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andy fischer April 05, 2014 at 10:05 AM
How many hours of research did you put into this post?
Karen April 05, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Well there are so many people, like myself, who recycle the shopping bags into plarn and makeRead Moresleepi ng mats for the homeless. Saddens me to think they might disappear since the make comfortable and water proof bedding for people who have very little.
Jack Durish April 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Candidate Raths is correct to focus on mission. Much of the waste in the Pentagon is directlyRead Moreattrib utable to the fact that they don't seem to have a cohesive mission. The President wallows from one misbegotten enterprise to another and the military wastes millions, maybe billions trying to adapt. Weapon systems are developed as though someone is preparing for a high tech version of WWII, while terrorists cross our borders with impunity hidden among nascent Democratic voters arriving without legal authorization. If you don't believe me, just take a drive along our border with Mexico and see the signs that the Administration has erected warning you away. It seems that our government has decided that surrendering sovereign territory to drug lords and terrorists, and erecting signs is far cheaper than defending America.
andy fischer April 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Jack, you know, I think you are correct, My hairdresser told me the exact same thing. And one rinky Read Moredink congressman from South OC is going to be able make a big impact to changing things. Let's be realistic, What the pentagon or president or federal government does is 99.999% out of our hands. Your kitchen top can opener breaking has 69 times more impact on your life than a congressional or presidential election. Life is too short to waste your brain's clock cycles on essentially irrelevant "issues". Anonymous posters commenting on the workings of the pentagon and the federal "machine" is like anonymous posters commenting on the workings of a neurosurgeon. If you think you know what's best for the federal government, then you don't know what's best for the federal government.
Gregory Raths April 20, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Can “one rinky dink congressman from South OC... make a big impact”? Read CharlieRead MoreWilson 's War by George Crile and then ask me that question. You may also watch the film version starring Tom Hanks, but you'll miss a lot of the key answers to your question. Charlie Wilson, a member of Congress representing a district in Texas, felt that the United States should help the people of Afghanistan repel the Soviets who invaded their country in 1979. Despite indifference in Congress, a doubtful President, and the active push back from the State Department and the CIA, Charlie pressed forward. With the aid of a CIA agent, Charlie secured funding and weapons for the insurgents known as the Mujaheddin. When he equipped them with shoulder-fired Stinger antiaircraft missiles, they were able to drive the Soviets away. That's what one rinky dink Congressman from Texas was able to accomplish. Why couldn't I have a similar impact on the Pentagon where our national treasure is being wasted on weapons systems that our warriors don't want or need while our soldiers, sailors, and airmen are going without proper training and suffering cuts in pay and benefits? Don't get me wrong. There's a lot more for a member of Congress to do than flush out the problems in the Pentagon. Members of Congress are ombudsmen for their constituents. If you ever have a problem with a bureaucracy, you'll be able to count on me to go to bat for you if I'm elected. I'll also help other members of Congress with their projects. Every person elected to Congress arrives with talents and background that incline them to focus on their special interests. Healthcare professionals in Congress will necessarily be focused on the unique problems of that industry. Business people will have special knowledge that will be useful in solving problems with the economy and jobs. Unfortunately, politics have gotten in the way in recent years and members of Congress have been legislating their ideology rather than the interests of their constituents. Even more egregious, they've been working for their political allies while allowing the Administration to use its bureaus and agencies to attack political adversaries. They can't seem to comprehend that a political adversary is not an enemy, but rather a fellow citizen with a different opinion. Yes, one rinky dink member of Congress can do a lot of good while one ideologue in Congress can do a lot of harm. We have the legislation to prove it, don't we? Look at Obamacare...
andy fischer April 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Don't bother. If you have extra cash laying around, it's a million times easier to simply invest it Read Morean index fund. No work, low taxes, much greater long range return on investment. And yes, a 401(k), and a Roth IRA are excellent tools to save for retirement. Not that many people have enough cash left over if they are investing in those and they have six months of living expenses. Besides, when you own your own home, you're diversified into real estate anyway.
Cindy April 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Wow, Andy! No question about what you do. If you read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, you'll realize Read Morethat your own home is not an investment. It's where you live. Using the leverage of real estate can create wealth - just $30,000 can get you into a cashflowing property that appreciates based on the $150,000, not the $30,000. Here's a great article on what Millionaires are doing right now. By the way, more millionaires have been created through real estate than any other field! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-06/millionaires-see-real-estate-as-top-investment-for-2014.html
LeAna Bui March 20, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Shripathi - Theory R (or it's owner) is putting this on a petition in hopes of getting the votersRead Moreto help him get his way on the re-zoning (no worries about voter apathy there). But what is the motive behind Save RSM stopping that? They are already spending the campaign money they would have to spend if this were on the ballot. The vehemence (do not sign the petition or RSM will be damaged) coming from the anti-re-zoning crowd leads me to wonder if there isn't more to the story than we are hearing.
Shripathi Kamath March 21, 2014 at 02:41 AM
LeAna Bui March 20, 2014 at 06:46 PM They are already spending the campaign money they would haveRead Moreto spend if this were on the ballot. The vehemence (do not sign the petition or RSM will be damaged) coming from the anti-re-zoning crowd leads me to wonder if there isn't more to the story than we are hearing. ___________________________________________________ There is less. This is garden variety politics between the in-tribe and the out-tribe. If a petition gets approved, then the side that had won (by denying the re-zoning) will have to spend a lot more money to defeat it than they would be spending now in mailers to discourage people from signing the petition and even having it get on the ballot. ___________________________________________________ Pay no heed to the hyperbole, and you'll sleep better.
LeAna Bui March 21, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Pay no heed to the hyperbole, and you'll sleepRead Morebetter._________________________________________ Good advice.....
Mike T March 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Wait, I need more popcorn! This is great entertainment and reminds me of 3rd grade.
James Skorheim March 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM
http://www.autonews.com/article/20090209/RETAIL07/302099679
James Skorheim March 20, 2014 at 03:30 PM
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dealership-264040-ocprint-auto-site.html
Something Special Cateirng Inc. March 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Is there a charge for holding a ribbon cutting ?
Phony Beall March 18, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Yes there is a fee. Join the Chamber which means you join Brad's political machine. If you don'tRead Morep ay to join the chamber and for a ribbon cutting and donate to the Brad and his two friends in charge, then you don't have a chance of surviving in this town. That is how you are welcomed to the City. It might be wrong but it is the real world.
Brad McGirr March 18, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Hi Nancy...If a business is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, there is no fee whatsoever. TheRead MoreCh amber considers the event to be part of the benefits for members. For businesses that aren't members, upon request the city will sponsor the ribbon cutting at no cost to the business. There have been a number of ribbon cuttings that I have attended for businesses that have come to town, businesses that were not members of the Chamber of Commerce (BevMo and Nektar come to mind). We have also participated in "re-Grand opening" ribbon cuttings, and ribbon cuttings celebrating the anniversaries of businesses, some Chamber members, some not. I hope this answers your question, and if you would like to schedule a ribbon cutting for the anniversary of Something Special Catering, please give me a call! Thanks again Nancy
HA February 21, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Hmm..If Benghazi is Obama and Hillary's fault...9/11 is Bush's fault......
Carl Petersen III February 23, 2014 at 05:37 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
John Paul February 27, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Hillary"The BUTCHER of BENGHAZI" Clinton is the dissolute d-bag in this country
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM
SJC has a hockey rink, there's gotta be teams/leagues there http://www.sjcsportsrinks.com/about.php
Katie Brossa February 25, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Thank you Penny!
Something Special Cateirng Inc. March 10, 2014 at 09:21 PM
There's a rink check with the bell tower
Anne Munz February 20, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Bravo to Daniel and Santa Margarita Catholic High School! Well done in preparing this youngRead Morestudent to reach his highest potential!
Martin Henderson February 20, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Awesome!!! !I don't usually write with exclamation points)
Martin Henderson February 18, 2014 at 04:21 PM
RSM enacted "term limits" at the voting booth in 2010 with the election of newcomersRead MoreJesse Petrilla and Steve Baric. In 2012, newcomer Brad McGirr won a two-year term (2013-14, the remainder of Gary Thompson's seat, which was vacated in 2011) and he is currently running in 2014 for a four-year term. Carol Gamble, selected to council when the city incorporated but who resigned a couple years into service to care for her parents, was appointed in 2011 to fill the remainder of Thompson's first two years (2011-12) and won election in 2012 to a four-year term. Tony Beall was elected to council three times (2004, 2008, 20012), most recently with more votes than any candidate in the history of RSM. The current council has only one person with at least three years of consecutive service (Beall) and this is without formal/legalized term limits.
Robert Milner February 19, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Thank you Janet and Martin. So Mr. Beall has served close to 10 years. Mrs. Gamble has served close Read Moreto 6 years? How long did Mr. Thompson serve? There is now a Jerry Holloway running who I understand is an former council member. How long did he serve? Martin, how long have you been a resident of RSM? Thank you for the answers.
Martin Henderson February 19, 2014 at 01:02 AM
I don't know the exact number for Gamble, I'd say it's probably closer to 5 years total at thisRead Morepoin t. Holloway has won two elections, but not sure if his first term was 2 years or 4 (I think it was 2). Thompson, like Gamble, was elected when the City incorporated and continued until until his resignation in early 2011. I am not a resident of RSM but covered RSM for three years as the local editor of Patch. During those three years, which I really enjoyed, Mayor Beall missed one grand opening (he showed up late to the Togo's grand opening because of a prior commitment) and has been at every City event I covered, although I did not go to every City event he attended. He was a machine. McGirr has shown a similar interest in "civic attendance" (for lack of a better description).
Laurmelashouse February 02, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Still flying today? What's up with that.
Richard Smeckle February 03, 2014 at 10:55 AM
More like what's the deal with the nightly sirens? This has gone on for a very long time. Those ofRead Moreu s in the southwestern portion of the city get the delight of hearing police or emergency sirens literally nightly.
Brittany Arnold February 04, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Richard-we are over the sirens toooooooo. Seems like our town has a lot of night life action now aRead Mored ays ; )
Laura Dickens Rosenberg February 02, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I sent their Customer Service an email asking about it last week, and of course got no reply. Read MoreHower ever, my transponder beeped going through Tomato Springs yesterday afternoon for the first time since they started construction. Hopefully that's a good sign.
Shanna Wexelblatt-Felix February 03, 2014 at 03:20 PM
I just got off the phone with official representatives from the Toll Roads, who informed me thatRead Morethe new system takes color photos of the front and back of the each vehicle, regardless of transponder presence, the flashing strobe-like lights run day and night. I thought that the new system, that replaced the old, was broken, but I have confirmed it with Toll Road officials that the new system is functioning fine. Further, the officials I spoke with told me that they are using the same technology as the red-light tickets systems...Yes, the ones that have been found illegal in many courts. Also, they don't think its a problem to be temporarily blinded by strobe lights at 70 mph. They called it an inconvenience that we will all adjust to. They have no plans to change it. I have plans to change my driving routes.
April Josephson February 04, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Shanna, I'm with you. With. The increase in tolls, I have already backed off on using the road toRead Moreth e extent I used to. Now, we have to deal with feeling like a criminal each time we pass through, even with transponders. I will be cutting my usage back further because of it.
Andrew P. February 15, 2014 at 04:54 PM
No, unlike yourself, I use my real name. And unlike you, I will be releasing some additionalRead Moreinform ation about you, Hinton, and the rest. Case number 04SM05590 documents soon to be posted Rsm "Truth"!
Poot Smelly February 15, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Andrew P. you are not using a real name. We know that you are really Tony Beal.
Richard Smeckle February 17, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Seriously, is everybody on the Patch except for me a high school girl?
Shawn Gordon January 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM
when and where are any of them now? the one in the Lowes center seemed to have disappeared a while Read Moreago.
Lisa G. January 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Thank you for your post! You can check out this site for a list of certified farmers markets inRead MoreOran ge County. http://orange.cfbf.com/FarmersMarkets.aspx
Something Special Cateirng Inc. February 01, 2014 at 12:36 AM
It went to foothill ranch on thursdays