ANTIOCH (KCBS) – Just days after Pacific Gas and Electric lamented the ongoing and widespread theft of copper wire from its Antioch power poles, the utility is now revealing that a particularly brazen thief – or thieves – stole an entire transformer from a power pole.

This is in addition to the knocking down of an estimated 300 power poles, stripping them of their lucrative copper wiring.

There is copper wiring in the transformer, as well.

It’s a risky move, the utility warned, because it’s energized electrical wiring that’s being taken. In fact, people have been electrocuted or otherwise seriously injured attempting to lift the wiring.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

It will cost PG&E tens of thousands of dollars to replace the downed power poles and stolen transformer. The price tag to replace just one power pole and its missing transformer: $12,000.

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Comments (171)
  1. RobertHaw says:

    There can not be that many places you can sell copper. Are the authorities working with these places to catch the thief’s?

    1. Joseph says:

      If they are anywhere near as clever as the metal thieves around here, they smelt the copper down so that it can’t be positively recognized as the original stolen items.

    2. Dave says:

      Not really. A few places are self-governing, but the unscrupulous dealer will smelt the stuff pretty quickly and send it off.

  2. Joe Doakes says:

    Obama’s America . . . this is what happens when you take a free and prosperous nation into the twilight of socialism.

    1. Scudbuster says:

      And it’s only going to get worse if we stay on HIS course.

      1. Tiberius Franklin says:

        its not his course its the banks course…of course. the only countries having their british – democracy style to them are those arab countries that do not and have not practiced british banking. september 11 2001? how about september 11 1776, or september 11 1812? the brits are at war with us, the attacks on 911 took place in new york on top of the revolutionalry war battlefield, the battle of manhatttan when british admiral Howe attacked General washington BY SURPRISE after being turned down by Dr Franklin on Staten island for a pardon in return for rescinding our declaration of independence….on september 11 1776…since the city of london banks own the world media…I guess you missed that one….fight now or perish, bring down the banks

    2. dissonance says:

      LOL @ Socialism. Has anyone who makes these ridiculous claims attended a high school social studies class? I’m guessing “NO” given that socialism is a system of government brought into existence by an uprising of the “working class”. What we see now is the uprising of the monied class…..the TOTAL opposite of socialism.

      Just a heads up before you make a fool of yourself, again.

      1. Cogito ergo sum says:

        I agree. We have a fascist governnment, a merger of business and state. Socialism is about restributing wealth to everyone. The United States has the largest gap in the industrialized West between rich and poor. This is not Socialism. This is Fascism. Obama and Bush are one in the same. Democrats and Republicans need to wake up to this fact. I keep hearing that Bush went to Congress before going into Iraq and how he was so much better than Obama. Bush also LIED to Congress and said there were WMDs in Iraq, which there were not. He signed the Patriot Act which has destoyed our Constitution. Obama is continuing Bush’s destructive action because our government is no longer controlled by the people. It’s controlled by the bankers and major corporations and they place whoever they want in the Head Puppet position. We need to look past Obama and Bush to the real enemy behind the scenes. This is a fascist police state, no a socialist country.

      2. socialism II says:

        Socialism is a system of government brought into existence by an uprising of the elites, who in turn use the working class as cover.

      3. Russ says:

        I thought that Socialism was a system of government brought into existence by the elites making sheep of the working class to do their bidding. Huh.

      4. anti-dissonance says:

        So, in insulting people, you’ve forgotten about most of Europe’s “social democracy”. Dissonance, you’re the idiot here. You aren’t informed past your own misinformed, uneducated beliefs. Go to school yourself. Read….ANYTHING!!!

      5. dissonance says:

        “social democracies” are not tantamount to “socialism”. thus the clarifier, “democracy”……

        *shakes head*


      6. jason sugss says:

        Idiotic talking point from the socialist left. The first job of the socialist left is to convince the world there is no such thing as the socialist left.

        As to the facts, there are different concepts of socialism. The most extreme is when the government owns the means of production. This socialism is commonly called communist and results in a totalitarian state such as the former Soviet Union.

        Then, there is the soft socialism of Western Europe where taxes are extremely high and the government controls the economy through heavy regulation and manipulation of the tax code. These European socialist states provide services for free that the private economy could easily provide such as utilities, major manufacturing, education at every level and high benefits levels for unemployment and retirement. This kind of system make the citizens dependent on the government for everything and robs them of their economic initiative and political motivation. This is the direction we are moving in with Obama. Yes, Obama is a European style socialist. Now, it is you who needs to go back the failed high school that graduated you with honors.

      7. Sarah says:

        Interesting. Under socialism, the “working class” only attempt to work is the effort it takes to hold their hand out. hussein obama’s vision of America is to create decay and destruction. As people become more desperate and poor under his criminal administration, expect more crimes. I suggest you take a look at Greece.

      8. madeuce says:

        “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

      9. arniek991 says:

        I’m confused. If I study hard, apply myself, get an education and a career that I am happy with and that pays well, why are people less inclined or intelligent than myself entitled to a lifestyle like my own?

        Isn’t that euro-socialism in a nutshell?

      10. Sad says:

        OK Dissonance. With my masters in Economics in hand I feel quite qualified to call you an idiot. Socialism is brought about not by any kind of uprising but rather a mindset and change in policy that grinds itself in the direction of government control. Yes we are trending that way due to this incompetent idiot you elected. If we don’t wake up soon, the country I love will be lost to fools like yourself, sad times for sure!

      11. Jay b. says:

        What an ill informed IDIOT. Are you really THAT stupid, or do you try hard? LMFAO!

    3. Joe de says:

      This was happening for 8 years BEFORE Obama became president.

      I see you were redirected from the Drudge.

      While you complain and point fingers, let solution oriented americans do some work.

      1. jason suggs says:

        Bush’s deficits were terrible at 200 Billion. Obama’s deficits are catastrophic at 5 times that level. Maybe you could learn a thing or two over there at Drudge.

      2. SFnomad says:

        Bush’s last budget disaster was an $800 billiion deficit. Appears you don’t learn much over at Drudge.

      3. God says:

        @SFNomad: Try $300 billion. Get your facts straight before you accuse others of not knowing something.

      4. jlburdge says:

        And just WHO are these,,,, solution oriented Americans you are talking about ???

      5. Russ says:

        My solution – vote out Obama and as many of his lap-dog Dems as possible.

      6. hebgb says:

        Please point us in the direction to all these result oriented people who can’t figure out where to catch 300 pole downers – what a joke!

    4. samba says:

      Vote for the front-runner – Ron Paul in 2012


    6. kls525 says:

      You’ve got to be f**king kidding me – Obamas’ America? You mean Bushs’ America right???

      1. jwil says:

        bush isnt president. In case you didnt know

    7. Jimmy says:

      Yeah, but two wrongs don’t make a right, right?

  3. Dave says:

    The only way to stop it, is to go after the persons who pays these thieves for the copper. if they can not sell the copper they will not steal it!!!!!

    1. CJ says:

      ? or how about the theives? they could sell it anywhere you dummy.

      1. CJ says:


    2. SubjectoftheUSSA says:

      if they’re taking entire transformers and not getting caught, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that they’re melting this stuff down somewhere/somehow

      1. kls525 says:

        Why would they have to melt it ? Thet could cut/shred the copper.

      2. JMWinPR says:

        Also a pretty good bet they work for the power company

    3. Frank says:

      No need to go after the buyers. Most are now required to make a copy of the sellers photo ID so when the police come looking they know who the seller was.

      1. vera says:

        Police are more concerned about speeders or wrong orders in restaurants. or making sure 10 y old does not have lemonade stand without permit, resellers licence and Health department approval. Also, arresting 6 y old for sexual harassment in the claasroom, harrasing smokers in public parks etc,etc.Not enough time for copper theft after all budget cuts. Priorities, prierities…

    4. Steve says:

      Dave. Come on buddy, lets think here.
      Who can prove it? That is like someone selling lemonade on the street, only you won’t know that the lemons have been stolen from someone else’s tree. :/

  4. kauboy says:

    Oh yeah… we need four more years of this!!!

    1. Cogito ergo sum says:

      It’s going to be A LOT more than 4 more years if Americans don’t wake up to the fact that the president is a puppet for the central banks and corporations. We need to audit the Federal Reserve and reign in the deliberate, destructive spending and borrowing by our government. The FED is a private bank, a fact most Americans don’t know. They control our entire economy, they will be the end of us. They have NO oversight. Stop whining about Obama. He’s a traitor and should be prosecuted as such, he took an oath, just as Bush did to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Both are criminals and are disgusting liars, but they are not the people who are running the show here. We need to look at the central banks and gigantic corporations who buy out our government. Our Congress is completely corrupt as well. The government has been taken over by a bunch of greedy traitors who care nothing for Americans. I think our only hope is Ron Paul. He has been pushing to audit the Fed for years.

      1. samg says:

        obama presidente for life….yeah! mmm …. mmmm ….. mmmmm

      2. Submitter says:

        Hey look, someone gets it! Obama and Bush are from the same tree. While the dolts sit around defending one or the other, America is burning to the ground. Invest in bullets you fools, and save one for yourselves.

  5. JM says:

    Why aren’t recycling centers (not the little bottle/can places) being forced to turn in the folks who come there to get money for the copper? If a sting needs to be done anywhere, big recycling centers should be first on the list. In SoCal, it is not uncommon to see large trucks loaded up with all kinds of metal driving up and down residential streets looking for things to steal or haul away and turn in for cash at those centers. If copper is the new trend, bust them when they go to collect their cash.

    1. jason suggs says:

      waste management, including recycling is run by the mob in this country. dont you know that?

    2. Steve says:

      Here’s the thing, this coming from someone who knows the metal recycling industry… the thieves can take the core out of the transformer, clean it or burn it, cut it up in a million unidentifiable pieces, sell it to some law abiding random Joe. How can I say, this person stole this material and I am not going to pay him?

      I’m not going to sell you a carton of eggs because you could be using drug money to buy them.

  6. Robby G. says:

    Who knew copper was so easy to move. Must have some organized crime involvment.

  7. Steven Moshlak says:

    Look around for the smell or mess left by burnt hydraulic fluid or crankcase oil. That is what is used for coolant to keep transformers heat in check.

    1. Ken Taylor says:

      Being an electrical engineer, the most used coolant is sterile mineral oil. Anything that is dark or has a burnt smell is an indication of high PCB contaminated oil.

  8. Mr. Happy Pance says:

    So is this to say that Antioch isn’t the place to visit? I thought the “summer of recovery” solved everything. No? Hmmmmmm.

    1. Mikey says:

      I’d rather go to Chico than Antioch…

  9. John Cowan says:

    Hope and change in action!

  10. Patti says:

    Copper thieves cost an electric company here in central Oklahoma $1,000,000 when they broke into a substation and stole $100 worth of copper. They caused that much damage. Another copper thieve killed himself after digging into the ground and causing a natural gas explosion. His truck was found resting in a crater.

  11. jasperddbgghost says:

    Hope and Change….and copper theft.

  12. JustAGuy says:

    It’s the Obama economy. Folks are getting desperate.

    1. Joe de says:

      Where were you when it was the Bush economy?
      Oh yeah …your a hypocrite and amateur politician who would rather play the whole right vs left game.

      1. Mikey says:

        Where were we? We were sitting happy with 4.7% unemployment and 52 months of positive economic growth in a row. We were doing just fine until the democrats took control of congress in 07.

        You idiot libs really need to find some new talking points. Your current ones have already been debunked!

      2. JustAGuy says:

        Ypu! I was working!

        ….ahhhh, the good old days, when Americans were working!

      3. Russ says:

        I wish we HAD the Bush economy. He had his faults, but ignoring reality to “fundamentally change the United States” was not one of them.

        Give me the Bush $1.85 a gallon gas, the Bush 50% as high <5% unemployment rating, and inflation that is not hidden by leaving out the cost of gas and food.

  13. Ya says:

    How does an every day run of the mill thief know how to remove the copper and an entire transformer without getting a few thousand volts shooting through their body? Do they ever find crispy would-be theives on the ground?

    1. solo_poke says:

      Maybe he used to install them or make them, and he got laid off some billionare can have another ivory back scratcher.

      The sudden in rise in unemployment does not mean a whole lot more people suddenly decided to become lazy.

      Ignorance is what the wealthy count on to fool the people into supporting their self centered greed.

      1. Russ says:

        Most of the wealth held by billionaires is not spent on silly stupid luxury items. They are not the kind of squandering idiots you make them out to be. Most of their money is invested in businesses and enterprises that create jobs and feed the economy – at least as much as can be done with the equivalent of a six-year-old calling the shots.

        Get over this idea that the wealthy are sitting on the money that should just be given to other people. Those other people in most cases have done nothing to deserve a penny of anyone’s money, certainly not MY tax money.

  14. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Enjoy the PCB’s that are inside and used to cool them.

    1. ericholder says:

      That depends on the age of the transformer.

    2. Mikey says:

      Still spamming out for your website Fanny? Or was it Aunt Bee?

      1. Aunt Bee says:

        Spam implies something is for sale. Nothing is for sale at

        Looks as you have already sold out. though. Typical troll.

        If you’re a grown man using the name Mikey, then you’re also a sold out degenerate.

  15. Mathew says:

    I feel like I am LIVING Atlas Shrugged.

  16. tpsullie says:

    must have been the monster from Super 8

  17. ferg says:

    what a stupid comment

    1. Ymous says:

      Was hoping to bait someone with my troll comment. Well done ferg :]

  18. whimp says:

    If the liberal court system would crack down on those buying copper wire and those stealing it ….oh well what the hell we dont even exicute killers.

    1. Joe de says:

      The drudgies are out in force today!!!!

      1. David McWilliams says:

        You’re just upset that we can think clearly, because we haven’t been on the kool-aid for years.

      2. Russ says:

        I love how the Left’s first reaction is to make like six-year-olds and make up funny names for people. Nyah, nyah!

      3. Sik says:

        oh, Joe.. I feel so sorry for you. You must the last one left on earth that believes in the big BO! I’m gonna light a candle for you and pray that you wake up from your deep, deep slumber.

  19. ferg says:

    Going the way of a thirld world country. If you want to blame someone, blame the Obama supporter and the culture of corruption that is breeding in America today.

  20. chocolate larry says:

    I think Obama and Biden had it wrong by a year. 2011 is actually the “Summer of Recovery”. Copper recovery, that is! If it ain’t tied down (and even if it is), it’s fair game!

    Some believe that in 2008 we flushed the republicans and bush and everything bad in America. Change, we were told, was coming – and we would watch the waters cease to rise.

    Yes, I can feel the change happening all around me and the oceans do seem to be subsiding. It’s a sort of swirly, spinning feeling, too, as the waters subside I mean, ah, er, uh, drain…

    Drain and swirl – that’s because most of the washout happens well after you tug on the toilet handle! It only takes the accomplishments of a few entreprenurial/commodity trading Americans to show us how far we’ve come since those heady days of 2008. Too bad the turd in DC that’s stinking the country up is still floating on top.

    I’ll trade my transformer for your smartmeter!

  21. Jeff says:

    Come on America.. did you really hate Bush that much that you sent some third rate whathisname African Marxist with a muslim name to replace him ?

    With a 4.5 % unemployment did you really believe the media that things were that bad ? If things were that bad then, what are they now ??

    1. Joe Bloski says:

      Yes, I did hate Bush that much that I would have voted for anyone else. Obama inherited an impossible mess an it’s not reasonable to expect his administration to fix evrything overnight.

      1. Joe de says:

        Funny how quick conservatives passed the economic hot potato to democrats. It takes balls for conservatives to point fingers at Obama’s mess and then push for deregulation.

      2. jason suggs says:

        What an idiot. Bush didn’t run in that last presidential election, honey.

      3. camoguy says:

        Overnight?! Too funny! It has been two and a half years!!
        After 9/11 the economy turned around in a week after a MUCH larger crash than Obama can fathom. Even with the Democrat congress putting the brakes on the economy,
        Unfortunately, it will take the Tea Party Republicans to stand up against this administration to stop the decline and the raisiing of the debt limit.

      4. Mikey says:

        You gotta love the liberals and their blind hatred. Never mind the fact that it was their own democrat held congress that drove us into the ditch…

      5. Russ says:

        LOL Joe Bloski. Obama and the Dems have done NOTHING that is going to help the economy, and after 2 1/2 years nothing is getting better AT ALL. NOT AT ALL. Overnight? Obama has had 900 overnights and all we have are his wet dreams to show for it.

  22. joe blow says:

    What an idiot Anon Ymous is

  23. Mr. T says:

    I wonder if the idiot that stole the transformer knows that the oil inside of it contains poly-chlorinated bi-phenols. So he will probably have cancer in a couple of months after handling it anyway….justice served.

    1. ericholder says:

      Well, that all depends on the age of the transformer. Modern ones (produced after the late ’70s) do not contain PCBs.

      1. solo_poke says:

        They are made using mineral oils, which are not hazardous like PCB’s. Still the losses due to long distance transmision of electricity are significant, when compared to micro solar and wind which is produced where it is used (whitin 100 feet).

        This change would create massive economic growth, however the fortune 100 would loose their dependant energy consumers, so the government buries this plan deep.

        The wealthy elites, are too greedy to allow people to produce their own energy. I built my own wind turbine and converted my Jeep to electric drive, all the components were purchased on the internet for $15,000. Between the cost of gas, heat and electricity payback is much less then 5 years.

  24. ericholder says:

    What’s sad is if one of these dummies gets electrocuted pulling a stunt like this and their relatives sued the power company, there would be some stupid people on the jury who would award a huge settlement

  25. misho says:

    When I read one of these morons has been electrocuted trying this, I laugh and laugh.

    1. ericholder says:

      Yep, I agree. Sometimes I wonder…the rest of the time I know.

  26. TheydidThis says:

    But we are not in a depression go back to your American Idol. Nothing to see here move on folks.

  27. dave says:

    maybe it’s just someone doing a job that most Americans won’t do.

  28. Rick Tannehill says:

    Let’s hope the thieves miscalculate on whether a line is live or not when they start to strip the copper wire. Self-execution would be a fitting reward.

  29. August says:

    The Electric Company STOLE THE COPPER in the first place; YEEHAW!

    I never got my check for that copper that belongs to EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET!

    1. Mikey says:

      Huh? They bought the copper from a mining company that bought or leased the land from the owner in order to mine it.

      Face it August. You are not owed anything.

    2. samg says:

      You sure as hell would not mine it ….too damn lazy to lift a spoon….. go back to sleep you bum ! ….YEEHAW!

    3. Russ says:

      You are standing on my property. Get off.

  30. lee says:

    Someone once said that if people realize they can vote themselves money, democracy will go out the window (and it did, now we have lobbies, corporations, and walstreet running america).

    What I’m wondering right now is, what will happen now that people have realized that foreigners can vote themselves which laws they get to break (illegal immigrants voting for amnesty). Law and Order goes out the window???? Hey that is the right answer. (Riots in California, Sex slave trade along the border, Mexican gangsters doing drive by shootings).

    1. solo_poke says:

      Its going to turn into a big mess when the people wake up and realize there has been a class war going on since Nixon. It has really picked up steam under #43 and #44.

      The marriage between government and corporations has led to pseudo fascist state. Too many people equate that with “the final solution”, however it is economic based the jewish question was strictly a matter of diversion and having a common enemy/

  31. ModeratesRisePlz says:

    Obama & W are both bad so is the two party system. extremists are bad whether on the right wing (Drudgiees) or leftwing (Kos). Both are responsible for bailing wall st, not taxing proportionately and creating biggest wealth gap in history between rich and poor, and squeezing working class.

    1. Mikey says:

      Funny how Drudge will link to any website (MSNBC, FOX, CNN, Breitbart, Time, etc.) Yet the Daily Kos or Huffpo will only run their own biased articles.

      The simple fact is Drudge is far more balanced than any other news medium. They are simply because they DON’T write articles. They only link to articles they think will bring them hits.

    2. solo_poke says:

      Yes exactly, both are sellouts. I think a lot of people are movtivated by the old partisan left vs right paradigm instead of realizing the class war is on big time.

  32. tonyg101 says:

    Maybe we’ll be lucky, if the high voltage desn’t get them maybe the transformer is of an older vintage and still has PCB in it.

  33. Willard says:

    Please take me back to the failed policies of Bush. Compare every economic indicater during his administration to today. Unemployment rate, national debt, property values, health care costs and the list goes on.

    Please let’s go back the the failed policies of Bush.

    1. Mikey says:

      I second the motion.

    2. solo_poke says:

      He started this mess, and the next fool continues to be a sellout.

      When you point at the individual instead of the system he represents, it reveals the racism you try to hide.

      Blame the marriage of government and corporations on the fascist government we have today, but don’t point at one fool and sqy remmembre him he was better, when he was just as bad as the current fool.

  34. duckandcover says:

    Wow! I didn’t know that copper was a renewable resource (at least to the their).
    The theif steals the copper; company replaces it; theif steals the copper and magically it reappears!

  35. Norm says:

    By all means warn would be felons about the shock hazard. How about this: Put some sort of hiddem extra wire that will kill unauthorized persons that tamper with private equipment. Caught in the act would then take on a whole new meaning. C;rime in this country is approaching third world status. Deal with criminals quickly and harshly.

  36. Howard says:

    What’s wrong if they get electrocuted doing this? Works for me.

  37. GONE says:

    GOOD, I hope they steal ALL of them.

    This is what they get for not going Solar and keeping the RIPPOFF rates on Citizens.

    Green energy my BUTT

  38. kirt says:

    Other countries have already placed the overhead wires underground because it looks nicer. Who wants to look at messy, ugly wires all over the place? The US should put the wires underground not only for beauty purposes, but also for thief reasons. I hope Obama will do something about the wires. We look like a developing nation.

  39. SD Surfer says:

    By printing paper money and ruining confidence in our economy, Obama and his policies have caused commodities to spike while more and more Americans are out of work.

    Put these together and you have copper thieves knocking down telephone poles to feed their families. Now that’s Hope and Change!

  40. chuckles says:

    A friend of mine escaped the Soviet union right before the fall. He told a story of a shipbuilder that could never finish a ship because the workers stole the brass bells, the brass fittings,and copper wire and tubing. Every time they would get close to delivery of a ship, it would be stripped. The humorous part of the story was every place of business in town had a ships bell hanging outside their door, some with the name of a ship on it.

    Moral of the story is when people steal copper and aluminum from power poles and church air conditioners, we are close to the end of socialism. We will collapse staying at this level.

  41. Brett says:

    Thieves? I call them savvy investors creatively aquiring precious metals as a hedge against inflation from all the Federal Reserves’ money printing.

    1. ImaHippyBurning says:


  42. Recovery=Depression? says:

    Sobering economic facts-

    2010 US Federal government deficit spending = 9.6% of GDP
    2010 US GDP stated growth rate = 2.6%

    Effective GDP growth = NEGATIVE 7%

    Who would of thought that the propaganda mills of today would call a Depression a recovery.

  43. harry says:

    Oh yea blame obama. Folks are stupid…PERIOD!

  44. Osamas Pajamas says:

    We need armed guards and shoot-to-kill rules of engagement.

  45. JustAGuy says:

    I’ve seen a few posters complain about the appearance of posters who arrived here from Drudge Report. Are you concerned that your little leftist group-think now must stand scrutiny?

    BTY, this is not the first, second, or even tenth time I’ve seen leftists complain when an alternate point of view shows up.

    ….talk about trying to stifle freedom of speech!

    1. Russ says:

      Standard operating procedure for the Left. Try and get anyone to speak on a college campus they disagree with and watch what happens to a person’s civil rights. The Left is much more like Nazi’s than anything else and they prove it over, and over, and over.

  46. ImaHippyBurning says:

    Catch Them And Give The Electroshock Therapy…

  47. Jason Mccuen says:

    Ii think it was the Super 8 monster

  48. topdog says:

    “harry”, you just don’t see the light.

  49. Sean Patriot says:


  50. Atlas Shrugged says:

    Obama’s job creation is working, recycling is killing it.

  51. Rick O'Shea says:

    Bring forth they Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

  52. Serqus says:

    This happens a lot in places like Haiti. Just sayin

  53. moutainhiker says:

    I would say take all the copper accross the country, that would create jobs, I forgot no jobs every thing is made in china.

  54. solo_poke says:

    As the gap grows between the super rich and the poor, these kinds of events will become much more common.

    Exploiting the design flaw of above ground electrical transmission the hungry and desperate will strip the grid clean.

    This reverse robin hood fascist government is clueless to the plight of the poor.
    GOP and DEMS are tools being used by the elites to enrich themselves even further at the expense of the poor and shrinking middle class.

    The tactic of turning the right and left wing oriented middle and poor class on each other while the greedy elites continue to rob both groups blind.

  55. Khemo Jr says:

    If they ever catch the peole stealing the copper wire, they should remove the electrical wires form their homes. I had the electric meter and copper wiring stolen from my cabin, and the sheriff won’t even try to do anything about it. They already have too many problems to worry with. That also leaves me with no water from the well which depends on electricity!

  56. John says:

    Try a very old American solution to this problem, teach the young that its wrong to steal, anything from anyone, Much more important to their future and ours than fostering a unearned sense of entitlement.

  57. Not Ignorant says:

    Well, a few people get it, but most of the sheeple bleat and move along to the green pasture.

    I used to be disgusted that our government thinks the average person is an ignorant dolt, but I am being slowly forced to conclude that our government is right.

    I just refuse to be put inside barbed wire compound to bleat along with the other sheeple (which seems to be the lot most of us are heading for)

    Are us sheeple really this stupid???

  58. Not Ignorant says:

    Question to Cogito:

    Just how to you propose unseating those elite running the show? They’ve backing the House of Representatives down now from a firm stand on the debt ceiling by insinuations and vague threats. (damage the economy, yada yada yada)

    They know exactly what they are doing and how the big picture really works.

  59. Russ says:

    When there are this many anti-Obama comments on a media site from San Fran, Obama is in deep, deep, deep trouble. As he should be. Now where is the outrage over his administration giving guns to the Mexican drug lords, and our own people being shot with them? Oh, that’s right, he had nothing to do with that or any of the other long list of inept failures to which we have become accustomed.

    The Mouse always out thinks the mouse trap eventually.

  61. Mike Alright says:

    Every male baby-boomer should be forced to give most of the the copper in their house to the closest woman. That would make up for all of the advantage that they had over them while they were becoming successful, back in the day (when the US was free). They should also be forced to give up part of their pension. to them also-It is only fair….

  62. Phil A. Buster says:

    The joke may be on the thieves themselves. Many transformers have been made with ALUMINUM windings for years. Many overhead lines are also aluminum. One way or another the copper thieves will get theirs.

  63. Jim in HCMC says:

    People are stealing copper because the price of copper is high. Period.

    Americans must look at the current economic malaise and accept the role they played in it! The current economic condition is not “Obama;s fault,” “Bush’s fault” or “Clinton’s fault.” Presidents provide voters with what they demand (Lest they would never be elected!) Do you really think George W. Bush wanted to enact that “Free prescription medicine” for senior citizens? Of course not! But he saw how the idea resonated with the seniors when Algore promoted it during the presidential campaign. And the war in Afghanistan and Iraq? A seething American public demanded blood after 9-11. And blood you got.

    I am not sanguine over America’s future. I do not expect voters to elect people who campaign on the theme of “Not spending money.”

    America, like a drunken loon, needs to hit bottom before it can recover.

  64. William Wallace says:

    While so many of you are on the “hate Bush / blame Bush” bandwagon, let me ask just who was the Speaker of the House form 2007?…Was that not your own SF Nancy Pelosi ???

  65. Laybia Sexbot says:

    You humans are so cute! Why don;t you all just sit back and let us Machines take care of everything for you?