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Ex-CA cop: U.S. law enforcement blew terror response

April 20th, 2013 By admin.

April 20, 2013 By Chris Reed A former official with a state law-enforcement agency sent me a contrarian take on the week's events in Massachusetts: "At the risk of spoiling the high fives on the Boston bombing incident, has anybody asked how this guy was not on the FBI's radar 5 minutes after the ...

Obamacare already gutting CA jobs

April 20th, 2013 By admin.

April 20, 2013 By John Seiler Obamacare officially is called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But how can it "protect" you and provide "affordable care" when your hours were cut below the 30 hours per week needed to be part of the Soviet program? Jobs already are being hit: "The na...

What economic recovery?

April 19th, 2013 By admin.

April 19, 2013 By John Seiler Supposedly the economy has been recovering for three years, with the stock markets setting new records. But all those numbers are based on inflated dollars. The United States was on the gold standard from 1789 until President Nixon foolishly imposed his Nixon Shock ...

Sacto Kings players dream of no-tax state

April 19th, 2013 By admin.

April 19, 2013 By Katy Grimes As the behind-the-scene negotiations take place between the NBA, the owners of the Sacramento Kings and prospective buyers, there is really only one thing to remember: everything is economic. The top Kings player is paid more than $8 million. Wouldn't he like to sa...

POW!!! California $127 billion in the red

April 18th, 2013 By admin.

April 19, 2013 By Katy Grimes Holy understatement Batman! California is more than $127 billion in the red! The California State Auditor recently released a report detailing California’s “net worth” as a state. California is $127.2 billion upside down. Holy helplessness Batman! The As...

Feds destroy up to 47% of raisin crop

April 18th, 2013 By admin.

April 18, 2013 By John Seiler One of the better commercials over the years was the dancing California Raisins: But did you know that the federal government seizes from farmers -- without pay -- up to 47 percent of America's yearly raisin crop, then gives much of it away around the world? The Ec...

SEC charges Chicago-based investment adviser with defrauding CalPERS

April 18th, 2013 By admin.

April 18, 2013 By Josephine Djuhana The SEC released a statement today, charging Chicago-based investment advisory firm Simran Capital Management with lying to CalPERS regarding the amount of money managed by the firm. The president and sole owner of the firm, Umesh Tandon, is alleged to have made...

CA social engineers: Gov’t should parent ‘disadvantaged’ kids

April 18th, 2013 By admin.

April 18, 2013 By Chris Reed The recent flap over an MSNBC promo in which commentator Melissa Harris-Perry declared that  Americans "have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communiti...

CARB lawsuit could end cap and trade

April 17th, 2013 By admin.

April 17, 2013 By Katy Grimes Ding dong! Could CARB be dead? The Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit yesterday against the California Air Resources Board challenging California's cap and trade regulation. The cap and trade program was created by CARB ostensibly as part of AB 32, Californi...

Ex-CA Senate Dem candidate tees off on immigration ‘reform’

April 17th, 2013 By admin.

April 17, 2013 By Chris Reed Mickey Kaus, the Los Angeles journalist and author who ran against Sen. Barbara Boxer in the 2010 Democratic primary, has emerged as the sharpest critic of the immigration overhaul expected to emerge this week in the U.S. Senate: "Rubio repeatedly said it would be 'che...

What are Republicans for? Dept.

April 17th, 2013 By admin.

April 17, 2013 By John Seiler You might have heard the term, "Me too Republicans." It's similar to the more recent term, RINO: Republican in Name Only. A Me Too Republican's main function is to raise taxes to pay for such Democratic socialist programs as the New Deal and Great Society, while enac...

Latest numbers: No ‘global warming’

April 16th, 2013 By admin.

April 16, 2013 By John Seiler AB 32 officially is the "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006." It coerces sharp cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels by 2020. Now that the latest evidence keeps showing there is no global warming, do you think Gov. Jerry Brown will suspend i...

Juvenile justice: The latest from San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

April 16th, 2013 By admin.

April 16, 2013 By Chris Reed Newly elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner basically owes his political career to the courage he showed as a Freedom Rider in the early 1960s. It's the card he plays to cast himself in a better light whenever anyone notices all the different ways he shows he's a bully wi...

Sales tax holiday bill killed in leg committee

April 15th, 2013 By admin.

April 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez has been leading the cause aggressively for a few weeks to give California taxpayers a  sales tax holiday, every tax day. Under Assembly Bill 718 by Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, taxpayers would enjoy a one day tax holiday from state s...

Newsom explains CA govt. for you

April 15th, 2013 By admin.

April 15, 2013 By John Seiler Promoting his new book, "Citizenville," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke to Fortune magazine. His last line was the best, explaining how he's eager to write articles, "I'm available, and I'm cheap because I'm in government, so you can't pay me. I'm a good deal." He also ...

State schools chief: President Obama is a corporate stooge

April 15th, 2013 By admin.

April 15, 2013 By Chris Reed UC Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff's blueprint for Democrats from a decade ago continues to reverberate. Lakoff stressed the emphasis of framing issues with the proper language and spoke of the power of metaphors. And so now we always hear government spend...

Now media notice: Obamacare worsens CA physician shortage

April 14th, 2013 By admin.

April 14, 2013 By Chris Reed Among the many severe problems with Obamacare that a cheerleading media chose to ignore in the run-up to its March 2010 enactment, perhaps the most obvious was the fact that it would be impossible to sharply expand medical coverage in a thoughtful way in a nation where...

Donors lavish gifts on key aides in CA Legislature

April 14th, 2013 By admin.

April 14, 2013 By Chris Reed The term limits that shuffle lawmakers in and out of office in Sacramento vest considerable power in the staff members who remain in powerful posts, whether working for individual lawmakers or in key assignments at the most important committees. Guess who's figured th...

Jerry Brown, faux foe of regulation

April 13th, 2013 By admin.

April 13, 2013 By Chris Reed Jerry Brown has talked such a good game on regulations that he often gets credit for being a stalwart on the issue -- even when all he ever does is offer lip service. That's why Dan Walters' column on the topic is so maddening. He presents a 2 + 2 scenario, and then d...

CEQA chases awesome Google project to Missouri, Texas

April 13th, 2013 By admin.

April 13, 2013 By Chris Reed A really cool project conceived of and developed by Google in Silicon Valley isn't going to do Californians any good in the short term. It is Google Fiber — the search giant's experimental Internet infrastructure that can go 100 times the speed of regular broadband. ...

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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.
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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
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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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