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8.06.2014

August 6 — 69 Years Ago

I come and stand at every door But none can hear my silent tread I knock and yet remain unseen For I am dead, for I am dead. I’m only seven, although I died In Hiroshima long ago. I’m seven now, as I was then – When children die, they do not grow. I need no fruit, I need no rice. I need no sweets, or even bread; I ask for nothing for myself, For I am dead, for I am dead. All that I ask is that for peace You fight today, you fight today. So that the children […]

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5.13.2014

Not California But Worth Noting…

Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister on May 13, 1940 — eight months after Britain declared war on Germany. Churchill, 65, had been a politician for more than three decades and become a gifted orator. Even so, the House of Commons’ reaction was tepid. A number of members still supported Churchill’s predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, whose resignation led to Churchill’s selection. History has been kinder in its appreciation of his speech: “I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.’ […]

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3.21.2014

Success…

“Success is having people love you that you want to have love you.” –Warren Buffett

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3.12.2014

Some Suggested Gubernatorial Soundbites:

“In democracy, your vote counts. In feudalism, your count votes.” “You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.” -30-

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2.26.2014

California — 160 Years The “Donor State”

“The important fact that California contributes annually  more to the national treasury in proportion to population than any other state in the confederacy certainly entitles her to increased consideration in making disbursements from the national coffers.”  – Gov. John Bigler,  January 4, 1854  

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2.25.2014

On Lemmings…

“As a group, lemmings have a rotten image but no individual lemming has ever received bad press.” –Warren Buffett

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2.20.2014

Know Thyself

“If you have competence, you pretty much know its boundaries already. To ask the question(of whether you’re past the boundary) is to answer it.” –Charlie Munger

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2.18.2014

LIke The Beatles Say…

“It irritates the hell out of me but you can’t buy love.” – Warren Buffett

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2.04.2014

Willie Brown on Gov. Jerry Brown

“Jerry and I have a wonderful relationship. We’re like brothers. Cain and Abel.” – At the former San Francisco mayor and Speaker of the Assembly’s Sacramento induction in the NAACP, California & Hawaii Chapter, Hall of Fame, February 3, 2014.  

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1.23.2014

Like Adjourning, Clever Headlines Are Always in Order…

Public relations experts suggest various strategies for announcing bad news. In the legislative world “bad” news could definitely be the failure of a bill. One technique is to minimize the bad news by stressing something positive. “While this piece of legislation might be toast, dozens of other far-reaching, much-needed public policy reforms by Sen. Tom Berryhill have been signed into law,” for example. More commonly, lawmakers tend toward the “spin” technique — attempting to recast as a boon what would appear to be a bust. Perhaps: “Despite the loss, the action is a victory because Berryhill’s measure focused attention on […]

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