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Friday, May 07, 2021

Ending the California Nightmare

A few summers ago, Sirius XM had a Beach Boys channel. One Saturday morning, I had it on as I was cruising with the top down. It played the two perfect Beach Boys songs back to back: Good Vibrations and Surf's Up. I have never wrapped my head around the lyrics of the latter, but the former? I got that the instant I heard it the first time at 13.

Good Vibrations is Mike Love's ode to long blond girls with long blond hair.

And love.

He don't know where, but she sends him there.

Brian Wilson's brilliant use of a theremin underscored that bedevilment because the only time we ever heard a theremin was in a spooky horror movie. And at 13, nothing is spookier than love.

At 67, too.

Hearing those two songs back to back should have put me in a good mood, but instead it was a downer because the California Dream the Beach Boys personified was gone. Over. Killed by the Crips and the Bloods war, and the illegals, and the junkies on the streets of San Francisco, and the Democrat politicians determined to create a People's Republic of California.

What was once good clean fun and good clean living has become a nightmare.

The loss of California affects the other 49 states because California was our dream too.

John Stewart in 1979 caught California in another song. Gold.

When the lights go down in the California town
People are in for the evening
I jump into my car and I throw in my guitar
My heartbeat in time with my breathing

Driving over Kanan, singing to my soul
There's people out there turning music into gold

I suppose they still spin music into gold but it is not the music I want to hear.

Which brings me to the latest California recall election. 18 years ago, sensible Californians recalled Democrat Governor Gray Davis, and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger governor. That slowed the decline, but now between the Communist Covid and roughly a decade of Democrat governors, California is on life support.

Caitlyn Jenner is the state's last hope.

The situation is that bad.

Glenn Reynolds wrote, "Caitlyn Jenner’s punchy anti-Newsom ad is a preview of a big challenge for Dems."

His column said, "Jenner’s ad juxtaposes the California of an earlier era, intercut with footage of Bruce at the Olympics, and sharply contrasts those evocations of sun, fun and vitality with images from today, featuring homeless encampments, discarded hypodermic needles and shuttered businesses."

In the ad, Jenner says, "We had what everyone else wanted. The American Dream grew up here. But career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream. It’s been locked away. Closed. Shuttered. Left in the dark. Burned."

It is a brutal ad because it tells the truth.

California's response to covid showed how poorly governed the state is.

Reynolds wrote, "Everyone who has been paying attention knows that Newsom has blown it. Despite his draconian lockdowns, California has done worse than Florida, where GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has displayed a much lighter touch. And refugees from Newsom’s California are driving up real-estate prices all over Texas and the Southeast, as they flee a calamity caused not only by terrible COVID policy, but also by terrible economic policy, pooh-poohing of urban violence and mismanagement of forests and wildfires."

California's problem is that it ate its seed corn. Money that should have gone into infrastructure went into welfare and windmills.

The state has not built a new reservoir in decades, even as the population doubled.

Voters are not victims. They are idiots. They voted to build a high speed choo-choo to run from LA to San Francisco, a trip that is covered more inexpensively and efficiently by airplanes.

And many of the businesses that are fleeing the state aided and abetted California's decline by supporting Democrat politicians.

Democrats and other ne'er-do-wells look upon California as the future of America. Dirty. Stinky. Doped up. Feeling entitled.

The rest of us fear they are right.

The Mamas and the Papas are best known for California Dreaming, but I also liked their song 12:30, which contrasted the young girls coming to the canyon with the stale city life the group left behind.

I used to live in New York City
Everything there was dark and dirty
Outside my window was a steeple
With a clock that always said 12:30

It is 12:30 in California. If Jenner can save California, Jenner may very well save our nation. 

54 comments:

  1. Moved back to CA from Oregon in 2003. Arnold was a HUUUUGE Bust. He lost his ballot initiatives and went to the dark side. He enacted the Jungle Primary which has let to the fall of CA, at least at a faster pace. I escaped to Western NC on March 29th last year. So much freedom here compared to CA, though not yet as free as SC, Fl, or Tx. We have a shitty Dem Gov here as well.

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    1. but a good leutenant governor (R).

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    2. living in a state that borders CA i can confirm the place is circling the drain. unfortunately, i believe this coiled log will bring down the rest of the country.

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  2. What are the odds of any Republican being elected Governor of California? Including Jenner? Pretty sure the odds are better that I’ll see pigs flying over my house within the next 24 hours.

    If Don wants to get revved up about the Cali Recall that’s fine and dandy.

    Please, just avoid the obnoxious predictions, like the prediction that a Republican, any Republican — including President Trump — was going to win47 or 57 (or whatever was the ridiculous number) — that I recall reading in this allegedly reality-based blog right before the 2020 election.

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    1. He did, dear. Your friends had to steal it to win.

      That's why you're here spreading FUD.

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    2. Double true ... sorry Ms. Susie.

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  3. Jenner won't save the country, Trump now is going to have to do that, but, if he can, good on him.

    BTW This is all what Hashbury wrought, 53 years ago. I always thought the whole hippie thing was phony and stupid. It doesn't make me happy to see how right I was.

    PS Think you mean 11:30.

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    1. https://www.conspirazzi.com/e-books/inside-the-lc.pdf

      Laurel Canyon - a psyop that succeeded beyond perpetrators wildest dreams, I suspect.

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  4. I was born in Los Angeles in 1958 and have lived in SoCal my whole life here. I've watched this state commit suicide by ballot, every two years, for decades. The ruling oligarchy, funded by public sector employee unions, big tech and Hollywood, writes the laws to perpetuate their power while the middle class gets hollowed out. Victor Davis Hanson has been writing about this for years. As for me, I'm done. The moving van comes on May 24, we're off to Idaho.

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    1. VDH has painted a bleakly fascinating picture of California. You've got everything except the Road Warrior in the V8 Interceptor.

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    2. At least 10 years ago, I found a hilarious site called Idaho Sucks: Traffic jams, Burrito chains, and SUV's with huge rims and skinny tires . . . Idaho is beginning to be overrun by Californians despite our plans to keep them out. We built the bumpiest Interstates, through the skinniest and brownest parts of our state to funnel curious travelers in and out quickly. There is no doubt that the slogan "Famous Potatoes" is the most ridiculous marketing campaign ever. It was definitely put into place by early Idaho isolationists to keep Idaho boring in the minds of outsiders. But much like the Floridians using Alligators to keep old people from moving there, these efforts have failed. Now Idaho is in dire need of YOU. Idaho needs you to get Idaho Sucks Gear so you can get the word out that Idaho Sucks!

      The site is no longer. I guess it was overrun by outsiders escaping blue states.

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    3. https://www.offthegridnews.com/how-to-2/he-built-an-underground-house-for-50/

      Guy built underground house for $50.00 in Northern Idaho. Left it. Came back one December to find tomatoes growing happily in his greenhouse area with broken windows, unattended, in December with snow all around.

      A lot cheaper than CA homes, that's for sure!

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  5. Did Mongo tell them about the choo choo going through Rock Ridge? No wonder it never finished!!!

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  6. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating, but I’m certain Don was predicting that President Trump would win at least 37 States, because I was able to find this oldie but goodie:
    https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2020/07/37-states.html

    Instead, according to the “official” election results, Trump won 25 States and Biden* “won” 25 States.

    If anyone wants to know why Don has been almost non-stop with the mantra that Republicans have to “learn to Ballot Harvest” (meaning “cheat like the Democrats”) it’s because Don had his head (and his ridiculously complacent prediction) handed to him on a silver platter.

    So again, go ahead and wax poetic about what Cali was 50 years ago all you want, but stop all the excitement about Caitlyn being the first “Openly” Transgender Governor in America’s History. And a Republican to boot!!!

    That’s magical thinking right there.

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    1. Susie dear...the Best. President. In Your Lifetime. won many more than 37 states.
      When the "official" election totals are "actually" counted fairly, the landslide will be proven to be the widest in this country's history.

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    2. Let's count then, shall we? And let's count from the totals available at or shortly after midnight on November 4th.

      Alabama - R
      Alaska - R
      Arizona - R
      Arkansas - R
      California - D
      Colorado - D
      Connecticut - D
      Delaware - D
      Florida - R
      Georgia - R
      Hawaii - D
      Idaho - R
      Illinois - D
      Indiana - R
      Iowa - R
      Kansas - R
      Kentucky - R
      Louisiana - R
      Maine - R
      Maryland - D
      Massachusetts - D
      Michigan - R
      Minnesota - D
      Mississippi - R
      Missouri - R
      Montana - R
      Nebraska - R
      Nevada - R
      New Hampshire - R
      New Jersey - D
      New Mexico - R
      New York - D
      North Carolina - R
      North Dakota - R
      Ohio - R
      Oklahoma - R
      Oregon - D
      Pennsylvania - R
      Rhode Island - R
      South Carolina - R
      South Dakota - R
      Tennessee - R
      Texas - R
      Utah - R
      Vermont - D
      Virginia - R
      Washington - D
      West Virginia - R
      Wisconsin - R
      Wyoming - R

      Wouldja look at that? 36

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    3. Let's count then, shall we? And let's count from the totals available at or shortly after midnight on November 4th.

      Alabama - R
      Alaska - R
      Arizona - R
      Arkansas - R
      California - D
      Colorado - D
      Connecticut - D
      Delaware - D
      Florida - R
      Georgia - R
      Hawaii - D
      Idaho - R
      Illinois - D
      Indiana - R
      Iowa - R
      Kansas - R
      Kentucky - R
      Louisiana - R
      Maine - R
      Maryland - D
      Massachusetts - D
      Michigan - R
      Minnesota - D
      Mississippi - R
      Missouri - R
      Montana - R
      Nebraska - R
      Nevada - R
      New Hampshire - R
      New Jersey - D
      New Mexico - R
      New York - D
      North Carolina - R
      North Dakota - R
      Ohio - R
      Oklahoma - R
      Oregon - D
      Pennsylvania - R
      Rhode Island - R
      South Carolina - R
      South Dakota - R
      Tennessee - R
      Texas - R
      Utah - R
      Vermont - D
      Virginia - R
      Washington - D
      West Virginia - R
      Wisconsin - R
      Wyoming - R

      Wouldja look at that? 36

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    4. Let's count then, shall we? And let's count from the totals available at or shortly after midnight on November 4th.

      Alabama - R
      Alaska - R
      Arizona - R
      Arkansas - R
      California - D
      Colorado - D
      Connecticut - D
      Delaware - D
      Florida - R
      Georgia - R
      Hawaii - D
      Idaho - R
      Illinois - D
      Indiana - R
      Iowa - R
      Kansas - R
      Kentucky - R
      Louisiana - R
      Maine - R
      Maryland - D
      Massachusetts - D
      Michigan - R
      Minnesota - D
      Mississippi - R
      Missouri - R
      Montana - R
      Nebraska - R
      Nevada - R
      New Hampshire - R
      New Jersey - D
      New Mexico - R
      New York - D
      North Carolina - R
      North Dakota - R
      Ohio - R
      Oklahoma - R
      Oregon - D
      Pennsylvania - R
      Rhode Island - R
      South Carolina - R
      South Dakota - R
      Tennessee - R
      Texas - R
      Utah - R
      Vermont - D
      Virginia - R
      Washington - D
      West Virginia - R
      Wisconsin - R
      Wyoming - R

      Wouldja look at that? 36

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    5. Suzie, if you accept the results as published, despite literally thousands of firsthand eyewitness affidavits attesting to irregularities, given under oath and thus penalty of perjury, then of course you are right.
      But surely you can understand that many do not trust the published results because every single attempt through Courts to have a thorough, transparent audit has been blocked.
      Even in Maricopa County they won't give them the admin PWs or let them have the routers they used to send data out of the counting areas, so that one isn't a full, transparent audit either.

      Some estimates - and that is all they are, but made by forensic ballot examiners and hacker types who work for USG - are that Trump got about 80 million and Biden around 65 million.

      IF this is true, then probably Trump won many States not in the news like VA, NM, NH, VT, plus those that are like GA, PA,MI, WI,NV. And maybe a few more. Because to get that 80 million, probably he got 2/3rds at least of independents and about 50% Hispanics and probably 20%+ of the black vote.

      IF this is true - which we shall never know because the election will never be fully audited - then it would constitute a huge landslide.

      I believe this is why they stole it. Rather than allow the country to go off in a traditional, constitution-loving direction based on the primacy of liberty, the powers that be are bent on changing that whole model into something some are calling 'techno-feudal.' The Great Reset stuff. There won't be any free and fair elections again, not unless enough Red States find acceptable ways of boycotting the increasingly draconian totalitarian-style changes coming at breakneck speed via the Legislature, Executive and M.I. complex etc.

      Interesting times...

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  7. More Revelations About The Arizona Audit

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ-Wx64_qJs

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  8. Finally a John Stewart reference...Kentucky Derby reference was open with "Let the Big Horse Run"

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  9. If you can find it, listen to John Stewart's early 80s album "Blondes"... a love letter to the golden girls of that earlier California.

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  10. Then:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8yph3rb27o

    Now:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F57P9C4SAW4

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  11. Nothing, NOTHING in Californication will change until every last donkey/leftie/communist, et al is chased out of Sacramento.
    And at 79, nothing is spookier than love! Been there: seen that.

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  12. The owl of Minerva flies at dusk. Unfortunately for California it's around 11:30 AM.

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  13. Either Jenner or Grennel will provide massive opportunities for liberal hipocracy.

    People thought Schwarzenegger was doing to be great. Too bad he can’t be president, they said. Well he is Hollywood and a liberal at heart. I don’t think Jenner of Grennel will change their political beliefs to please a crowd. They are way past that.

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  14. Don, Don, Don...how could you do this to me? In 1979, I was living in Reno (but working across the state line in Northern California) when John Stewart's song came out. If you listen closely, you'll hear a female backing vocal which belongs to Stevie Nicks, then of Fleetwood Mac. Stevie had an aunt & uncle living not far from where I worked and one evening, when I was out drinking, she strolled into the bar...drawing no attention from anyone. Turns out she liked to come up there to get away from the madness of LA because she knew she'd be left alone out in the sagebrush part of California.

    Well, after downing sufficient liquid courage, I wandered over to say hello and told her how much I enjoyed her music. I watched carefully to see if I was freaking her out and prepared to beat a hasty retreat just in case, but she was very sweet and personable to just another fan. Of course, I was making the big bucks in those days (about 6 bucks an hour I recall), so I swept her off her feet and we ran off the Reno to get hitched...uh, wait a minute, I may gotten that part wrong, please forgive an old man. In any event, this song always brings back the memory of those few minutes...and I'm sure she feels the same way - rock on brother!

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    1. Did you meet Jim Bass, was he working pumping gas? Sorry Hotlanta, couldn't stop myself. That was a good story.

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  15. Why can I envision a stske in the Cali. Gov's office building's yard...with a sign on it saying "Reserved For Occupant" if she wins the election? Dems would do dat.

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  16. I came to flyover country 3 years ago, knowing exactly what I was doing: heading into blood red conservative country. I wanted that, and I live it every day. If you are leaving California and you don’t want to assimilate into the thinking of where you are going, please don’t move further east than the Rocky Mountains. I don’t want you here any more than any of the other people who grew up here.

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  17. I came to flyover country 3 years ago, knowing exactly what I was doing: heading into blood red conservative country. I wanted that, and I live it every day. If you are leaving California and you don’t want to assimilate into the thinking of where you are going, please don’t move further east than the Rocky Mountains. I don’t want you here any more than any of the other people who grew up here.

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  18. I came to flyover country 3 years ago, knowing exactly what I was doing: heading into blood red conservative country. I wanted that, and I live it every day. If you are leaving California and you don’t want to assimilate into the thinking of where you are going, please don’t move further east than the Rocky Mountains. I don’t want you here any more than any of the other people who grew up here.

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  19. I came to flyover country 3 years ago, knowing exactly what I was doing: heading into blood red conservative country. I wanted that, and I live it every day. If you are leaving California and you don’t want to assimilate into the thinking of where you are going, please don’t move further east than the Rocky Mountains. I don’t want you here any more than any of the other people who grew up here.

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  20. If it were a DeMille movie, this would be just about the point in the script where the San Andreas sends the entire state to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

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    1. Perfect ending!!! I would pay extra money to see that!

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  21. What Mr. Surber didn’t mention this time (or, if so, I missed it) was that many, if not most, of those fleeing California are bringing their destructive sociopolitical beliefs with them and will, like flipping a Red state Blue, sooner or later poison the new polity. That seems to be the greatest challenge to their respective destination states. And everyone.

    Glenn Reynolds has been trying to address this issue for years now with his “Welcome Wagon” idea.

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    1. I keep hearing that about Californians who move to red states, but I think a lot of them just got a belly-full of the lefty insanity.

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    2. I'm a very conservative Californian moving and several of my friends are also. Not all of CA is liberal

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    3. Used to be so. They flipped Colorado in the process. No longer, red voters are now leaving Cali and making the states they move to more red.

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  22. Hmmm... a few John Stewart fans on this site. Any Bloodliners?

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  23. I live in California. We passed a gas tax about a year ago to 'improve the roads'. Improve the roads meant building high toll lanes. The roads are deplorable. Pot holes and sinking lanes everywhere.

    And by the way, loved Joe Stolen's optic in front of the crumbling bridge. Why didn't you fix it with your and Obama's 'shovel ready' bond, bean-brain.

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  24. However beneficial to California and the nation as a whole Jenner may become I can't help but compare those scenes of California as it was and is now. That in those contrasts between the past and decayed present the contrast in that spectacular young Olympian now presented looking like the star of Sunset Boulevard.

    Sorry can't help see that as anything but another negative.

    Still looking forward to Jenner's relative sanity and patriotism.

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    1. Jenner is out to blackwash the GOP further...as if it needs help.

      It's called ' demoralization' for a reason.

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    2. I left California and moved to Northwest Arkansas. Have never looked back. Settled in the Bay Area in the late 1970's and watched it turn from a beautiful, sun filled land, to a homeless infested, poop covered, over taxed liberal 💩 hole.

      Grey Davis was recalled but his gift to ever expanding government unions was not. Davis tried to enact a license fee tax to try and cover his gift to government unions. He was recalled, his gif was not. Check out the website pensiontsunami.com, but only if you have a strong gag reflex.

      We love Arkansas. For all you liberal whack-a-doodles stay away.

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  25. All true. But may I remind you that republican voters have spawned their fair share of political scum since Eisenhower. 99% of republicans sat back and did nothing while the GOP and dems savaged Trump for the past 5 years.

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