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Is the IRS targeting me?

September 18th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I wrote a little, 10-page book on classical music that I was going to sell on Amazon's Kindle system for 99 cents. Which means I would get 35 cents a purchase. I never was going to make any money from it. I did everything right when I submitted it to Amazon. But when it came to the setting up the...

Harkey has long history of whining — about coverage, questions and more

September 18th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The coverage of Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, and her $10 million lawsuit against Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, over his allegedly defamatory comments about Harkey's family's legal problems focused on the political subtext of the dispute. Harkey and Wyland are both runni...

Navy Yard shooting: Feinstein takes predictable anti-gun stance

September 17th, 2013 By John Seiler.

UPDATE: FBI Washington field office confirms no AR-15 was used. casino gamble online We're still finding out what happened in the shooting in the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. But some comments are due now, in particular in response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Predictably, on Monday ev...

Comments section … fixed?

September 17th, 2013 By John Seiler.

We've been working on the comments section of our new site. We hope we have fixed the problems that many have encountered. Let us know what you think, below. professional writing If you're still having problems, please write me: [email protected] Thank you. zp8497586rq...

Snake oil sales up along with CA's rosy economy

September 17th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. You know... the guy who keeps repeating how rosy California's economic recovery is. The numerous reports announcing California's economic recovery appear designed to make consumers feel enough confidence to go out and spend. But spend...

CA’s 14 anti-gun bills target legal gun owners

September 16th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Criminals don’t register their guns with authorities. Despite this indisputable fact, the California Legislature recently passed 14 gun control bills, taking aim at citizens who legally own guns. California lawmakers are ignoring the historic recall last week of two Colorado state legislat...

No Nixon-goes-to-China for Obama on CA school-testing retreat

September 16th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last week that testing students was vital to measuring their progress and to improving student and teacher performance. Duncan warned California not to proceed with a reckless move away from standardized testing. That didn't sway the Legislature, which pa...

Now UN says global warming exaggerated

September 16th, 2013 By John Seiler.

On our site and elsewhere, global warming/climate change defenders say almost 100 percent of "climate scientists" maintain global warming/climate change is happening at a rapid rate, and will cause great damage. Now the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reduced its alarmi...

CA public schools: ‘Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job’

September 15th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The notion that one heard fairly often about Sacramento for much of 2013 -- Abel Maldonado's election reforms actually had led to a more moderate batch of lawmakers coming to town -- was annihilated in the final week of the session. A 25 percent increase in the minimum wage at a time of high unemplo...

Pro-war Sen. Boxer nabbed defense industry cash

September 15th, 2013 By John Seiler.

It passes strange that Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Marin County, supports war with Syria. She's one of the most liberal senators ever. She comes from Marin County, which is even more liberal than San Francisco. She gets most of her support from far-left Democrats, who opposed the war (as do many conservat...

BART strife: Bay Area liberals mugged by union reality

September 14th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The old joke about many conservatives being liberals who were mugged by reality has a lot of heft to it. The older one gets, the more taxes one pays and the more one figures out that liberalism in California is primarily about protecting the interests of public employees, trial lawyers and green act...

Boy Scouts and youth groups safe from CA lawmakers… for now

September 14th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

SACRAMENTO -- A bill to strip the Boy Scouts of their tax exemption has been shelved… for now. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, decided Thursday to sideline his bill to eliminate the tax-exempt status of nonprofit youth groups that do not allow gay members. The “Youth Equality Bill,”...

Bills Report 2: Enviro reform hidden under basketball stadium

September 13th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

SACRAMENTO -- The California Legislature ended the 2013 legislative session Thursday by passing hundreds of new bills. Most of the controversial bills were passed along party lines. However a bill from Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, granting a Sacramento arena development an exe...

Bills Report 1: Stadium/CEQA, other bills pass…

September 13th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the bills to pass the California Legislature this week: Fracking regulations bill, SB 4 by Sen. Fran Pavely, D-Auguora Hills. This bill would would impose California's first regulations on hydraulic fracturing, and other oil production processes. Illegal...

DiFi attacks New Media journalists

September 13th, 2013 By John Seiler.

A year ago California voters gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein another landslide victory even though she refused to debate her opponent, Elizabeth Emken, who for once was a decent GOP candidate. DiFi must believe she's in the House of Lords. Now Baroness DiFi wants to define as a "journalist" only those...

CA minimum-wage hike: Expect 'very large' effect on low-wage jobs

September 13th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Gov. Jerry Brown's signalling that he'll approve a bill to raise in two steps the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour has prompted the usual dumb coverage of minimum wage increases, which notes that business groups/Republicans warn this will lead to the loss of jobs while "social j...

Regular folks led Colorado recall

September 12th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

The results of the Colorado recall on Tuesday, which successfully ousted two sitting Democratic State Senators, surprised only the mainstream media and Democrats. It was a true grassroots led backlash by people fed up with government ignoring their rights. customized fat loss program The two Color...

Why Arnold owes U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars (non-bullet train edition)

September 12th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Two interesting pieces published recently make a strong case that government can be made far more efficient if we actually tried empirically to evaluate what worked and what didn't. On the Zocalo Public Square website, Pepperdine academic Pete Peterson takes a look at how this sort of thinki...

Colorado ousts 2 gun-control extremists

September 11th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Since I first visited Colorado in 1964 on my family's trip "Out West" from Michigan, I've loved Colorado. I worked there the last half of 1977 in my first major journalism gig, with the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph as a cub reporter. I still have relatives there. how to get rid of s...

Gorell: CA prisoners live better than deployed military

September 11th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

On the Assembly floor today during debate of a prison bill, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, put the contentious and often ridiculous situation into perspective. "Until our prison conditions rival those of our forward deployed military, I will not be sympathetic to prisoners," Gorell said. ...

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