Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 3 years ago

    Tobacco settlement to pay for smoker health care diverted to general fund. Lottery money for schools diverted to general fund. We must really want to believe in our politicians because we keep believing in what they say even in face of all evidence we should believe otherwise.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago


    Um, due mostly to Proposition 13 (something that I am sure most conservatives supported or would support heavily) the K-12 school systems in California now have to depend almost exclusively on state funding for schools. So, diverting the lottery money (that was at least mostly to be for the schools) to the state general fund (out of which the K-12 school funding comes from) is perfectly legitimate. The other items you mention, I am not so certain of.

    But in general, Governor Brown is doing a pretty good job of attempting to dig the state of California out of the incredible hole that both the Great Recession and the policies of the former governor (who should have stuck with his generally bad acting) left the state of California with! Like President Obama, he certainly is not perfect (who is?), but I have noticed that even the Republicans in the state capital have generally stopped criticizing him!!

  3. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 3 years ago

    While visiting the Monterey Aquarium in California, they had a film on a plan to use tidal flow, ocean currents and underwater wave motions to generate power underwater. I had seen other ideas being tested in the Thames in England but these designs were much more forward thinking in my opinion.
    We have so many brilliant people in our nation and world, I wonder how many ideas are being stored in safes and vaults and protected by copyright laws by people who have no intention of letting such things see the light of day until they’ve made as much profit as possible off of oil, coal, and gas?
    If the oil companies had thought Edison’s lights in Menlo Park would actually work, they would have never let him get the permits and permissions he needed.
    We need to find renewable energy sources before our finite sources run out, or, through accidents and lies, kill us by poisoning our water as is happening in W.Va. A chemical used to ‘wash coal’ has forced hundreds of thousands to find other sources of water with which to drink, cook, and bathe.

  4. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Before you go off on another of your idiotic “socialist” rants, you should know that the HSR project was a statewide initiative voted in by the taxpayers. Ill-advised, yes, but the taxpayers wanted it. Hopefully, it’ll be killed because the original financing plans was sketchy, at best.

  5. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago

    Ah, your knowledge of the geography of the state of California is at best totally flawed. The Central Valley of California is absolutely NOT a desert! And in fact is quite probably the greatest single agricultural area in the entire US (if not the world itself). Plus, at one end of the currently planned HSR is the Bakersfield area with a population of just about 500,000. A very politically conservative population might I add, as this is the district of none the less an ultra conservative US congressman as Darrell Issa! The other end of the HSR is to connect with the Fresno area (at about 110 miles from Bakersfield) with a population of about 1 million. Less conservative than the Bakersfield area, but still conservative. So neither of these terminus for the currently planned HSR are “Nowhere” either. This is generally the easiest built area for the HSR as it is extremely flat, but it is still costly, as the right of way needs to be bought ( I do not know just how much of this has already been done, but I expect at least most of it has).

    The second phase of your so called “Train to Nowhere” would extend northwards to Sacramento through even more heavily populated areas. This is also a relatively easy area to build HSR in, as it is also very flat (and in fact is the delta area of the Central Valley).

    The final phase would be the hardest to build, as it would extend initially over the mountains to the constantly growing desert communities of Lancaster and Palmdale, and then through more mountains to Los Angeles.

    In fact, the most expensive part of the over all HSR would be that side line that would extend up to San Fransisco. Admittedly, the most liberal part of the state, but strategically one of the most important hot beds of business in the entire world!

    Indeed the costs are going to be high. But the over all benefits to the most populous and best strategically placed state of the US would be even higher. At least in the long run, which is certainly not something that most of the ultra conservatives on this site ever seem to think about anyway!! And besides, if you are not a California voter, just what bloody business is it of yours (or other non Californians for that matter, conservative or not) just what we flakes and such, do in California anyway??

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    The San Jaquin is one of the most important agrcultural areas in the west, and for decades, the water, and the soil, were wasted on growing low quality cotton (best only for pill bottle packing actually), and the poisons used to keep the bugs off the cotton polluted many acres.

    HSR makes more sense than regional air traffic to transport from L. A. to the Bay Area, and as for “business”, glad nobody has ever used computers or knows where “Silicon Valley” is.

    Issa is from Vista btw, down near San Diego, and IS one of the most conserative regions, with all of Orange County in the United States, not just California. The south end of the Central Valley is also extremely conservative, and has given Congress some ot it’s most destructive Representaives, for a long time.

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Liked your post, except the part about Darrell Issa’s Congressional District being in Bakersfield; it’s in central coastal San Diego, and I reside in his fiefdom. The HSR project doesn’t reach into San Diego county, but if they instead dug a tunnel under UTC/La Jolla (instead of the long inland loop the Coaster and AMTRAK trains have to take), it would pay for itself in freight handling and commuter traffic.

  8. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, almost 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Um, the CA school system wastes the money it gets booster teacher salaries (they are among the highest paid in the country if not the highest) and pensions and benefits. The teachers’ union is horrendously greedy and corrupt.

  9. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, almost 3 years ago

    “High” speed rail (which is a lie itself because the majority would end up normal low speed rail) is one of the biggest, most corrupt, most ludicrous ideas the libs/unions have tried to foist on people down there. Unfortunately, the damage is not limited to CA as the Obamanation, fool that he is, is trying to give federal tax money to this money sewer. If it is such a good idea, why could they not get private funding for such a marvelous investment? At this point the whole thing is also illegal (as a judge recently ruled) since they have not met the financing and other requirements as written into the original proposition.

  10. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago


    Sorry, my bad about Issa’s district. But he still comes from the evil “Liberal” state of California. The biggest driver business state for the economy of the US that there is!! To say nothing of the fact that we Californians pay $1.00 to the federal treasury, and get back only some $0.78 in federal benefits! For the conservative red states (especially those of the southern US) the ratios are exactly the opposite. So just who are the “makers” and who are the "takers"here??

  11. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 3 years ago

    Agreed, Mr. Snare. Oil companies are not ‘evil’. But they do have a ends justifies means attitude toward the protection of profits and a certain callousness to damage done when one of their locations have an incident. My statement regarding copyrighted technologies being kept away from the public is based on other readings and hypothesis provided by others.
    Did you read where some power companies are trying to charge solar power users a fee to compensate for the ‘damage’ being done to power lines when unregulated power is put back into the system?
    Hawaii in particular is seeing a lot of this.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    cubed: sorry about the typo, but the “water issue” in the Central Valley precedes Obama by about 40 years. That “guppy” problem is sending water to L.A. from all over the west, the Colorado, Feather, Owens rivers, and more.. BTW, I graduated from Fresno State a long time ago (over 40 years), a prime agricultural school, and the problems with agriculture weren’t “new” then! The Sacramento and Klamath river systems have their own problems, but Obama is way late in having anything to do with those either.

  13. artistdavid

    artistdavid said, almost 3 years ago


    Did these Lib Liars learn it from Obama or did Obama learn it from Libs?

    OH YEAH, Fox’s Greta is listing all our OLD Friends who now, on Obama’s watch, don’t like us. Lo and behold, Germany and Israel call us out! And Foreign Country leaders cancel state dinners. Obama is a doork!

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