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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:45 pm

It’s a quagmire in California:

Recently released crime statistics show the homicide rate in California is 265 percent higher than the death rate suffered by U.S. and British military personnel in Iraq.

Whoa! Things aren’t so good business-wise, either. Nissan has decided to cut and run:

When one little company like Nissan North America pulls out of a great big city like Los Angeles, does anyone even notice?

They do when Nissan is the 80th corporation to do so since 2002.

Nissan’s headed for Nashville.

UPDATE. Good points from Tim Shell and Jeff S.

UPDATE II. I’m the stupidest man alive!

UPDATE III. Or maybe not:

Blair’s bid for the title is hampered by his facility with the English language, which conveys the surface appearance of some kind of mental process. It’s an unfortunate illusion that robs him of the recognition he truly deserves.


Posted by Tim B. on 12/02/2005 at 11:29 AM
    1. Nissan’s headed for Nashville.

      The influence of the Puppy Blender™ is complete!  ;-p

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2005 12 02 at 12:40 PM • permalink


    1. I call for a pull out of US forces from California!  The Marines will hate to lose their recruit station at San Diego, but we can finally cut San Francisco loose.  They can go see Chavez and Castro for their government hand outs.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 12 02 at 02:22 PM • permalink


    1. I have to say that I do not think that the values of liberty could be established in the peoples republic of San Fancisco. Iraq is much more positive.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 12 02 at 02:27 PM • permalink


    1. Apples and oranges, I’m afraid. California and Iraq are fairly close in area and population, so what are the homicide rates per 100K in each? That’s the comparison to make. Limiting the Iraq figure to US and UK military just doesn’t work.

      Posted by mojo on 2005 12 02 at 03:24 PM • permalink


    1. As often happens WorldNetDaily is pretty clueless.

      The death total in California may be 265% higher, but not the death rate, as the article claims.

      There were maybe 200,000 coalition troops in Iraq in 2004, versus maybe 35 million people in California.

      The death rate for Iraq would be around 4.5 per thousand, versus 0.068 per thousand for California.  Iraq is thus 6600% deadlier for troops than California is for civilians.

      Posted by TimShell on 2005 12 02 at 03:35 PM • permalink


    1. But California is run by the Democrats and they are smarter and more sensitive than everybody else.  It’s all Karl Rove’s fault!  Every night he sneaks into the state and commits all these crime against the peace-loving and cool looking residents of the state.  Rove also throws his recyclables into the trash.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2005 12 02 at 04:17 PM • permalink


    1. When your employees can’t afford housing, that’s a strong incentive to pull up stakes. I know a nephrologist in L.A. who left because she and her husband could not afford a house. A medical specialist, for God’s sake! Lots of businesses around here are in the same quandary.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2005 12 02 at 04:33 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, I have to go to the supermarket later today. What are my chances of coming home alive?

      ekw in CA

      Posted by ekw on 2005 12 02 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. Poor, ekw, poor.  Have you properly armored your car yet?

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2005 12 02 at 06:10 PM • permalink


    1. It’s all too hard.  We’re gonna lose.  It’s just like Vietnam.  Better hand it back to the Mexicans.

      Posted by murph on 2005 12 02 at 06:59 PM • permalink


    1. The death rate for Iraq would be around 4.5 per thousand, versus 0.068 per thousand for California.  Iraq is thus 6600% deadlier for troops than California is for civilians.

      Good catch, TimShell.  You’re right, the duty of any troop in Iraq is statistically more hazardous than for any typical resident of California.  ekw, for example, is safer going to the supermarket than a routine patrol in some Iraq hot spot.

      On the other hand, the left is standing on street corners shouting “TWO THOUSAND DEAD!  MORE TO COME! IT’S A QUAGMIRE FOR OIL!” and similar slogans.  This is what they see in their narrow perspective.

      It’s a matter of speaking in the correct tongue.  If a person can only understand simple terms, you have to use monosyllable words in order to communicate.

      Of course, they have to want to listen in the first place……

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 12 02 at 07:05 PM • permalink


    1. Corporate taxes are eating California businesses alive.  Gotta pay for all those bilingual social programs, doncha know.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 12 02 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. Electrickery must a cost fortune too. Is Nashville building a new reactor anytime soon?

      Posted by CB on 2005 12 02 at 08:16 PM • permalink


    1. Nancy Pelosi for President?

      Posted by JPB on 2005 12 02 at 10:15 PM • permalink


    1. BI-lingual?!—Do you know how many languages the ballot in the last California election was printed in that I know of?


      CK — That’s Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Valley Authority.  How many reactors y’all want?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 03 at 01:05 AM • permalink


    1. TVA supplies the power for Nashville and the surrounding area. A combination of coal, hydro and some nuclear.

      Anyonek know where I to find a comparison of energy rates across America? I’d bet that the Tennessee area is quite competitive.

      Posted by CujoQuarrel on 2005 12 03 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. Just wait until the military toll equals the nearly 3,000 fatalities on 9/11 -the MSM will go ballistic with this irrelevant comparison.
      I fear that the US public have gone just as soft-headed and mouse-hearted as their MSM and many in Congress who want to govern by opinion polls.
      Don’t they know that even good wars kill?  Compare just one month’s toll in the Pacific in WWII, or the toll after three years in Vietnam.
      Not exact comparisons, but relevant to understanding the proportions of the job that is essential NOW.

      Posted by Barrie on 2005 12 03 at 04:01 AM • permalink


    1. shameful ,tim… that you should report such a blatantly poor piece of stats and claim some sort of truth…the libs will take this ,show it around, and claim this is how dumb righties are..

      Posted by embutler on 2005 12 03 at 11:39 AM • permalink


    1. The Nashville area’s cost of living is 53% that of Gardena, CA, Nissan America’s current home.

      Although they are only moving the 1300 employee HQ, Nissan has several plants in the south, and electricity prices and non-union shops are probably the biggest reason for their being. The average price is about 6.5 cents per kwh in the south, and 12 cents/kwh on the left coast.

      2003 USA Electricity Prices

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2005 12 03 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. timshell, The Real JeffS — If we’re going to try to make more an apples and apples comparison of death rates, perhaps the Iraq casualties per capita should be compared to the demonstrably high-risk neighborhoods of LA, such as East LA, South LA (nee South Central), Hawaiian Gardens or even Pacoima.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 03 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. Mr Tim he say

      UPDATE II. I’m the stupidest man alive!

      Not in Dav er Mr Heidelberg’s lifetime, you’re not, no.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2005 12 04 at 02:04 AM • permalink


    1. boy oh boy Tim B, Lambert now thinks you are stupid. He calls you stupid and another time time he calls you dishonest. Not bad for a guy whose employer lets him use university of NSW resources such as server and time. In other words the real job is blogging and acting out the role of hitman for the hard left while moonlighting as a university teacher.
      Lets not forget that he tried to hijack your site prompting Prof. Bunyip to comment, “At all universities you will find many members of faculty who do indeed suffer from severe personality disorders, the compulsion to steal other bloggers’ sites being just one manifestation”.

      A yiddish word comes to mind referring to the male appendage.

      Posted by powderkeg on 2005 12 05 at 07:46 AM • permalink


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