Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bell, California

If anyone has been following the news lately, out here in SoCal, the little city of Bell has been highly visible. It seems that the Manager, Council and certain city executives have been paid really, really large salaries. This in a city of about 37,000 with a median income of around 35.000 dollars a year. The city manager, a guy named Rizzo, made over 800K a year. The Chief of Police got about 430K or there about.
Now the special investigator from Attorney General Moonbeam, has been in the mix. It seems that the residents of Bell have been overcharged on property taxes to the tune of 3 Million Dollars. Now the boy from Sacramento, a guy called John Chiang, has said they don't get it back. It must go to schools. An overcharge not being returned to the people whose money it really is. Wow, talk about out of control bureaucrats! The overpayments should go back to the taxpayers since the tax overage was declared illegal. But no. Not with the likes of the governator and moonbeam in charge. And the folks in Bell are going to keep getting screwed regardless of what happens.

5 comments:

Fredd said...

California is close to hopeless, now, Chief.

Get used to it. That, or move to Idaho. Property taxes are way lower, and it won't be lonesome in Idaha: all your soon to be neighbors are from California, too.

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

I was thinking about Texas prior to it's secession from the Union and becoming an independent Republic again.

GARY said...

I am still trying to relate to a California city that has average wage of $35000. Everything we see leads one to believe that homes there are mega bucks owned by megabuck people. I believe all of those city officials have resigned now or is this one of many such ciy governments?. Guess we are more militant here and would have a march on city hall and watch our tax bills very closely

Fredd said...

Nah, Chief.

Get with the program. Texas is for losers: too much heat, wind and illegal immigrants.

Go for those baked potatoes, and head for Eagle, Idaho.

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

Not in the Panhandle! And wind is not a problem. I grew up on the Northern Plains!

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)