Deranged Mind

October 25, 2010

The Hits Keep Coming From Kim-Shree Maufas

Filed under: California,News,Politics,Society — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 4:11 pm

Well, it’s been just over a year since I wrote about Kim-Shree Maufus and her questionable use of a San Francisco Unified School District credit card. Judging from today’s news, nothing has really changed. While the schools (hey school board – remember that’s supposed to be the main focus of your job) are slashing costs, the board’s annual budget is apparently a mere suggestion.

Over the past four years, the board has increased its budget by 28%. During the 2009-2010 budget, the board spent $492,629, including $22,000 for catered meals prior to board meetings for members and staff; $7,300 for a Portland conference attended by six of seven board members rather than the usual two or three; and $766 in taxis used by one board member during a five-day conference. But more than that, in each of the four years, the board members have spent more than they budgeted to the tune of $58,000 in 2007. Some of the expenses included the following:

  • $766 for 21 taxi rides taken by board member Kim-Shree Maufas during a 2008 conference in Orlando. About $500 of that was submitted for reimbursement last year, 15 months after the conference – even though the district’s policy is that such expenses should be submitted within 15 days. She said the hotel she selected, which cost $12 less per day than those used by other board members, was farther from the conference.
  • $1,500 for six months of babysitting during board meetings for Mendoza’s two children, who are now in seventh and 10th grade. The benefit has been authorized by the school board.
  • $622 for a rental car for Maufas during a five-day conference in 2009 near Allentown, Pa.

Thankfully, my children don’t attend San Francisco schools. But I suspect the parents of those schools are being squeezed just like we are with required “donations” every year at registration time. With this kind of shenanigans, I would definitely think twice before donating one cent to the schools. And why, a year later is Kim-Shree still on the school board? After last year’s revelations, I figured she would quietly resign her position. Imagine my surprise when I read that her lavish spending on the taxpayers’ dime has continued and she’s actually running for re-election this year. Unreal.

January 18, 2010

Ed Schultz Doesn’t Like Bastards

Filed under: News,Politics — The Deranged One @ 1:40 pm

Radio Equalizer got this fine piece. If he was laughing or being sarcastic, I could see Mr. Schultz’ comments being taken out of context. However, that’s obviously not the case.

So who wants to start taking bets on how long he will continue to be on MSNBC?

October 26, 2009

The Health Care Debacle

Filed under: News,Politics — The Deranged One @ 11:04 pm

I’ve been utterly disgusted by the back and forth over the health care debate. But this sums it up quite nicely:

Let me get this straight. Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is trillions of dollars in debt. What possibly could go wrong?

Reid says ‘public option’ will be in Senate health bill

August 10, 2009

Un-American?

Filed under: News,Politics,Society — Tags: — The Deranged One @ 1:53 pm

So, the rest of the United States is finally getting to see the trainwreck of a Representative that California has been witnessing/experiencing in Nancy Pelosi. I’m sorry you’ve been subjected to her.

I typically don’t get fired up over politics – it’s just not my style. Don’t get me wrong, I’m often disgusted by the whole lot of them. But this gem pissed me off. If you don’t feel like reading her blather, here’s what perked up my ears:

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

Huh, that’s interesting. Thank goodness no Democrats have ever participated in such behavior. But it gets better – as I’m sure anybody who has ventured out from under their rocks in the past week have heard, the White House website posted this last week:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

So, let me get this straight – any dissent is Un-American? Anybody who speaks out is Un-American? Can you imagine the screams if the Bush administration had asked for an email anytime somebody dissented on either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars? And what the hell is the White House planning to do with that list of dissenters to their plan? That sounds a touch un-American to me. Rather Orwellian. And I hope their spam filters are tuned up.

Anyway, in some article somwhere or other, I stumbled across this link in the comments section. Hmm, who looks organized and who looks like the average Joe off the street? Wait, I’m sure Nancy will tell us that’s part of the evil plot – as you organize those un-American Americans, make sure they look like the average citizen. But wait, what’s this? Yeah, that’s really going to help convince me. Shame on you, Nancy. I do wonder though, will Nancy’s weekly botox injections be covered by the new plan? Oh wait, that’s right, she has a plan that puts this one to shame.

A spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi demurred when asked if she would sign up for a government-run plan.

Indeed.

Edit: I just found a job. Sweet!

November 3, 2008

Proposition 8 Fanatics

Filed under: California,Politics — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 10:19 pm

I haven’t bitched about anything in a bit so I guess it’s that time. And since it’s the eve of the election, what better thing to bitch about than the election?

Don’t get me wrong, I take voting and our government very, very seriously. However, over the past few weeks, my mailbox has begun to strain from the weight of all the junk being mailed by every damn politician I’ve never heard of, I can’t listen to 5 minutes of the radio without hearing some commercial and now, I can’t drive home without hordes of fanatics jumping in front of my truck to scream at me to vote for their cause.

The sheer volume of junk mail has me thoroughly disgusted. I wish I had set aside a box to throw all of the mailers into so I could weigh it at the end of the election. Some of the candidates are even sending multiple pieces of junk on the same day. Now think how many trees they’ve collectively killed in their quest to live off the public teat. Disgusting, isn’t it?

Next up are all of the commercials. This is probably one of the most annoying ones (thankfully I don’t watch a lot of television, but the audio version is played out on radio.) And since it’s so annoying, I want to share it with you. Replay it about 50 times so you can hear Gavin Newsom over and over and over….

I’ve heard that jackass say “whether you like it or not,” about 500,000 times in the past month. First, Newsom is an idiot. I pray that he never is elected to another public office because he’s the type of jackass who likes to hear himself talk. Doesn’t matter what he’s saying (or even if he has anything to say) he goes on and on. I won’t even start on the stupid things he wastes San Francisco residents’ money on. I digress. I’m not going to go into my beliefs on Proposition 8. Basically, if you vote yes, it outlaws same sex marriage in California. Until the inevitable lawsuits begin. If you vote no, it keeps things status quo. Until the inevitable lawsuits begin. See a common theme?

As I said, my beliefs don’t matter. Look at me as a martian from a 50′s movie who just touched down in the Golden State in the midst of the election. You have signs everywhere. Yes on 8. No on 8. Does anybody really think that if they have 2 more signs than the other side, it’ll convince me to vote one way or the other? Apparently, somebody does.

The other day, I was driving home pulling a large load of wood. It was raining and there was a semi flipped over. Traffic was screwed up for obvious reasons. And just beyond the accident, as traffic started to build up speed again, it ground to a halt as some idiot pulled off the highway to run over and stick their sign on the side of the freeway. Oh if only another semi would’ve flattened the stupid shit.

And apparently both factions have decided that if they steal/deface/burn their opponents signs, it’ll help them win. One of my coworkers chased a carload of kids across town after she caught them stealing her Prop 8 sign from her lawn. There’s a really intelligent move. Never mind that she incorrectly told me that voting yes on Prop 8 meant that you were voting to approve same sex marriage. If you’re too stupid to understand what your cause is all about, you shouldn’t be putting a sign on your lawn and you certainly shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Worse than that, I talked to some guy who is visiting from Utah. He was telling me about a video he saw on YouTube where somebody videotaped somebody else stealing election signs. Yawn. Okay, I guess that might be exciting in Utah. Anyway, he wanted to set up a sting to catch people stealing signs and then wanted to know if you can get into trouble in California for beating somebody up for stealing a sign. It’s a sign, for Christ’s sake. He corrected me and said no, it’s much more than that. Um no. It’s a wooden stake with a piece of paper attached. Are you willing to lose some teeth for a sign that was likely destined for a dumpster after the election? I’m not.

Tonight, I was driving home from the store. Everywhere I looked, there were election signs. They look like the weeds I fight every spring. On the radio, I got to listen to Mayor Gavin for the umpteenth time blabbing on and on. And as I approached a big intersection, there were 75 fanatics protesting on the sidewalk waving their signs, blowing whistles and generally acting like jackasses. Worse than that, they were jumping in front of traffic as it slowed for the signal. Since they had a bunch of kids with them, I must say they were setting a wonderful example for their kids. Yes, their antics really enticed me to vote for their cause.

Thankfully, tomorrow evening the drama will be over. I will be able to listen to old commercials. I won’t have idiots jumping in front of me in traffic. I’ll be able to relax. Well, maybe not. I just saw my first Christmas commercial of the year -- Hallmark. Fucking bastards.

August 9, 2008

Cindy Sheehan vs. Nancy Pelosi

Filed under: California,News,Politics — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 11:51 pm

Well, I just read in the San Francisco Chronicle that Cindy Sheehan is going to challenge Nancy Pelosi for her Congressional seat because Pelosi won’t impeach President Bush. Yawn.

While I’m sure this will make certain people excited, it doesn’t do much for me. Single issue candidates typically crash and burn after the novelty wears off. Plus, it’s San Francisco. Does anybody anywhere else in the country (other than Berkeley) give two shits either way about anything that happens in SF?

I’ve tried to figure out Sheehan. There is quite a bit on the internet, but who knows what’s truth and what’s fiction. The plethora of photos depicting her embracing Hugo Chavez appear to be genuine. Hmm, do we have an attention whore in our midst? How do you go from mourning the loss of your son to embracing Fidel’s little protege? Screw it, it doesn’t really matter. The best thing we can hope for is that Ms. Sheehan causes enough distraction that she causes that trainwreck Pelosi to get voted out and for Sheehan to lose with the majority of the vote going to the Republican candidate. That would make for an entertaining outcome.

October 4, 2007

A Civics Lesson To Remember

Filed under: News,Politics — The Deranged One @ 2:05 am

It doesn’t get any better than this.

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — A state legislator surprised a high school class when the computer he was using projected a photo of a nude woman during a lecture on how a bill becomes a law.

State Rep. Matthew Barrett was giving a civics lesson Tuesday when he inserted a data memory stick into the school computer and the projected image of a topless woman appeared instead of the graphics presentation he had downloaded.

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The legislator said he finished his lecture using printouts and then met with the school’s principal and technology staff, who examined the stick. He said the school’s technology director determined the stick had a directory of nude images in addition to Barrett’s presentation on civics lessons.

“I have no idea where these came from,” the Democrat said.

Barrett said the data memory stick was a gift he received about three weeks ago from a legislative liaison from the state Library of Ohio.

So how come my civics classes were never this exciting? It has been quite a while since I was in high school, but I certainly don’t remember any T&A during the lectures. Still, a nude woman probably has a lot more to do with how our laws are passed than any of the BS I had shoveled down my throat those many years ago. Kudos to you, Rep. Barrett for keeping it real. Now let’s see if your weak excuse that you “have no idea where these came from” holds up.

Feel free to read the whole article.

September 27, 2007

What do you think about that?

Filed under: Politics,Society — The Deranged One @ 3:06 am

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past month or so, I’m sure you’re heard about Senator Larry Craig and his shenanigans. For you cave dwellers, here’s the Reader’s Digest version. He got popped in an airport bathroom for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. During the arrest, he threw down his business card and asked, “What do you think about that?” Then, he pled guilty to disorderly conduct. But when the whole affair was publicized, he said pleading guilty was a mistake – he was just trying to make the whole thing go away. He resigned from office, then took it back, then said he’d resign by the end of September if his case wasn’t resolved and set about trying to withdraw his guilty plea. How’s that for the condensed version? If you want to unabridged version, please feel free to peruse the arrest report.

So, the Honorable (ha!) Senator allegedly tried to engage in anonymous bathroom man sex? Hey, whatever floats your boat. Not my thing and if the Honorable Senator solicited me for some anonymous bathroom man sex, he’d probably find his prized business card inserted in his anus in less than three taps of a shoe on a men’s room floor. Still, if that’s your thing, knock yourself out. Until you get caught with your pants down.

My problem with the Honorable Senator’s actions is that he refuses to take responsibility for anything. First, he says his actions were misconstrued, that when he sits on the pot, he spreads his feet wide and accidentally bumped the officer’s foot. Next up, he was simply reaching for toilet paper on the floor. Why in the hell would any sane man accidentally bump another man’s foot whilst in the bathroom? You don’t say “hey” to another dude in the bathroom let alone bump feet. Second, are you really going to pick up TP from a public bathroom floor? I think not. Next, the Honorable Senator returned to the airport to bitch that the officers had mistreated him. Why? Because they didn’t quake in their boots when he dropped his business card? Can I get a big “whatever?” Not to be left out, this was all the fault of the Idaho Statesman, the Boise newspaper. I guess they shouldn’t have reported the news. And lastly, the good Senator claims he didn’t understand what he was doing when he entered his guilty plea.

I would assume that Senator Craig is an educated man. Typically, you don’t spend a lifetime in politics if your education consisted of dropping out of the 5th grade. He didn’t understand? Come on, get real. He knew damn well what he was doing. He said himself he was simply trying to make it go away. And when it backfired on him, he suddenly didn’t understand what he was doing? Right. Allow me to interpret the Honorable Senator’s statements into plain English: I screwed up and when I tried to make it go away, it didn’t work. So I want a do-over.

Senator Craig, you disgust me. Your desire to have anonymous bathroom man sex doesn’t disgust me as much as your refusal to stand up and be a man. (I guess getting bent over a toilet doesn’t go very far toward being manly, but I’m sure you understand my point.) You are a disgrace to the country, your office and more importantly, to the voters who elected you to represent them. It’s not everybody else’s fault. It’s your fault. Take responsibility. Stop the shenanigans.

And that, Senator Craig is what infuriates me. Like it or not, you’re one of those grown ups who is supposed to set an example. Even though politicians are probably about as crooked as the mafia, you’re supposed to be held to a higher standard. I don’t want to hear my kids trying to shuck and jive when they’re in trouble because that’s what Senator Craig does.

I have no doubt that September 30th with pass without this sorry excuse of a Senator resigning from office. He’ll come up with yet another excuse or blame somebody else. There will be yet another reason why this is somebody else’s fault. Senator Craig, you need to do the right thing – you need to resign immediately and apologize to your constituents. And rest assured that if you represented me, I’d take a couple of weeks’ vacation and follow you into every public bathroom carrying the largest sign you’ve ever seen telling you what a disgrace you are.

So what do you think about that?

P.S. Senator Craig, if, after you do the right thing and slink back to Idaho, you happen to find yourself in the stall next to mine at some random public bathroom, please try to refrain from playing footsies with me. My boot up your ass isn’t going to be what you expected.

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