Sunday, August 26, 2007

Happy Friday! (...I think it's Friday.)

Today's Word is.... EXSANGUINATE!

OOoohhh!... Ssoundss Ssexy... Doesn't it?
Yeah, it kinda does... until you know the definition:
I first heard the word on the show "CSI". In case you missed it:
"ex·san·gui·nate (ks-snggw-nt)
v. ex·san·gui·nat·ed, ex·san·gui·nat·ing, ex·san·gui·nates
To drain of blood.
To be drained of blood.
[From Latin exsanguintus, drained of blood : ex-, ex- + sanguis, sanguin-, blood.]"

Well, I guess it still Ssoundss Ssexy... if you're an undead creature of the night...
Or if you're Arnold Ssschwarzaneggar.


When "Cal-ee-for-nee-ahh!" Governor Arnie Schwarzaneggar finally received the CA State Budget to sign....
He really sank his teeth into it.
Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler and Buckets 'O Leeches got nuthin on 'ol Arnie!

Whilst countless yacht owners and other brainless bozoids who are hopelessly hankering to buy RV's (recreational vehicles)...

Excuse me...A personal side note here...

If you are someone who is sooo Enormously Selfish and Environmentally Malignant as to be shopping for a yacht or RV... at a time when gas prices have no where to go but up and global warming from vehicle and other emissions is producing devastating weather conditions, glacial melt and species extinctions... then, well...
May God, Allah and Yaweh (and who/whatever) render you sterile and call your number earlier rather than later.

... Thanks. I needed to get that off my chest.

Anyway, as I was saying... Watch where you step...

Whilst exsanguinating the budgets for the Medi-Cal program ($300 Million!) and Proposition 63 -passed by CA voters to tax the overstuffed in order to finance mental health care for the homeless - ($55 Million!) and the Children's Outreach Initiative - finds and enrolls low-income children into state-funded healthcare - among others...

Governator Arnie has also made sure California is a safe place for people with way too much money to buy the little necessities in life...

Like YACHTS and RVs and avoid paying affordable sales taxes.

Responses from People on the Street?:
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oh, and this little gem:
"The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."
- Hubert Humphrey

And a quote from lil' me:
"A Pox on you, Arnold Schwarzaneggar."


From: KGO-7, ABC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 24, 2007 (KGO) - A smiling Governor Schwarzenegger didn't want to talk about the 700-million dollars he cut from the budget using his line item veto power. He had to do it because of a promise he made to Senate Republicans, who demanded a balanced budget.

"I want to thank the Republicans, Republican friends for having done such a great job on insisting that it is zero, the budget deficit is zero", said the governor on Friday.

He biggest casualty of the veto pen was Medi-Cal, health care for the poor, which took a $300-million dollar hit.

Services may not be cut because historically that program comes in $300-million under budget every year anyways.

The next hardest hit was mental health services for the homeless; The $55-million dollars collected from California's wealthy under Proposition 63 was also axed. Rusty Selix, the author of Proposition 63, seemed concerned over his proposition being cut.

"It's a tragedy. That's why we did Prop 63. Because the homeless with mental illnesses were always last in line when it came to state funding."

Other losses of state funding include:

- The California Gambling Control Commission overseeing the impacts of tribal gaming to communities lost $30 million dollars. - The Children's Outreach Initiative which helps find and enroll low income kids into state-funded health care has $19 million less. - The California Parks & Recreation Department has to make do without $15 million. - The Governor's plan for a prescription drug program and website for poor families is delayed without its $ 2 million start up money.

All this while yacht, plane and RV owners can avoid paying sales taxes if their items are kept in Mexico for 90 days after purchase, an estimated loss of $45-million for the state.

The California Finance Department says only the legislature, not the governor, can change that tax break. Meanwhile, in anticipation of another bad year, this budget has $4-billion dollars in reserve.

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