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 "...

Middle class rises in Mexico — declines in U.S.

June 18th, 2013 By John Seiler.

As I have noted, in the United States, there has been no "economic recovery," and the American middle class is shrinking. But Mexico is booming, with a growing middle class. The latest from ABC News/Univision: "A new study on Mexico helps to explain the recent fall in Mexican immigration to...

D.C. protest against IRS planned for Wed.

June 18th, 2013 By admin.

June 18, 2013 By John Seiler For once, I wish I was in Washington, D.C., a dreadful place I haven't been to since 1988, or 25 years. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Tea Party is protesting the assaults on it and other freedom groups by the IRS-Stasi. I would love to attend. The Daily Caller reported: "Th...

Aetna exits CA socialist medicine scheme for individuals

June 18th, 2013 By admin.

June 18, 2013 By John Seiler Wait! Wasn't Obamacare supposed to give medical care and insurance to everybody, at a lower cost? How can that happen if insurers exit? This just in: "Aetna Inc. said it would stop selling individual health insurance policies in California next month, and nearly 50,00...

San Diego mayor’s latest escapade borders on extortion

June 18th, 2013 By admin.

June 18, 2013 By Chris Reed The bullying behavior that has characterized Bob Filner his entire political career has taken on a new and uglier tone since the 20-year Democratic congressman was elected mayor of San Diego in November. He's ostracized City Attorney Jan Goldsmith for Goldsmith's attemp...

George Skelton wants your bullets

June 17th, 2013 By admin.

June 17, 2013 By John Seiler The L.A. Times' anti-gun obsessive George Skelton now wants your bullets. He writes: "From what I've been reading, the Santa Monica killer was packing an illegal assault rifle and 40 high-capacity ammunition magazines. He sprayed 100 bullets and had access to 1,300. "A...

Detroit sets precedent for radical cuts in ‘inviolate’ CA pensions

June 17th, 2013 By admin.

June 17, 2013 By Chris Reed In the sci-fi satire "Robocop," we were treated to a glimpse of a future Detroit in which mechanized police ran amok. As my colleague John Seiler noted the other day, in modern-day Detroit, we're being treated to a glimpse of a future California in which promised-but-un...

Comic-book villainy on display in San Diego Unified

June 16th, 2013 By admin.

June 16, 2013 By Chris Reed It's time for a tale of comic-book villainy from San Diego Unified, the state's second-largest school district and one in which voracious unions so dominate decision-making that a stunning 92 percent of the operating budget goes to employee compensation. When 11 of eve...

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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, 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 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, 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,, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email:

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