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For The Los Angeles Times, a highly revealing juxtaposition

April 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you're a conservative or libertarian who's not just mad but astounded by how much the media protect Barack Obama, Wednesday's front page of The Los Angeles Times was likely to generate either a stroke or a snort of disbelief/amusement. But if you are someone who may not be ideological yet is open...

EPA used humans as guinea pigs

April 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Government excuses its immense cost and pervasive intrusions into our lives because it supposedly "saves" us from dangers and "helps" us with our lives. This just in from the Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few yea...

CA Latino lawmakers value careers over Latino students

April 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The recent dissent in California Democrat ranks -- in which Asian lawmakers balked at racializing UC admission policies in a way that would punish current smart Asian students for the history of white racism -- drew lots of deserved attention. But in the U-T San Diego, I made the case that anothe...

So how great is Obamacare/Covered CA doing?

April 1st, 2014 By John Seiler.

Michael Hiltzik writes that Obamacare is doing fantastic: "Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act are surging Monday toward -- and maybe beyond -- the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, when ...

Covered California continues to benefit from cheerleading media

April 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Monday's "deadline" for signing up for the Affordable Care Act triggered bad headlines for the federal health exchanges, which had an encore of last fall's computer nightmares. But in California, Covered California enjoyed the usual upbeat happy talk in its media coverage. The San Francisco Chron...

Pension follies: New Jersey adopts insane San Diego approach

April 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California leads the way when it comes to government pension dysfunction. The first big city to be stricken by pension costs in the U.S. was San Diego, leading to the memorable 2004 New York Times' description of it as "Enron by the Sea." Since then, three cities in the Golden State have either e...

Andreessen: Does company HQ in CA violate fiduciary duty?

March 31st, 2014 By John Seiler.

You might remember Marc Andreessen. He co-authored Mosaic, the first decent Web browser, which I remember using when I got on the Net back in 1994. It became Netscape, which became Firefox. He's still a big tech investor. He just tweeted: "Heard on the street: Hedge funds considering suing Calif...

3 senators suspended — WITH pay

March 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick Wright have been suspended by the state Senate. So they can't keep voting on legislation, 99 percent of which is unneeded, expensive and wasteful. But they'll still get paid themselves, according to the L.A. Times: "The paid suspensions of Sens....

Gangsters in the Facebook Age

March 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What would Don Corleone say? Organized crime on Facebook? According to the Chronicle: "Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow made an appearance in federal court today and remains locked up after his arrest on charges including money laundering, but he also somehow made an appearance on his Facebook page....

Earthquake just hit Orange County

March 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

9:11 pm. About 3 minutes ago, an earthquake rolled through Orange County. In Huntington Beach, where I live, it lasted about 45 seconds. My guess is that it was not in O.C. because of the rolling. My dogs were acting weird when I took them for a walk 5 min. earlier. But I didn't know why. U...

A modest proposal on political scandals

March 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Here's a modest proposal on political scandals. When a politician is indicted, then taxes are reduced equivalent to his proportional representation of the people. The reasoning is this: He was corrupt, therefore he wasted tax dollars. So citizens shouldn't have to pay any more for his corrupt act...

CA Dems caught up in corruption in L.A., Bay Area and San Diego

March 28th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

High-profile elected Democrats in all of California's most populous areas are turning out to be corrupt cretins. The indictment released Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee depicts a San Francisco-Oakland-Daly City culture in which gangsters traffic in a long laundry list of crimes -- in this cas...

Did Leland Yee spill beans on corruption in Philippines?

March 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

I encourage anyone with 15 or 20 minutes to spare to leaf through the 137-page indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and his alleged accomplices in the federal criminal conspiracy case revealed Wednesday. Yee isn't really the central player. He wasn't the FBI's primary initial...

Sen. Yee indicted on corruption charges

March 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

This just in, from the Mercury-News: SAN FRANCISCO -- State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation this morning in the Bay Area, according to ABC7 news. A San Francisco police spokesman said the FBI is serving multiple arrest and search warrants...

CA Dems back tax cut

March 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Will wonders never cease? Three years ago, Democrats in the Legislature were upset when Republicans denied them the two-thirds votes needed in the Assembly and Senate to put a tax increase on the ballot. Led by Gov. Jerry Brown, they then gathered signatures to put on the Nov. 2012 ballot Propositio...

Need to create middle-class CA jobs matters more than minimum wage

March 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Economic conservatives seem wary over the attempts by Democrats at just about every level of government to focus on the minimum wage. But should they be? It provides an easy way to broaden the debate from how the poor are faring to how those in the middle class are doing. In California, it provides ...

Covered California to register voters

March 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Covered California, the state's implementation of Obamacare, now will be mailing voter registration cards to enrollees. Given that most of these folks are poor, and poor people tend to vote Democratic, this is a big boon for the Democratic Party that already dominates state politics. Reported the...

Legislature worries more about animal misery than human misery

March 25th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

California has the highest adjusted poverty rate in the nation -- and by a significant margin. Nearly 1 in 4 state residents struggles to make ends meet. Unemployment was about the same in the nation as a whole in 2006. Now it's routinely among the worst of any state -- especially in the most releva...

UC prof charged with assaulting student

March 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

What's going on in California's public universities? Fox News reported: "A feminist studies professor at a California state university is facing criminal charges after a videotaped run-in with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign and appeared to get physical ...

CA suffers 2nd highest taxes; 2X liberal Wash State

March 24th, 2014 By John Seiler.

A new study by found California suffers the second highest state and local taxes of any state, after only New York. And California taxes, averaging $9,509 per family, are 2.4 times as high as even liberal Washington State; and a stunning four times as much as Wyoming. In the chart, ...

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