What Gang Do You Belong To

What gang do you belong to?

Does it sometimes seem to you that our own government behaves unfairly, often illegally, maybe like a gang?

Who does Government represent ? Let’s take a look. Federal and State Governments are in violation of their role as our first line of defense (of borders) and as servant of the people because for a long time now, it seems all we hear on the ‘News’ is government responding to and providing for – special interest groups for race, sex, business, poverty, environment, illegals, felons and so on.

Based on the recent economic frauds, crashes, wars, bailouts, currency debasement, ‘too big to fail’ scams, and stimulus pay offs – it is apparent that our officials are selling favors, weapons, laundering money and really doing anything they want to maintain power and reward their friends just like a gang except they are a gang with immunity.

Ever try to get a small business loan now?

Goldman Sachs has no problem receiving $ 13 Billion.  General Motors gets $ 54 Billion. AIG over $ 100 Billion. And Foreign ‘Un-named Banks get over a Trillion Dollars. Who exactly is the Government supposed to help? Who are our elected leaders ‘fighting for?’ If you can’t afford your mortgage payment, why does Bank of America get bailed out with $ 30 Billion but you get booted out. Who runs this government?

Government says that these Gangsters were too big to fail.  How about, too well connected.

The ‘government gang’ has ‘Muscle’ – the police, and ‘Hit Men’ – the military and other armed extortionists and kidnappers such as the IRS, to enforce their will over you and confiscate your money.  The major Corporations of the USA pay nominal amounts in taxes. Corporations have ‘offshore accounts, subsidiaries, foreign banking relationships, Off Balance Sheet Accounting and so on into the night. You pay. They don’t.

Our public servants are rarely fired, they can not be ‘let go,’ they are too valuable, irreplaceable, skilled and Unionized. What about you ? Ever been laid off? How easy was that?

Our public servants have a guaranteed Retirement (paid by you). They are paid almost twice as much as you, (the regular working taxpayer). And that does not include their Government health-care benefits, government pensions, personal days, paid government holidays, government vehicles, (sometimes government subsidized housing), and paid regular vacation days off.

The government gang produces no products and its services are of questionable, if any value, always over budget and under expectations.  The Government of the U.S. has become a prosperous, cunning, though lazy gang which is able to exert its influence, enforce its will and extort money from us all, only thanks to its enormous firepower and willingness to use it to smear, extort, kidnap and imprison anyone who defies it.

When a Government fears the people, we have a democracy. When the people fear the Government, we have tyranny. Which do we have today? How comfortable are you when a Police Cruiser follows behind your car? How happy are you to receive a letter from the IRS ?

Ever try dealing with the Building Department when they’re a little moody?

By its means and results –  the US Government appears much like any other criminal gang (Government) around the world, making promises to aid and protect the people while selling favors and cutting deals for  ‘insiders,’ powerful supporters and other criminals.

To divert attention from its crimes, with great fanfare and Televised speeches (actually just long advertisements), the Government Gangs promote and construct elaborate, appealing, unproven and often disastrously wasteful programs to bribe voters (Racial, Homo, Poor, Latino, Eco Groups) while simultaneously awarding lucrative contracts, tax breaks and lieniency to its vital supporters such as Corporate business Gangsters and Banksters.

We don’t get the Government we vote for, we get the government we buy.  It seems there is no unity, no ‘melting pot’ anymore, only a selfish struggle by each gang to get as much as it can for itself regardless of the cost to anyone else or even to the country.

Thanks to the generally poor memory, stupidity, cowardice, and selfishness of the public, and the determination, greed and depravity of Business and Special Interest Social Groups ( Gay, Green, Black, Latino, Poor, Muslim, etc.), the end result is a growing and continuous looting of the Country.

When was the last time you heard someone say, ‘We don’t want any help, we’ll take care of ourselves.’ Or something like, ‘this is what God gave us and we’ll find a way to make do.’

Since when is everyone else’s problem, your problem ?

A good question to ask in these times is:  Who’s looking out for you ?

What gang do you belong to ?

If you are not part of the government gang which is the ‘parasitic’ bureaucracy that gets paid twice as much for the same work that someone does in the private sector, then you are part of the ‘host’ gang known as the ‘working taxpayer,’ who is increasingly brainwashed, unarmed, bullied and supine.

In summary, unless you belong to a gang with the will and the means to look out for itself, then there is absolutely no one looking out for you. You are gang-less and therefore your fate and all you own and have earned,  is in the hands of the Government Gang and its associated and supportive gangs.

Forget all the rousing speeches, the waving flags, TV press conferences, the Washington monuments, the White House and all the columned buildings. These are an illusion. The Government is now a well disguised gang.

Just like the Banksters in their impressive buildings and suits. Yet another gang. That is the way things are. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, SEC Rules, Civil Rights, Sarbanes Oaxley, these are rules and laws for you. The Government gang and its various Gangs of Supporters only obey the rules and laws when it is convenient for them. Otherwise, the Gangs are able to circumvent the laws with their army of lobbyists, friends and attorneys.

Look at the results, the deteriorating condition of the country, schools, Wall Street, culture and economics today. Are you going to believe what the government gangsters say or what they have done?

What gang do you belong to ?

CPRA Request Regarding Palo Alto’s Proposed Vehicle Habitation Ordinance

Molly Stump, Palo Alto City Attorney:

Public Records Request-Government Code 6250-6270-Vehicle Habitation Ordinance:

Given the lack of transparency and cooperation by City Staff in regards to the Vehicle Habitation Working Group I fear that City Staff will recommend that the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance be submitted to City Council for a vote this coming September 2012 in opposition to the will of the people asserted over the last year.

As read, the Human Habitation of Vehicles Ordinance proposed last July 2011 is not very clear in definition nor is it well defined in its scope.  The ordinance leaves much to the imagination and subjective interpretation due to its vagueness.  As such it would be greatly appreciated if you would clarify the proposed ordinance and the legal rights that homeless people will retain or lose if the City of Palo Alto enacts the proposed ordinance or one similar to it.

The purpose of this Public Records Request is to clarify exactly how the proposed ordinance will be enforced, therefore please answer the questions individually just as they are itemized below as that will be the best procedure for clarifying the issue, thank you.

1)    Is it legal to be homeless in Palo Alto, Yes or No?

2)    Is it illegal to be homeless in Palo Alto, Yes or No?

3)    Is it illegal for any person to sleep in Palo Alto on public property, Yes or No?

4)    Is it illegal for homeless persons to sleep in Palo Alto on public property, Yes or No?

5)    Please identify with specificity every public location inPalo Altoin which a homeless person may sleep without violating a current ordinance and or zoning policy.

6)    If there are zero legal locations in Palo Alto in which homeless persons can sleep, can you explain how they are supposed to exist and function without sleeping?

7)    Should Palo Alto enact the ordinance, will it be illegal for Homeless people to own a vehicles in Palo Alto, Yes or No?

8)    Should Palo Alto enact the ordinance, will it be illegal for Homeless people to park their vehicles on public streets in Palo Alto, Yes or No?

9)    Should Palo Alto enact the ordinance, will it continue to be legal for people who have residents to place food, fast food, groceries etc.. in their vehicles while parked on a public street in Palo Alto, Yes or No?

10)  Should Palo Alto enact the ordinance, will it continue to be legal for homeless people to place food, fast food, groceries etc.. in their vehicles while parked on a public street in Palo Alto, Yes or No?

11)   Will the ordinance allow residents to store a sleeping bag, camping gear and clothes in their vehicles, Yes or No?

12)   Will the ordinance allow homeless people to store a sleeping bag, camping gear and clothes, Yes or No?

13)    Will the ordinance prohibit residents from storing a sleeping bag, camping gear and clothes in their vehicles even though they are not sleeping in their vehicles, Yes or No?

14)    Will the ordinance prohibit homeless persons from storing a sleeping bag, camping gear and clothes in their vehicles even though they are not sleeping in their vehicles, Yes or No?

15)    Will the ordinance allow residents to sit in their cars on a public street at 1:00 am in the morning, Yes or No?

16)    Will the ordinance allow residents to sit in their cars on a public street at 3:00 am in the morning, Yes or No?

17)    Will the ordinance allow residents to sit in their cars on a public street at 5:00 am in the morning, Yes or No?

18)    Will the ordinance allow homeless people to sit in their cars on a public street at 1:00 am in the morning, Yes or No?

19)    Will the ordinance allow homeless people to sit in their cars on a public street at 3:00 am in the morning, Yes or No?

20)    Will the ordinance allow homeless people to sit in their cars on a public street at 5:00 am in the morning, Yes or No?

21)    If a person owns a home but is allergic to the building materials in his/her home preventing the homeowner from sleeping in their home, will the homeowner be allowed to sleep in his/her car on the street in front of his/her house, Yes or No?

22)    Will the ordinance allow residents to sleep in their vehicles on the street between 2:00pm and 4:00pm every day, Yes or No?

23)    Will the ordinance allow residents to sleep in their vehicles on the street between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM every day, Yes or No?

24)    Will the ordinance allow homeless people to sleep in their vehicles on the street between 2:00pm and 4:00pm every day, Yes or No?

25)    Will the ordinance allow homeless people to sleep in their vehicles on the street between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM every day, Yes or No?

26)    Should the City enact the ordinance, will residents be allowed to eat food, such as “Jack-in-the-box,” or “McDonalds,” or “Taco Bell” in their vehicles while parked on the street, Yes or No?

27)    Should the City enact the ordinance, will homeless people be allowed to eat food, such as “Jack-in-the-box,” or “McDonalds,” or “Taco Bell” in their vehicles while parked on the street, Yes or No?

28)    If the ordinance permits homeless people to owning vehicles and parking vehicles on the public street like all other residents, will homeless people be able to use their vehicles 24 hours a day 7 days a week like all other residents, Yes or No?

29)   How will officers determine if a person is using his/her vehicle as a dwelling place?

30)  Will officers only cite persons if they are caught sleeping or will other factors be involved?

31)   Will officers be able to cite/arrest homeless persons for occupying a vehicle even though there is no other evidence that the homeless person is living out of the vehicle?

32)  What level of evidence will be required to determine if a homeless person is habitating a vehicle in violation of the ordinance,  (a sleeping bag?);  (a duffle bag of gym clothes and shoes?);  (fast food or groceries?); (sleeping?)?

33) Will officers be able to cite/arrest homeless persons for violating the ordinance for simply owning a vehicle, Yes or No?

34)  How will officers determine if a person is using his/her vehicle as a dwelling place?

35)  If it hasn’t already been covered above, please explain in detail everything that residents will be able to do with their vehicles in Palo Alto should the City enact the ordinance.

36)  If it hasn’t already been covered above, please explain in detail everything that residents will be prohibited from doing with their vehicles in Palo Alto should the City enact the ordinance.

37)  If it hasn’t already been covered above, please explain in detail everything that homeless people will be able to do with their vehicles in Palo Alto should the City enact the ordinance.

38)  If it hasn’t already been covered above, please explain in detail everything that homeless people will be able to do with their vehicles in Palo Alto should the City enact the ordinance.

39)  What is the Nature and Origin of the Complaints that resulted in the Human Habitation of Vehicles Ordinance being angendized for a City Council vote last July 2011?

40)  Who from the City of Palo Alto made the decision to propose the Human Habitation of Vehicles Ordinance and the reason why?

41)  Who drafted the Human Habitation of Vehicles Ordinance?

42)  Who decided that the penalty should be a misdemeanor instead of an infraction and what was/is the reasoning behind this penalty?

July 2011  City of Palo Alto Proposed/Pending Human Habitation of Vehicles City Ordnance:

(a) It is unlawful for any person to use, occupy or permit the use or occupancy of any vehicle for human habitation on or in any street, park, alley, public parking lot or other public way.

For purposes of this section, “human habitation” means the use of a vehicle for a dwelling place and does not include temporary use of a vehicle for alleviation of sickness or physical inability to operate the vehicle.

(b) The following uses are exempt from the provisions of this section:

(1) Any mobile living unit used for human habitation allowed by another provision of this code or required procedure of the city;

(2) Guests of city residents for up to forty-eight consecutive hours when parked adjacent to the resident’s dwelling.

President Obama’s Motorcade Route Changes to San Jose

As reported in the Palo Alto Daily Post today “a $35,000-a-person fundraiser this morning at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto scheduled for 8:30 this morning was moved without explanation to San Jose.”

Dispatch? Yea...Did you get the plate number....Over...

We believe the Secret Service concluded that based on the Palo Alto Police Department’s disproportional history of vehicle stops of African Americans and Latinos for non-functioning taillights and license plate lights, was in fact, the real reasons for the move.

Palo Alto Police Department’s Response to Concerns Regarding Bias Based Policing

‘Monolith’ Object on Mars? You Could Call It That

LiveScience.comBy Natalie Wolchover | LiveScience.com 

  • 'Monolith' Object on Mars? You Could Call It That (Image: NASA HiRISE; Arrow: thesun.co.uk)

    ‘Monolith’ Object on Mars? You Could Call It That (Image: NASA HiRISE; Arrow: thesun.co.uk)

Amateur stargazers have discovered an intriguing object jutting out from the surface of Mars. The seemingly perfectly rectangular, upright structure, found in NASA images of the Red Planet, bears a striking resemblance to the monoliths planted on Earth and the moon by aliens in the classic sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The object in question was first spotted several years ago after being photographed by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA space probe; every so often, it garners renewed interest on the Internet. But is it unnatural — a beacon erected by aliens for mysterious reasons, and even more mysteriously paralleled in the imaginations of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, creators of “2001”? Or is this rock the work of nature? [Photo ]

According to Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, who processes many of the images taken during NASA’s Mars missions, the object in question is no more than a roughly rectangular boulder.

The HiRISE camera that photographed it has a resolution of approximately 1 foot (30 centimeters) per pixel — impressive considering the 180-mile (300-kilometer) altitude from which it photographs the Martian surface, but not quite sharp enough to capture the cragginess of a mid-size boulder. “When your resolution is too low to fully resolve an object, it tends to look rectangular because the pixels in the image are squares. Any curve will look like a series of straight lines if you reduce your resolution enough,” Hill told Life’s Little Mysteries.

The location of the boulder at the bottom of a cliff near many other boulders suggests it broke off the cliff and tumbled to its current spot sometime in the distant past, Hill said. Such a perilous location is itself an argument against deliberate placement by aliens: “If I was going to build a monolith somewhere, that’s the last place I would put it!” he said. “The debris falling from the cliff would cover it up pretty quickly, on geologic timescales.” [Vote: Do You Believe in Life on Mars?]

Hill added that the height of the boulder is being exaggerated in the photo by a low sun angle. Photographed when the sun was near the horizon, the boulder casts an especially long shadow.

The ufologists aren’t necessarily wrong in calling it a monolith — the word simply translates from Latin as “one stone.” But this monolith isn’t the masonry of Martians.

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Jail for man who attacked police with toy light sabers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge is using his force to order a 45-day jail sentence and mental health evaluation for a would-be Jedi who attacked toy store customers with light sabers last December.

David Allen Canterbury told Judge Kenneth Walker that he is already seeking mental health treatment. Canterbury also apologized to his victims.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/LWuDHh ) that the 33-year-old Canterbury pleaded no contest Monday to assault and resisting arrest.

Portland police say Canterbury had a Star Wars light saber in each hand as he swung at three customers last Dec. 14 at a Toys R Us store. He carried the light sabers outside the store and swung at police.

Officers eventually wrestled him to the ground. Canterbury has been banned from the toy store.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Palo Alto Post Election Results of Mayor and Vice Mayor

New confrence being held by The Weekly, The Daily News and Daily Post. Photo by: teddyhilton.com

Or just another Dog and Pony show.  According to some, this was a special election which should have allowed “We The People” to take charge and make the final decision.

To me and perhaps others it was just another showy display of cronyism with Yiahweh Yeh being selected as Mayor and Greg Scharff as Vice-Mayor selected over the rightful peoples choice Greg Schmid according to former Public Defense attorney Aram James.

Palo Alto Election of the Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2012

In accordance with the Palo Alto City Charter Article III, Section 8, and Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 2.04.060, at the first meeting in January of each year, the Council shall elect one of its members as Mayor and one as Vice Mayor.

The election of the Mayor and Vice Mayor shall be by vote of a majority of members of the Council. The Mayor shall be seated and assume the duties of the presiding officer immediately following the election of the Mayor and before the election of the Vice Mayor. On January 3, 2012, the City Council Members will elect a Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2012.

Each office will be voted on separately. At least five votes are required for election to each office.

It’s predicted Vice Mayor Yiaway Yeh will assume the new responsibilities as mayor. And Gregory Scharff will become Vice-Mayor.  But the true guess or vote will be determined on January 3, 2012.

Unfortunately, the voters of Palo Alto have no say in the matter in when it comes to the election of Mayor and Vice-Mayor.  Are we stuck? No! Why? This is where it becomes confusing. Because under this same city Charter Article III, section 8,  it appears that since this election is defined as a special election period, anyone can apply for the office of mayor by “Filing of nomination petitions.”  The charter reads as follows:

“Any person otherwise qualified may be a candidate for an elective office at any election, regular or special, by filing with the clerk within the time prescribed in the Elections Code of California a petition signed by at least twenty-five qualified and registered voters. Any duly established candidacy filing fee shall be waived for each candidate who files a petition signed by at least four qualified or registered voters for each dollar of such filing fee.”

CITY OF PALO ALTO OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL

CHAPTER 2.40 MUNICIPAL  ELECTIONS

And if you are completely dissatisfied with the election results, you have the power and:

PROCEDURES FOR RECALLING STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS

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SC company sues ex-worker over Twitter followers

Follow @ your own risk!

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An Internet company has sued one of its former employees, saying the worker cost the company thousands of dollars in lost business when he took 17,000 Twitter followers with him when he left the firm.

PhoneDog LLC filed a lawsuit in July against Noah Kravitz, a writer who worked for the Mount Pleasant, S.C., company from 2006 until last year. Attorneys for the website, which reviews mobile devices like phones and tablets, said Kravitz owes them $340,000.

The company said when Kravitz resigned, he changed his Twitter name from PhoneDog_Noah to noahkravitz, and kept his 17,000 followers. The company said the followers should be treated like a customer list, and therefore PhoneDog’s property.

PhoneDog said Kravitz should pay $2.50 per follower per month for eight months, or a total of $340,000.

Steve O’Donnell, a patent and intellectual property attorney, said he hadn’t heard of a similar case. He doubted that each follower is worth the $2.50.

“On Twitter, if you hang out long enough, you’ll get hundreds of follows from people who are just gathering accounts and broadcasting their own content — people who aren’t necessarily paying attention to anything PhoneDog has to say,” said O’Donnell, who practices law in Lancaster, Pa. “Twitter followers can come and go. … It’s very transient. It’s going to be hard for them to put a dollar number on something that’s so ethereal.”

Kravitz, who now lives in Oakland, Calif., eventually went to work for a competitor website and now boasts nearly 24,000 Twitter followers.

In court documents, Kravitz said he used the Twitter account in question mostly for personal musings about sporting events and pop culture and, after leaving the company, even sent out messages at PhoneDog’s behest about the company’s contests and giveaways. Kravitz said he sent such messages as recently as December 2010 and that PhoneDog only objected to his use of the account after he sued them in June for unpaid wages in an ongoing case.

“Only after that do they come out of the woodwork for the first time and say, ‘Hey, you converted our property,'” Cary Kletter, Kravitz’s attorney, said Thursday. “That case is without merit.”

PhoneDog’s valuation is flawed and inflated, he said.

“To claim that they’re entitled to $2.50 per follower per month defies reason,” Kletter said. “If that’s the case, Kim Kardashian’s account would probably be worth billions of dollars of year.”

Celebrities can get paid for tweets, sometimes $10,000 or more per post.

Erik Heels, a patent and trademark attorney in Boston, said the lawsuit may provide a monetary determination, but the most valuable outcome could be in helping companies in setting up their own social media guidelines.

“The lesson for employers is to make sure you define these things in advance for your employees,” Heels said. “Don’t make any assumptions because you may end up on the wrong side of the lawsuit.”

A hearing in the case is set for next month in San Francisco. An attorney for PhoneDog president Tom Klein did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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By MEG KINNARD | AP –Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

The Little Girl Nobody Wanted For Christmas

In keeping with the holiday spirit, here’s a true Christmas story about money.

I was sitting at the stage at a San Francisco strip club minding my own business when this stripper walked up to me and caught me in the act.

“What are you doing?” she asked. I had been startled. “Um… er…” How was I supposed to explain without looking like the total nerd that I really am? I said, “The manager said I could sit here doing this as long as it didn’t bother anyone.” What a pathetic excuse.  “Don’t interrupt me”, I continued, “I’m almost done.” I started moving my right hand faster to catch up for the lost time.

She looked at my left hand: “That paper towel is almost already filled up. Shouldn’t you get a new one?” She looked at my right hand: “That’s quite a weapon you have. The little pen can be mightier than the biggest sword, you know.” In my left hand I was holding a paper towel from the bathroom. In my right hand I was holding my instrument, which was no bigger than an eyeliner pencil. In fact, it was eyeliner pencil. I was hurriedly writing statistics on a paper towel filled to the edge with little numbers. I was writing even faster for the time lost to the stripper.

I am a statistician and real estate investor. I was given permission by the strip club manager and owner to take statistics on the size of the tips given by the customers. Beer sales are traditionally used because beer is a small dollar purchase and considered a nonessential item that can be reduced when home budgets start to tighten. I would then compare the predictive power of using tips on stage with that of using beer sales as a leading economic indicator. Tips on the stage at a strip club have a wider range than beer, but can still be adjusted down to a single dollar. If my idea worked, I would then use this data for my real estate investments to get an edge on the beer stats investors.

Then she propositioned me. “I gots a good investment for you. I’m a virgin and really don’t want to be in here tonight.” She had just come out of the booth from giving a lap dance. She started to explain, but I had a hard time understanding her. She was clearly of Chinese ancestry. But she had a thick African American inner city accent and used words and a grammar that seemed to be neo-Ebonics. She went on to explain.

When she was a baby in Taiwan, a wealthy African American investor had purchased her on the “black market”.   His wife could not bear children. She was going to be a Christmas present for his wife. When the couple came to pick her up, she got suddenly and inexplicably got extremely sick and almost died. The couple rejected her. She was placed in an orphanage by the state.

A wealthy Jewish couple came to the orphanage and they took her on a “test drive” before permanently adopting her. She got sick again and they took her back and got another baby that was not broken. She said she had the misfortune that whenever a couple came to adopt her, she would inexplicably get extremely sick to the point of death.

All of the other little girls at the orphanage got adopted. But she was the little girl nobody wanted. The reason she would get sick turned out to be that she was allergic to shell fish and peanut butter. Finally an African American working class couple from the inner city took her in. She grew up in an impoverished inner city Oakland home immersed in that culture. The home was filled with other foster care kids, her “brothers and sisters”.

The foster parents were good Christians with very strict ethics. She was not allowed to date boys and had to come straight home from school to do her homework.
On her eighteenth birthday, she came home from high school and found that her scant possessions were out on the sidewalk and that the front door lock had been changed. Because she had turned eighteen, her foster parents were no longer paid by the government to love her. So they put all of her things on the street and she was on her own in the inner city as a new young adult. She went from business to business looking for work. But in the Obama-Bush Recession had hit hard and there were no jobs, especially for someone with no experience and no permanent address.

She was sleeping in the back of the BART train for warmth when she met a stripper who told her that she could make enough money to survive in the strip club, where they were always hiring. So this young adult who had never even been on a date with a boy ended up doing lap dances in a strip club to survive.
I thought to myself that this had to be one of the most elaborate hustles I had ever heard. Then came the “investment” proposition. She said, “I have to go get Mia”. She left and came back with her co-worker Mia. In strip clubs, two strippers approaching a customer is called “tag teaming”.
Mia looked like a chipmunk. She was 21 and her wisdom teeth were coming in. They were impacted and had become infected. This caused her jowls to swell up like her mouth was full of food. Since strippers were officially “independent contractors”, there was no health care plan from the corporation that owned the club.

The Bay Area counties also leave a gap in health care coverage for dental plans. Mia was from a foster care family, too. She had flown up for the weekend from San Diego because the recession had hit San Diego so hard that no customers were tipping. She told me that the San Francisco club would not let her dance because she looked like a chipmunk. She was about to fly back down to San Diego. She explained that she had saved every penny she made working as a stripper. She now had $10,000.00 saved up, an enormous amount for a stripper to actually save.

Her plan was to save another $10,000.00 for a down payment to buy a three bedroom condominium. San Diego County had a plan where it would guarantee rent at the prevailing rate for young adults out of foster care who were under 26 years old. Twenty Six is considered “the age of emancipation”, before which a young adult is not expected to be able to fully live on their own. She would then rent out the rooms in the condo with a guaranteed income provided by the government, and thuds qualify for a home loan without a steady income.

Banks like the certainty of a payment from the government. She would then save up more and buy a full home and then do the same thing. Her plan was to both make money and help new young adults who just lost their foster home. She would make sure that they were not homeless like she was. She proposed that I could invest in her plan by contributing the other half of the down payment, and I would have a guaranteed income from the government far more than what my down payment could make in any other guaranteed investment.

As for the first stripper, it turns out she was going to a 4 year college in the east bay and really was a virgin. She was majoring in early childhood development and had all A’s. She wanted me to not only meet Mia, but to invest in a child care facility for single mom’s working in strip clubs, which she wanted to open after she got her bachelor’s degree. My business partner’s grandson was also in college getting the same degree, and they now want to become business partners in her venture when they graduate.

The Huxley Family Foundation did an exploratory survey of strippers in San Francisco that year. Over 100 strippers were interviewed. Twenty Three percent of Bay Area strippers in that survey were from foster families. About 30 percent were single moms. Zero percent had dental coverage. Strippers are typically of the age when wisdom teeth come in, so I imagine that Mia’s wisdom tooth problem was not unique among strippers. The foundation conducted a similar exploratory survey in Los Angeles and found 17 percent were from foster care families. This is a good indication for doing a rigorous scientific study of just where our foster care kids go when they become adults, before the age of emancipation.

San Diego County did a financial calculation and their program turns out to be much cheaper than supporting these young adults just out of foster care in general assistance or other government assistance program. Mia was featured in a San Diego newspaper for her plan. The County of Santa Clara should adopt such a program like the County of San Diego has. Now I don’t often cuss. I reserve fowl language for those times when it is appropriate. This is one of those times and I am about to do it. So if you might be offended you should stop reading now. Here goes. Investing in these strippers not only sounds like a good investment to me, it sounds like a gosh darn good investment! Palo Alto should invest in these here strippers.  That’s the plain truth.

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A Christmas Story

This is actually an Easter story, but nobody’s perfect. It was Easter a few years ago. My sunrise hiking gang came down from the Mt. Hollywood mountaintop and we all went to a special “Easter for Atheists” screening of a new film at the local Hollywood skeptic society hall. The film was a documentary presenting evidence that the historic Jesus was actually a myth.

The whole hiking gang was there, Paul Fleiss (Heidi’s dad), George Dicaprio (Leonardo’s dad), the Hollywood and defense industry financier, the entertainment attorney, the artisan craftsman, the LAPD cop who shoots pictures, the whole gang.

There was a homeless guy panhandling at the door. Everyone ignored the guy as if he did not just ask for spare change or exist at all. I carry a stack of two dollar bills in my wallet to give to homeless people under a theory that they might keep it for good luck, so in an emergency they still have two dollars. Also because for some reason they usually smile when I pull it out and say, “wow, a two dollar bill”. I say that it is the cheapest smile I can purchase, and people chuckle. I then point out that they just smiled, which means I got even more than one smile out of the deal.

Inside, it was a packed auditorium. I looked around. It seems like everyone I knew in Hollywood was there. During the discussion period after the screening, someone brought up an argument against the possibility of there being a heaven and hell that most of us have thought of when we were kids. He said that if there was a heaven and hell, and the good people who think about others and not just themselves go to heaven, then how can they be in heaven if they are thinking about all of the suffering in hell, or on earth for that matter.

I thought about how everyone in the audience seemed to enjoy the film, yet just outside the door was a homeless guy with only a two dollar bill to his name. If everyone could enjoy the film with this guy out there suffering, then why would they not be able to do the same in heaven.

I started to raise my hand with my clever new contrarian argument. Then I realized that all I did was give a guy two dollars with my self-promoting rationale, so I was about to point to my own hypocrisy in pointing out that of others. I kept my mouth shut.

When I got outside the homeless guy was gone. Every time I am in that neighborhood, I look around for him. I’m never going to find him again. That’s the plain truth.