Only Doing Something Is Doing Something

One of the hardest things to teach a defensive lineman in football is his goal.

His goal is to stop the ball carrier.

Now you might think that is self-evident, but it is not. When you line up across another man, your natural instinct in football is to outmuscle him, and having played right guard on both offense and defense in my wasted youth, the defensive lesson was almost impossible to learn.

Ego demands that you hand fight, and “defeat” the guy across from you, and the offensive guard HOPES you do just that, because you will concentrate on him while the running back slips right by.

Even if you beat your opponent across the line – he wins!

That is what is going on in politics today. The Obama administration is hoping we concentrate on “town halls” while they move the ball legislatively.

Admittedly, town halls have taken the Democrats off their game, and that is good, but the news is concentrating on that and not the bill itself. Newspapers, to their credit are not caught up in the town hall bluster since they cannot show the anger. TV thrives on noise and movement, newspapers – at least before the days of USA Today – can concentrate on analysis.

They can. Admittedly they don’t. They are space limited.

That leaves a great opening for the media that has NO space limitations – the internet. It has not risen to the challenge.

The health care bill PASSAGE OR DEFEAT is the goal of each side. Watching the work of others in town halls is emotionally satisfying, but useless.

Write your Senator! Call your Senator! Send a few dollars to your favorite organization fighting the bill! Admittedly each letter and each dollar has little impact but collectively it is powerful.

Stop being impressed by the fight of others on TV. Get involved, however limited your resources.

I feel about this as I did about my involvement in the Pueblo seizure where I organized the Remember the Pueblo campaign nationally, and received constant communications about the hundreds of church meetings around the country where tens of thousands were praying for the crew – I would shout, “In addition to praying would each of you spend just one minute calling your Congressman?”

They wouldn’t. They didn’t. They thought that praying was “doing something.”

It isn’t.

Doing something is doing something.

Global Warming Politics, Explained

On November 20, 2000,French President Chirac said during a speech at The Hague that the Kyoto Protocol represented “the first component of an authentic global governance.”

“For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance,” Chirac explained.

“Your Majesty, Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,

For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organisation which France and the European Union would like to see established.

The time has come for an effort of the will. Admittedly, we won’t solve every problem in The Hague. But we must go as far forward as possible in inventing mechanisms to guarantee that our efforts are effective and enduring.” transcript of speech at


Al Gore, Speaking at Smith Svchool Lecture –Oxford University 7th July 2009

“But it is the awareness itself that will drive the change and one of the ways it will drive the change is through global governance and global agreement. But the many business leaders who have been present here are among those taking leadership in other ways.” Oxford University Transcript:

Al Gore Smith School Lecture –

“The Disappearing City”

Investigate reporters at on-line newspaper are doing great work here in San Diego – and in fact VOSD was given kudos by Bob Woorward on the Chris Mathews Sunday show for on-line investigation. In view of the disorganization at the Union-Tribune, someone has to do it.

One of the VOSD reporters refers to San Diego as the “Disappearing City,” and indeed it is.

One of the subjects VOSD is exposing is former Southeastern Economic Development Corp. Finance Director Dante Dayacap, working at the ill-fated SEDC since 1996.

You may recall that SEDC fired their Director, Carolyn Smith when it was discovered that she had given herself “bonuses” over the years that even the SEDC Board of Directors was not aware of. In fact, over a five year period she paid more than $1 million in pay and bonuses where only $462,000 was budgeted,

(You may also recall that the next day, Nancy Graham, the president and CEO of Centre City Development Corp, a redevelopment nonprofit involved in San Diego, resigned after accusations of financial involvement with a previous employer.)

It turns out that the SEDC finance director, Dante Dayacap, who facilitated Carolyn Smith in her overpayments had three personal bankruptcies prior to his being hired by the agency in 1996, and they must have known of at least one of those because the Court required that SEDC withhold money from his initial paychecks!

The question of course is what kind of background checks are done on people handling the finances?

Or running that organization, for that matter.

Can’t anyone in San Diego play this game?

In Mexico Its Called “Mordida”

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – African leaders will ask rich nations for $67 billion per year to mitigate the impact of global warming on the world’s poorest continent, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Monday.

Ten leaders are holding talks at African Union (AU) headquarters in the Ethiopian capital to try to agree a common stance ahead of a U.N. summit on climate change in Copenhagen in December.

Experts say Africa contributes little to the pollution blamed for warming, but is likely to be hit hardest by the droughts, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels forecast if climate change is not checked.

The draft resolution, which must still be approved by the 10 leaders, called for rich countries to pay $67 billion annually to counter the impact of global warming in Africa….

Practical Liberalism at Work

Mercury Marine union in Wis. rejects concessions

(AP) – 1 hour ago

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Union workers at Mercury Marine put their jobs at risk Sunday when they rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions the boat engine maker said it needed or it would move their work to a nonunion plant in Oklahoma.

Union leaders did not immediately release Sunday’s tally but said the vote was “overwhelming” to reject what the company called its final offer.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947, represents 850 workers at Mercury Marine, the largest employer in the eastern Wisconsin city of Fond du Lac and the world’s largest manufacturer of boat and recreational marine engines.

Mercury Marine had asked for changes to a four-year contract it signed a year ago…. Mercury Marine issued a statement after the vote saying it will move many of its Fond du Lac manufacturing operations to its facility in Stillwater, Okla., over the next two to three years. The company said it will continue to operate the Fond du Lac facility for now under the terms and conditions of the existing contract, which expires in 2012.

The Wheels Are Coming Off…

Obama’s healthcare messages are backfiring, strategists say

Los Angeles Times – Peter Nicholas – ‎1 hour ago‎

The president’s range of abstract arguments for reform are leaving people confused, some Democrats contend. By Peter Nicholas Reporting from Washington – Democratic strategists say the Obama administration’s evolving, abstract arguments for healthcare


White House Adds $2 Trillion to Deficit Forecasts

Washington Post – Lori Montgomery – ‎1 hour ago‎

The nation would be forced to borrow more than $9 trillion over the next decade under President Obama’s policies, the White House acknowledged late Friday, bringing their long-term budget forecast in line with independent estimates.

The Mexican Drug War Continues, Unabated

The narcotraffic war worsens

From Frontera – Tijuana, B.C. – 08/20/09

(Translated by M3, Retired Border Agents)

One year into the National Security Resolution 7,296 persons have died in events related to the fight against organized crime.  In the twelve months prior to the pact, 08/21/07 to 08/21/08, the score was 3,742.

The three levels of government, federal, state and municipal; representatives of the productive, religious and social sectors, as well as the communications media took a pledge to fight crimes such as kidnapping and homicides.  The average now is 20.10 per day, double the average of the previous twelve months.

The most violent months during this period were October and November 2008, with 791 and 729 deaths respectively, as well as June 2009 with 702 homicides.  The states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Michoacan and Baja California accounted for 6,007 deaths, or 82.33%.

The escalation in violence provoked innumerable confrontations between the armed forces and hired assassins; Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango and Nuevo Leon in the North and Guerrero and Tabasco in the South.  Also, there were an endless number of gunfights as well as the increase in executions in Guanajuato, Vera Cruz and Michoacan.

The joint effort resulted in the capture of numerous drug capos and the dismantling of drug laboratories, principally in Michoacan, Sinaloa and Durango.  Nevertheless, the deaths of delinquents, uniformed and civil officers came to thousands.

In Chihuahua, in spite of the large deployment of federal forces, 2,955 violations by organized crime were recorded.

A long list of bloody executions, decapitations, torturing and assassinations of elected officials, soldiers and police from numerous sites followed in this article.

No, It Is Not All About Race

“Gov. David Paterson blames calls for him to step aside on race”

PATTERSON, whose popularity had previously dropped to 18% “after a series of mis-steps,” has now risen to 30% — also says criticism of the Massachusetts Governor and President Obama is also based on race.

I suppose that Hillary broke her pick on healthcare because of gender discrimination?

Is it possible that healthcare is a “third rail” of politics, and that Patterson is simply incompetent – and that race may be a contributor in every case but not a “cause?”

The Trend Lines Are Disturbing For Democrats

Democrats are threatening to cram the Healthcare bill without any Republican support.

That is a plan devoutly to be wished. That will crystallize the anger and turn a revolt into a revolution, and the Democratic Party will suffer across the board at the voting booth.

The trend lines are disturbing for Democrats — the numbers are plunging and some Democrats may believe that they need this healthcare quickly off the table to stop the precipitous slide.

It is more likely, however to make the Democrats the target for anger rather than healthcare.

This is a lose-lose for Democrats — damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

Then, the Democrats have to face Cap and Trade, and Immigration.

The rocky road just gets worse.

Devoutly To Be Wished

Washington Post Editorial

No Longer an Option

To pass health reform, the Obama administration will have to ditch its goal of a public plan.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

MAYBE THE White House meant to signal that it was backing away from its commitment to a “public option” as part of new health insurance exchanges. Or maybe the hedging words of administration officials were over-interpreted on an otherwise sleepy Sunday morning in August. It doesn’t much matter, because, either way, the reality is that, if the Obama administration wants to get health reform done, it’s going to have to back away from the public option sooner or later — and it’s getting awfully late.