Monday, September 30, 2013

Oakland robberies surge as investigations sputter

Oakland slides into anarchy
When Prato later gave police his report, he could hear the chatter on their radios. "They seemed completely like a force overwhelmed with the evening," Prato recalled. "We could hear other robberies reported over the radio as we were giving our statements."

HUNDREDS OF CA FARM WORKERS WALK OFF JOB TO PROTEST UNION GRAB

Leftists never really cared for the people.

In Fresno County, California, some hundreds of workers have walked away from their jobs at Gerawan Farming in protest at the United Farm Workers, a union that the workers have been forced to join by the state of California. The union has attempted to seize some three percent of each worker’s paycheck based on a union vote two decades ago. The union has been completely inactive at Gerawan Farming since it was established. Workers at Gerawan make $10 per hour and receive health benefits. That is significantly higher than industry standard, and the union simply wants employee cash based on negotiations that never involved the union. “They’re not asking us if we want it or not, they’re forcing us to have a union and we don’t want that,” said Silvia Lopez, one of the employees. “We have a right to vote to choose.”

The copyright cartel's plot to indoctrinate California kindergartens

This Kindergarten propaganda will be taught right after the LGBT propaganda.  Leftists just don't know when to quit controlling anything and everything we do.

Wired obtained some of the draft lesson plans. They're amazing (and not in a complimentary way). The lesson aimed at second graders (pdf), for example, winds up this way:

We are all creators at some level. We hope others will respect our work and follow what we decide to allow with our photos, art, movies, etc. And we 'play fair' with their work too. We are careful to acknowledge the work of authors and creators and respect their ownership. We recognize that it's hard work to produce something, and we want to get paid for our work.


We're definitely all becoming creators, and we do want others to respect our work. But in the real world, and under the law, we can't make all the decisions about what uses we allow of that work. There's a concept called "fair use" – deliberately ignored in the lesson, on the absurd basis that kids can't understand it – that explicitly allows others to make use of our work in ways we don't like, or anticipate. Without fair use, creative works would be next to impossible, because we all build on the work of those who came before us.



SpaceX launches its largest rocket from California coast

CA is probably a better place.  Better weather!

SpaceX successfully launched its most powerful rocket Sunday, notching another milestone for the Hawthorne rocket maker.

The nine-engine Falcon 9, carrying a Canadian weather satellite, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 9 a.m.

It marked the first time that a rocket made by SpaceX launched from California. Until Sunday, SpaceX had launched its rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Vaccine refusal linked to California pertussis outbreak

Leftist Whackos have lost - or maybe never had -perspective with regard to whooping cough.  There was a time when the problem was so bad over half of a classroom would be empty due to the spread of the disease.
The 2010 California outbreak of the extremely contagious respiratory disease pertussis (also known as whooping cough) was the largest in more than 60 years. It resulted in 9,120 cases and 10 deaths -- a third of all the cases seen in the USA that year. Several causes of the outbreak have previously been documented, including waning immunity of the pertussis vaccine. A new analysis offers evidence that geographic areas with higher percentages of people who intentionally refused the vaccine is also associated with increased cases of the disease.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Obamacare -- the View from California

How the heck is Obamacare going to help provide healthcare to CA'ians?  It won't.
The Los Angeles Times wrote in May, "People who want UCLA Medical Center and its doctors in their health plan network next year, for instance, may have only one choice in California's exchange: Anthem Blue Cross. " But less than a month later Anthem Blue Cross pulled out of the California SHOP. Let's see, one minus one equals zero, right?

In the same article, Blue Shield admitted that its slimmed-down CoveredCA members would see only 37% of the doctors who make up Shield's regular, long-established network.

Friday, September 27, 2013

California to review toxic substances in consumer products

This is amazing.  The writer of the article thinks a HUGE GOVERNMENTAL BUREAUCRACY is better than passing laws.  Yet another agency that will run out of control causing wide spread angst.  Approval of new substances will take decades.  In the end, nothing will get done.  All of the available products already being sold will cost more.

But is that all that will happen?  Of course not!  We've been down this road before many times! Not only will new product innovation cease, people will be not only no safer, they will be LESS SAFE due to the bureaucratic bungling that always follows.

And as usual, agencies such as this will find themselves populated with agenda-driven employees.  Employee sport will be overpopulated by former Sierra Club and ELF members.

It doesn't take a genius to see where this is headed.  Just more CA completely out of control.
In the past, the state took a piecemeal approach. Lawmakers would ban specific chemicals from particular products, such as bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups.

That's being replaced by a more systematic approach. Under the new rules, which go into effect Oct. 1, the state will identify classes of products for review, such as nail polish. Manufacturers will then have to perform detailed analyses to justify whether hazardous chemicals are needed or whether substitutes are available.
Yeah, right.  At some point, companies will just get fed up with the crap and by-pass CA altogether.

California getting more of its oil by rail

All CA is doing is making Warren Buffett even richer (he invested heavily in the freight train industry a few years ago).  But I guess they are ok with that.  On top of that, moving oil by train is more expensive.  So, add that cost to your gallon of gas.

More than 200,000 barrels of crude per month were imported into California this summer, a fourfold increase from early 2012, according to data compiled by the California Energy Commission. Though the total amount is still small, it marks a little-noticed departure from the state's reliance on its own declining oil patches, the Alaskan North Slope and foreign nations, led by Saudi Arabia.
The fact that CA has to import ANY oil into the state is just sad considering the huge oil deposits they are sitting on.




Stockton Farmers Say Walnut Crops Are Prime Targets For Creative Thieves

Is inflation picking up?  I'll have to look into why walnut prices are going up so much.

Thieves are finding inventive ways to steal the crop. Foppiano says if he leaves the truck out, he’ll be left with a just semi in the morning.

“They’ll come with a truck and unhook it and steal it all,” he said.

Foppiano has 24-hour security, puts all of his equipment away at night and even locks the bins filled with walnuts.

But because of the possibility of a big payout, the criminals are taking greater risks.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

California drives up traffic fines with fees earmarked for projects

More signs of a state desperately seeking revenue any way it can.
Running a red light, currently $490, cost $340 in 2003 and $103 in 1993, according to the Judicial Council of California, which sets fines for traffic offenses. A ticket for rolling through a stop sign costs $238; a decade ago, it was $130. Speeding up to 15 mph over the limit also comes with a $238 price tag -- more than eight times what it cost in 1993. And traffic school can add $60.

Oddly, the base fine for most violations has remained the same for the last 20 years. The growth in fines is due to add-ons known as penalty assessments. These fees are tacked on to citations, with the money earmarked for projects ranging from court construction to DNA research for solving crimes.
And then the number of people contesting the tickets has increased.  So, were the extra ticket costs really paying the bills, or just paying the increased court costs?

California Truckers Say They're Choking on State's Emission Rules

Soot filters, trailer skirts, low rolling friction tires, mandated biodiesel.  The list of government controls just. doesn't. stop.
In at least one case, industry charges, a diesel soot filter mandated by CARB caused a major fire in Washington state, leading to the destruction of nearly 4,000 acres of forest and grassland.

CARB is phasing in a requirement that all trucks manufactured between 2000 and 2004, with gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds, be fitted with diesel particulate filters (DPFs). The devices trap soot, ash and toxic metals, cutting down on noxious emissions. Vehicles that fail to comply with the rule will be banned from operating in California, with violators subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 a day.

Truckers claim that the filters don’t integrate well with older vehicle models. They have been known to shut down engines and result in increased equipment downtime, said Michael Shaw, spokesman for the California Trucking Association (CTA).

UPDATED: Modoc County joins Siskiyou in state of Jefferson bid for secession

I think this is going to happen.
Mark Baird, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, said the group hopes to have a dozen counties commit their support before asking California legislators to allow the formation of the new state.

“California is essentially ungovernable in its present size,” Baird said. “We lack the representation to address the problems that affect the North State.”

“We’re looking for 12 counties, though we can certainly do it with less,” he said.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

With California Taxes.....Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Good question!
In fact, if you are paying up to a 33% combined federal and state tax on capital gains as you may be in California, you are paying more than virtually anyone else in the world.

YADACAL: California Cyclists Will Get 3-Foot Buffer Under New Law

Yet Another Dum Ass California Law.  Completely and utterly worthless.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has signed legislation requiring California drivers to stay at least 3 feet away when passing bicyclists.

The proposal from Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, is intended to better protect cyclists from aggressive drivers. It states that if drivers cannot leave 3 feet of space, they must slow down and pass only when it would not endanger the cyclist's safety.

The law will go into effect Sept. 16, 2014. Current law requires a driver to keep a safe distance when passing a bicyclist but does not specify how far that is.
Aggressive drivers will continue to NOT provide safe clearance between them and the cyclists.

Monday, September 23, 2013

California Democrat Wants Children Dead, Calls Women Cumrags On Twitter

Holy Mackerel. This guy has lost a screw.  OK, the wishing debilitating diseases curse wasn't great, but that was the tame one he threw out!

And it gets even worse than that.  And this guy is an official in the Sacramento Democratic Party.  Congrats, CA. You OWN him!!



California takes from the poor to help wealthy Telsa drivers

Happy Monday everyone.  Yup.  The poor are subsidizing the not-so-poor.
Take solace in knowing your annual $20 smog abatement fee is hard at work helping those who earn $150,000 and more to buy electric cars.

State of California data show those who typically receive the $1,000 state rebate on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit when they buy an electric car make 2.5 times the median household income in California.

In other words, they can afford to buy the cars without the government transferring money from your pocket into their pockets.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ninth Circuit upholds California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

What does this mean? I'll tell you.  But first, here is the moneyshot:

"Unless and until either the United States Supreme Court or the Congress forbids it, California is entitled to proceed on the understanding that global warming is being induced by rising carbon emissions and attempt to change that trend," wrote Judge Ronald Gould in the majority opinion. "California, if it is to have any chance to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, must be able to consider all factors that cause those emissions when it assesses alternative fuels."

The regulations, known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, were enacted in 2007 as part of AB32, the landmark global warming bill championed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The fuel standard requires the oil industry to gradually reduce the "carbon intensity" of transportation fuels like diesel and gasoline by at least 10 percent by 2020.
I guess the possibility is that this will go up to the Supreme Court.  But what if the US Supreme Court decides that the law is constitutional?

For one thing, one of the main sources of fuel, Canadian Oil Sands will be BANNED from being used to supply oil to refineries in CA, in effect requiring CA to get its oil supply from unreliable, mercurial Middle East - something we have been trying hard to curtail.  As other sources dry up and the oil sands supply a greater and greater amount to the US, CA will find their sources growing scarcer and scarcer.  I guess they are hoping that by then they will be completely free of fossil fuels altogether.  Yeah, keep dreaming.

What this also means is the fuel additive ethanol will continue to be exported from Brazil and American produced ethanol from corn will continue to be BANNED.  The result is the WORLD TRADE in ethanol is severely skewed as the American ethanol will be EXPORTED to Brazil to replace the sugar ethanol that is IMPORTED into CA. (Corn to ethanol is a completely different topic.  I don't want to go there)

So what will happen?  CA could become a FUEL DESERT.  In effect, driving more and more people out of their state into the loving bosom of states like, oh, take your pick.  ANY state as long as it's not CA.

And all of this is based on a completely fallacious idea of Global Fucking Warming.

Obamacare Doctor Rationing Begins in California

So, the rationing starts immediately.  That surprises me.  Fewer doctor choices under Obamacare equates to longer waiting periods.  Looks like General Practitioner offices will start to look like Emergency Rooms.

For example, the Times reported that the insurer expected to offer the best prices on California’s health-insurance exchange next year is Health Net. But enrollees in its plans will have access to just 2,316 physicians in Los Angeles County. That’s one-quarter of the physicians available to enrollees in an Anthem Blue Cross plan, and less than half of the doctors available to enrollees in Kaiser Permanente’s exchange-qualified plans. Cheaper plans with limited networks and access to fewer providers should be options for consumers, but Obamacare is effectively forcing low-income Californians into this kind of coverage.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lured by Texas talent, Occidental strays from California roots

And why not?  Houston is THE energy capital of the world.  Which is a good thing.  But can be a bad thing when energy prices implode.
Occidental's Texas presence is growing larger still. A search of 287 U.S. jobs listed by the company on www.oxy.com found 65 in Houston - ranging from senior engineers to software administrators. Most of the rest were at field operations in California and elsewhere in Texas.

As for Los Angeles, there was a single opening last month, for a security officer, and now there is one for an accountant.

The trend suggests just how far the California corporate stalwart has strayed from its roots in order to grab the deep oil-industry talent available in Houston. It also highlights a shift in jobs growth generally in Texas over the Golden State.

Flip-flop ban at San Juan Capistrano parks baffles city officials

Government on cruise control.  Bureaucrats set things up and let it run.  And look what happens.  Could this have read differently, like "Residents rounded up and shot.  City Council baffled"?

City officials in San Juan Capistrano are trying to figure out exactly how flip-flops became banned at two city parks.

The flip-flop ban is in place at Los Rios Park in the city’s historic district and at a recently opened dog park, said city spokeswoman Cathy Salcedo. The ban was first reported by the Orange County Register.

The rule had gone largely unnoticed at Los Rios. But when the dog park opened in August and the rules were posted, several commissioners with the city's Parks, Recreation and Senior Services were befuddled.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lies, Damned Lies, and NRDC’s Magic Math

From the Canada Free Press:
Given that the LCFS mandates certain types of fuel instead of allowing people to choose their preferred fuels, it is easy to see how the LCFS would increase fuel costs. But the NRDC argues the exact opposite—that the AB 32 measures, including the LCFS, will save Californians $50 billion in fuel costs by 2020.

NRDC, however, is less than transparent about where the $50 billion figure comes from. The source link they provide merely refers readers to another NRDC blog post. From there, NRDC links to two studies. The first, the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) 2008 AB 32 Scoping Plan, merely claims that all of California’s energy efficiency programs have saved more than $50 billion over the last 30 years, not that AB 32 in general, or the LCFS in particular, would save consumers $50 billion over the next decade.

As IER has previously discussed, the Scoping Plan is not based on sound economics. For CARB to find benefits from the LCFS, they “chose to assume that alternative fuels could be produced at prices at or below the pretax wholesale cost of petroleum fuels on an energy equivalent basis,” as IER Senior Fellow Dr. Robert Michaels explains.
Bureaucrats are always trying to justify their job.  I'm surprised there's nothing about "saving lives" in their voodoo math.

Air board has allies in diesel pollution crackdown: Truckers

Yup.  Now they're turning on one another.
"Companies have invested millions of dollars only to be undercut by carriers that are choosing not to comply because they figure they won't get caught," said Michael Shaw, a spokesman for the California Trucking Assn. "Without additional investment in enforcement ... there's little chance the Air Resources Board is going to do more than scratch the surface."
The article says that the diesel can be attributed to 85% of air pollution cancer risk.  I think that is a load of crap.

Monday, September 16, 2013

In Lake Tahoe development struggle, California blinks, Nevada wins

Wow.  So it is possible to force CA to back down from their whacko environmental crap.


The maneuver was political brinkmanship, playing on California's fears about what would happen on the Nevada side of the lake without the planning compact. It worked.

"If we lost the compact, the permitting authority will go to the local jurisdictions," said Darcie Goodman Collins, executive director of the California-based League to Save Lake Tahoe. "I'm afraid that the end result is that decisions would be made without having that bigger picture regional puzzle in mind. There would be no limit."

Other environmental organizations have a different view.

"We got rolled," said Trent W. Orr, an attorney with Earthjustice, which is representing the Sierra Club in a lawsuit challenging the regional plan.

"California should be in the driver's seat," Orr said, noting that the state contributes six times more funding to lake restoration projects than Nevada does. "Why is the one holding most of the chips saying 'Uncle'?"
CA in the driver's seat?  If that should happen, Lake Tahoe might as well shut down and everyone go home.

California school district hires firm to monitor students' social media

Is the school looking for reasons to penalize students? 

Next time a school district complains about not having money, don't believe them.
In fact, no student has yet to be disciplined under the monitoring, but it's not out of the question if analysts find a message warranting action, such as a threat of a campus shooting, Sheehan said this week.

"I can see turning it over to police. That would be a situation in which discipline would follow," he said.

Frydrych's firm scours the social media postings of Glendale students aged 13 and older -- the age at which parental permission isn't required for the school's contracted monitoring -- and sends a daily report to principals on which students' comments could be causes for concern, Frydrych said.
As far as I'm concerned, outside the classroom, the school should just BUTT OUT.

"This is the government essentially hiring a contractor to stalk the social media of the kids," said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that defends privacy, free speech and consumer rights.

"When the government -- and public schools are part of the government -- engages in any kind of line-crossing and to actually go and gather information about people away from school, that crosses a line," Tien said.

He disagreed with school officials who say they are monitoring only public postings.

"People say that's not private: It's public on Facebook. I say that's just semantics. The question is what is the school doing? It's not stumbling into students -- like a teacher running across a student on the street. This is the school sending someone to watch them," Tien said.
So, when does the eavesdropping on phone calls start? After all, IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN.
"Honestly, we're not spying on kids. Can we focus back on the problem: The problem is we're not listening effectively," Frydrych said. "And we're shifting that."  

Friday, September 13, 2013

CALIFORNIA SENDS BILL TO LET ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS PRACTICE LAW TO GOVERNOR

You have to be completely brain dead not to see what is happening.
The legislation was prompted by the case of an undocumented [ed: ILLEGAL]  Mexican immigrant, Sergio Garcia, who was brought to the United States as a baby and later graduated from a California law school. He has won the support of the State Bar of California and state Attorney General Kamala Harris in his quest to be admitted to practice law, over the objections of the U.S. Justice Department.
Sorry.  He's an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT.  What a BOGUS reason to allow this to go on.

California lawmakers approve driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

I just can't help but wonder what the people of CA really think of this.  Are they all really for it?
The state Assembly approved the bill on a 55-19 vote late in the evening, hours after the Senate passed it on a 28-8 vote. The Democratic governor issued a statement indicating he would sign it into law, which would make California the 10th state to allow immigrants to apply for licenses.

"This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally," Brown said in his statement, issued immediately after the Assembly vote. "Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due."
What's past due is governmental sanity.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

VDH: One California — or two?

I think VDH words things in such a way to diminish the seriousness of the situation yet at the same time plainly laying it all out:
So will California recover its past glory — or go the way of Detroit? It may do both.

Coastal greens, progressive Bay Area homosexuals, liberal urban elites and hip dot-com workers will probably not soon flee the temperate, scenic corridor from Berkeley to San Diego. For at least a while longer, they will be wealthy and confident enough to afford the living costs that high taxes and a myriad of regulations ensure.

Yet for the strapped middle classes in the interior of the Los Angeles basin and the Central Valley, there is a perfect storm raging. They can ill afford the soaring taxes, high unemployment, costly illegal immigration, escalating crime rates, substandard roads, record power and gas prices, underwater home values and dismal schools.

The Minimum Wage Delusion, And The Death Of Common Sense

Forbes has a great article on why minimum wages do the opposite of their intentions.
The minimum wage is not a panacea for poverty. Indeed, Neumark, Schweitzer, and Wascher examine the evidence and conclude that “the net effect of higher minimum wages is . . . to increase the proportion of families that are poor and near-poor” (Journal of Human Resources, 2005). Thus, the minimum wage tends to increase, not decrease, the poverty rate.
Unions LOVE higher minimum wages.  It means less competition for them!

Top California Lawmakers Back Raising Minimum Wage

Everyone is for it.  No one is against it.  Must be a great idea!!  I wonder what my U-Haul Index is going to look like.
In a rare show of backing for pending legislation, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, announced his “strong support” for a bill in the State Legislature that would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour from $8 by the start of 2016. Currently, Washington has the highest minimum wage of any state, at $9.19 per hour.
But hey!  CA is just a wannabe!  Washington State wants to raise it to $15 per hour!!!

Obviously, CA politicians really don't care about the people of the state.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Landmark Study Shows Manufacturing Renaissance From U.S. Shale

Whatever you do DON'T TELL CA!!!!
“The oil and natural gas revolution has created millions of jobs, and this study shows the broader economic benefits are being felt by households and manufacturers across the U.S.,” said Isakower. “Oil and natural gas have been pillars of the recovery, and other sectors are now coming back stronger and faster because of affordable and abundant energy and raw materials - despite economic headwinds. As a result, Americans have more income, more buying power, and a more competitive economy.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CALIFORNIA COULD BE FIRST TO GET ELECTRONIC LICENSE PLATES…BUT WOULD THEY BE LIKE A ‘MOVING WIRETAP’?

I think this bill would discriminate against illegal aliens who drive without insurance.  Would CA really want to do that??
California has jumped ahead of other states with passage of a bill that would allow for an electronic license plate program — at least as a pilot to start. But some worry about the privacy issues the system, which could change messages on a car’s plate, could have.

While still awaiting the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), if it moves forward, the bill would allow for the pilot program to involve 0.5 percent of registered cars in the state and would be completed no later than the beginning of 2017.
I think this is a solution in search of a problem.


U.S. secretary of education opposes California's testing plan

This is why I am against federal money being "given" to the states. They can threaten you with withdrawal of the addictive drug unless you do their bidding. I don't think they should have this kind of power over the states.  It should be the other way around.

The nation's top education official threatened Monday to withhold federal funds if California lawmakers approved pending legislation to revamp the state's standardized testing system.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning as AB 484 awaits a full vote of the Assembly and state Senate.

The proposed law would end the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them next spring with a computerized system. The purpose is to advance new learning goals, called the Common Core standards, that have been adopted by 45 states.

Energy bill could alter electricity rates for millions in California

God forbid the state try to lower electric bills for EVERYONE.  This is the typical Leftist answer to "why make it simple when we can make it complicated?"
California lawmakers are poised to pass legislation that could dramatically affect bills for millions of residential customers of Southern California Edison Co. and other state-regulated utilities.

People living in temperate climates along the coast would probably see higher bills. Those in torrid regions — the San Joaquin Valley, the Inland Empire and the Mojave Desert — would get some rate relief.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Welcome Texans! Good luck on your visit to Recruit California Businesses

Vranich wrote this a few weeks ago.

Fact – Californians Are Leaving: Along with companies interested in heading east are residents. Joel Kotkin, editor of NewGeography.com, said, “Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states. This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving.” The Tax Foundation reports that in the last decade more people moved from California to Texas than vice versa.

If we had a Super Bowl to determine the most effective state government, the Lone Star state would crush the so-called Golden State. Coach Rick Perry would accept the Lombardi Trophy while players splashed Shiner Bock beer all over him. Coach Jerry Brown would say, “Well, we really won, but that scoreboard, run by declinists, is wrong.”

So, dear visitors from Texas, should California’s jingoists disparage you again, just ignore the cheap shots. After all, the facts are so very much on your side.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

SF CLOSER TO BECOMING FIRST COUNTY TO OUTLAW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETENTIONS

So, don't you see what's happening?  CA will become a non-state. A territory.  No citizen will have any more special rights or privileges over a non-citizen.  If this is the aim of Leftists, they're succeeding.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the ordinance was "authored by Supervisor John Avalos and [is] supported by a supermajority of his colleagues." Currently, the San Francisco Sheriff Department's policy "states that only people suspected of serious or violent felonies, or those with a serious or violent felony in their past, will be held for immigration authorities."


Saturday, September 7, 2013

HOW DID THEY DO IT? Aussies Dump the Progressive Socialists – America Waits in the Wings to Boot Them Too

I think there are lessons to learn here.  Are the GOP too whimpy to learn them?
Australian Conservative leader, Tony Abbott, has swept to victory in their elections, effectively booting the Socialists from power. He enters with promises of restoring sanity to Australia’s economy by restoring political stability, cutting taxes and cracking down on asylum seekers arriving by boat. Sigh… Americans pine for an Australian leader. Obama take note — progressivism is out of vogue and Marxists are getting the boot. This is a glimpse into Obama’s future, the Left’s and the Progressives’ on the right side of the aisle. McCain, Graham, Boehner, Cantor and all the other faux Conservatives should begin packing their bags and looking for retirement venues.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

HOROWITZ USES A BAZOOKA ON LIBERAL'S WAR ON AMERICA

Stunning and hard hitting.  No-holds-barred speech!  Wonderful!!  Why can't we get Republicans to talk like this??


California's slippery gun-control slide

There are moments when the only thing separating you and a criminal is your firearm.  Why in the world would want to handicap the innocent victim?

From UT San Diego:

Although moderate Democrats from places such as the Central Valley often support gun rights, the leadership’s policy appears to be death by 1,000 cuts. “They never get enough,” said Chuck Michel, a Long Beach attorney who represents gun-rights groups. “California is the living slippery slope.”

NEW: Californians fleeing to Nevada

Well, it's not THAT new to those who've read my blog.  But still...
The reality, from Joel Fox:

Anecdotal, yes, but a news report indicates that warnings made during the Prop 30 campaign last year are playing out — higher taxes are sending some Californians across the state line to Nevada.

Under the headline, California Rich Seek Nevada Tax Haven, in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the article says that Californians accounted for 43 percent of the 288 sales so far this year in Incline Village and Crystal Bay. More to the point, an Incline Village real estate broker reports that of the 39 sales on Nevada shores of Lake Tahoe to Californians since the beginning of the year, 15 buyers, forty percent of the total, specifically said they moved to Nevada to escape the Prop. 30 tax hikes.

Other brokers confirmed that there has been an increase in high-end housing sales that the reporter wrote was attributed to California residents’ “desire to get beyond the reach of the Golden State taxman.” Sales on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe were stronger than on the California side with a broker quoted as saying, “Prop. 30 probably has something to do with that.”

Some would argue the numbers reflected in the article are not significant. However, since the California tax system is built something like an upside down pyramid with the few at the bottom holding up the structure, a small but significant stream of high end taxpayers moving to low tax states could have consequences on California’s bottom line.

We are much less free than in 1975

As a young teenager, I used to love going to the Columbia Airport and going to a small outside visitor's section and watch the planes land and takeoff.  When my dad left for deployment in Vietnam we accompanied him to the terminal and hugged him before he walked onto the plane.  I really miss those days.

From calwatchdog.com:

Economic Policy Journal lists 10 things you could do in 1975 you can’t do today because America is much less free:

1. You could buy an airline ticket and fly without ever showing an ID.

2. You could buy cough syrup without showing an ID.

3. You could buy and sell gold coins without showing an ID

4. You could buy a gun without showing an ID

5. You could pull as much cash out of your bank account without the bank filing a report with the government.

6. You could get a job without having to prove you were an American.

7. You could buy cigarettes without showing an ID

8. You could have a phone conversation without the government knowing who you called and who called you.

9. You could open a stock brokerage account without having to explain where the money came from.

10. You could open a Swiss bank account with ease. All Swiss banks were willing and happy to open accounts for Americans.

Siskiyou, California County, Votes To Secede From State

A while back when the idea surfaced, I thought it was pretty dumb.  But lately, I've changed my mind.  I think counties seceding from CA is a great idea.

From the Huffington Post:
Citing overregulation and a perceived lack of representation at the state capitol, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of a declaration of secession, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported.

"I haven't had one contact in regard to this issue that's in opposition," Supervisor Michael Kobseff told the San Francisco Chronicle about the secession declaration.

According to the Record Searchlight, more than 100 people attended the meeting to show support for the move. The county reportedly urged other Northern California and Southern Oregon counties to join in the attempt to create a new state.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Recession Reverses California Airport’s Growth

Makes you wonder why all the optimism at CA improving economy.  Looks like it's got a LONG way to go.

As airports show slow but steady signs of recovery, with passenger traffic nearing pre-recession levels nationally, the passenger traffic at Ontario has plummeted 40 percent since its 2007 peak of 6.9 million, according to Federal Aviation Administration figures. The decline, fed by a confluence of economic misfortune, a change in airline business practices and local political turf wars, is projected to continue through the end of the year. It has left Ontario with traffic levels around four million, about what they were in the mid-1980s, a decade before construction of two modern terminals that were supposed to make this airport a linchpin of the region’s economic growth.

The Buzz: Live microphone broadcasts California lawmakers' views on failed bill

Yup!  And the lady was RIGHT.  But God forbid, they tell a straight story to US!  No, we have to find out by accident.


"I'm like, 'Nah, I'm not going to do that,' " Weber is heard saying about SB 491, adding later, "This will be the second-tier health care program for black communities."

Three minutes into the discussion, Weber looked down and said, "Oh, my mic is hot."

UCLA student government resolution bans ‘derogatory’ term ‘illegal immigrant’

It's pretty clear that the US is headed to shackled speech.  BAN the phrase illegal immigrant?  BAN IT?  Are you kidding me?

The UCLA Undergraduate Students Association wants the term “illegal immigrant” banned because, its members say, the phrase is a violation of the human rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Last week’s resolution emphasizes the student council’s desire to prevent journalists, media organizations and various campus partners from identifying illegal aliens as “illegal immigrants,” explains the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s campus rag.

The resolution flatly states that “illegal immigrant” is “racially derogatory language.” Such language “has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial profiling practices, punitive policies targeting socially marginalized groups, hate crimes and violence,” the resolution proclaims.
Racially derogatory? Is that a joke? The term "illegal immigrant" is a racially NEUTRAL term. It could apply to Mexicans illegally entering the country or Irishmen doing the same.  We know all about the Irish illegal immigrants.  The LA Times wrote about them:
Originally from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, Therese (who did not want to disclose her last name) has been living in the U.S. illegally for more than 13 years. She is one of approximately 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the five boroughs.

"Most of the people I know came on student visas, or on vacation, and they stayed. It's a hard decision to make. It's a risk," Therese said.

If I were a parent paying these kids' way through college, I'd ask the college for my money back.  It's obvious they are aren't being taught ANYTHING.

Monday, September 2, 2013

California's Union-Sponsored War on Farmers

I just don't know why we put up with this sort of stuff.  It always ends the same way.  Fewer jobs.  Poorer people.

Mr. Gerawan says an imposed contract would hurt his ability to manage staff and resources and could ultimately force the farm out of business. In addition to the dues, the United Farm Workers general counsel Mario Martinez says the union wants full-blown pension plans and more expensive medical benefits.

The Gerawans and their workers have been resisting the union power grab. First, the Gerawans complained to the state's Agricultural Labor Relations Board that the union had abandoned Gerawan workers two decades ago, and therefore mediation was inappropriate. The five-member board, dominated by left-leaning academics and labor attorneys, rejected the complaint because the union was never officially decertified. Most of the current workers were unaware that the union was ever certified, since 95% of them weren't around in 1990 when the vote took place.
I would shut the farm down and burn the fields if this happened to me.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

U-Haul Index for September

One thing is for sure, it's not getting cheaper to leave CA.  Especially if you're trying to leave San Francisco.

To bring you up to speed, I've been keeping a monthly track of the cost of renting a U-Haul truck to haul furniture from both San Francisco and Fresno to San Antonio, TX.  Here are the results since April when I started:



        Date Fresno=>SA SA=>Fresno ratio SF=SA SA=>SF ratio
4/8/2013 2156 653 3.302 1493 862 1.7320
5/7/2013 2156 576 3.743 1617 862 1.8759
7/9/2013 1728 576 3.000 1395 862 1.6183
8/6/2013 1728 614 2.814 1674 616 2.7175
9/5/2013 1728 614 2.814 1883 616 3.0568


The cost of renting a  U-Haul in San Fransisco to move to San Antonio has gone up 25% in 5 months.

Costs are based on a 14 foot truck to move 2 bedroom apt's worth of furniture.

Federal government now requiring churches to get permits for Baptisms

One of my posits was to get the Federal Government completely out of property ownership.  Land and buildings should belong to the people. Here's yet another reason why.


As if it wasn’t involved in enough of people’s private lives, the federal government wants to regulate baptisms. Baptizing in public waters requires a special use permit, a policy recently enforced by the National Park Service.

But spontaneity aside, the Park Service also requires a 48 hour advance notice of upcoming baptisms, according to Todd Starnes at Fox News.
Luckily, after a few well placed letters from Congressmen, the Feds back off the requirement.

How utterly, utterly. stupid.