Monday, September 1, 2014

FOD 2014.09.01

Geez, this guy just got back from a lengthy vacation on Martha's Vinyard, and now he's going to spend the long Labor Day weekend fundraising at another east coast swankienda.
The event is being held at the home of Robert Wolf, former CEO of UBS Americas...

The event is being billed a “Labor Day barbecue” for 250 high-rollers kicking in up to $32,000 each, which sets up the Westchester event to be a huge cash haul for the Democratic National Committee at a time when the party is fighting headwinds in the off-year elections.

Wolf golfed with Obama on the president’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month ... Wolf, a close Obama pal, bundled more than $1.3 million for the president and Democrats during Obama’s reelection — placing him in an elite group who raised more than $1 million, according to a 2012 New York Times report.

It’s the latest in a string of trips Obama has made to the New York cash machine, with the mid-term elections just 10 weeks away. Obama visited New York six times in the last three months.
It's not like there aren't any pressing matters that deserve the attention of the President of the United States.
President Obama admitted today that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.
When the president was asked if he would seek Congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria, he responded, "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.'
Here's another crisis he's ignoring.

Russia invades, Obama expresses ‘concern’
Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

What was the Obama administration’s initial reaction? “These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk. Clearly, that is of deep concern to us,” a State Department spokeswoman said yesterday. She could not have been more inoffensive. Oh, the administration is also “concerned by the Russian Government’s unwillingness to tell the truth even as its soldiers are found 30 miles inside Ukraine.
Barry may be 'concerned' about Russia invading another sovereign state. but he doesn't seem to be too concerned about the problems his fundraising trip is causing to other people.
President Obama’s plan to schmooze Wall Street honchos at a Westchester fund-raiser Friday is grounding weekenders who planned to fly to the Hamptons or Nantucket for the Labor Day holiday.

The FAA has issued a no-fly warning that extends for most of Friday and all day Saturday through Sunday, grounding seaplanes to East Hampton, Montauk, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

... Melissa Tomkiel, president of seaplane companies, Fly the Whale (which flies from NYC to the Hamptons and Nantucket) and Tailwind (NYC to Boston and DC), told us, “A flight restriction was issued banning operations in the NYC area due to the president’s visit on Friday for practically the whole weekend, causing major business losses and inconvenience for our passengers on the busiest weekend of the year...
Who cares about the world going to hell in a handbasket, or the problems of small business people, as long as that worthless SOB gets to hobnob with the rick folks and shake them down for political contributions.

Thank God today is a holiday. I need a drink...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Funnies 2014.08.31

Hope you're enjoying the Labor Day weekend as much as I am!


Take comfort this Labor Day in knowing the pressure to have fun this summer is finally over.

Happy Labor Day from someone who barely labored this year.

Labor Day is a great opportunity to reflect on what you failed to accomplish this summer.

Labor Day, when we briefly pause from demonizing unions to enjoy mattress sales in their honor.

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.







Saturday, August 30, 2014

International Bacon Day

Today we celebrate International Bacon Day, a holiday that IMO falls only slightly behind Christmas in significance, and definitely ranks ahead of Valentine's Day (sorry, honey). Why, you ask?
Bacon day celebrations typically include social gatherings during which participants create and consume dishes containing bacon, including bacon-themed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and drinks.
End of discussion.

In the spirit of IBD, I offer the following link to the ultimate bacon experience - the aptly named Bacon Explosion.

The list of ingredients is elegant in its simplicity.
2 pounds thick cut bacon
2 pounds Italian sausage
1 jar of your favorite BBQ Sauce
1 jar of your favorite BBQ Rub
Preparation begins with the ever-popular bacon weave...


... and culminates in decadent yumminess.


So while you're enjoying the Labor Day weekend, take time to also celebrate International Bacon Day. After all, life's better with bacon...


Finally

One of the criticisms routinely leveled at Muslims is that the so-called moderates - the silent majority - are well and truly silent when it comes to speaking out in opposition to extremists who, in the words of some, pervert a legitimate religion through barbaric acts such as beheadings, stonings, honor killings, and the like.

I must admit that I tend to subscribe to that view. Taken as a whole, when it comes to savagery committed in the name of the Muslim religion the silence from members of that religion has been deafening.

However, there is at least one recent crack in that wall of silence.
Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness — a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days.

But below the drab surface, shock was evident Wednesday as the people of this northern English town learned that for 16 years, girls as young as 11 in their community had been subjected to sexual exploitation on a vast scale.

The number of victims — 1,400 — was terrifying enough for a community of just 250,000. But that wasn’t all: despite repeated warnings over the years, only a handful of men have ever been convicted and an independent report found that local leaders had dismissed reports of child rape, exploitation and violence for years. Part of the reason, they said, was that they feared they would be branded as racist for pursuing the perpetrators — the majority of whom were men of Pakistani origin.
Ah yes, Political Correctness. I swear that someday it will be the ruin of us all.
Yet, many say it’s time for police and social workers to come up with a better response than to blame prickly race issues. Muhbeen Hussain, who founded the British Muslim Youth group, said the Pakistani community also needs to step up and face the problem.

“We need to acknowledge there was a large number of Pakistani men said to be involved. As a Pakistani Muslim I don’t find anything within our religion to condone this,” the 20-year-old said. “We need to reopen every case since the 1990s and investigate them. If it were any other type of crime the police would have acted” (emphasis added).

Hussain argues the reason the problem has gone on for so long isn’t about race, despite the authorities tiptoeing around the issue. What it is about, he argues, is a lack of accountability.

“Saying it’s about race is just an excuse for the failure of the local council. Are they not going to arrest a drug dealer because the Muslims may be upset? It’s ludicrous.”
Yes it is. Those who failed to act because of fears they might be branded as racists are just as guilty, and just as deserving of punishment, as the freaks who committed the acts.

Kudos to Mr. Hussain for telling it like it is. I'd be proud to buy him a beer ... if his religion will allow him to drink it.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2014.08.29

Dedicated this Labor Day weekend to all the people out there who get up every day and go to work.


It's good to be retired...

Nowhere But Texas

Everything's bigger in Texas. Want proof?

Texas Brewery Now Sells 99-Pack Of Beer And It’s Glorious
Move over 6-pack — the much more impressive 99-pack of beer has arrived.

A small Texas craft brewery, Austin Beerworks, has rolled out an 82-pounds, seven-foot-long cardboard case of 99 cans of its “Peacemaker Extra Ale,” now nicknamed “Anytime Ale,” for $99, and it hits shelves this week.

The package, smartly advising buyers to “lift with your buddy, not your back,” requires two to three people to carry it. It’s three rows of 33 beers to share with your closest friends.

 Well, the Labor Day weekend is upon us...


Brave New History

Posted with minimal comment, because I'm totally dumfounded at the absurdity of this.

Calif. Schools To Teach Students About ‘Significance’ Of Obama Presidency
A bill authored by a Pasadena lawmaker that encourages schools to teach about the historical significance of Barack Obama becoming the nation’s first African-American president is now California law.

... Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1912, whose author, Assemblymember Chris Holden, says will be the first step toward acknowledging President Obama’s legacy for generations to come.

The bill – which passed the Assembly in April a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion – calls the election a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States” and that previous elections in the nation involved intimidation and physical violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting, according to the Associated Press.

It also commends Obama for his work as a community organizer who registered voters after he graduated from Harvard Law School.
If this foolishness was confined to just California then I wouldn't do much more than shake my head in disgust and move on. But unfortunately similar nonsense is being spread throughout our public education indoctrination system on a much wider scale.
Recently the College Board, the privately owned company that administers standardized tests to high school students nationwide, released its new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History Test.

The new framework indoctrinates students with a negative view of American history by focusing on the ugly skeletons of the past while ignoring the leaders, the innovators and the builders of the American Dream. Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Jackie Robinson, Neil Armstrong and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been excluded to create space for the Black Panthers.

According to the new framework, America's Manifest Destiny "was built on a belief in white racial superiority and a sense of American cultural superiority." Instead of respecting America's servicemen, the framework focuses on "the internment of Japanese Americans, challenges to civil liberties, debates over race and segregation, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values." These new standards are intended to change high school curricula, change how history is taught to our kids, and change our children's values.

David Coleman, the College Board executive behind the new framework, is also known as the architect of the highly controversial Common Core standards...
That last paragraph is the key. The progressives have infiltrated the public education system to such an extent that they are now literally re-writing history.
The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority.  It also details how this control was first established.  First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage.

Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014.  The College Board, the organization that publishes the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and AP tests, has also decided to completely blot out Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, among others.  In this newly revised course, Gen. Washington merits one fleeting mention in one sentence...

This is more than just an academic spat among history teachers.  America today is the freest, most prosperous land the world has ever known.  Everything everyone has in this country exists because of the original gift of liberty bequeathed to us by Gen. George Washington and our Founding Fathers.  Let’s also not forget that hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people around the globe owe their current freedom to the United States of America and, by extension, to our Founding Fathers.

... If your child never learns about Benjamin Franklin’s story or about how the Revolutionary War was won or about the Gettysburg Address or about the D-Day landing at Normandy (all erased in this “brave new history”), then he will never know that it is up to us to keep our Republic.
Complimenting the Brave New World reference above is this quote from 1984: "He who controls the past, controls the future." The leftists have evidently taken this saying to heart, and are busy re-writing our past to inculcate their vision of America in our children's minds.

Thank God my kids are out of the public schools and off at college.

Although that's another can of worms...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

For Bots

Hey Bots - hope you're doing well.

Hang in there and give my best to your lovely bride.


Smart And Strong People Need Not Apply

I haven't said much about the Michael Brown case, the subsequent civil disobedience riots in Ferguson, and the wider implications for ongoing relations between races, and between communities and the police. There's no point in adding my voice to the cacophony of loud, divergent, and speculative opinions already out there.

There is, however, one aspect of that latter issue - police/community relations - that will no doubt be affected in the future by a recent court ruling.

Smart Cops Not Allowed
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.

But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.
The federal court ruled that there was no discrimination "because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test." Yet in another case currently pending the federal government is suing the state of Pennsylvania "claiming discrimination against women who want to be (state police) troopers ... (because) ... the physical fitness requirements for cadets at the state police academy are too tough for women" - even though the same standards are being applied to everyone who takes the test.
The U.S. Department of Justice says graduating classes from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy should have more women and the feds blame physical standards for cadets for keeping more of those women from becoming troopers.

These are the five standards all state police cadets must pass:

- 300-meter run in 77 seconds,
- 13 pushups,
- 14-inch vertical jump,
- 1.5 mile run in 17 minutes 48 seconds,
- agility run in 23.5 seconds

“98 percent of the men who take the test pass the physical readiness test to become a trooper. 72 percent of the women pass the test to become a PA state trooper. Those numbers prove this is not an impossible task. We’re not looking for Olympic athletes,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.
First of all, those don't seem like particularly onerous standards. If that high a proportion of people pass it seems like the bar is set on the low side. But that's a minor quibble. The main point is the insistence of the feds on equal outcome, not equal opportunity.

Another way of looking at it is that the feds want local governments to hire dumber, weaker LEOs.

That's a surefire recipe for more Fergusons...


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

A little lexicography to start off the day:

Flotsam and Jetsam
Ships' goods which are lost at sea. Also used figuratively in non-nautical contexts to means odds and ends, bits and pieces.

There's a simple mnemonic that helps distinguish flotsam from jetsam. Flotsam (or floatsome) are those items which are floating as a consequence of the action of the sea. Jetsam are those which have been jettisoned by a ship's crew (although that may float too of course). 
In this case we're going with the non-nautical meaning. I'm not feeling inspired, and I have quite a bit of odds and ends floating around my in-basket, so I'm killing two birds with one stone. Enjoy.

Irony



Rescue Vehicle




Global Warming




Alien Apes



Inaudible Assholes



War on Women



Eye Contact



Have a nice day...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Feeling My Years

While we were moving our daughter into her dorm room yesterday, I spent a few moments in idle chit-chat with another father doing the same. Turns out he was a recently retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer.

My military experience is limited to one three year hitch in the Army, way back in the early 1970s. I am conditioned to think of senior NCOs and Warrant Officers as old guys - stern, aloof figures who are almost God-like.

So imagine how I felt when I learned that this guy was 42 years old - the same age as my oldest son. In other words, I'm old enough to be a Chieft Warrant Officer's father.

My God, I'm old...


Empty Nest Syndrome

Yesterday we moved our youngest child into her dorm room at Texas A&M. We are now officially Empty Nesters!


I'm okay with that. Sure, there's some sadness and melancholy as you watch your little girl spread her wings and leave the nest, but I view it as an inevitable step in her - and our - life's journey. Her mother, however, sees it much differently.
When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they're not mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling down the shower drain. They're upset because they've gone from supervisor of a child's life to a spectator. It's like being the vice president of the United States.

  --  Erma Bombeck
It was interesting comparing our daughter's departure with her older brother's. When we moved him in last year we parked, made one trip with his things to his dorm room, dropped them on the floor, and were shooed out shortly thereafter. It was a different story with the girl.

First of all, it required three trips to lug all her possessions from the truck to the room. Second, her mother (and her roommates mother) stayed there for several hours helping the girls unpack and get settled. Finally, the good-bye hugs were longer and tighter, and there were many more tears from both mother and child.

As an aside, our son moved into an apartment this year. The first day he could move in was Aug. 15 at noon. He left our house at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 - the earliest he'd gotten up all summer. Our daughter delayed her move until the last possible moment (classes start next week, but this is Gig 'Em Week for Aggies).

As part of the 'spreading her wings' process, I had her drive from our home to College Station (home of the Fightin' Texas Aggies - Whoop!) by herself. We followed in the truck. I wanted to make sure she knew how to get from Point A to Point B on her own.

We live out in the country. College Station is also located out in the country. To get from here to there requires a 200 mile trip on back roads. When I drive it takes around three hours. She took four hours to cover the same distance. She steadily drove five MPH under the speed limit.

She's a very conscientious young lady. She takes after her mother, in that she believes rules are meant to be followed. That's all well and good, but this is rural Texas, where speed limits are considered at best suggestions, and at worst challenges. I am very glad (and relieved) that the worst thing I can say about her driving habits is that she obeys the law, but still ... the trip seemed endless.

Anyway, she's moved in, and we're back home. My wife is quiet, and every so often heaves a long, forlorn sigh, but we'll get through it. Both wife and daughter are tough and resilient.

As I type this, I am working on my third beer. Funny, but it seems to be making my vision a little blurry...

Monday, August 25, 2014

FOD 2014.08.25

Maybe obama is smarter than we give him credit for.

Obama Challenges Caliph of ISIS to Golf Game
Facing criticism for going right from his Foley statement back to his golf game, the White House announced today that what appeared to be a bored manchild taking endless vacations and hanging out with his pals at taxpayer expense was actually part of a cunning scheme to defeat ISIS.

“Next week, President Obama intends to challenge the Caliph of ISIS to 19 holes at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “His entire administration, all his experiences, have been leading up to this point. Every time conservatives ridiculed him, he was actually training for the day when he will personally defeat ISIL. At golf.”

While some pundits have questioned whether the Caliph of the Islamic State would even agree to take part in a golf game and what beating him at golf would accomplish, MSNBC and CNN were quick to tout the advantages.

“President Obama is like Batman,” Dr. Marc Lamont Hill told CNN’s Don Lemon. “If Batman fought crime by playing golf. Instead of fighting fire with fire, Barack is going to fight fire with golf.”

However in an exclusive interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Hillary Clinton suggested that challenging the Caliph to a golf game wasn’t much of a strategy.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” the former Secretary of State said. “Maybe challenge him to a game of ping pong in the tradition of the US rapprochement with China. Or to see who can best defend a 12-year-old girl’s rapist by calling her a mentally ill slut. I could do that one again in my sleep.”

Some questions have been raised about whether the Caliph should even be allowed in the United States, but then it was pointed out that these days anyone can cross the southern border.

While the Caliph of the Islamic State did not yet issue a formal response, an ISIS press release warned that “The Lions of Mosul, the Knights of Tikrit and the Warriors of that Pile of Rubble Near Baghdad would play golf with the heads of the Zionist Crusader infidels and their Freemason Monkey-Pig allies.”
It's all part of barry's master plan to keep the media and the public distracted from the rest of his miserable failures until after the 2014 elections...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Double Whammy

For the most part, I wouldn't care if The Big One hit out west and California fell into the Pacific Ocean. But there would be one downside.

The wine ... think of the wine!
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Northern California early on Sunday morning, the strongest quake to hit the Bay Area since the World Series earthquake in 1989.

Social media on Sunday was dominated by on-the-ground reports from shaken Californians and much of that chatter was dedicated to one burning question—what happened to the wine?



FYI, Matthiasson and Silver Oak make some of the best wines around. They're out of my price range (by that I mean their cost is in the double digits - and sometimes even higher) so I usually only drink them when someone else is buying.

Couple the ongoing drought with the earthquake, and you have a compelling reason to fill your cellar now. Are you listening, preppers?

And you too, honey?

Sunday Funnies 2014.08.24

We're taking our youngest child off to her first year of college today. Tomorrow we will officially be Empty Nesters!


A priest, a minister, and a rabbi are debating the question, “When does life begin?” The priest says, “At conception, of course!” The minister says, “At birth!” The rabbi says, “When the last kid goes to college and the dog dies!


It’s not an empty nest until they get their stuff out of the attic.


How to know if you're suffering from Empty Nest Syndrome:
You have thrown out the better part of the last several one-gallon jugs of milk, but still can't bring yourself to buy the one-quart cartons.

You called the power company and asked them to check your meter, because the hot-water bill has been way too low.

You still cook enough to have seconds and thirds ... and fourths.





Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Night Dinner

Bacon-wrapped venison backstrap...


... along with bacon-wrapped asparagus...


... accompanied by a very nice Malbec.


Life is good.

H2O P.S.

As OldNFO pointed out in the comments to my previous post about California's water problems, the San Francisco region is exempt from the water rationing imposed on the rest of the state.

Why, you ask?

Two words - Nancy Pelosi.

Or in other words, Double Standard.

Pelosi's District Exempt From Water Rationing
It’s axiomatic that leftist leadership is always in favor of sacrificing for the environment if someone else is doing the sacrificing. This double-standard hypocrisy is nowhere more evident than in California’s water problems.

I’ve written before about how the drought is affecting residents and agriculture; and also how the failure of California Democrats to prepare for drought conditions in a state that has always been semi-arid has resulted in devastating cutbacks to farming and the loss of business and people to other, better managed states like Texas.

The latest statistics put 90 percent of the state in the severe drought category. But that, like many other rules the little people must follow, does not apply to Nancy Pelosi and her constituents in San Francisco.

The Washington Times has discovered that while drought, combined with the Endangered Species Act, “has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities,” San Francisco is exempt from the water rationing imposed elsewhere.

To make matters even worse, water from the Tuolumne River is diverted 167 miles to refresh the residents of Baghdad by the Bay. As the Times points out, “Without that diversion, about 15 percent more water would flow to the Sacramento Delta, which is critical habitat for threatened fish like the delta smelt, the green sturgeon, and several species of salmon.”

As a result of this drought disparity, Craig Manson, head of the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR), has filed a lawsuit “aimed at addressing the double standard that forces farmers to give up water in the name of species conservation — without requiring Bay Area residents to do the same.”

Winning is not going to be easy. Even the environmental community is not falling into line to support the effort because winning would make a powerful enemy in Pelosi. She may not read the bills before one achieves passage, but she has a long memory.

The green lobby is willing to accept a bit of hypocrisy at home in return for her support for the iron fist of “environmental justice” in other sections of the state with less political influence.

Which brings us to the operational definition of shared sacrifice for the affluent environmentalist: we share the sacrifice with you, while we take all the credit for our environmental concern.
Once again, democrat leadership is all wet...

I'm Praying For Rain In California

A few interesting statistics concerning California:
California has more than 38 million residents. Despite net losses of millions of residents to other states, California continues to grow through immigration.  Latinos now equal the number of non-Hispanic whites in California.

California ... has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates.

...more than 30% of the nation’s welfare recipients are Californians – even though California has just 12% of the nation’s population.

...California is ranked number one in poverty.

The cause for those bad statistics is bad government policy.  California is the most regulated, highest-taxed, most in-debt state in America.

Beyond debt, Governor Brown recently signed a huge tax increase featuring a top rate of 13.3%.  Overall, California taxes are 42% higher than Texas.  California also has the most extreme/job-threatening global warming law in the world, which includes a 15-cent gas tax increase slated to take effect in 2015 – on top of the already record gas prices.
Which brings us to the present. California is suffering from a severe water shortage. Some of that is due to a multi-year severe drought. Some is due to crumbling infrastructure. Some is a result of absurd environmental policies.

And some of it is due to the presence of a large number of illegal immigrants.
Think about it. There are nearly 3 million illegal aliens living in California, and that doesn’t include the millions of “anchor babies” that also reside here. The number of anchor babies is hard to calculate, but the kindest of estimates puts one anchor baby per illegal immigrant, so let’s set the number at 3 million. That makes 6 million people, who shouldn’t even be in this country, living in California and using up our resources.

If the government would enforce the law, the water drought wouldn’t even be an issue. There would be plenty to go around. Instead, we have a massive group of illegal people literally draining our water reserves. Gov. Brown wants Californians to use 20% less water, which is approximately the percentage of the population that is illegal. Get rid of the undocumented and the problem is solved.

California, especially the Southern portion of the state, is not a place that is naturally equipped to support a population of 38 million. Southern California is a desert and relies too much on Mother Nature and an antiquated aqueduct system to deliver water to its people. When the rain stops falling and the population grows, the drought problem gets worse.
Speaking of Governor Moonbeam, he's part of the problem as well.
Brown recently killed a proposed water bond of $11.4 billion because he said it would “break the bank.” Apparently $68 billion (for a controversial high-speed rail project "for which there is no significant consumer demand and, like most every rail system, will likely require endless public subsidies and therefore add to the debt crisis") won’t break the bank, but $11.4 billion would.

... without a far-reaching effort such as building 60 desalination plants at the same cost as the high-speed rail project – plants that won’t need future subsidies - the California economy is on an economic collision course with immigration.
If you're like me, you really don't care too much about what happens in California. After all, they made their own bed, so let them sleep in it, right?

Unfortunately, California's bungled management of the drought could have far-reaching implications for the rest of the country's future.
That future could very well mean fewer people in the dry West and coastal areas of the East and South, and more people in the comparatively water-rich Midwest. And if you're looking for a historical analogy that could illustrate the change, look no further than the 1930s-era Dust Bowl.

California was perhaps the chief beneficiary of the migration generated by the Dust Bowl, as residents of the Great Plains saw their livelihoods disappear in the drought conditions. From PBS' The American Experience show on the Dust Bowl:
When the drought and dust storms showed no signs of letting up, many people abandoned their land. Others would have stayed but were forced out when they lost their land in bank foreclosures. In all, one-quarter of the population left, packing everything they owned into their cars and trucks, and headed west toward California...

The Dust Bowl exodus was the largest migration in American history...
So what does this mean for today's drought-stricken areas?

It could mean that agriculture in the West begins to shrink, and workers become displaced.

It could mean that other businesses that are dependent on a consistent and secure source of water for production may start to look for other locations. 

It could mean that stringent water conservation and water management practices may cause changes in water pricing, and higher prices, combined with greater scarcity, may cause people to look elsewhere. 

It could mean that the cities of the Rust Belt may become a viable relocation option with its abundant water resources.
Wouldn't that be ironic? Refugees abandoning one failed democrat stronghold and fleeing to others.

There's one other potential consequence of the drought - a very serious one that might affect me personally.

Why wine drinkers should worry about the California drought
As California suffers from its worst drought in a century, local grape farmers are warning wine could be the next big casualty.

The state is suffering from its third consecutive dry year and water levels are running critically low.

The problem is a big deal for vineyard owners now, and will soon be one for wine drinkers too with California the largest wine market in the world. It supplies 90 percent of all US wine and is the world’s fourth-leading wine producer, after France, Italy and Spain.

 Dry conditions are likely to reduce grape production at many vineyards by as much as 25 percent in the coming years.

The stress of a drought can also affect the quality of the fruit that is managing to grow, so consumers could soon start tasting the difference.
That means the price of my favorite box of wine could skyrocket, while the quality declines.

I'm praying for rain in California...