Upgraded andLinux from Hardy to Intrepid …

February 13, 2009

I successfully completed upgrading my installation of andLinux following the instructions given here with the following exceptions:

  • To get to “Software Sources”, bring up the Synaptic Package Manager and select Repositories from the Settings menu.
  • To run “Update Manager”, I had to install it and then execute it from the command line.

    > sudo apt-get install update-manager
    > update-manager

  • I had to make the same change to the rc.local file as I did when I upgraded to Hardy. The modification I needed to make is listed on this page.

The update took approximately 90 minutes complete. And, all is well.

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Long term closure …

February 11, 2009

For those of us in North Orange County, specifically Yorba Linda and north-east Anaheim, our commute is going to be tough for the next several months. The south-bound lanes of Imperial Highway between Orangethorpe and La Palma will be closed for up to 4 months starting Friday.

Read more about the closure in the OC Register article here.

Three P’s of Government …

January 24, 2009

We learned in the previous article that we have a Republican form of Government, a government ruled by law. The basis of our Government is held in the words found in the Declaration of Independence.

“… they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …”

And, this forms the basis of my political beliefs! From these words, I have developed the “Three P’s of Government” which define the proper role of government.

Three P’s of Government

Protect Life – The government must protect the citizens it represents.
Preserve Liberty – The government must preserve the freedoms of it’s citizens.
Permit the Pursuit of Happiness – The government must allow it’s citizens to pursue happiness.

I apply each of these to a government action to determine whether the action is appropriate or not. If the action is in opposition to any of them, then the action is inappropriate. In most cases, an action will apply to at least two of these.

For example, let’s take the issue of banning fireworks, something that is very common in Southern California.

Protect Life – Banning fireworks does protect life and property. This very reason is why the bans were proposed.

Preserve Liberty – Banning fireworks takes away a freedom. Law-abiding citizens are no longer free to use fireworks if they so choose.

Permit the Pursuit of Happiness – Banning fireworks does not really apply here. One could stretch it and say that the ban prevents them from “being happy”, but that is not what is meant by “pursuit of happiness”.

So, “banning fireworks” is not appropriate because it takes away a freedom from it’s citizens even though it may protect lives and property.

Now, this seems pretty simplistic and limits the role of government. And, that is exactly the point. The role of government in our daily lives must be limited and, applying the “Three P’s of Government” consistently, we can achieve that.

What Type of Government Does America Have?

January 12, 2009

Is America a Democracy or a Republic?

I believe many today will say they believe America is a Democracy. And, in many cases, it seems that way. However, America is a Republic.

The following video does a good job of explaining the differences between the common forms of government. And, it helps to remind all of us that America is a Republic.

The American Form Of Government

Please watch the video above. And, if you want to learn more, please read the following.

Declaration of Independence
(This should be mandatory reading for everyone. I try to read this every Fourth of July.)

Constitution of the United States
(This should be mandatory reading for everyone. I have read this several times.)

Journal of the Constitutional Convention of 1787
(I have read many parts of this historical record from James Madison.)

The Federalist Papers
(I have read many of the articles that make up the collection.)

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Who says one vote doesn’t count?

December 30, 2008

Jim Winder retains his seat on the Yorba Linda City Council by a single vote. Once again, we see how important it is that everyone votes.

Ed Rakochy called for a recount which was completed yesterday. The final tally was 11,950 for Mr. Winder and 11,949 for Mr. Rakochy. The OCRegister article covering the final results can be read here.

Ed Rakochy stated in the article, “I think you’ll see a lot of improvement and a lot of reform.” I hope we do.

However, as I’ve said before, I am concerned that the goals of the group (YLRRR) will overshadow the desires of the community. As we saw in the election and in the first meeting on December 2, they are not afraid to push people aside if they don’t wholly agree with group. In the election, they did not support Henry Wedda after they supported his appointment to the Council in 2007. Then, in the first meeting where YLRRR had a majority of the Council, they passed over Jan Horton for the Mayor position and did not allow her to serve on any of the paid board positions.

We all must keep a close eye on what they do over the next two years!

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California Adds More Laws …

December 28, 2008

The following links identify some of the new laws in California that take effect on January 1, 2009.

The question is, do we really need all of these laws?

Personally, I think the Legislature has too much time on their hands. To make themselves feel useful, they come up with all of these laws, no matter how “silly” they really are, rather than addressing the real issues of this state.

I believe it is time to go back to a “part-time Legislature”.

In 1966, Proposition 1A was passed which created a “full-time Legislature”. Yes, Jesse Unruh believed Proposition 1A was the way to solve the problems he found, specifically the inability to address complex issues and eliminate potential conflicts of interests and the influence of lobbyists. However, I believe there are other ways to solve those issues.

  1. Make the pay “sufficient”. We all must be paid for the work we perform.
  2. Restrict all forms of “gratitude” from lobbyists.

I don’t think we can do anything about their inability to address complex issues. As we have seen over the last several years, they can’t even manage to get the budget under control even with the “special sessions”. The only way to solve that is for us, the citizens of this State, to elect individuals who WANT to solve those problems. Most who are elected today are concerned about the environment, a woman’s right to choose, animal rights or other such things that don’t help solve the bigger problems. So, it is up to us to choose our representatives wisely if we are ever going to get out of this mess.

In the meantime, getting back to a part-time Legislature will be a step in the right direction.

Here are a few articles on the subject for your edification.

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Merry Christmas !!!

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

May your day remind you of the joy we have in the Lord!

Who’s to blame?

December 21, 2008

The economic crisis that is now crippling the world clearly started in the U.S. And, as the Japanese owner of the company I work for acknowledged, it was specifically the failure of the subprime mortgages.

The question as to who is to blame for the subprime mortgage mess is constantly debated. The media has clearly tried to point the finger at President Bush and the Republicans.

In an attempt to provide a more complete picture, I am including the following.

First, an editorial which got me started on this, from Investor’s Business Daily, “The Subprime Lending Bias”.

The rest of these links help support the statements made in the above article.

CRA Regulatory Change – 1995

First Union Press Release – October, 20, 1997

Andrew Cuomo – Affirmative Action “lending” – April 6, 1998

HUD Press Release 00-45 – March 2, 2000

It is clear from the above that the problems started during the tenure of President Clinton. However, it is also clear that President Bush did very little, if anything, to prevent the impending crisis.

But, more importantly, it doesn’t matter who is at fault. In the end, we will pay!!! Whether it is bailing companies out for making bad decisions or, as stated in the previous article, it is bailing out Legislatures who fail to manage the State’s budget, it is the taxpayer who will lose!!!

Once again, we pay!

December 18, 2008

So, the Democrats in California have figured out a way to get around the two-thirds majority required by the passage of Proposition 13 back in 1978 (California Democrats devise plan to hike taxes). And, once again, it is we, the taxpayers of California, who must “sacrifice” due to their inability to properly manage the funds they already take from us.

It is common sense that balancing a budget requires one thing, “don’t spend more than you take in”. This applies to personal budgets and should apply to government budgets as well. However, it seems that when a person takes their seat as an elected official, they lose all common sense.

Californian’s recalled Governor Davis because of the budget deficit. The budget deficit is much bigger. The citizens have or are facing the possibility of losing their jobs. The recession is getting worse. Home values have “crumbled”. And, now, the Legislature is looking to the citizens to bail them out.

What will Californian’s do this time?

Time will tell …

Atheists’ attacks on Christianity this Christmas season …

December 18, 2008

Once again, Chuck Norris echoes my sentiments in the article, “Atheists’ national holiday?”.

The atheists are on the attack this year. And, what are they attacking? Religion and, more specifically, Christianity. Why can’t they just say they believe there is “no god” without attacking religion?

It’s the same with many who believe in evolution. They can’t just say they believe in evolution. They have to attack Christianity. For example, some have taken a Christian symbol and modified it, mocking Christianity.

Christian symbol –>

Darwin symbol –>

And, as Mr. Norris points out, society appears to have no problem when it is religion that is attacked. However, if you make any comment about a “minority” group that is considered an attack, it is front page news.

It is time for those who believe to make these inconsistencies apparent to others. You don’t have to attack back, just point out the disparities that exist. If we don’t stand now, we will kept down in the future.