Teh Squeaky Wheel
First. And I inadvertently jiggled Jerry’s balls doing it.
Jews leaning left is a mystery, but I guess Jews in America are quite a bit different from Israeli Jews. At least from my outside looking in gentile perspective.
It’s been beautiful weather the last several weeks here: hitting the 80’s but then cooling down at night. Might just survive another one.
Our neighborhood has been fighting a proposed housing development in our area for the last 10-12 years. The Ventura County Planning Commission held another public hearing, this time in Simi Valley, last Thursday. Mrs Sven attended the whole thing but I only caught the last half hour or so. But behold the power of govt:
“Emotions sometimes ran high at the hearing, prompting commission Chairman Michael Wesner to repeatedly urge the audience not to applaud speakers they liked. After some audience members laughed at a statement by Gorian, Wesner sternly threatened to have them removed and arrested. ”
If we had occupied the chamber, shat on police cars and the floor, shouted down speakers, raped and assaulted a few folks, then I guess we would have been OK. But no, 250 mostly older residents, most of whom had even washed before descending from the hills, and that behaved respectfully except for some jeers-it’s us that get threatened with arrest.
When I arrived, there were several police hanging around-according to Wesner, death threats had been received. I kinda doubt it, but maybe. They don’t like us and we don’t much like them. Our area is an embarrassment to the more well-planned and professional Simi area. The rubes, so to speak.
Mostly though, we just want to be left alone. Plenty of open space still in Simi Valley-go build there.
Happy -- and bacon-y -- Caturday from lazy, Happy Larryville, GN!
You’re right about Jews in America; they’ve had the luxury of being relatively secure from Joooo-hatred and have become complacent. History strongly suggests that’s ill-advised.
OTOH, I rather enjoy being an outlier in re teh 2A…particularly as I can play the “Son of a Holocaust Survivor” card. 😉
But no, 250 mostly older residents, most of whom had even washed before descending from the hills…
That cracked us up; good luck defeating teh developer, Sven.
After some audience members laughed at a statement by Gorian, Wesner sternly threatened to have them removed and arrested.
Yes…asshats hate mockery; from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
Go thee forth and mock, Santa Susana Knolls residents!
I think after many years, we’ve lost this one. About 40% of the impacted roadway is still holding out, but my guess is that Kelo-eminent domain will strike them sooner or later.
If I remember correctly, the original proposal for that land was 20 luxury homes, followed by a 400-unti condo complex, followed by a low-income housing development, followed by 30 homes and now back to 60 tract homes-think the west end of the San Fernando Valley.
I wonder too about the environmental impact of digging up that land, just miles north and downhill from Rocketdyne, a superfund site. They still havent cleaned that place up-contaminated with rocket fuel-and it’s been 20 years since they started doing that job.
On one hand, I lean towards if you own it, then do with it what you want. On the other hand, to do what you want, you are destroying some very old trees as you expand several miles of roadway into a community that you really arent a part of.
Fatwa, I recall you with a Celebrate Diversity tee shirt worn during one of your visits-where did you get it?
I’m bummed. My favorite tee shirt, Strength Through Superior Firepower, has worn out and the place where I got it, Life, Liberty, Etc, is no more. It’s like Loompanics all over again.
Brenda got me teh tee (gotta give credit where credit is due) from here:
Morally, that’s a bit of a conundrum. IMHO, the developer ought to be able to do as they wish on their own property subject to codes…but I don’t think they ought to be able to widen a long-established rustic street (including the destruction of trees, parking, etc.) only to furnish better access to their property.
In other words, they should have thought of the access problem before they purchased the property to be developed for so many residential units.
Given the Rocketdyne issues, have the homeowners had -- or seen -- a truly independent soil analysis? If it’s a site which will require major remediation before building, they might be able to (and I’m loathe to even mention it) get the EPA, CAL-OSHA, AQMD and other agencies *cough* “involved”.
When it comes to any gov’t. or “commission” and their desire to add housing or whateverTF, the answer always ends up boiling down to, “Fvck you, that’s why”.
Been there, done that, have the Texas tags to prove it.
In San Diego, first the widening of the road behind us and then taking the two houses behind us by eminent domain and replacing them with FOUR low-income homes with City-gov’t-assisted loans was Mr. X’s final straw.
He even strode into the mayor’s office and asked him to buy US out. ‘Course they didn’t have the money for that, but the mayor understood where we were coming from.
Too bad he’s dead now, Mr. X wanted to send him a “thank you” note.
It’s pretty toasty out here on the Central SE Texas prairie, so we stopped doing any kind of work outside about 10:30.
If I know my husband, he’s probably paging through a Harbor Freight catalog out on the screenporch -- if he get bored enough, we may end up in College Station. Shopping.
Ah well, Gander Mtn. has ammo…
The road widening is a condition from the fire department; they want two main roads in and out of the place and they want them both wide enough to accommodate their vehicles. Not that they have had any trouble moving through the road as currently configured the 20 years we’ve lived here.
It comes down to tax revenue and campaign contributions is my cynical take on things.
We do have a pretty good lawyer in place handling the thing and I guess they’ve covered the environmental aspects of it all, but it is something to check.
Mac -- So very sorry for your loss, and also sorry for the delay in passing on our condolences. She sounded like a very warm and loving person, I’m sure that her passing leaves a unfillable void in your family. You are all in our prayers, and please pass on our warmest regards to your delightful young wife.
Hello to everyone else! Life has gotten insanely busy here in God’s Own Southern Home, and from all appearances, it looks like it is about to crank up even more. For those GN friends not on FB, let’s just say that God decided that a job, a writing career and a family just wasn’t enough for ole’ JtB to juggle!
I would make some reference to also “juggling” some aspect of Jerry whenever I roll over the new header, but that wouldn’t be prudent.
A good night to you all, and hopes for a restful and blessed Sabbath.
Thank you for the kind thoughts, John. The viewing and service were Thursday and the service and burial were yesterday (Friday). I have very little experience with these as my family did not believe in them. It did seem to comfort the family and some folks came all the way from California to be here. It was a great comfort to the family. The family house is a riot of noise and activity. Mama would have loved it! I was very busy today burning picture CDs, video DVDs and printing photos (four sets of four discs). Two carloads of people just left our house (everyone is staying at the big house with the family). All the activity and family is really helping everyone focus on the moment. I think it will help cushion the blow when the loss sets in after the quiet descends.