Jim Mellander 
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Re: “Oakland Struggles to Hold Banks Accountable

Why isn't this article titled "Oakland Struggles to hold City Hall accountable"?

Although the City Council is ultimately responsible for lapses in contract language (as they have the final approval), they have so much on their plate that they must rely on staff to implement their policies correctly. How many people were fired due to the failure to follow the Council's instructions regarding the contract? I would wager that not only did no-one get fired, but that the responsible staff got a cushy annual raise, as usual.

Oakland, how about getting your own house in order?

Posted by Jim Mellander on 10/31/2015 at 10:13 PM

Re: “State of the Primary

I had a good laugh with this one! Newt does certainly come across as a smooth reptilian sort - reminding me of the snake in the Garden of Eden slyly and deceptively offering dangerous fruit to Eve while lulling her mind with his silver tongue. Although, Tom, you might want to recast Mr. Peanut in the role of Mitt "Nutball" Romney.

The current crop of Presidential Candidates (including the current occupant of the office) all come across as inhuman and/or robotic. The exception is the grownup of the crowd, Ron Paul, who offers an adult understanding and adult prescription for the ills of the body politic. Of course he's unelectable, as all he offers is peace and freedom. The other candidates offer peace, freedom, and their secret sauce - some claim to be Robin Hood, others attract with shiny, yet deadly toys, or doctors for all. Problem is, that to get the secret sauce you need to give up either peace or freedom to these loathsome creatures, and I for one don't want to go down that road.

Hey Tom, if you use any of my ideas, I want royalties!

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Posted by Jim Mellander on 02/06/2012 at 4:36 PM

Re: “The CO2 Trap

Is this serious? How much of this chemical would need to be produced, at what expense, and lost opportunity cost (look it up, if you don't know what that means) to make a dent in CO2 levels?

What about the tried and true natural photosynthesis in green plants, which not only captures CO2, but produces Oxygen as a byproduct?

I bet these guys are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Posted by Jim Mellander on 01/19/2012 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Skateboarders Lose to The Man

Live by the government, die by the government - we want the government to regulate more and more, and are surprised when they regulate socially useful things away.

Posted by jmel on 09/18/2011 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Jerry, Barack, and the GOP

It is becoming a bit tiresome to hear the bleating of "D's good, R's bad" coming out of the polarized left. The Democrats need the Republicans and the Republicans need the Democrats. These two parties trade off being in power and demonize each other, all the while hoodwinking and looting the American people.

There are certainly things Obama could unilaterally accomplished, were he sincere about his campaign promises, without the cooperation of the Republicans. The most glaring case in point is his expansion of the warfare state, and the attack on Libya. These were choices directly opposed to his promises that reveal his true heart of darkness. The American people demand change, not just another puppet-de-jour, whether he's got a D or an R next to his name.

Posted by jmel on 09/18/2011 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Fighting Tar Sands

People are going to keep using petrochemicals for the foreseeable future, unless radical technological developments take place. The whole greenhouse gas issue is a red-herring (see: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdel… ). Given that, and as the whole green economy is on life support without massive gov't subsidies, what will people do when prices of gas go thru the roof? Since our Dear Leader Obama attacked Libya for oil (you're not naive enough to think it really was for "democracy", do you?), this seems a much better alternative than Blood for Oil, which is the standard policy of our gov't.

Posted by jmel on 08/30/2011 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Obama's Big Sell Out

Obama's not a sellout -he's been loyally serving his true consituency - the Wall Street crowd. That whole "Change you can believe in", and "Hope" nonsense was purely for consumption by the gullible masses, who drank his swill wholeheartedly.

Naturally, after Bush, the country yearned for a change. Just as predictably, the powers-that-be trotted forth an apparently more acceptable candidate, who lulled the masses with meaningless platitudes, while keeping the essential power structure intact.

Here's something for cognitive-dissonance fans - receive a Nobel Peace Prize, then begin bombing Libya in the name of "Democracy". O brave new world, that has such people in it.

Posted by jmel on 08/07/2011 at 10:40 AM

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