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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.’ We have Read more »




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

–Warren Buffett



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.”




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




On Lemmings…

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

–Warren Buffett



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



LIke The Beatles Say…

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

– Warren Buffett



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.  



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 Read more »



No Doubt Just a Momentarily Slip, Governor But…

…on behalf of  William Strunk Jr., E.B. White and English teachers everywhere, when comparing or contrasting more than two items,  “among” is the proper preposition.

Your final grade is not jeopardized should this remain an aberration:

Brown surprises state board, calls for adoption of LCFF regs

by Tom Chorneau

(Calif.) Taking clear control of the debate over school funding governance, Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance at the state board of education meeting Thursday saying the draft regulations pending before the panel met a balance between flexibility and accountability.

“I like to find the truth between the reformers, the unions, the parents, the students Read more »