Green regulation in CA: Academic fraud, retaliation, and science denial

posted at 2:15 pm on March 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Reason TV’s Ted Balaker offers a lengthy look into how government and academia teamed up in California to stifle scientific dissent and pass new environmental regulations on the basis of fraud. Take the time to watch it all, as there is a lot to unpack in this story, which starts off with a trucking company in Cypress, California, that may go out of business thanks to new rules from the state’s Air Resources Board (CARB). New rules on diesel emissions make Dwayne Whitney’s trucks illegal to operate without enormously expensive additions, rules CARB imposed because of a study on particulates produced by Dr. Hien Tran that linked the emissions to 2000 “premature deaths” in California each year.

However, another researcher who found no connection between diesel particulates and “premature deaths” decided to check on Tran’s credentials, and discovered that his PhD had come from a diploma mill, bought for $1000. When the researcher, UCLA’s Dr. James Enstrom, blew the whistle on Tran and insisted that CARB needed to consider his work before passing the new regulation, a curious thing happened. After 34 years on the job, UCLA fired Enstrom. Why? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that two powerful CARB commissioners, Mary Nichols and John Froines, are also UCLA professors. According to Balaker, Froines voted to give Enstrom his pink slip.

This story exposes the connection between government regulators and Academia better than any I’ve seen in a long time. The people of California should demand an accounting of the attack on academic freedom at UCLA, the use of fraudulent researchers at CARB, and the destruction of private sector business on the basis of highly selective choices in scientific research.  Find out more about this story at FIRE, which is defending Enstrom.


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And Arnold, the Schwein, went along with it all.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 2:18 PM

However, another researcher who found no connection between diesel particulates and “premature deaths” decided to check on Tran’s credentials, and discovered that his PhD had come from a diploma mill, bought for $1000.

The left will seize upon any piece of evidence, be it manufactured or not, if it fits into their narrow ideological spectrum. I haven’t watched the video yet, but how much will Tran have to cry “academic freedom” while trying to protect his bought and paid for PhD and fraudulent results. I am sure that Ken Cuccinelli will love to see this since it smacks of AGW/Michael Mann/UVA/taxpayer fraud as well.

ted c on March 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

“The people of California should demand an accounting…”

Que…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

From Los Angeles Times, believe it, or not:

The problems with Eisenberg’s energy vision were fundamental. For starters, there simply wasn’t room on the campuses for all the generating equipment required to become self-sufficient. Some of the colleges wouldn’t come close to that goal even if solar panels, wind turbines and other devices were wedged into every available space.

Going off the grid did not make economic sense either. Given the cost of alternative energy technology, it would be more expensive for the district to generate all its own electricity than to continue paying utilities for power.

Weather and geology also refused to cooperate.

Three solar power arrays had to be scrapped because the intended locations were atop seismic faults.

Plans for large-scale wind power collided with the reality that prevailing winds at nearly all the campuses are too weak to generate much electricity. To date, a single wind turbine has been installed, as a demonstration project. It spins too slowly in average winds to power a 60-watt light bulb.

Shivas Irons on March 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I should have included this bit from same LA Times article:

In the end, Eisenberg’s grand plan was scaled down to what was actually doable, which was a fraction of the green energy capacity he had envisioned.

By then, the district had committed at least $4 million to designs for solar and wind energy farms that would never get beyond blueprints.

As one project after another was scratched, an elaborate plan to pay for it all with money from private investors fell apart. But the investment banks that put the deals together had to be paid for their work. The cost: $2.8 million.

At Southwest College, the district spent an additional $1.2 million on a parking lot shaded by solar panels, only to abandon the project with the work half done.

At Valley College, one of the solar arrays that was actually built sat idle for 14 months, thanks to a dispute between a contractor and the district over who was supposed to arrange a hookup to the power grid. The delay cost $1.5 million in potential energy savings, according to the college.

Shivas Irons on March 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

However, another researcher who found no connection between diesel particulates and “premature deaths” decided to check on Tran’s credentials, and discovered that his PhD had come from a diploma mill, bought for $1000.

Hurts Rent-A-Prof for a grand. Hey, it’s a lot cheaper than real research, and didn’t he stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

Let them truckers roll, 10-4.

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

attack on academic freedom at UCLA, the use of fraudulent researchers at CARB, and the destruction of private sector business on the basis of highly selective choices in scientific research.

Isn’t that already a given on our institutions on each and every liberal/God hating agenda?
Evolution, Global Warming, Environmentalism, The Story of Stuff, Rewritten History, you name it.
Here in California, I heard, about 800 private high schools (including my son’s) lost their accreditation just because they wouldn’t teach evolution as the only theory of origins.
Why are we funding this crap schools just to turn our children into liberals?

maynila on March 31, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I’ve heard that a lot of trucking companies and independents are refusing loads that take them into California.

evilned on March 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I read about this story a long while back.
And from what I understand, the guy was not fired at all when his fake diploma was discovered.
He was still allowed to work there.
So is he NOW fired?
What changed?
And as far as I know, even knowing abt the lies, the state wants to go ahead with the reccomendations based upon the lies.
This is why an increasing number of trucking companies (from what I hear through the trucking grapevine) are refusing to go to CA.
You got what you wished for you Bozos!

Badger40 on March 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM

didn’t he stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

LMAO!
I bet he knows just as much science as the AGW hack-crowd knows about the complexities of climate!

Badger40 on March 31, 2011 at 2:31 PM

The fake PhD Tran guy only got demoted? I mean, he gets to keep his job with a fake Phd, really?

Johnnyreb on March 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Aww c’mon … it’s just the left being itself.

darwin on March 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

That was rather clumsy.

Count to 10 on March 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

This is sickening.

Laura in Maryland on March 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Plans for large-scale wind power collided with the reality that prevailing winds at nearly all the campuses are too weak to generate much electricity. To date, a single wind turbine has been installed, as a demonstration project. It spins too slowly in average winds to power a 60-watt light bulb.

Shivas Irons on March 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Man, I wish they’d fund more of these projects to completion. Then stand back and let the results speak for themselves. And maybe, just maybe, the liberals would get the message that these alternative energy schemes are not only inadequate, they are spectacularly futile and wasteful.

That lesson would be cheaper than the wheel-spinning we’re doing now over oil, coal, and nuclear.

ZenDraken on March 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Science!

mankai on March 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

As an academic, I am appalled at UCLA’s actions. I swim upstream against liberal bias constantly, but I have never been overtly silenced for my views. However, whether I am published in top tier journals (or at all) or accepted to important conferences determines my academic fate. As usual, find the money trail and you will find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In academia, grant money talks and pushing against the accepted paradigm walks.

College Prof on March 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM

But diesel trucks from Mexico are exempt…

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I know of Mary Nichols. She sat on the Los Angeles Water and Power Board of Commissioners and with Villaraigosa pushed the utility into green or renewables that will “necessarily skyrocket” the cost of water and power of Los Angeles ratepayers. Don’t shed a tear for those ratepayers though because in last November’s election they had a chance to vote for Prop 23 and undo AB32 the law that is going to quadruple rates in CA and they voted against it. So here come the high high rates. I can’t tell you how frustrating it us to live in this state and not be able to move(before someone says move there are reasons we simply can’t)

CCRWM on March 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Scientists and their academic towers and their publications would never stifle legitimate debate. If it’s not published, or if you’re not given tenure, then you must be an anti-science nutjob.

/Leftists and Faux Conservatives

mankai on March 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Don’t worry…

… these people are teaching your children.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM

“We caught up with Mary Nichols outside the Moe Howard beauty salon…”

reaganaut on March 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Similar situation at the University where I work.

The loudest voices for enhanced government regulations come from higher academia, and they have a lot of pull considering their credentials.

However, once the regulations are enacted… and then imposed on the population… the academics who supported the legislation also find themselves bound by it.

So, now, my own university is facing financial struggles in no small part to the increase regulatory compliance focus targeting the university.

What this means in the greater sense is that in every aspect of research that requires the use of any type of hazardous material, the rules and regulations are causing innumerable road-blocks to new research. We’ve also lost research capability in almost every major area due to a number of regulatory restrictions and permitting procedures the univerisity simply can not sustain with crashing budgets.

So why is all this an issue when it comes to something like Diesel fuel? Well, universities reflect in and of themselves a public community with all the maintenance and support needs of any community… one of which requires the need for diesel engines and fuel. And as noted in context of the trucking company, the increasing costs of managing a university suck away a huge chuck of the budget that would otherwise be used for teaching or research.

Yeah, much research is grant funded, but still, the universities pull big chunks of research dollars out for support functions. The greater the support expense, the more dollars sought out of the research grants. Leaving lesser and lesser funds (and capabilities) for research.

Crazy how life often comes back around and bites us in the behind.

Lawrence on March 31, 2011 at 2:46 PM

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

That might be a half-serious question were the latter not “separated” from the state while the former largely IS the state.

Feel free to add examples of the bronze age church currently denying science.

A Balrog of Morgoth on March 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Honor and decency on the Left is not dead, but it’s very, very sick.

petefrt on March 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Things will keep getting worse here in California until there is a collapse of some sort. Detroit, unfortunately, suggests that we have a lot of room for further deterioration, leading, ultimately, to the practical destruction of what was once one of the major manufacturing and farming locations in the world.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Weather and geology also refused to cooperate.

Classic!

yubley on March 31, 2011 at 2:49 PM

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Global warming could make record-setting snowstorms in some parts of the country more common, but not in the Sierra Nevada, according to scientists with the Union for Concerned Scientists.“Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet,” said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for http://www.wunderground.com, in a statement from the Union.

… so, Global Warning will keep down the snow pack in the Sierra Nevadas …

Fresno- Thanks to our wetter than normal winter, Governor Jerry Brown is set to declare an end to California’s 3-year-drought.

Governor Brown is expected to announce an end to the drought on Wednesday, after the Department of Water Resources conducts their last monthly snow survey.
At last check, the sierra snowpack was 159% of normal.

… maybe the Governor can announce the end of Global Warming, too.

J_Crater on March 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM

And Arnold, the Schwein, went along with it all.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 2:18 PM
Do you mean the same Arnold that a lot of RINO’s wanted to change the constitution for so that he could run for President? That Arnold? LOL!

JellyToast on March 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM

J_Crater on March 31, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Gosh, it’s almost like the climate is constantly changing, from year to year, decade to decade, century to century, etc.

How can that be?

On a related note, how many times can these guys see their predictions fail to pan out before even the ecobots start to question it? Not only do they not pan out, they frequently go in the complete opposite direction.

reaganaut on March 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

So why is all this an issue when it comes to something like Diesel fuel?
Lawrence on March 31, 2011 at 2:46 PM

All of us depend upon diesel fuels & the engines that run them.
The banning of Sulfur in the fuel has led to a crappy product.
Diesel engine technology, from our experience, has not found a way to use these new fuel blends very well.
All that water in the fuel has led to an elaborate maze of additives & filter, all which do not really solve the problem all of the time.
Those of us living in very cold climates know the banning of sulfur in diesel has led to a myriad of problems, all costing lots of MONEY to deal with.
Not to mention TIME spent dealing with the problems.
I stood outside this winter when it was abt -25 F helping my husband thaw the fuel line for the tractor bcs the line was icing up.
The fuel was not gelling up. It was the water in the fuel that was FREEZING!
We had the winter blend, used all the additives etc.
The fuel itself was not gelling up.
This would never have happened several years ago when you had S in the diesel.
These Greenie A-holes are ruining lives, economically, & physically, bcs of their ridiculous rules.
So we got rid of Sulfur in the diesel, but now we have to add a bunch of CHEMICALS (fuel additives) to correct the problems, which does not really fully correct the problems.
CA is nuts & the EPA also needs to be elminitated.

Badger40 on March 31, 2011 at 3:03 PM

On a related note, how many times can these guys see their predictions fail to pan out before even the ecobots start to question it? Not only do they not pan out, they frequently go in the complete opposite direction.

reaganaut on March 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

A lot of these climate modelers don’t even have their work checked or partly done by real statisticians.
Just bcs you’re a scientist doesn’t mean youn are a good statistician. Their models depend upon good assumptions, which they have not made.

Badger40 on March 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

It gets even worse in the intimidation department. CARB inspectors often are armed – something that is not mentioned in this article. CARB is really known in Kalifornia for their over the top approach to regulation and intimidation. Don’t even think about resisting their heavy handed approach – it is for your own good after all.

tballard on March 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM

What a nice illustration that public union workers have different goals than private sector union workers.

anikol on March 31, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Do these CARB rules include the output of cargo ships that come into the ports of California?If so and the trucking and shipping companies decide to not do business there because of the rules that leaves the old horse and wagon to bring in goods.I guess they will come up with rules for the output from the horses.They will have to be fed only certified organic feeds so their leavings can be used as fertilizer or something.

docflash on March 31, 2011 at 3:09 PM

This is sickening.

Laura in Maryland on March 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I’m with you there honey.

All of this. All this fraud and corruption is for no other reason, than money. I’d bet dollars to donuts, most of the people pushing for this crap have money in these stupid things, and will do anything and everything in their power to enforce it. Just to make a buck and screw the rest of us.

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Why are liberal and RINO women (e.g. Meghan McCain, Meg Whitman, Christine Todd Whitman) always fugly?

bw222 on March 31, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Strawman. Christian pioneered most of the scientific discovery in the last 300 years. We also love the fact that science found, “In the Beginning,” with the Big Bang….;)

vapig on March 31, 2011 at 3:17 PM

CARB commissioners Mary Nichols and John Froines, are also UCLA professors.

That is the same John Froines who was tried as one of the Chicago 7 radicals along with Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, et. al.

From Wikipedia:

John R. Froines is a chemist and anti-war activist.

He is noted as a member of the Chicago Seven, a group charged with involvement with the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Froines, who holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale, was charged with interstate travel for purposes of inciting a riot and with making incendiary devices. He and Lee Weiner were the only two defendants to be acquitted by the jury on both of the counts charged against them, and contempt of court findings by Judge Julius Hoffman were rejected in their entirety after an appeal.

Froines later served as the Director of Toxic Substances at the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He currently teaches at the UCLA School of Public Health, in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Emperor Norton on March 31, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I can’t tell you how frustrating it us to live in this state and not be able to move(before someone says move there are reasons we simply can’t)

CCRWM on March 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Rethink that! Me and my husband left the state with no job prospects and $500 in our pockets. Best move we ever made!

vapig on March 31, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

What? It is the scientific establishment that denies science, blacklists credentialed scientists who stray from the plantation, refuse debate, refuse to publish scientific evidence that disputes their “conslusions”, etc.

mankai on March 31, 2011 at 3:22 PM

I believe that every single business should just pull out of CA and let them live like idiots. The celebs can pile into Travolta’s jet and fly to NV every morning to get coffee, etc.

jeffn21 on March 31, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Party of Science.

jarodea on March 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM

The idiots are in charge here. CARB has as much credibility as Barry Obama’s foreign policy.

Nicols should have been fired. But Arnie the RINO didn’t have the guts.

GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I’ll bet Dr. James Enstrom wouldn’t have any of these problems if he took it up the behind.
Another victim of WMB syndrome.
WMB = (white male breeders)

cjk on March 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I moved TO CA 3 times, moved away 3 times, the last time to Texas in 2003. Glad I left. I love living there but can’t stand it at the same time. The weather is great, but the quality of life has degraded considerably since I first moved there in 1983. The high taxes alone are a reason I won’t move back, plus I can no longer stand living in a rabidly blue state anymore. If I want to move west again, I would go back to Phoenix. But Texas is really a great state to move to, no income taxes, people don’t like an intrusive government there, and Texans are very courteous people, and the men overall, very chivalrous, a dying art form in our society but much appreciated.

karenhasfreedom on March 31, 2011 at 3:39 PM

The individuals in the corporation that wants to build a big solar power plant in my valley are ALL either long-time lib operatives, relatives of VERY highly placed politicians in Calif, directly connected with Villaraigosa and the LA DWP, or all of the above. They stand to make many millions.

Man, I wish they’d fund more of these projects to completion. Then stand back and let the results speak for themselves.

I understand where you’re coming from, but we LIVE here. Yeah, I know, NIMBY = jerk or something. We chose to live in a beautiful rural place, and hundreds of acres of solar panels right in the middle of it is not just a slap in the face to us, to our property values, but has environmental, agricultural, historical, cultural, and more consequences. But beside the $, and PR value of “going green”, we don’t count for much.

jodetoad on March 31, 2011 at 3:47 PM

There is no science in politics.

Kini on March 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

California is toast. Let’s kick them out of the Union….sort of reverse secede them.

What are they going to do? Raise an army to stay?

percysunshine on March 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Your argument is either a straight up red herring or just a tangent from a troll. If I were to play devil’s advocate and agree with you that the church denied science, would you be willing to agree that the church of global warming is denying science?

You demonstrate that you are obsessed with the relationship of evil christianity and higher education when it isn’t even brought up in this post.

shick on March 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I think I will sell Mexico lisence plates which are exempt. Nothing like brining new business opportunity for feeding the green dragon.

seven on March 31, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Fractally Boned.

scenebooster on March 31, 2011 at 4:08 PM

The fake PhD Tran guy only got demoted? I mean, he gets to keep his job with a fake Phd, really?

Johnnyreb on March 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

No one said it was “fake”. K-mart wouldn’t sell “fake” diplomas.

Squiggy on March 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

The assumption that it takes anything other than this kind of corrupt garbage to represent the typical Californian would not be a good one on your part, Ed.

This is an old story. California voters recently voted to continue down this road, despite this story being out there. Not only with Democrat trash in all elective offices, but in support of the very “science” this corrupt garbage produces.

Conclusion? It really does take corrupt garbage to represent today’s California voter.

MNHawk on March 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Christians deny science? Funny, because we work in pretty much every hard-science field.

The problem is that “science” that is not reproducible, or testable, is NOT science. “Science” that ignores evidence contrary to “accepted” doctrine is NOT science.

There are two kinds of “science” today that do this – so yes, we deny these two fields are true science. Both fall into the realm of mythology.

Squiggy on March 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Dr. Tran is still employed by the California ARB. There is a report, unverified, that he now goes by the title, Viscount Tran.

Mason on March 31, 2011 at 4:17 PM

It’s only money, let them waste it all on half-built projects that never see a return on investment and severely degrade power availability, not to mention put millions out of business/work. Eventually, it will be an empty state as the parasitic libs migrate to other regions (red states) to infest and bring them down, then we just move back into California and outlaw liberals…or something.

I wouldn’t mind living in San Diego if there wasn’t the current California state and local governments and mega-source of liberals running around trying to destroy human society and productivity.

Geministorm on March 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I think the only difference between the “enviro fraud & democractic party” alliance in Cali and the one here in Mass. is that we will never get an honest whistle blower over here. We are full speed ahead here with Cape Wind (the big dig of a new generation), and new bogus cap and trade rules with no slowdown in sight. Good for Cali, I’m jealous over this one.

shanimal on March 31, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Weird.

Christian; check
Scientist/Engineer; check

I’m going to have to go back and turn in my MS in EE because apparently I’m not eligible for a science based degree if I’m a Christian. Note to others, don’t fly in the US since your lives depend upon the design work of someone that cannot possibly accept “science”.

/sarc

I love when global warming (sorry, you don’t get to weasel out of this by calling it ‘climate change’ now) alarmists get into a discussion with me about the impending disaster predicted in the Goracle Prophesies…

Geministorm on March 31, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Plans for large-scale wind power collided with the reality that prevailing winds at nearly all the campuses are too weak to generate much electricity. To date, a single wind turbine has been installed, as a demonstration project. It spins too slowly in average winds to power a 60-watt light bulb.

Shivas Irons on March 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Put the wind turbines in the classrooms, where there’s plenty of wind from the lib professors. Or in the state assembly chamber.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Dan Rather school of research: “Fake, but accurate”

Dandapani on March 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM

California is toast. Let’s kick them out of the Union….sort of reverse secede them.

What are they going to do? Raise an army to stay?

percysunshine on March 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Close, an interesting alternative to bankruptcy for a state is to undo their statehood and turn them back into a territory of the United States.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM

California is toast. Let’s kick them out of the Union….sort of reverse secede them.

What are they going to do? Raise an army to stay?

percysunshine on March 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Cut them off, like in Escape From New York.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Why is it bad for the church of global warming to deny science but it’s considered a virtue for the church of bronze age mythology to deny science?

deewhybee on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Yeah, tell that to Einstein, or most any other great thinker/creator.
I will put all the science/technology that people of faith have invented/created, against what little (if any) that the atheists have tried to create.

Try reading this, you might learn something.

right2bright on March 31, 2011 at 4:51 PM

John and Ken of KFI have been on this for over a year. Here you can see what they have come up with. And here is a page all about Tran.

multiuseless on March 31, 2011 at 5:14 PM

California is toast. Let’s kick them out of the Union….sort of reverse secede them.
percysunshine on March 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Just wait a few more years, California is kicking itself out of the union all by itself. Starting from it’s southern border and working it’s way north. Maybe Mexico will finally get California back without even a fight.

Lawrence on March 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

So this whistleblower was fired?! Where’s 60 Minutes? Where’s Katie Couric? Where’s Dateline? Oh, it doesn’t fit their leftwing agenda. Sorry.

eaglewingz08 on March 31, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I’ve heard that a lot of trucking companies and independents are refusing loads that take them into California.

evilned on March 31, 2011 at 2:29 P

Yes, that’s true. They can’t afford to retrofit their fleets to meet the ridiculous standards for Mexifornia.

Not only that, but Obama is pressing forward to get Mexican truckers and their vehicles to haul loads into and all through the US. It’s been shot down twice before but he’s promised the Mex. president Calderone that he will get it done. Do you think that non-English speaking Mexican drivers will be driving trucks that comply with all the US and California regulations? Not on your life. Do you think that there could possibly be a problem with smuggling drugs, illegal immigrants, and other contraband? You bet your life. But are you ready to bet your life? That’s what you’re doing if you don’t let your Congressmen and Senators know you’re against the Cross Border Trucking Program.

Sloan Morganstern on March 31, 2011 at 6:51 PM

“Most of them are professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible.”

Kenosha Kid on March 31, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Feel free to add examples of the bronze age church currently denying science.

A Balrog of Morgoth on March 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

This is a good place to get disabused of the notion:

http://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Modern-Science-Ancient-Renaissance/dp/0306806371/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301624754&sr=1-2

Of course, it does have a Foreward by that evil Bible-thumping, snake-handling Christo-fascist Isaac Asimov, so I doubt that deewhybee will want to look at it.

ebrown2 on March 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Behold: The Face of Evil

moochy on April 1, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Behold: Yet another Face of Evil

moochy on April 1, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Wait. It’s a hat trick. Behold: Yet another Face of Evil

moochy on April 1, 2011 at 8:30 AM

“The people of California should demand an accounting…”
Que…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Priceless 7%

brtex on April 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM