenegger aides denied any such proposal.

"Calif. Petition Aims to Make Legislature Part Time" - 08/04/04

From this:

The man who helped launch the recall drive that made Arnold Schwarzenegger governor of California began a campaign on Wednesday to send the state's legislators home for most of the year.

Conservative populist Ted Costa said he was introducing an initiative to make California's Democratic-dominated year-round Legislature a part-time body working just 90 days a year...

UPDATE: I was so excited I forgot the read

Schwarzenegger makes yet another bad choice - 07/07/04

Governor Arnold has come out in favor of Proposition 69:

Proposition 69 requires convicted felons and those arrested for rape and murder to give DNA, collected by mouth swab, not blood, for a statewide database.

Starting in 2009, all felony arrestees will also be tested, but those not convicted can have their sample removed from the database. Taking DNA during the booking process at the same time as old-fashioned fingerprints and mug shots provides police a proven high tech suspect identification tool th

"[California's] biggest threat is illegal immigration" - 07/06/04

From U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly:

Illegal immigration, more than any other single factor, is crippling major segments of California's economy, from health care to higher education to jobs. That's why, regardless of the security concerns -- and there are many -- Schwarzenegger should not sign any bill granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue.

"Democrats Block Independence Day Celebration" - 07/02/04

From Assemblyman John Campbell:

In each of the 4 years that I have been a member of the state Assembly, we have had many "celebrations" on the Assembly floor. These "celebrations" are orchestrated by the Democrats who control the House and often involve singing and dancing. Every one of my 4 years have seen substantial celebrations of Cinco de Mayo (Commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla), St. Patrick's Day (for the patron Saint of Ireland) and Chinese New Year's Day, among others.

Life imitates The Lonewacko Blog - 06/25/04

On October 03, 2003, in response to the L.A.

Pro-illegal immigration advocates seemingly have no shame - 06/24/04

They're attempting to not-so-subtly paint Schwarzenegger as a Nazi if he doesn't support Gil Cedillo's legal-driver's-licenses-for-illegal-aliens bill: Tarzana a group of five rabbis from the Valley and one from Hollywood said they support giving licenses to illegal immigrants, but object to the governor's suggestion that such licenses have a mark which identifies the person as an illegal.

"It is inappropriate at best and deeply upsetting at worst," said Rabbi Dan Moscovitz of Temple Jude

The other lame 'Times' - 05/19/04

Ann Coulter discussing L.A. Times editor John Carroll's big speech:

The editor of the Los Angeles Times telling reporters how to behave ethically is a complete contradiction, like ... oh, I don't know ... giving Yasser Arafat a Nobel Peace Prize or something. You know, just patently silly.

This is the same L.A.

John Kerry: "help will be on the way to California!" - 03/30/04

The article 'Kerry offers aid in capital visit' appears in the SacBee, but I occasionally thought it might be in the Onion:

Presidential hopeful John Kerry said Monday that "help is on the way" to California if he is elected, suggesting that Gov.

Schwarzenegger, Cedillo "working hard together" to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens - 03/17/04

Here's a radio interview with CA state Senator Gil Cedillo. He's the author of a bill that would give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. The interview took place on a Spanish-language radio station and was translated by KFI:

Radio host: Respect the Sombrero, the huaraches (leather sandals). But, they don't want to respect us, senator, they don't want to give us licenses. How is this bill coming along, the driver's license bill?

Senator Cedillo: As far as the governor is concerned, everything is all right.

Are Schwarzenegger and Cedillo trying to pull a fast one? - 03/08/04

Heard on the John and Ken Show (KFI Los Angeles):

According to Ron Prince of, the new CA driver's licenses for illegal aliens bill is designed to be "referendum-proof" and if it passes, an initiative would need to be created to overturn it. The next time an initiative could be voted on would be two years from now. No web page with this information is available yet.

Top Contributors To Arnold [Schwarzenegger] By Industry - 02/15/04

The chart (from includes this Arnold quote: "Any of those kinds of real big, powerful special interests, if you take money from them you owe them something".

See also "Schwarzenegger patrons provide money, support":

Schwarzenegger is turning

Does "AP" stand for "AgitProp?" - Part 1 of a long series - 02/08/04

Part 1 of this series will discuss the article "Police see possible hate crime in California" by Justin Pritchard of AP. It concerns a brutal double murder in Northern California:

FREMONT, Calif. - Maria Esperanza Hernandez usually got a ride to her 5 a.m. shift at a nursing home, but this time, she had to walk the four miles through the night.

"this recall is going nowhere" - 06/15/03

From this:

Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman trying to become California's next governor by financing a recall campaign against Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, on Saturday suggested the GOP unite by nominating a single candidate to seek the governorship and by focusing on the state's $38.2 billion budget shortfall instead of rigid ideology...

Before a recall election can be held, supporters must submit to the state nearly 900,000 valid signatures of voter support by September.

Issa, whose $800,000 in contributions has fueled pro-recall group Rescue California, told the audience that more than 700,000 signatures already have been collected. Less than half that had been submitted to elections officials as of last week...

Told Friday about the wine country retreat, Davis' message to Issa was, "Have a good time. But this recall is going nowhere..."

In his remarks, Issa suggested state party leaders hold a convention to narrow what could be a large field of GOP contenders that might include actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Sen. Tom McClintock of Simi Valley, last year's GOP gubernatorial nominee, Bill Simon, and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan [and Issa himself]...

Asked by reporters to be more specific, [President Bush's point man in California, businessman Gerald Parsky] said, "A Republican governor in California would be helpful. A Democratic governor is not helpful. Whether that Democratic governor is Gray Davis or another Democrat, that's not helpful."

And, from this:

Davis says the movement is being pushed by a bunch of losers.

He says he won the governor's race last November fair and square.

"Schwarzenegger and Maybe Rice Weigh California Race" - 04/10/03

According to this, Ahnold recently met with Karl Rove.