I loved doing Calwhine but couldn’t figure out how to monetize it, even as the opportunities to freelance kept popping up. So I made the call to go for the money, even though Calwhine was great fun.
I may revive it — if I can figure out how to make money on it!
Thanks to the many emailers who inquired about what was up. I should have posted an explanation much earlier.
For a sharp and historically informed analysis of the pension follies of state Democratic lawmakers, no one is going to top Jerry Roberts’ and Phil Trounstine’s piece on Calbuzz.
Let’s be blunt. Democrats, whose political livelihoods have steadily and increasingly become dependent on union money since Jerry Brown in his first term signed the legislation that gave state employees collective bargaining rights, are terrified of moving an inch on pensions without permission and marching orders from the labor groups that finance their campaigns.
I’m off for a week to stew about the Lakers and hunt for a place in California that’s one-third as perfect as this place. I saw a celebrity there once who was tired and emotional, but Googling shows he’s still alive, so I will keep his name to myself. I may be outraged enough about some state issue to rev up the laptop, but I hope not. Some have compassion fatigue. I have outrage fatigue. I blame Rough & Tumble.
A tweet I sent out earlier today lamenting that birther Gary Kreep had pulled ahead in a close race for Superior Court judge here in San Diego prompted two emails ripping me for not being happy to see a “true conservative” win a judgeship. Groan. I’m a libertarian lite, not a conservative. And I remain absolutely stupefied that birthers and people who tolerate birthers don’t realize that Barack Obama and his fans love this idiocy being repeated because it discredits all critics of the president. I’m completely convinced that Obama has intentionally not acted in decisive ways to end this moronic “debate” because he knows it helps him. Duh. Duh. Duh.