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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SaRAH! SaRAH! SaRAH!

To me, the Grand Old Party of Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Rush Lumbaugh and all the skirt-chasing Promise Keepers, hypocritical evangelicals and other assorted congresspeople tapping their feet in public restrooms or flying off to Argentina via the Appalachian Trail has gotten so crazy that it flew up its own fundament and is on the cusp of total unserious irrelevance and coma and/or death. But it’s hard to tell just how moribund it really is since the corpse keeps twitching, goosed up into a thrashing simulacrum of life by Limbaugh Kool-Aide Drinkers and weeping Glen Beck ramping up their particular fearmongering batshit rants.

But now I think I’ve discovered a pretty accurate instrument to gage just how moribund and nuts the GOP really is: Sarah “I’m quitting because I’m no quitter” Palin.

She’s the perfect sensor to gage whether the GOP is ready to come back from the brink and get serious again. Just watch her Republican polling numbers. So long as a majority of Republicans actually, seriously think Palin would make a really swell Presidential Candidate in 2012, the deader and sillier and crazier and unserious the party will remain. The higher those numbers, the better indication that the party is still enthralled with style over substance, the phony ginned-up soundbite-over actual, reality-based policy

The lower the number, the better the indication that the GOP is finally waking up from Grover Norquist & Company’s deadly spell and the more likely it is that it’ll finally return to sanity and become serious about engaging in some sensible public debate.

So, keep an eye on Sarah. She’s our winking bellweather in fish waders. Go SaRAH!

Keeping Up With The Can(n)ons

On the sidebars, there’s a section you can use to sign up to become a Follower. Just click on it, fill out the forms, add a picture or widget if you’d like, or remain a shadowy presence, Wooooo, and apparently you’ll be notified when I post something? Plus, at the bottom of this whole blog, there’s also a link you can click onto to subscribe to feeds, which I think does the same thing? Anyway, if you’re interested, can do that. Also, check out some of the links to other writers. Good stuff.

Mother Calhoun Is Waiting For July 24 With Great Sorrow

The Tribune reports this morning that the Supervisors have fired Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox. Like her boss, Dave Edge, she was serving as an “at will” employee when the two of them ignored Mother Calhoun’s Sage Advice, first written down in stone (The Bay News) about 10 years ago when it seemed like every ten minutes some supervisor was running amok and sexual harassment suits were flying like swallows to Capistrano. Sadly, Edge and Wilcox didn’t read MC’s sage advice and as a consequence we now have a very expensive train wreck that is costing taxpayers a bundle and causing the principal players no end of personal grief and misery.

According to the Tribune, the BOS will release their redacted investigative report on July 24th, “ . . . unless Wilcox or her attorney obtains an injunction . . .” so stand by for more sad beans to be spilled, with no end in sight since Wilcox has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Edge and the county and . . . “Edge has since hired an attorney . . .”

26 comments:

Ron said...

Ann wrote:

"To me, the Grand Old Party of Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Rush Lumbaugh and all the skirt-chasing Promise Keepers, hypocritical evangelicals and other assorted congresspeople tapping their feet in public restrooms or flying off to Argentina via the Appalachian Trail has gotten so crazy that it flew up its own fundament and is on the cusp of total unserious irrelevance and coma and/or death."

You know what my favorite part about Rush is?

From 2006 - 2008 he blew all out of that hot air out of his hole -- day after day after day -- on his "#1 rated" talk radio show, and look at Congress, and look at the White House.

Heck of a job, Rush! Keep it up.

"Sadly, Edge and Wilcox didn’t read MC’s sage advice..."

Alleged sexual harassment against Edge.

"Keeping Up With The Can(n)ons"

Funny.

Calhoun's Can(n)ons is, hands-down, the best Blog/"News Source" on the Central Coast, also and (to keep the Palin theme going) it keeps gettin' better, dontcha know, you betcha. "Good stuff," you maverick.

Also and, there are probably a coupla businesses that'd be interested in advertising here. I'm just sayin'... ; -)

Gadfly said...

Ron has started deleteing my posts on his website.

Here is what I have jsut posted there.

You deleted my post!

Did you do so because after reading the CCW lawsuit I reported that Gail McPherson, the CCW and Sullivan filed a lawsuit that fraudulently named THE LOCSD AS A PLAINTIFF. The LOCSD is not involved in the suit at all. This appalling behavior by Gail, the CCW and Sullivan is not only disgusting, but hightlights the incompetency of Gail and Sullivan.

Gee Ron, being the investagative reporter that you are, are you not embarrassed that you did not catch this CCW SNAFU; all the while claiming you had read and understand the lawsuit? So much for your powers of investagation.

Or did you delete my post because you did not like my rude (abet honest and true)comment about Gail and Ann Calhoun (who is a plaintiff of the CCW lawsuit too). Such a protector of morals are you.

Watershed Mark said...

(But the Radio Rolled Me)

Alon Perlman said...

I thought I was going to be reading about a different Sarah Sarah Sarah, A planning planning planning commission chair who will be presiding over events at a government center near you, this coming 24th. looking forwrd to that reportage.

There are still vehicles rolling around with bumper stickers proclaiming the Palin McCain ticket. Yep, Palin first, McCain second. The 12 step stages of dittohead coping are Anger, Denial, Bargening, Depression, Denial, Anger, Anger, Bargening, Depression, Anger, Denial and Denial.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_K%C3%BCbler-Ross

Aaron said...

The CCW lawsuit is throwing all this mud on the wall, hoping that something will stick. I'm still reading the document, but again, Sullivan doesn't appear to know how to construct a proper, concise legal brief.

The brief doesn't seem to document prior litigation involving Resolution 83-13. It would make an excellent counterargument if the brief included that litigation.

I'm not going to make any conclusions about the brief without fully reading it, but it looks like Sullivan is going for the "Hail Mary" play this time around.

Shark Inlet said...

Aaron,

I asked Ann what the key distinctions were between this suit and the earlier PZLDF suit. No answer.

Can you assess whether there are any substantial differences and, if so, what the key ones are?

Second, it would seem important to find out who has signed on to this new version. Is the LOCSD listed as a plaintiff? Have they approved any expenditures for this suit? Have they even agreed to be listed in name as a plaintiff?

Sewertoons said...

http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/news/business/x488839290/Sewer-blame-draws-multiple-investigations-in-Provincetown

Churadogs said...

Alon sez:"I thought I was going to be reading about a different Sarah Sarah Sarah, A planning planning planning commission chair who will be presiding over events at a government center near you, this coming 24th. looking forwrd to that reportage."

I'm hoping to get there. If I get held up, hope you'll post your notes on your site and let us know. Still a long way to go on this and the fabric can still all be undone no matter what the PC does. Penelope at her loom, the Sups pulling all the threads out later. Fun and games, with Los Osos getting the bill. Stay tuned.

Watershed Mark said...

Sorry, I forgot his last name Lynette,

I have posted some linkage at the bottom of Planning, Planning, Planning.
Keep us informed on how it goes in P’Town.

BTW, I really appreciated your posting the total construction cost of a sewer for 27,000 people is between $5,100,000.00 and $5,400,000 in Mansfield, Conn.
What are your thoughts about the disparity in price between Mansfield and Los Osos? Does the cat have your tounge???

BTW, if you replace the code located between the quotation marks and the words Gold Price with whatever you want you too can post hot links.. Gold Price

Watershed Mark said...

That pesky "conflct of interest" in the investigation is of concern, jus ask your Supervisor.
Hang in there until ths LOSTDEP is investigated.

I am planning a trip to obtain the financial records shortly and sure would like to meet you and MIKE for a drink. How about it, sorry, I forgot his last name Lyneette, MIKE?

Watershed Mark said...

Gold Price

Be sure there are no spaces beteen the >< symbols.

Watershed Mark said...

Gold Price

No Spaces between the "" either.

Watershed Mark said...

Gold Price

Watershed Mark said...

Gold Price

Watershed Mark said...

Find the code towards the bottom of this page.

Ron said...

I wrote:

"From 2006 - 2008 he blew all out of that hot air out of his hole..."

Damn, I wish I wouldn't have mangled that, 'cause it's such a great take.

Of course, I meant:

From 2006 - 2008, Rush blew all of that hot air out of his hole...

... and look at Congress, and look at the White House.

And, as long as I'm back, I will also point out that, after Rush blew all of that hot air out of his hole for three years -- day after day after day -- the person that authored, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, is now a U.S. Senator!

How's that taste, Rush? Now go cash another ginormous check.

Alon Perlman said...

Tooncers
I told the supervisors on the Tues. BOS mtg as I did on this Blog:
Provincetown had 20,000 people (additional) on their 4th of July weekend. Utilizing about 600 connections along commercial street.(I imagine some portapotties were in play reducing some of the load). There are some inherant weaknesses to each system.
the primary difference as far as I am concerned is in the scale of the pipes. Irrespective of the material they are made of, big pipes are not flexible, because their walls have to be thicker. It is physics, 4 inch pipes such as what failed in the vacume system, are at the limit of flexibility. Thickness also affects the ability to create a fused join, therefore the GASKETING of larger pipes is standard(inserting a flexible substence between two rigid pipe walls). Gaskets, or the use of flexible cements creates weak points with regard to internal pressures. This in turn does not allow the pipes to be serviced and inspected (leak detection) by pressurization (positive or negative)In a fused truly sealed system a leangth of pipe can be isolated, sealed and tested for integrity. Of course, shut-off valves and pressure monitors installed at the outset help the process. Where only a few pressure indicators (or sampling ports)exist, the loss of pressure in the system can trigger alarms, instantaneously or within a short while, but additional activities are needed to isolate the location of the break. In a gravity system a leak has to be substantial in order to become known. In fact if the leak is 22 feet underground, there is little indication of it, until water quality is affected.
Disclaimer; I am a selfproclaimed sewer expert, I have never read a book or report on sewers, septic system or their functions. I rarely read or listen to the other local Sewer Expertologists. My expertice is currently demonstrated by the absolute concordance between my origial comments in my (and some of LOCAC's) DEIR submission and that of the permitting agency comments. and here;
http://www.jir.com/expertise.html

Watershed Mark said...

Alon,
Too bad you aren't sitting in Supervisor Gibson's chair...
You would be able to conserve water, energy, time and money.

Many more reports about other alternatives could have been written for $7MM.
As Los Osos is arguably the most studied water project in our country leading to a most drawn out solution, it had better be correct.

Shark Inlet said...

Alon,

Your point is a good one ... but how about taking the same dispassionate approach towards those who tell us that TriW will spill raw sewage into the bay? I know that there hasn't been the opportunity of late, but the rhetorical fallacy is the same.

Watershed Mark said...

Steve,

Specifically, which of Alon's points did you think was "good?"

Watershed Mark said...

Ann wrote: But now I think I’ve discovered a pretty accurate instrument to gage just how moribund and nuts the GOP really is:…

How about ”this?”

Watershed Mark said...

Sorry, I forgot his last name, Lynette,

Here's something a little closer to Los Osos:

"When we filed this lawsuit they had 350 sewage spills that they reported. In 2001, they reported 682 spills. A 25% reduction in that doesn't even put us in a place when we started." Fleischli, who has been pressing to settle the case, is angry that the city redirected $600,000 from its sewer maintenance fund to hire a private law firm to fight the lawsuit and then, on Monday, conceded liability in all but four of the 297 spills, which occurred from July 2001 through July 2002.

Watershed Mark said...

MIKE, “r”, R1 and sorry, I forgot his last name Lynette,

This one’s for you…

The ABC’s of sewage spills and don’t miss this Reference Guide.

Watershed Mark said...

To report a sewer spill or bad sewer odor, immediately call

Watershed Mark said...

Sewer Spills

Alon Perlman said...

Shark, Thanks for asking.
In short; I'm not convinced that sigificant spillage (even less significant than "RAW SEWAGE DIRECTLY TO THE BAY") would occur, but I could also construct a scenario where the site would genarate a large catastrophic spill (several weeks of rain to saturate the ground and fill the stormwater basins, 100% utilization of broderson, followed by a deluge that penetrates the collection systems resulting in larger than Normal flows).

Rhetorical fallacies abound. Truth such as it is, may be presented with or without rhetorical fallacies. There are certain truths that I am personally interested in promoting. The presentation of those same truths by others who interject their rhetorical fallacies, just makes my work harder. (I'm sure that some may view my comments in the same way)
Is it the Site or the Technology?
Excluding the argument that unsealed gravity pipes in the collection system leak (which was assoaciated with Tri W (Midtown), but is also true for this EIR preffered project);
The Tri W site has two problems, that other sites may not have. It is close enough to being directly under Broderson, and it is about to receive it's historical drainage via a system of Stormwater pipes.
I contend that it will receive more volume of rainwater and at greater force.
This Issue is one I have brought up to the county via LOCAC Mtgs. I brought it up because there IS NO Facility currently planned for the Midtown Site, so when the Pallisades project is completed the Stormwater terminus is open space, not a Facility with retention basins, dog park etc...


Historical note;CCLO brought the point of TW as drainage collection basin to attn. of CCC. there were several modifications to the Original (but after ponds were abandoned)TW plan including re;Amt of Broderson discharge and changes including addition of rainwater catchments.

The site is not close enough to the Bay to spill to it directly.
Spills beyond the site boundry, or in unlined retention basins on-site would percolate eventually to the aquifer or the bay (via Sweet springs?). That, to some extent is true for other sites (but not as much Tonini, which is out of the GW Basin).
Overall, the extent of potential damage to the Estuary has always been exaggerated (by all six sides of the issue). And, why not?
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