January, 2012

Bored CA Billionaire Groups Merge

Monday, January 30th, 2012

JAN. 28, 2012 "Think Forward and Long" or "Think Long and Forward California." I suggest one of those as the new name for the merging government reform groups California Forward and Think Long.  Because the ridiculousness of the name should be as ridiculous as the hailed move. This is what fo...

Apple Cracking Textbook Racket

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Apple Cracking Textbook Racket

John Seiler: The biggest ripoff going is textbooks for K-12 and, even worse, college. I know some college kids who spend way more than $1,000 a year for required textbooks for their college classes. Usually the texts are sub-par regurgitations of P.C. claptrap. And the professors who write the tex...

LA Students Regurgitate Govt. Food

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

John Seiler: Food fight! I love it when kids rebel against the government schools. Reported CBS Los Angeles: "The revamped school lunches at Los Angeles Unified School District have won awards, commending them for improving the menu at the second largest school district in the nation. Too bad the ...

Courts Undermine State’s Initiative System

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Jan. 20, 2012 I voted against Proposition 215, the so-called Compassionate Use Act, which legalized marijuana use here in the nation’s largest pot-growing state for -- wink, wink, nod, nod -- “medicinal purposes.” That’s why it is rather ironic that I find myself compelled to come to the d...

CA Credit Rating Nothing to Celebrate

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

JAN. 17, 2012 They were slapping high fives in the offices of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer this week. Why the celebration?  Because California no longer has the nation’s worst credit rating, according to Moody’s Investors Service. “The reason we’ve improved our standing,” said Tom Dress...

CA GOP Going to Elephant Graveyard?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

JAN. 17, 2012 Many in the media say that Republicans are rapidly becoming irrelevant in California, and will become nothing more than an afterthought after the next election. Even a Capitol press club, made up of declining "old media" newspaper, radio and television reporters, recently indicated...

CA Should Sell Univ. Football Teams

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

John Seiler: To avoid bankruptcy, any sensible business or family begins selling things: cars, TVs, computers, office furniture, etc. Otherwise, the stuff might be sold anyway at a bankruptcy auction. Not California. The state owns billions of dollars of property it could sell, but doesn't. Here'...

Redevelopment barons plot comeback

Monday, January 9th, 2012

JAN. 9, 2012 I'm still giddy after the California Supreme Court ruled last month that the state had every right to shut down those noxious enemies of property rights and fiscal responsibility -- redevelopment agencies. Better yet, the state's high court ruled that another law that allowed those age...

Gov.’s Groundhog Day In California

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

JAN. 7, 2011 It felt like "Groundhog Day" on Thursday during Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal press conference. I had a flashback to January 2011. Listening to him make the same claims about the budget that he made all year proved that Brown has only one trick in his bag. After attending all o...