A VERY SICK STATE!

While Californians were concentrating on the special election ballot measures, our lawmakers (both Assembly and Senate) were quietly passing the “Harvey Milk Gay Day” bill which (unless vetoed by the governor) will affect children as young as kindergarten.  SB 572 directs every public school in California to conduct “suitable commemorative exercises” every May 22nd in support of the radical sexual agenda of Harvey Milk.

While only one Republican voted in favor of the bill (Sen. Abel Moldonado) not a single Republican Senator stood up to speak out against it.  So far, not one Republican has called on the governor to veto it.

What’s really interesting about this “in your face” vote by our legislature is that it runs counter to a statewide poll by Survey USA.  That poll in early March found that sixty nine percent of Californians OPPOSED creating Harvey Milk day” while only 19 percent approved.  In spite of the poll’s results, the democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly thumbed its noses at us and in effect said “screw you!”

It’s obvious that our democrat-controlled legislature is determined to promote the homosexual lifestyle as a role model for our children.  Randy Thomasson of Save California.com says “It’s absurd–the gvernment school system teaches children not to smoke or use drugs, yet SB572 will teach children as young as kindergarten that homosexuality is good and healthy.”

According to the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report dated March 2009, homosexual and bisexual behavior causes up to 82 percent of all HIV transmissions in California…and yet…the text of SB572 states that “On Harvey Milk Day, exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, and recognizing his acomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state, should be conducted; specifically, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe, and conduct suitable commemorative exercises.”

I, for one, couldn’t care less if some sicko gets his jollies by dipping his wick in a cesspool…but when that sicko tries to tell our school kids that it’s normal and healthy (and our Democrat-controlled legislature agrees) then it’s obvious….California has become one VERY SICK STATE!

IT’S ONLY ONE VOTE – BUT IT’S MY VOTE!

My DMV renewal notice arrived in my mailbox on Wednesday, May 13th.  After opening it, and seeing how much more it’ll cost me to register my 1997 Chevy, it reminded me that I hdn’t yet filled out my absentee ballot.  I immediately put the DMV renewal form down, and opened the envelope containing my ‘special election’ ballot.  It was with great pleasure that I filled in the NO oval of each ballot measure except 1F.  That’s the only one that got my ‘yes’ vote.  No pay raises for lawmakers when the state faces a deficit.

Why?  Rather than cut frivolous spending, our lawmakers in their questionable wisdom decided to take more of my limited income to pay for their lavishness.  Then, they have the audacity to add a ballot measure that would increase the lengfth of time the new tax increases remain in effect.  Gawd…I hope the electorate turns these propositions down.

And yes, I’ll admit, if the props fail, our lawmakers will punish us!  They’ll see to it that additional cuts will be made that’ll be excruciatingly painful–to us, BUT NOT TO THEM!  Hopefully the pain to us will be so severe that we’ll not forget it when 2010 rolls around and it’s time for us to elect new state legislators, and a new governor.

What really ticks me off…lawmakers and the gov are telling us “We don”t have enough money to pay the state’s bills, so we’re gonna’ take more money away from you, and if you can’t pay your bills, THAT’S TOUGH.  DEAL WITH IT.”

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed filling out my vote-by-mail ballot.  I realize it’s only one vote…but it’s MY vote…and it’s the only way I know to send the message that the incompetence of our state legislature must END, and that as a citizen and resident of this state, I’m sick and tired of being ripped off by elected officials who believe it’s their right to live high on the hog on my money.

I have to budget according to my income.  THEY SHOULD BUDGET ACCORDING TO THE STATE’S INCOME.  Hopefully, Californians will send that message loud and clear on Tuesday, May 19th.

JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT

The ever-popular “Jukebox Saturday Night” series, now in its ninth year, will return to the Paradise Performing Arts Center this Memorial Day weekend.  This nostalgia-filled event takes the audience back to the Big Band era and the time surrounding World War II. 

 The same basic show-series was originally called “Stage Door Canteen” and revived the feel of the old USO shows.  As with past Memorial day Weekend big band shows, the Skyliners, the North State’s preeminent Big Band, will be providing the music and performing specialty numbers. 

 Joining the Skyliners this year will be Paradise’s pride and joy, Don Wolheim’s Paradise Dancers. These  talented young people will, at times, be performing many of the dances that were popular during that period.

“The Best of Jukebox Saturday Night” featuring the Skyliners with special guests, The Paradise Dancers, will be at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, Saturday evening, May 23rd at 7:30.     It will be my pleasure to once again serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Tickets for the show are on sale now in Paradise at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, the Country Touch, the Senior Center and Fir Street Gallery.  In Magalia, you can purchase tickets at Whisker Pines on the Skyway.  Call 872-8454 for tickets and charge by phone.  Also, ask about the Group Savings advantage.  You can also buy tickets online at www.paradisepeformingarts.com.  Some of the local sponsors of this event include the Paradise Post nd the Town of Paradise.

FROM GOLDEN STATE-TO FOOL’S GOLD

For a scant few moments this past week, I felt that our state legislature had finally gotten the message.  Leadership begins at the top and painful cost-cutting measures should start there.  The reason for my jubilance came in the form of Senate Bill 44 which would’ve begun the elimination of those frivolous do-nothing boards and commissions which merely serve as “weigh-stations” with six figure salaries for termed out, over the hill lawmakers.  A companion bill was introduced in the Assembly.

I thought to myself…”by golly, I do believe they’ve finally gotten it.  They’re finally serious about really cutting unnecessary and wasteful spending.”  The Integrated Waste Managemnt Board would be just the beginning…then…like dominoes, the others would fall, saving the state literally millions and millions of dollars.  It would be the “blowing up of the boxes” promise made by Arnold Schwarzenneger if we would all just elect him as our new governor.

Then came the vote:  Senate Bill 44 was defeated by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and Assembly Bill 1150 was killed by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.  Here’s how Steve Weigand of the Sacramento Bee put it: “Faced with the choice of saving between 2 and 3 million dollars a year, or PRESERVING A POTENTIAL AND LUCRATIVE POST-LEGISLATIVE RETIREMENT HAVEN,  Democrat lawmakers in both houses torpedoed both bills.

That action, folks, is tantamount to spitting in the face of every taxpayer in this state.  Our democrat-controlled legislature just doesn’t get it.  In the wake of forced furloughs, layoffs, home foreclosures, etc., our state legislature feels the solution to the budget problem is higher taxes on those who still have a job.  And to rub salt in the wound, they want to extend the recent tax increases an extra two years…and they’re asking voters to approve that idea by voting ‘yes’ on Proposition 1A.

Someone once told me California’s state legislature was a “laboratory for liberal ideas.”  Frankly, I believe its time voter shut that laboratory down.  Look what it’s done to the Golden State.