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Californians: Take note of China’s rise

June 25th, 2013 By admin.

June 25, 2013 By John Seiler Back in 1978, California was surging on the new wave of brilliant capitalist computer companies, led by Apple Computer. China remained a poor communist backwater, just two years after the death of Chairman Mao and his murderous Cultural Revolution. And it was only 17 y...

Mexicans revolting against telecom monopoly

June 25th, 2013 By admin.

June 25, 2013 By John Seiler As I've written a couple of times on our site, Mexico's economy now is growing faster than America's. The country has enjoyed almost two decades of capitalist reforms, contrasting with the equivalent plunge into socialism of El Norte. But I also noted there's one big ...

Californians like sprawl far more than ‘smart growth’

June 25th, 2013 By admin.

June 25, 2013 By Chris Reed California's official embrace of trendy "smart growth" -- the policy/religion that assumes it's best for individuals, communities and Gaia for most people to live in densely packed areas near transportation hubs, so they don't use devil fossil-fuel cars -- was formalize...

NFL tricking kids into signing up for Obamacare

June 24th, 2013 By admin.

June 24, 2013 By John Seiler I used to be a big sports fan. But except for sporadic games in the other professional leagues, the only one I follow anymore is the NFL. I don't know why. The game is owned and controlled by crony capitalists who know how to trick taxpayers into supporting billion-do...

W. Sacto Mayor threatens local businesses

June 24th, 2013 By admin.

June 24, 2013 By Katy Grimes   A local Sacramento politician recently issued a threat to punish businesses who disagree with him. His threat barely received a blip in the news. In a recent State of the City speech, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said he would "make sure that n...

CA jobless rate drops to 8.6 percent

June 24th, 2013 By admin.

June 24, 2013 By John Seiler The good news: California's unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in May. That's the lowest since the 2008 Great Recession struck. The bad news: It's still twice as high as it was in 2006, before creaks began showing on the fake "boom" of the mid-2000s. In any dec...

Miracle: L.A. Times finally admits Obama sees fracking as safe

June 23rd, 2013 By admin.

June 23, 2013 By Chris Reed President Obama's first energy secretary, interior secretary and EPA chief all at various times in his first term depicted hydraulic fracking -- aka fracking -- as safe. His Energy Department put out a report in 2011 describing the newly improved energy exploration proc...

Nullification spreading — how about ensuring privacy in CA?

June 23rd, 2013 By admin.

June 23, 2013 By John Seiler Some good news: Nullification is spreading. AP reports: "JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested - charged in a state court with the crime o...

San Diego mayor continues descent into psycho-bully self-parody

June 22nd, 2013 By admin.

June 22, 2013 By Chris Reed When CalWatchdog last weighed in on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, it was to point out the hagiographic qualities of an often-fawning L.A. Times profile of the chronic bully and then to detail a subsequent scandal that showed the former 20-year Democratic congressman simp...

Brazil anti-govt. protests spreading

June 22nd, 2013 By admin.

June 22, 2013 By John Seiler I noted earlier that anti-government protests have erupted in Brazil against their crummy government. Now the protests are spreading. The latest, as reported in the New YorkTimes: "More than a million protesters marched in the streets late Thursday, according to Brazil...

All hail Carlsbad: City abandons automatic ‘step’ raises

June 21st, 2013 By admin.

June 21, 2013 By Chris Reed It may stun people under 30, but inflation used to be a consistently brutal factor in American life. Until Fed chair Paul Volcker mostly squeezed inflation out of the U.S. economy in the early 1980s, it had periodically squeezed workers and their families for decades. ...

Obamacre ripoff: You die, Massachussets gets rich

June 21st, 2013 By admin.

June 21, 2013 By John Seiler California leads in state implementation of Obamacare. In 2010, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation making our state the first to set up the "insurance exchanges" that are supposed to make the system work (except it's having big problems). He said at the...

Obamacare California means new Dem voters

June 20th, 2013 By admin.

June 21, 2013 By Katy Grimes Anyone still on the fence about the criminality of Obamacare only needed to read the story I wrote in May about the many vindictive Obamacare bills currently in the Legislature. If 27 additional bills making Obamacare even more anti-business, anti-patient, and more...

CA lawmakers get pay boost… Why?

June 20th, 2013 By admin.

June 20, 2013 By Katy Grimes The California Citizens Compensation Commission just voted to boost the salaries of Gov. Jerry  Brown and the state legislators. What a great move! With the lowest aproval ratings for California lawmakers in state history, why not reward them? Add in the dismal u...

Governor punishes press for negativity just like any primitive pol

June 20th, 2013 By admin.

June 20, 2013 By Chris Reed Jerry Brown's speaking style -- learned, florid, meandering -- is so unusual that he'll always be able to get away with his shtick that he's not like other politicians. But his appalling push to gut open-government laws in California shows he's just another primitive po...

Peter Schiff: economy about to collapse

June 20th, 2013 By admin.

June 20, 2013 By John Seiler Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have been congratulating themselves for passing a budget on time and with a surplus. It'll likely be the last time they do so for a long time. I can't embed this video featuring Peter Schiff, the investment guru; but cli...

Rep. Sanchez: NSA revelations so far just ‘tip of the iceberg’

June 20th, 2013 By admin.

June 20, 2013 By John Seiler One of the better U.S. representatives is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana. That's because she sometimes goes against the Democratic Party line, with interesting results. After a recent closed briefing by counterintelligence officials, she said: "What we learned in t...

Revolution in Brazil

June 20th, 2013 By admin.

June 20, 2013 By John Seiler Heroic! I'm inspired by the people of Brazil, who are sick and tired their socialist government. AP reports: "SAO PAULO (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of the country's biggest city to raise a collective cry against a longstanding lame...

L.A. Times: 30-year borrowing to buy short-lived iPads? Ho hum.

June 19th, 2013 By admin.

June 19, 2013 By Chris Reed All over California, school districts are doing illogical, unethical, unseemly things with their finances. Unconstitutional attempts to make parents pay for basic educational materials. Siphoning funds from federal school lunch programs for the operating budget. Most a...

‘Glock block’ — I’m moving to Oregon!

June 19th, 2013 By admin.

June 19, 2013 By John Seiler This is heroic. The sheriffs in Clackamas County in Oregon have been eating too many donuts while waiting for their pensions. So crime has been rising. Now, the residents of Jennings Lodge neighborhood are taking their defense into their own hands: They declared it a "...

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Joseph Perkins
Joseph Perkins, now assistant editor of the Orange County Register Opinion Pages, started his career as an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal. After serving on the White House Staff of former Vice President Dan Quayle he wrote for the San Diego Union-Tribune where he authored a nationally-syndicated column. Before writing for CalWatchdog.com, Mr. Perkins was also Business Editor for San Diego Magazine.
Chris Reed
Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.
Brian Calle
Brian Calle is Editor-in-Chief of CalWatchdog.com and the Opinion Editor for the Orange County Register. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Fox News, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, Human Events, Real Clear Markets and City Journal, among other websites and publications. Find him on Twitter: @briancalle
John Seiler
John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: writejohnseiler@gmail.com

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