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Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama Back to School Remarks: What side of the issue do you stand?

I wanted to post the "Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama - Back to School Event."

Please, take a moment to READ this that will be delivered LIVE at Noon EST and 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Sept. 08, 2009.

Drop me a note and tell me your opinion. Is Obama out of his mind? Or is he totally "Right On?" Do our childen need to hear from it's President at the beggining of a school year? Does anyone REALLY care what OBAMA opinion is on each and every issue?

Send me your thoughts to RREconomy@aol.com.
Randy Economy

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009
The President:
Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster."
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.

I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn.

I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.

But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.

Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next
iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and
AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country. Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.

And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.

That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.

It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Gardena Councilman Steve Bradford Wins Special Election for 51st State Assembly District

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Gardena City Councilman Steve Bradford has been elected to the California State Assembly in a Special Election in the 51st District on Tuesday.

Since he recieved more than 50% of the vote, there will not be a run off. Bradford celebrated his election win at the Paradise Restuarant in Gardena flanked by supporters, family members and friends.
Polls were left open till 10 p.m. due to the wild fires that are occurring all over Los Angeles County.
Bradford takes over the Assembly seat previously held by recently elected State Senator Curran Price. Price endorsed him in this campaign. West Basin Water Board Member Gloria D. Gray placed a distant second place.
Price was elected to the State Senate in May 2009 to represent the 26th District in a Special Election. The 26th Sentate District was declared "vacant" after former State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisiors in last November's General Election.
The new Assemblyman thanked his many supporters for his landslide victory.
“I am proud of our campaign. I want to thank my major endorsers – Senator Curren Price, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, the elected leadership of the Cities of Inglewood, Lawndale and Hawthorne, and a host of community and civic leaders from throughout the 51st Assembly District – for their strong support.”

He will be sworn into office as soon as the Vote is certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorders Office.

Randy Economy

GLORIA D GRAY DEM 2,591 19.19%
DAVID COFFIN REP 2,308 17.10%
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Saving Mt. Wilson from Fire: An Inside Look from the Observatory

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31:  A mushrooming cl...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

I want to thank one of my readers for sending me this post from Hal McAlister, Director of the Mr. Wilson Observatory, that has been on the brink of burning down due to the horrific and deadly fires here in the Southland. It is a great inside look at the chaos and determination to save this vitally important science facility here that connects Earth to the Heavenly Stars above us. The OBSERVATORY is LOCATED INSIDE THE SMOKE on the LEFT SIDE of pic.
Randy Economy

By Hal McAlister, Director

Tuesday, 1 Sep 09, 7:21 pm PDT - Much to report! I just got off the phone calling Larry Webster's office on the mountain hoping to confirm his arrival. Instead of Larry, the phone was answered by LA County Deputy Fire Chief Jim Powers who is in charge of protection for structures at the Observatory. Wow, do I feel much better. First, Larry, Dave Jurasevich and John Harrigan arrived safely on site. When I identified myself, Chief Powers asked if I would like a briefing. You can imagine my answer. Here's what I know.

Fire fighters arrived earlier than I previously reported and by 8:00 am they had started their prep work. They began at the northeast corner of the Observatory using drip torches all along a line from that point traversing the northern perimeter to the boundary of the antenna areas. They are currently applying the same treatment to the east and southern boundaries of the site and expect to complete that this evening. These fires will clear ground debris and burn down slope with the intention of meeting any approaching fire with depleted fuel. Many of you watched the Super Scooper drop a major load of water, which was deposited down slope from the backfires and not on the Observatory grounds. That has been supplemented by other aerial tankers and heli-tankers for more precision dropping at crucial locations. The goal is to slow down encroaching fire, disperse it and make it more manageable.

Chief Powers expressed his absolute confidence that they will save the Observatory. He said that while it may have appeared over the last day or so that the Observatory was being neglected, that they never lost sight of the importance of Mount Wilson's preservation and it is now their highest priority. He flew up to the mountain yesterday, was delighted with what he found and knew they could achieve success here. There are now 150 fire fighters on Mount Wilson. Not only are the crews from Calaveras County (Cal Fire) back up there, but there are Los Angeles County fire fighters and even a crew from Helena, Montana. They have eight engines equipped to spray fire retardant on structures in addition to the crew engines. Chief Powers told me this army of fire fighters is "not going anywhere. They are very hard working and talented people who will get the job done."

After this uplifting briefing from Chief Powers, Dave called me from the CHARA conference room where he will be bunking down for the night. He filled in with some other information he'd learned from the Chief prior to my own briefing.

The fire is slowly coming up to the mountaintop through the canyon containing the remnants of the old Strain's Camp. Mountain water wells are located above the old tourist camping site. They are also anticipated as coming up the steep eastern canyon located between the Berkeley ISI facility and the CHARA machine shop - due east of the 100-inch telescope. The back fires will burn all the way down this canyon to disable this approach. Dave reported seeing fire on the way up at Eaton Saddle down towards Camp High Hill.

There is no structural damage on the mountain. A short in a pull box produce by old flimsy splicing was compromised by the back fires and power lost to the high pressure fire pump system. (We have also obviously lost our internet connection to the mountain.) John Harrigan and Larry Webster were shopping at "Mount Wilson Depot" - the electrical storage area in the 100-inch telescope building - for materials to construct a new power line to the fire pump building. This should present no difficulties at all for those guys.

Our facility is in great shape for defensibility and in the hands of a group of enthusiastic, highly experienced and absolutely devoted fire fighters. I want to acknowledge my predecessor Bob Jastrow for initiating a brush clearing program that we have continued, and I thank folks like the W. M. Keck Foundation for helping us a few years ago with funding for that activity. Chief Powers assured me that there is never a need to fully evacuate our site and it is essential that we leave knowledgeable personnel on site to assist them and ensure that our fire fighting and support infrastructure is functional. "They are as essential to your protection as smoke alarms," Chief Powers said. That makes me feel so much better about letting Dave, Larry and John go back on site.

Hearing the absolute confidence and expertise in Chief Powers' voice has given me great optimism for, what the Chief said himself, would be "another hundred years for Mount Wilson Observatory."

Mount Wilson Observatory is in the hands of the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention. These are extraordinarily talented and devoted people who I know will do their best to protect this world science heritage site and save the continuing forefront science programs from our mountaintop.

Hal McAlister, Director
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Monday, August 31, 2009

Evacuation Areas Named for Station Fire locations in ACTON, ALTADENA, LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE AND LITTLEROCK

(Flames inch closer to Mt. Wilson on Monday morning, at 1:45 a.m.)

Here is the LATEST details on EVACUATIONS for the massive Station Fire that has destroyed over 50,000 acres so far in Los Angeles County.
Evacuation/Road Closure Information

Mandatory Evacuation are still in place (all immediate effected areas)
All residences to the south of Soledad Canyon Road from Highway 14 to Crown Valley Road. All residences in Aliso Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Soledad Canyon Road.

La Canada/Flintridge
Homes east of Jensen Drive, northeast of Los Amigos St. east of Castle Road and east of Ocean View Road. Briggs Ave to Pennsylvania north of Harmony Place. Rockdale area - Briggs north of Rockdale.

North of Loma Alta between Lake and Canyon Del Drive. Total residencies evacuated - 2000.

Littlerock Resort Area
Cheseboro Road south of Mt Emma Road

Evacuations are lifted for RESIDENTS ONLY in these AREAS:
Vista Del Valle Rd west of Angeles Crest Highway and LA Canada Blvd. north to El Vago Street West to Linda Vista Dr. north to Alta Canyada Drive.
West of Arroyo Seco to Palm Drive, North of Olive Lane, La Canada
Riverdale and Alpine areas are declare safe.

Evacuation Centers
Verdugo High School
La Canada High School
Golden Valley High School
Crescenta Valley High School
Marie Kerr Park (Moved from Highland High School)
Animal Shelters
Large Animals

Pierce College (Horses Only)
Antelope Valley Fair Grounds
Small Animals
Augora Humane Society
Lancaster Humane Society
Palmdale Humane Society

Updated as of 9:00 pm (08/30/2009)
For more information call 323-881-2411
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Evacuation of Big Tujunga Canyon Ordered Due to Station Fire (laist.com)

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Sunday, August 30, 2009


This is just a quick and dirty montage starting around sunset of some of the night's pictures from the towercam at Mt Wilson observatory: http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~obs/towercam.htm



I just watched the Station Fire reach the TOP of MT. Wilson from the 91 Freeway overpass at 183rd Street here in Cerritos. The fire is more than 45 miles NORTH of Cerritos, but tonight, you can actually see the flames light up the sky this far away.

Since I'm totally blind in one eye, and only have 40% vision in the other, I lucked out to get this shot tonight (overcross at 183rd and Carmenita).

You can see the flames in the dark northern sky from all over Southern California. Scary stuff these fires.
We also lost 2 brave fire fighters tonight and I pray for them and their loved ones.
It's sad to see our beautiful mountains up in flames. Top view from Mt. Wilson Cam is from the UCLA School of Physics and Astronomy.

Be safe.

Avoid the toxic smoke filled air, and pray for rain.
Randy Economy

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Final Papal Blessing to Senator Edward Kennedy touched America, World! RIP

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The following are excerpts from the letter read by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick at Senator Edward Kennedy's private burial service Saturday in Arlington National Cemetery. The letter was hand delivered to the Pontiff from President Barack and Mrs. Obama recently at the request of the late Mr. Kennedy. This is very touching, and I wanted to share this with all of you.
Randy Economy

"Most Holy Father, I asked President Obama to personally hand-deliver this letter to you. As a man of deep faith himself, he understands how important my Catholic faith is to me, and I am so deeply grateful to him. I hope this letter finds you in good health.

"I pray that you have all of God's blessings as you lead our Church and inspire our world during these challenging times. I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines. I was diagnosed with brain cancer more than a year ago, and although I continue treatment the disease is taking its toll on me. I am 77 years old, and preparing for the next passage of life.

"I have been blessed to be part of a wonderful family. Both of my parents, particularly my mother, kept our Catholic faith at the center of our lives. That gift of faith has sustained and nurtured, and provided solace to me in the darkest hours.

"I know that I have been an imperfect human being, but with the help of my faith I have tried to right my path. I want you to know Your Holiness that in my nearly 50 years of elective office, I have done my best to champion the rights of the poor and open doors of economic opportunity. I have worked to welcome the immigrant, to fight discrimination, and expand access to health care and education. I have opposed the death penalty, and fought to end war. Those are the issues that have motivated me and been the focus of my work as a United States Senator.

"I also want you to know that even though I am ill, I am committed to do everything I can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. This has been the political cause of my life. I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field, and I'll continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone.

"I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic Your Holiness. And though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith. I continue to pray for God's blessings on you and on our Church, and would be most thankful for your prayers for me."
-Edward Moore Kennedy

Two weeks later, Kennedy received a response from the Vatican. McCarrick read the response in part, as follows:

"The Holy Father has read the letter which you entrusted to President Obama, who kindly presented it to him during their recent meeting. He was saddened to know of your illness, and asked me to assure you of his concern and his spiritual closeness. He is particularly grateful for your promise of prayers for him, for the needs of our universal church.

"His Holiness prays that in the days ahead, you may be sustained in faith and hope, and granted the precious grace of joyful surrender to the will of God, our merciful father. He invokes upon you the consolation and peace promised by the risen savior to all who share in his sufferings, and trust in his promise of eternal life.

"Commending you and the members of your family to the loving intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Father cordially imparts his apostolic blessing as a pledge of wisdom, comfort, and strength in the Lord."

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Remembering His Dad: Ted Kennedy's moving Eulogy for his Father Sen. Edward Kennedy

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I wanted to post this tearful tribute today from Ted Kennedy, Jr.at the funeral mass of his father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica church in Boston.

"Although it hasn't been easy at times to live with this name, I have never been more proud of it than I am today," he says.

He tears up as he recalls a story about sledding on a snow-covered hill with his father. "We're gonna climb this hill, even if it takes us all day long!" Watch this and pass it along to your friends and loved ones.
Randy Economy

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Friday, August 28, 2009

We Need More Harry Truman's in Public Office today, including at our local City Halls and School Boards

I wanted to share an interesting note tonight about the amazing life of President Harry Truman.
We can all take a lesson from Truman, who's mantra was "Give Em' Hell, Harry."

We need more Harry Truman's in Public Life today...at EVERY level of government, especially at our local City Halls and School Boards.

Randy Economy

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as
many important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the
other 42 Presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on
what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri . His wife had inherited. The house from her mother and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There were no Secret Service following them (see pic/cover of the book "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, The True Story of a Great American Road Trip).

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined,
stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and
that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's
not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him
the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it,
writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should bee reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed...
"My choices in
life were either to be a piano player in a
whore house or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!"
I say dig him up and clone him!!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Breaking News: Palos Verdes Peninsula is burning OUT of CONTROL tonight!

10:57 p.m.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula broke out into a MAJOR blaze tonight at around 8 p.m.

Evacuations around Portuguese Bend and other areas are now underway.

Television news footage showed it burning through a wildlife area and uphill toward Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates. Six multi-million dollar homes have already burned and many, many others are in danger of going up in flames.

Palos Verdes is a lush brush urban Forest in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. The dry area hasn't seen a fire here in almost 30 years. So, the amount of "fuel" here is massive.

The evacuations were in the neighborhoods on Portuguese Bend Road, Amber Sky Drive and Crest Road, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

More than 250 firefighters, aided by five water-dropping helicopters, are already battling the blaze in thick, dry vegetation on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

If your in the area, stay away, get out of the area. Tonight is going to be a rough night for firefighters and residents alike. It is now considered to be a THREE ALARM FIRE, at this time.

Randy Economy

Soaking Up the HOT RAYS at Anaheim Stadium! Angels beat Tigers 4-2

I had a BLAST this afternoon as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Detroit Tigers. It was SMOKING HOT today. Like 103 degrees hot and smoke filled the air from the nearby Morris Fire over in the hills of Glendora. My bro Martin Garnier and I had a blast, and I wanted to share these pics from today. Thanks to my nephew Aaron for giving this wonderful afternoon of fun. Also took the Metrolink home from Anaheim into the Norwalk Station. It only took 15 mins in the middle of rush hour traffic, but the cost was too steep, $6.55 for a One Way trip. Also ran across this vid clip from some guy on You Tube filming the last out of the game on his IPhone. Gosh, this new techno stuff is amazing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Whittier City Council Meeting Breaks Out into Song from Doobie Mc Donald. What a riot

I want to thank one of my readers for sending in this clip from last week's Whittier City Council Meeting. It features Whittier resident "Doobie McDonald" who sings his way into the hearts and minds of the City Council and the People of Whittier.

I think the issue he was addressing was the use of "Medical Pot" outlets in Whittier...which was passed during that same agenda. "Doobie" appears to be a little "stoned," if you know what I mean.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cerritos EPA Town Hall Meeting Hits the Internet


I got a ton of email this past week about when I was going to post the City of Cerritos/EPA Town Hall Meeting video.

Click the above link and watch the nearly 3 hour meeting for yourself.

Also, if you want to "jump" to my comments during the "public testimony," fast forward to 1:45:00 into the hearing.

Also, GREAT comments from Nikki Noushkam, and Herb Bryan! Send this link to your friends and family. We have ONLY just begun to TAKE our AIR into our OWN hands!
Randy Economy

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Birthday BASH! Happy Happy BD to my Nephew Aaron and Sister-in-Law Cindy Economy! What a great NIGHT!

Seen Dani Majors and Martin Garnier;  and group poises in our tropical back yard;  Randy being the Master of the Grille tonight; Aaron and Cindy blowin' out the candles; The Sherman's Steve, Sarah and Mary; and Ryan Teague, Allison Economy and Bev Majors...all in da' HOUSE tonight!) 

Tonight we had a GREAT BIRTHDAY celebration for my Nephew Aaron and his mom Cindy Economy (who is my FANTASTIC Sister-In-Law!).

Joining us tonight for steak and shrimp bbq were my neice Allison Economy and her bf Ryan Teague, my bro Rick, Mary Bartles (Cindy's sister) Terry, Bev and Dani Majors (who have been best friends of my brother Rick since like 1973...gulp!) my Godfather Dr. Steve Sherman, and his wife Dr. Mary Sherman, and daughter almost Dr. Sarah Sherman, and my bro Martin Garnier.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

EPA Town Hall Meeting Broadcast Schedule annouced for Cerritos TV3

The August 18, 2009 Cerritos Town Hall Meeting to discuss the EPA pollution study will be cablecast on Cerritos TV3 at the following times.

Aug. 21 -- 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 22 -- 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 -- 9 p.m.
Aug. 24 -- 9 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Aug. 25 -- 9 a.m.
Aug. 31 -- 8 p.m.
Sept. 3 -- 8 p.m.
Sept. 4 -- 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 -- 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 -- 9 a.m.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Beauty, Beef and Political Toast mark Season 9 Line Up of Dancing With The Stars

The Ultimate Dancing with The STAR?

Meet Chuck Liddle, Fighting Champ now puttin' on the Ritz!

The complete cast for Dancing Season 9 has been announced, and get ready for the BATTLE of the BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, with maybe one exception.

Republican maverick Tom De Lay, a former Majority Leader in the US House of Representatives is joining a cast of "Pretty People" on this years edition of DWTS.

Here is the line up that was announced today by ABC Television here in Hollywood.


Mya, Singer
Melissa Joan Hart, Actress
Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboy
Ashley Hamilton, actor, comedian, singer-songwriter
Aaron Carter, singer
Kathy Ireland, former supermodel-turned-businesswoman
Debi Mazar, actress
Natalie Coughlin, U.S. Olympic swimmer
Louie Vito, snowboarder
Chuck Liddell, ultimate fighting champ
Donny Osmond, singer
Tom DeLay, former Republican congressman
Macy Gray, singer
Joanna Krupa, model and actress
Mark Dacascos, Iron Chef personality
Kelly Osbourne, reality star
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Candidate Profile: STEVEN GIBSON for Pasadena Community College Board of Trustees, Area 1

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kicks off the Tournament of Roses Parade!
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Note:  This is another Candidate Profile for office in the NOVEMBER 3rd Election. 
Today's featured candidate is Steven Gibson, who is running for Pasadena College Board of Trustees, Area 1. 
He can be reached by calling 562-900-2834.

Steven Gibson
Candidate for

Pasadena College is currently experiencing financial trials that are challenging and disruptive to students, educators and administrative personnel alike. Strong leadership, compassion and flexibility—at a level not engaged in previously—is needed now to move beyond these challenges.

While the Board seeks to both secure the success of students and strengthen ties to the local community, the college finds it difficult to meet the current obligations of contracts and promised services. PCC’s 29,000 students have unique academic and logistical needs; teachers, administrators, and staff need to be supported; additional aid is needed for part time teaching staff who deserve more stable working conditions.

During this difficult era, the Board needs trustees who can make forward-looking decisions that reflect changing times, needs and attitudes. The choices made this year and the next will determine the direction Pasadena City College will be taking over the long term. My community organizing with Black, Hispanic, and Asian activists gives me the understanding to encourage change in the direction of PCC. I am confident that I have the knowledge, determination and insight to recognize the need for change and will diligently work to represent the interests of the students, staff and community in achieving it.

Student at Pasadena City College 2010
Co-founder and board member of Latinos for America
Former Los Angeles Area Director of AFSC
Former co-director Common Agenda
Former co-director SoCal Alliance for Survival

Steven Gibson

Note: Send your candidate Profile and Pic to me at RREconomy@aol.com and I will place it HERE on the BLOG!  Limit words to 200 if possible.  Thanks!
Randy Economy!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

WEEKEND WARNING: West Nile Virus found at 12 Collection sites in Cerritos, and One in The Gardens, Vector Control Reports. Be AWARE, Be SAFE!

HEMET, CA - APRIL 26:  A field sample of mosqu...
MANY Infected mosquitos with the West Nile Virus have been collected at 12 DIFFERENT locations here in Cerritos, California during the past couple of days.
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District collected 29 West Nile virus-positive mosquito samples this week from 10 cities in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The samples included two from Long Beach (ZIP code 90808), one from Hawaiian Gardens (ZIP code 90716) and 12 from Cerritos (ZIP code 90703).

So what can WE do to AVOID catching WEST NILE here in Cerritos? Here are some simple, and common sense steps to take:

• Consider staying indoors at peak mosquito biting times — dawn, dusk, and in the early evening. This is particularly important for the elderly and small children.

• Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves) and apply insect repellant when outside.

• Place mosquito netting over infant carriers and strollers when you are outdoors with infants and children.

• Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes in them so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.

• Drain all standing water on private property and stock permanent ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae.

How Can You Protect Yourself from Exposure to Mosquitoes?

• Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

• Vitamin B and “ultrasonic” devices are NOT effective in preventing mosquito bites.

For more information on the virus or to report dead birds, call the California Department of Public Health's hotline toll-free at 877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473) or visit http://www.westnile.ca.gov/.
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