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We are much less free than in 1975

September 3rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

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 ...

Many reporters end up working for government

September 3rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Who holds government accountable? We the People rely on the media. But the line between government and journalism has grown fuzzy. "'Veteran Journalist' Joins Kerry as Staff at State Department," the headline reads today on the Weekly Standard. t Douglas Frantz  joined the State Department as a...

Rare candor on CA joblessness — but not in Times or Bee, of course

September 3rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

With nearly one in five California adults who want to work full-time unable to find such a job, it should be obvious that unemployment is the biggest issue in the state. It explains why California has the highest poverty rate n the nation. That it isn't a bigger story is further direct confirmati...

9th Circuit assaults 1st Amendment

September 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

  The federal 9th Circuit Court is known for its tyrannical ways. Now it has upheld California's tyrannical ban on so-called "gay-to-straight therapy" for children. The law, passed last year, on its face violates the 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Now th...

Federal union just like CA’s: Government role is to provide well-paying jobs

September 2nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

As I wrote here last week, part of Port Hueneme's oceanfront could face devastation in coming months because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it doesn't have the money to do remedial work on the coast that it has done for decades to prevent damage from high surf. Timm Herdt of the Ventura Count...

Dishonesty of bullet-train camp is striking

September 1st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Robert Cruickshank's California High Speed Rail Blog, which gets thousands of hits a month, always amazes me when I look at it because of how he uses MSNBC/national media talking points about opposition to President Obama's policies to describe critics of the state's bullet-train project. They're ob...

Now Rolling Stone worships Jerry

September 1st, 2013 By John Seiler.

  The East Coast media, ever ignorant of California, keep worshiping Gov. Jerry Brown and his supposed "rescue" of California. The latest is from Rolling Stone magazine, which started out in San Francisco but moved to New York City 35 years ago. Tom Dickinson writes: As wind turbines spin l...

Top 7 CA facts that Jerry Brown-loving national media always ignore

August 31st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The national media's love-in with Gov. Jerry Brown continues, with the latest fawnfest coming from Rolling Stone reporter Tim Dickinson. "Just two years ago, the idea that California could be a global model for anything was laughable. When Brown took office, the state was staggered by double-digit ...

SWATs Gone Wild

August 31st, 2013 By John Seiler.

  A couple of days ago in this article I debated come commentators about cop SWAT teams. I pointed out how they commonly were abused, and we'd be better off without them. This new story comes from Charlottesville, Virginia, the home of the University of Virginia, which was established by ...

German stormtroopers grab homeschooling children

August 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Using a Nazi-era law that forced children to become "Hitler Youth," German stormtroopers yesterday barged into the Wunderlich home in Darmstadt and grabbed the family's four children, ages 7 to 14. Reported the Home School Legal Defense Association, whose heroic efforts have prevented such atrocitie...

$1.2 billion in new jails still haven’t been built

August 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

  What incompetents. To ease overcrowding, in 2007 the Legislature authorized $1.2 billion for local jails to expand. That was before both the Great Recession hit. Before a federal judge ordered the state to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. And before Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislatur...

Bullet-train ruling: Mum’s the word from Times, Bee edit boards

August 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Isn't the fact that the bullet train is going down worthy, yunno, of editorial comment? Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had failed to meet funding and environmental standards that would allow it to legally begin construction of the project in the...

Chronicle, ACLU garble history

August 29th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Are Americans this ignorant of history? Here's the Chronicle story: Relic of the Red Scare about to vanish After 72 years, it’s time to say goodbye to the California Subversive Organizations Registration Law. Enacted in 1941 to require organizations to register with the state if their ultima...

Blame sequester theater, not sequester, for threat to CA beach

August 29th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Sequestration theater -- the Obama administration's attempt to make a de facto freeze on overall government spending as painful and inconvenient as possible -- is absolutely real. It's not an invention of the president's GOP critics. Just look at the pathetic attempt to squeeze air travelers this sp...

Corporatist state takes over telecom

August 28th, 2013 By John Seiler.

America really doesn't have a free-market economy. Rather, it has a corporatist economy -- that is, the union of state power and big business. The latest example:, from the Wall Street Journal: "The U.S. government has used the merger-approval process to increase its influence over the telecom indu...

Will CA trust SF Bay Bridge re-opening?

August 28th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

After months of controversy over the 36 cracked bolts on the new eastern span of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee made the decision in July to delay the Bay Bridge opening. But that decision was tossed and other "officials" voted to adopt a "t...

Fossil fuel ‘divestment’ may add to CA pension funding nightmare

August 28th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

If any state in America displays more of a need for a consistent commitment to pension "best practices" than California, I'm not aware of it. Some states' main retirement systems may be in worse shape than the California Public Employees' Retirement System or the California State Teachers' Retire...

‘There’s no state tax in Houston’

August 27th, 2013 By John Seiler.

The Houstan Texans fielded a young team last year that won through the first round of the playoffs, then lost to New England in the divisional round. They're looking to make it all the way to the Super Bowl this year. Although I'm rooting for my hometown Detroit Lions to finally shrug off the Curse ...

Brown still a friend of unions; signs SB 776

August 27th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

While Gov. Jerry Brown may have averted a strike by the Bay Area Rapid Transit workers, he's no union buster. Brown just signed today, SB 776 by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, which will eliminate independent monitoring and enforcement of prevailing wage laws. Not surprisingly, the bill...

Vidak: ‘Let the people re-vote on High-Speed Rail’

August 27th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

SACRAMENTO -- Newly elected Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, has authored a set of amendments to an existing Assembly bill to allow Californians to vote on whether or not to proceed with the High-Speed Rail project, and would halt any further bond sales until a vote has occurred. "I'm simply asking ...

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