The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued the following edict:
Elon Musk has been forced to step down from the Board of Tesla but he will remain CEO. Translation, he is figurehead of the company but can be out voted if he wants to do stupid stuff.
Within 45 days, an independent chairman will replace Musk, who will be ineligible for reelection for the next three years. Tesla will also be required to appoint two new independent directors to its board, in addition to putting into place controls to oversee Musk’s communication.
As a homeowner in Sacramento County, I live in an area “served” by the “Sacramento Municipal Utility District” (SMUD). This is our local monopoly providing electricity to well you guessed it, Sacramento and a couple surrounding areas. What we have here is a government created monopoly, if you live in SMUD’s service area you must be hooked up to a SMUD electric meter and receive a bill from them each month. Just to be fair, SMUD does have pretty low rates compared to the other major electric providers here in California, and I’ve never had any service related issues in my three years owning my house.
Now to the point of my article, every month in your billing statement you get a couple small fliers (usually 1/3 of a page) stating they are filing for a rate change. This flier is written in such legalese that no common man can reasonably ascertain what is being said, so as a result you wait for a commercial or some sort of article saying what is happening to rates. Newsflash, they never go down. Similar to your credit card company, when they claim the reward benefits are getting better for you, do not buy it. In this case SMUD got very creative, saying peak rates will increase (5-8pm) and all other rates will decrease. What is happening here is rates will go down for the seniors, the stay at home mom’s, and for folks who telecommute or work from home. Every other group gets absolutely soaked under this new plan. Oh, if you didn’t read that little flyer, rest assured, under the new rates, the electric rate you will be charged between 5 to 8 PM triples from what you were paying!
Think about it, when do you do your cooking? Dishes? Laundry? Watch the latest series of Survivor…yep all between 5-8 pm. So, your bill is going to go literally up in flames. As far as the discount, well when you are working what electricity is being used while you are away? Your fridge? That’s fair, but your other appliances are either off or EnergyStar ® certified so likely not using much if any power.
The bottom line here is this type of government rule (I know utilities aren’t government but are governed by Public Utility Commission) have created a monopoly and really took away choice from the consumer. I am going to use a perfect example of what allowing competition does. I do not watch much television anymore, but when I do, I’m usually inundated with insurance company advertisements. I mean literally you could see 10-15 commercials per hour for these products. I kid you not: the Lizard, the ditsy brunette, the discount double check, the quirky professor, Esurance, the Liberty, Liberty, Liberty company, and Dennis Johnson hawking Allstate. However as much as I loathe the ads, that’s one heck of a lot of consumer choice right there. This way if a company loses its way; price, service or product quality, you are free to go and send them a message via your wallet. This is not true with our government created utilities that eliminate competition. The utilities have full control over you and the rates, case in point? The only way you can refuse service from them is not paying a bill and having power shut off, and to restart service you will be paying a large fee and back penalties with interest.
About the time that my website went belly-up, I had just returned from seeing Glenn Kaiser in concert at a church in Modesto. I know Facebook gets a bad rap about conservative censorship, but thankfully Glenn is not on their radar (nor that he should be). I learned of the concert thru an ad on FB less than a week before the event.
After getting home from work on the appointed day, I loaded up the wife & son and headed to the concert.
The concert was advertised as free. In my experience, a “free concert” means that they pass the hat and give the proceeds to the performer. Assuming that was the case, I took some extra cash with me. One of the reasons that I mention this is that I never, ever carry cash with me. The second is that they never took up a collection. Not before, during, or after. There was a merchandise table after it was over but no cost, direct or indirect. I was shocked.
The concert was advertised as the doors opening at 6 PM and starting at 7. The seating was first come, first serve. We arrived from Elk Grove about 6:30. Because of our late arrival, I expected to be seated in the back third of the church. We were greeted by two people at the door and then hit the restrooms. After regrouping, we entered the church. Now this church was a “mega-church” by any standard and could seat close to 1,000 folks at a time. I was shocked that we were able to walk up to the front row and grab some seats. We asked the people around us just to make sure the seats we not taken. I was amazed yet again.
Glenn Started off doing a solo while playing the harmonica at the same time. I’ve never seen that done before. He then grabbed an instrument and played a few more songs. Then a band joined him. He never introduced them, so I don’t know if they were local musicians or came with him from Chicago.
Glenn played a variety of instruments, several of which he made himself. This added a sense of authenticity that you will rarely see. Glenn has a history of doing rock music in the 1970’s thru 90’s but he gradually has shifted to play blues, and he has the vocal range to do it.
His most well know instrument is a three-string cigar box guitar. He sells these on his website.
He explained that the people who originated the blues utilized any type of wire that they could fashion into an instrument because they could not afford to buy a premade one. Guitars such as his, washboards, bottles and many other things were converted to instruments.
Following the concert which was really good, Glenn stayed around for photos and to visit with folks. Some knew him from his days with Resurrection Band while others from more recent times. This man is the real deal.
I said hello and introduced him to my wife and son. I took the opportunity to thank him for a kindness that he did for me back in 1983 after I was robbed at gunpoint in Chicago. He personally saw to it that I got a ride back to the base (Great Lakes Navy Training Center) at the end of a concert that he was involved in.
Is it just me or are the Clinton’s and their “ilk” like the stink you get when you don’t shower for a couple weeks? You know it just doesn’t go away? Because that’s what her merry group of degenerates have turned into. Earlier it was Jimmy Carter, they unfroze him to parade around regarding a special election in Georgia…no word on if Carter appeared in Georgia USA, or Georgia near Russia, but I digress. Then it was Carville, he hasn’t been relevant since he played Judge Doom in who framed Roger Rabbit! Oh wait, that wasn’t him? Well have you seen Carville and Doom in the same room ever? I rest my case! Maybe Hillary should have heeded his advice: It’s the economy stupid! And don’t forget about healthcare…instead she forgot about the deplorable. No word on if Carville considers himself a deplorable…he looks like one for sure.
However I digress, this blog is about Hillary and once again like that stinkin’ that doesn’t go away, she reared her very ugly face Wednesday regarding Judge Kavanaugh, saying “people need to take each of these situations on their own merits” and “their should be due process for everyone involved.” Puke! Oh wait now it makes sense Kavanaugh was nominated by a Republican, and all white males have raped women regardless of how great the witnesses are. Heck take Joy Behar (D-Really retarded) word for it.
No I think I would rather take Juanita Broderick’s word for it, since she accused William Jefferson Clinton of rape and was shot down by Hillary. Check out these tweets, Broderick literally body bagged Hillary Wednesday.
“She grabbed ahold of my arm… and she says with this very angry look on her face… ‘do you understand everything that you do?’,” Broaddrick said. “At that moment, I felt she knew [about the alleged rape] and she was telling me to keep quiet.”
Then Paula Jones, another Clinton accuser came in from the top rope!
“It’s really unbelievable if [Hillary] said all women have a right to be heard… Why not me, Kathleen [Willey] and Juanita?” Jones asked.
The Chief doesn’t even have to have any hot takes this blog is already on fire….someone call the ambulance! Tell them bring body bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One more time, hit them with some pure genius Carville:
James Carville dismissed Jones by saying that anyone would seek litigation if “you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park” — and how that sentiment was shared among Democrats.
Oh my goodness, white hot take from someone so ugly Barnum and Baily’s Circus won’t hire him! Frankly anyone seen animal crackers lately, Barnum and Bailey even let the animals out of the cage he is so ugly! Remember Obama banned cruel and unusual punishment! By the way Carville just to correct you, its not called a double wide if you park your old rusted-out pickup next to your single wide! In fact if I drug a $100 bill threw a trailer park I would likely catch your wife…trying to get away from you!!!!!!
Back to Hillary..I’m glad you have come full circle and want to hear women accused of rape, actually The Chief agrees, all women should have their story heard. Unless of course it is trash as brought forward by this idiot professor who I won’t even name. These actions also “allegedly” happened 30 years ago, so even if it did happen the statute of limitations is up. And why won’t she testify, everyone knows teachers and professors and far superior to the unwashed masses? Because it never happened. This is Hail Mary thrown up by a desperate politician who has seen poll numbers tighten going into this upcoming election. Congrats on getting re-elected Feinstein, I guess you want to finish your time on earth working against Trump.
PS why haven’t we heard form Paul Begala lately? Is he the latest Clinton associate to “commit suicide?”
PSS is there anyone else who believes me regarding this meme about Ruth Bader Ginsberg?
Imagine that you’re a veteran politician who thinks the world revolves around you. You have used your political position to enrich your family to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. You champion an issue that you can’t ever win because it’s a right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, but you oppose it anyway with ever fiber of your being. You believe that the best way to help the poor is to eliminate them from ever being born. You are running for re-election and things have not gone as you had hoped. Your own party endorsed your opponent and the once friendly media was more than glad to report that you had a spy from a foreign country on your payroll for over 20 years.
Give the above, what do you do to save yourself? Why shift the blame, change the narrative, or as we used to say in the Navy, “Deny everything and make counter accusations”.
What Diane Feinstein chose to do is create a media circus where she is the star and someone else gets thrown under the bus. Cue music because our sacrificial victim this political season is Brett Kavanaugh.
Democratic leaders and their liberal aides, along with professional agitators, are all intermingled and conspiring together to achieve the same objective — in this case, to spike the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Hill Republicans claim Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein engineered the kneecapping of Kavanaugh from both inside and outside Congress — and they have a strong case, though Feinstein insists she merely dealt cards she was handed.
For starters, they argue that Feinstein, who is the top Democrat on the Senate committee vetting Kavanaugh, orchestrated an “11th-hour ambush” of the conservative nod by withholding a letter from the committee’s Republican majority alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh until the day the panel was preparing to take a vote to confirm him — almost two months after receiving the letter and well after the vetting and hearing process.
But one thing is for sure: Feinstein and her former aide’s fingerprints are all over the smearing of Kavanaugh — and that’s an ironic shame, given that Feinstein was swept into Congress as a reaction to the then-Democratic Senate’s mishandling of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas sex allegations. The San Francisco-based senator has made her own missteps some 25 years later.
Senator Feinstein has decided that this political witch hunt is best lead by a witch dedicated to drowning her victims in the Washington Swamp the she loves so well. From what I hear about San Francisco, both cities have an abundance of excrement which they are happy to export.
Kavanaugh seems like a decent guy but Feinstein’s path to six more years in the Swamp is over his mangled and dead body. When you position yourself as the leading advocate for killing unborn children, what’s another corpse?
Run to the Battle was a song by Steve Camp many years ago. To some extent, this is what we do here at Really Right.
Martin Luther famously said:
‘If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point?
We may not engage in every opportunity that we encounter, but overall, we try to make folks aware of what’s happening and what we think of it. Sometimes its like trying to grab a fist full of water. So much goes by without comment. Liberalism is a symptom of a spiritual disease that is toxic to everything it touches. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse the hearts of men. Giving men new hearts is God’s job, pointing out what folks without Him do is often what we do here.
Wow that escalated quickly. After blowing week one to the Los Angeles Rams, you follow that up by sharting the game against Denver by losing by a last second field goal. Jon Grudenwho by the way will be making 10 million a year for the next 10 years, win, lose, draw or be fired; still coaches the team. Looks like he is going full Back to the Future driving the DeLorean in reverse. Glad the Raiders fell for this “charming sage’s” line of garbage and not my Bucs (they are 2-0 by the way) glad to see Gruden screwing up elsewhere. Derek Carr, the quarterback, which by the way I want my quarter back, actually all four of them this past week! This is a trash fire of epic proportions. Glad Gruden blamed both loses on a lack of a pass rush…you traded Khalil Mack for a couple first round picks and several Hooters gift cards you charming idiot!
Actually rumor has it Gruden was 20 deep into a 50 piece of boneless wings at halftime man, the heck with halftime adjustments; it was honey BBQ Sunday man. Dang, I hate it when I run out-a napkins.
D-Fence less Raider coach Jon Gruden
In the aftermath of the loss, Raiders went full Raider Nation bringing back weed aficionado Martavis Bryant back on a one year contract a couple weeks after cutting him. Rumor has it he failed a drug test and is now appealing. Hey dude, don’t hold your breath for that to go away. How California. Bringing back a player who has a weed addiction, to a state that legalized it? Blog Father help me out here, is it illegal if he’s “cranking the hoon” and still playing in a state where it’s “legal”—allegedly, I will add. Kind of sad you guys didn’t trade for Josh Gordon of Cleveland on Monday, he would likely fit right in. During 4 years in the league he has failed more drug tests than games played. But then again, he would actually be a good match since most Raider fans have missed more days at work due to positive drug tests and hangovers than any other team, so he would fit right in.
By the way, Khalil Mack has been a beast for DA BEARS who by the way are 1-1 compared you’re 0-2, sorry Raider fans it’s going to be a 3-13 year. Get a good look at charming sage Jon Gruden again…….also Mark Davis still looks like Jon Gruden microwaved leftovers.
I am aware this is a political blog, but ever since ESPN waded into politics its only right to rain on their parade, and dance on their grave when they are down. We have chronicled in this space the past doings of John “The nasal dust sniffer” Skipper, so I wanted to check back in an see if things were going better under a new President. Newsflash, they are not, and this network will likely be doing another round of “cost cutting” soon. Jim Pitaro the new president, is basically going full George Costanza, and reversing every move Skipper made…..likely while he was on a cocaine bender, during his last year as president. Here is a snippet of what has happened in the past 3 weeks: Jemele Hill, decided to leave early, and had ESPN buy out the remainder of her contract. Hill is most known for calling the President a racist, and basically spewing her filth all over Twitter about how every white male is racist, and players in the NFL and NBA are so oppressed in today’s society.
The fact she was allowed to stick around for more than a year after her dust up with President Trump shows you how out of touch they are at ESPN, she was literally murdering the brand every possible chance she could. I still cannot get my head around this, players protesting how “oppressed” they are making more money in one game check then I will ever earn! Anyway, good riddance Jemele!
Now we will check in on the new show “Get Up” which was rolled out earlier this year. It is a 3-hour show for which they built a special studio in New York City. The show was going to talk sports but also have a Good Morning America type feel to it, so I figured they would mix in some news. The show has been a complete and utter disaster, only registering 300k viewers a couple dozen times, keep in mind “Rusty Rivets” on Nickelodeon earns more than 950 viewers in the same time slot.
Now think about this, in addition to paying many millions to build out the new studio, look at the salaries of the 3 hosts: Mike Greenberg who was a huge hit on Mike & Mike in the morning with ESPN (their most successful show by the way) makes 6.5 million a year. Michelle (if you give me a ride home I’ll give you a ride as well) Beadle makes 5 million a year. Jalen Rose a former NBA star and member of Michigan University’s Fab Five makes 3 million a year, I like Rose, he adds a lot to the broadcast, so he is not going to be the target of my fire. Greenberg used to be the quirky IT type guy on Mike & Mike to Mike Golic’s I’m a former football player, I know sports, what made them different made them great. He decided he wanted a move and now we have this disaster. Greenberg is also leading the let’s integrate politics into the news coverage at this network. Beadle, made big news a couple weeks ago, she announced she was not going to watch the NBA or NFL anymore….Bold move….hope it works out for you. Well it did not, she has been reassigned, very alpha move saying you were not going to watch sports, so you could give analysis and commentary based on those 2 sports. Just as a final side note, a show with this high salary and overhead needs at least 500k viewers to break even, keep in mind they can only get to 300k on a really good day.
Well a couple Fridays ago, ESPN announced Get Up would go from 3 hours to 2; again, keep in mind Friday is a slow news day and is a preferred day to announce bad news. In addition, ESPN executives gave a stern warning to the show hoping they can increase their ratings during football season; I do not see this occurring. The bottom line is this, ESPN got political, and similar to what happened at Dick’s Sporting Goods and now with Nike, alienate a fan base and your brand suffers irreparable harm. Times are different now from the past, we have a President who will remind his base daily that ESPN shows and defends players kneeling or sitting during our National Anthem. Those viewers have tuned out, preferring Fox Sports 1 which is on a very obscure channel, they will not be back. They think having Monday Night Football will bring viewers back into the fold, incorrect.
The most interesting part of the report looks into the next round of rights negotiations, with the report suggesting that ESPN should drop its “MNF” package in order to pursue “SNF” instead. The report calls Disney’s current “MNF” package a “rotten deal with … a cost/rating point ratio that is 260% to 400% more expensive than any other package.” The report goes on to say, “One of the more interesting theories that we still think has a higher probability of playing out is if Disney instead targets the more valuable, but lower-priced Sunday Night Football package, currently at NBC. We believe Disney should reclaim the Sunday primetime package by paying a significant premium to the existing costs. Even if they pay $900 million more per year, it is a better economic outcome than keeping MNF” (John Ourand, Staff Writer).
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RATINGS: In N.Y., Richard Morgan wrote NFL ratings are “facing yet another brutal blitz this fall,” and analysts note this season’s ratings “could fall even faster as the league continues to grapple with a slew of ugly controversies that have turned off viewers.” BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield said, “The downward trend in ratings is unavoidable—even though NFL ratings are outperforming the broader TV market” (N.Y. POST, 9/4).
• They have one way to do things, their way.
• They make the bulk of their money from other socialists.
• They copy other people’s inventions and try to claim them as their own.
• They never admit fault ; therefore, their groupies think their products are superior.
The most famous example was Apple’s Safari browser fiasco a few years ago. They touted it as the most secure Internet browser available and the same day it was released it was hacked six different ways by six different folks that all were able to take full control of the computers via different exploits.
Today we learn that the top paid antivirus app in the Apple store is spyware. This app sells for $5 and is the fifth most popular paid app in their store. It has been spying on people since 2015 and sending their personal data to an unknown server in—you guessed it—China. The good news is maybe we have finally found all the files from Hillary’s server.
In his blog post, Wardle noted, “The fact that application has been surreptitiously exfiltrating users’ browsing history, possibly for years, is, to put it mildly, rather f#@&‘d up!”
Security researcher Privacy 1st tweeted that they initially contacted Apple about the Adware Doctor issue on Aug. 12.
Adware Doctor, which costs $5, was the top paid app in the “Utilities” category, and the fifth top paid app overall, before it was removed Friday.
Please note that as usual, Apple only took action after this story became public even though they have known about this for almost a month. Again, this is typical behavior from Apple.
Security researcher Privacy 1st tweeted that they initially contacted Apple about the Adware Doctor issue on Aug. 12.
“What is sad is that it was reported by me on 12th of August and Apple didn’t even care… Attached are email screenshots”
Adware Doctor also turns out to have pushed the boundaries for years. Reed says that Malwarebytes originally started tracking it in 2015, when it was called Adware Medic, which was also the name of a legitimate scanner Reed had developed. Malwarebytes notified Apple and the company removed the app, but Reed says it resurfaced in the App Store within days as Adware Doctor.
Malwarebytes continued to track the app over the years and found it suspect, because the app’s functionality was limited—its protections are based on generic, open-source offerings rather than effective, tailored tools. But the new findings from Privacy 1st indicate that the app may have recently added expanded suspicious functionality through an update. “It’s been scammy for awhile, but that was new behavior that we hadn’t observed before,” Reed says.
Adware Doctor also rides on a common strategy of posing as a security product to seem more trustworthy and gain the deeper system permissions that come with being a scanning tool.