Watercooler 7/17/2017 Open Thread: California National Guard, Weirdness From The Coasts


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California National Guard

The California Army National Guard was formed with the passing of the Militia Act of 1903, also known as the Dick Act. Prior to that time, the California Army Guard originated from the state militia established by the Constitution of California in 1849. On April 4, 1850, the first California Legislature in San Jose adopted enabling legislation formally establishing a militia of volunteer or independent companies.


As the secession crisis developed in early 1861, several Volunteer Companies of the California Militia had disbanded because of divided loyalties and new ones with loyal Union men were sworn in across the state under the supervision of County sheriffs and judges. In 1862, the crisis of the American Civil War compelled the militia to be reorganized. During the Civil War 88 militia companies had been formed to serve, if required, in their respective localities, or to respond to a call from the governor.

In 1866, the Legislature for the first time employed the term “National Guard” as the title of the organized uniformed troops of the State of California. The statute provided for the organization of the National Guard, General and Special Staffs, formations of companies, service, arms and equipment, created a Board of Organization, formed a Board of Military Auditors, adopted a system of instruction and drill, described in detail the duties of the Adjutant General, created privileges and exemptions, allowances and expenses, limited the issuance of arms to troops only, provided for military musters and active service.

The Militia Act of 1903 organized the various state militias into the present National Guard system. Between the wars the 79th Infantry Brigade existed in the state, with the 159th and 184th Infantry Regiments. Soon after World War II the 49th Infantry Division was organized in the state, but it disappeared after later reorganization. On February 1, 1976, the 49th Infantry Brigade, California Army National Guard, was re-designated the 49th MP Brigade at Alameda, California.


Units and members of the California Army National Guard have served in: World War I, World War II, Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, Sinai Peninsula, Qatar, Germany, Spain, Panama, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, during the L.A. Riots, on the US/Mexico Border mission, during Hurricane Katrina humanitarian efforts, in airports and seaports around California, in various military bases across the US in support of Homeland Security, and more.

Shortage Of Foreign Labor Forces Maine Businesses To Hire Local Workers

Because of new limits on the seasonal worker visa program, restaurants, hotels and other tourist-centered operations are scrambling to find seasonal employees. Until Congress opens the door to more H-2B foreign workers, those businesses are finding ways to attract locals onto the payroll. Until then, Bar Harbor area employers are enticing workers in other ways. Higher wages are part of the solution. Searchfield says some businesses are also weighing new schedules that might appeal to older workers in the region, interested in working only a day or two each week.

Chocolate milk booted off the menu at SF school cafeterias

In many districts, it is the sacred cow of school cafeterias and among the more controversial issues in education, with the debate typically centering on whether chocolate milk is better than no milk, nutritionally speaking. In San Francisco, district officials have decided the answer is no. The district will officially ban chocolate milk, starting in elementary and middle schools this fall and expanding to high schools in the spring.

California Requires Solar Panels on All Homes and Windmills on All Farms

The California Senate Majority Leader Kevin de León has introduced a new bill that would mandate the Golden State get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. What has not been widely discussed in the press – and buried in the details of the bill – is that all new homes and all homes sold must have solar panels as their source of energy. All apartment buildings with more than four units must install solar panels by 2025, and all commercial and office buildings must do the same. As for farms, they must commit 25% of their acreage to windmills.

What is in the water in these places? I mean, seriously…from hiring American citizens, to death by chocolate, to mandates for businesses and homeowners…just insane. In 2016, the average size of a California farm was 331 acres. Depending on the size of the windmill installation, a farmer could lose a fair amount of use of almost 84 acres. So when that mandate puts a dent in the farmer’s business, not only will he not be hiring, but the cost of his crop will go up. I guess California doesn’t understand basic economics: declining supply and steady or increasing demand = higher prices.

And what is up with the chocolate milk? What a bunch of Godless communists. Oh well, I should consider the source, as we consider and enjoy the open thread…



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