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Meet the Richerals

February 24th, 2014 - 1:41 pm

That Hillary and her enablers (do we remember James Carville: “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find”?) engaged in classic “war against women” defamations is, I agree, ancient history.

But ancient history certainly becomes once more contemporary fact if Ms. Clinton runs a war against the “war on women” that not long ago tarred Mitt Romney as a sexist for woodenly looking through biographies to find suitable female appointees. (As an after-thought: Is Al Gore also a warrior in the war against the “war on women”? If so, how did he get himself into a similarly exploitive scenario with a masseuse that was Clintonian to the core?)

What goes through the mind of the Bay Area biologist, Sierra Club activist, or naturalist lawyer who lobbies his legislators, who sues in federal and state court, and who galvanizes the powerful to divert millions of acre feet of irrigation water from farms to his delta to oxygenate a baitfish, or to introduce salmon in rivers that haven’t seen them in eons? After all, that gambit requires manmade reservoirs to store irrigation water to divert it to keep the rivers running unnaturally all year, when they would otherwise go dry. Is that irony, or is it supposed to be “payback’s a bitch”?

Distant Hetch Hetchy reservoir supplies most of the residential water of the otherwise quite unnatural and unsustainable arid Bay Area hills. Without Hetch Hetchy the barren expanse surrounding San Francisco, without adequate aquifers, would have no lawns, and indeed no majestic houses at all. The early explorers write movingly that the coastal corridor south of Napa is as beautiful as it is dry and without water — and thus mostly uninhabitable for large populations. Indeed, the usual villains of the current green religion are the early turn-of the-century water buccaneers, the Mulhollands and Pinchots. In the case of the former, Owens Valley gymnastics allowed current greens in verdant Beverly Hills and Brentwood to deplore manmade dams and canals, and things, in the case of the latter, like Hetch Hetchy’s Sierra water diversions from once salmon-rich rivers.

So, perhaps the Bay Area richeral thinks: “The smelt and salmon need help. I don’t need to wash my Audi. I can shower every other day. Presto! I will give the fish my Hetch Hetchy water. After all, I live a more unnatural existence, a more vulnerable existence, a more unsustainable existence than even the West Side almond grower. And while I can move to telecommute from Stockton or Modesto, the farmer cannot move his almond trees elsewhere. Do I really need that water-gulping Japanese maple or bougainvillea outside the library window? Therefore, I will back my convictions by returning to the river my own unnatural Sierra water, not someone else’s.”

Or instead, perhaps the green richeral thinks: “I am devoted to Mother Earth and if I live an unnatural existence based on vast water transfers and uses of electrical power to carve out a home in a naturally arid, barren landscape, I deserve exemption because I am on the right side, and I feel for nature. The crusaders of our green gods need earthly paradise time if they are going to free the polluted holy lands from the carbon infidels.”

From the Google-only bus that bypasses the heralded “public mass transit” to pick up the richeral in his overpriced, Hetch Hetchy-fed San Francisco Victorian, to the tony private academies that richerals’ kids attend, to the Mexican national help that cleans the floors and watches the toddlers before going home to the crammed garage in Redwood City, to the big money that always seems to find exemption from the redistributionist tentacles — such hypocrisy and self-righteousness sermonizing have done more harm to the culture and social fabric of the U.S. than any ideology of the last half-century.

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There's nothing to expose. Their lifestyles and their political activities are all out in the open and nobody cares. Cognitive dissonance makes hypocrisy go away.
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I think you're missing the point. How would you like it if a fellow citizen kept lecturing you not to eat a certain delicacy, while doing that same thing ten times more frequently than you?

How would you feel if that person kept trying to punish you for same with fines and jail-time, while gaming the system to preclude himself from any such punishments?

What if this person started expanding his censures to almost everything you do, using patently absurd rationales to do so? Would you not grow to despise this hypocrite?
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Millionaires and billionaires...and Leninaires.

Can we move Tom Friedman's house to Beijing?

Sean Penn's to Caracas?

Paul Krugman to Moscow?

Oliver Stone has called Obama a shallow and spineless man. Because he is not leftist...enough. Stone wants Obama to start acting in a more aggressively totalitarian way. Obama could start by confiscating everything Stone owns, siccing the IRS, FBI, DOJ, and FCC on him.

Leninaires come in a few forms. The trust fund babies who got their wealth and their Lenin red diapers at an early age.

Or those that marry into money, Herman Munster in Spandex, windsurfing and hiding your yacht to avoid taxes...but not likely to get in deep water with the IRS, which is an arm of the fascist left at present.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/02/the-irs-assault-on-the-first-amendment-a-short-course.php

(a MUST SEE video, btw)

Leftists are not liberal. The environ- mental patients don't care about the environment they treat as a plaything. Peaceniks are not anti-war....nor do they particularly mind violence.

Gun runners to drug cartels do not mind gangbangers with firearms.

Obamacare inventors don't care about healthcare or insurance coverage...and their tech department doesn't give a Tinker's Dam about web design or security.

It's a game of thrones and daggers. Leninaires don't just want to make sure they get theirs....they want to make sure they get theirs...and yours.

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The delusional leftys have no guilt. They live in a bubble. They don't think about what you, Dr Hanson, have so clearly stated. They lie to themselves constantly and they believe all their own lies. They don't have friends who think any differently than they do. They have no insight. They are the pendulum shift
from the conformity and conservatism of the 1950s.
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And speaking about delusional, no insight and living in a bubble: Imagine getting federal money for a train that will never be built but not budgeting for water infrastructure or desalinization plants. Pity the other western states that don't border an ocean.
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I don't disagree with Dr. Hanson, I rarely do, but why does he write these pieces? The people who deserve the shaming pay no attention. It's spitting into the wind and preaching to the choir at the same time. At least in this essay he didn't invoke hubris and nemesis, because a day of reckoning, comeuppance and backlash aren't happening any time soon, in fact, not even in the lifetimes of anybody reading this essay.
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Is it really guilt?
Does multi-billionaire Bruce Springsteen don the peasant apparel and promote Obamacare and other leftist claptrap out of guilt? I'm inclined to think it's more of the herd mentality. They belong to the leftist herd and so they subscribe to leftist thinking, if one can call it thinking.
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Dear Dr,

I must take issue with the following statement:

"And while I can move to telecommute from Stockton or Modesto, the farmer cannot move his almond trees elsewhere."

A richeral would never be caught living in Stockton or Modesto. They would be disinvited from their fellow richeral cocktail parties.
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Screw Stockton and Modesto. Let them try Fresno or any of the midsize inland California towns that started the slide to being third-world forty years ago when over-regulation of business started getting REALLY out of control. What used to be working-class neighborhoods have turned into barrios and meth hoods. The richerals saw the bread and butter of the working class and the small business owners and decided, "You didn't build that. We'll take that, and we'll give it to the [ever-larger] welfare class. IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!"
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All we need is minorities to scream "We want water!" and then the delta smelt be damned.
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Dr. Hanson how do we change the minds of all those Obama phone recipient's that they are being taken for fools?
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I wish it could be done, but the truth is that it's better to accept that nothing is going to change until the middle class in California is so nonexistent that the richerals have two choices: raise taxes on themselves, or cut people off welfare. Set your exit strategy and get out with what you can, or in five to ten years, you'll be walking out with nothing. It's the Dust Bowl in reverse.
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Finally,

I have been saying that capitalists are the problem and capitalism must be severely controlled. My so-called friends on the left have always said no, but here at PJmedia I have finally found people who think like I do. We must destroy all capitalists at once. It doesn't matter if they are liberal or conservative, capitalists are the ones hogging all the resources and destroying our world.

Thank you Victor. Let the class war begin.
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Seriously?
A couple of things could have prevented California from being where it is today:
1) Build water infrastructure (reservoirs and aqueducts) as you grow your population. Instead, California's environmentalist lobby has ensured forty or more years of population growth and NO new water infrastructure.
2) Stop over-regulation of business. Instead, the richerals regulate business so much that small business is almost extinct, while the Google and Silicon Valley rich are capable of paying for compliance.
3) Stop subsidizing idleness in the form of endless welfare with no work requirements. But that's mean-spirited, or racist, or something.
4) Put the violent in jail and keep them there! But rather than growing a tax base by keeping low taxes and business-friendly, reasonable regulation, every time California has a budget crisis, services are cut while welfare dollars stay at the same level and taxes get raised. Translation: California infrastructure is crumbling while business and the middle class flee the state, and the remaining middle class has to pick up the tab, because the welfare class isn't going anywhere.

In short, California's problems are NOT caused by capitalists. They're caused by idiots who won't stop electing zealot leftists.

But, hey, I left ten years ago. I'm in a business-friendly red state now. I'm part of the shrinking tax base that is breathing free air and paying our revenues to rational, small-government states.

DEUCES, SUCKA!
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Since you twist and lie about the article, one must wonder about the 'housebroken' part, too. Go change your Depends!
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Just so you know, Mandy Matters, I liked your comment and I have no idea why it was removed.
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Capitalist are not the problem. Crony capitalist and Big Government are the problem. Mix in a little Hollywood elite and the fix is in.
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Kudos Mr. Hanson. That just about covers it. There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around for sure. It must be a terrible burden. Or not.
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Another wingnut fantasy from Hanson.
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Then you should have no problem addressing the substance of the article.
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no doubt the most surprised progs on the planet will be those who think they are safely sitting in their wealthy urban enclaves, when the parasites decide that acting like locust's will get them the bling they believe they are entitled to
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The zombies are going to go where the rich and easy meat is.
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Not so clear at all: the 'rich and easy meat' has a large police complement around it (given that most of those cops would rather hand out traffic citations, still..)
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Just wait until the welfare dollars are cut off and the angry mob grabs their torches and pitchforks. THEN we'll see what happens in Venezu... I mean, In California. Richerals in action.
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Blue state and blue city cops are themselves close to elites. A unionized cop in a Blue state or city is a good gig and a cop with a little initiative to work the assignments that give premium pay and suck up to the boss for nice OT assignments can make well over $100K/yr. That isn't "richeral," but the cop considers himself more like the "richerals" than like ordinary wage earners.
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Yes, which is why such union police officers have been given the "hands-off the illegal alien" orders by their superiors for even egregious offenses; deportation or jail would remove a significant number of the current and potential Democrat voting base whose local sales tax dollars goes into city coffers. Gotta fund the retirement systems at all costs.
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I thought zombies liked brains.
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