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Tax-funded zombies

September 6th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I've enjoyed the "Walking Dead" TV show. Although the last season wasn't as good because they got away from the Zombies and featured the Rick vs. the Governor human conflict. The Governor better could be called "the Government" because, like it, he's vicious, psychotic and murderou...

Hank Jr. on the Depression

September 6th, 2013 By John Seiler.

New numbers show that the co-called economic "recovery" is bogus. See Adam O'Neal's new article. And a new report showed that a record 90,473,000 Americans 16 years and older are not in the labor force. It's just going to get worse as Obamacare forces thousands of companies to r...

CBP report shows weak jobs growth during recovery

September 6th, 2013 By Adam O'Neal.

In a new report, “Uneven Progress: What Economic Recovery Has Meant for California’s Workers,” the California Budget Project analyzed how the economic crash and recovery have affected the labor market in California. essay writing services Spoiler alert: It’s not good. After dramatically...

Report: CalVet 'must do better' to help veterans

September 5th, 2013 By Adam O'Neal.

Many California military veterans are hurting. blackberry spy software In its recently released report, “An Agenda for Veterans: The State’s Turn to Serve,” the bi-partisan Little Hoover Commission critiques the California Department of Veterans Affairs for its “inconsistent leadership” ...

Enviro policies spike CA electricity prices 70 percent

September 5th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.

Californians are starting to pay for the cost of the state's Draconian environmental laws. Wholesale electricity market prices spiked about 70 percent over last year.  So reports the Independent System Operator that manages California’s electric transmission and distribution line grids....

Steinberg rushing arena bill through last days of session

September 5th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

Strange bedfellows are camping out under the bleachers to oppose an arena in Sacramento for the Kings pro basketball team. They're united in opposition because of the lack of public debate, the dubious numbers put out by the city and the growing public subsidy. Now they're opposing legisla...

Siskiyou County Declaration of Independence

September 5th, 2013 By John Seiler.

  Hooray for Siskiyou County, whose Board of Supervisors just voted for the county to secede from California! They're tired of the state regime's record high taxes and incredible regulations; and the neglect of their needs and wishes. To help them, I've crafted a Siskiyou County Declarati...

Sea of grimy mattresses evidence of need for recycling bill

September 5th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

A sea of used mattresses was on display at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday. The stained, lumpy mattresses were a grimy but convincing prop for a bill which would create a recovery and recycling program for used and unwanted mattresses. But the bill proposes a new fee on...

Unreal: CA transit workers permanently protected from pension reductions

September 5th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Californians are used to suffering the consequences from state laws drafted by unions and forced through by their allies/puppets in the state Legislature. But now we see the same phenomenon afflicting the Golden State thanks to a union payoff made by Congress -- in 1964! "LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Un...

Californians fleeing to Nevada

September 4th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Taxes have consequences. That's something tax increasers don't understand. Remember how Gov. Jerry Brown and others campaigned last year for Prop. 30, saying millionaires had to "pay their fair share" (even though "millionaire" was defined, in California math, as someone making $250,000 a year)? But...

America becomes Stalag 13

September 4th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I was watching the classic TV sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," about a group of American and other allied prisoners stuck in a German prisoner of war camp, Stalag 13, during World War II. The most evil of the Nazis is Gestapo Maj. Hochstetter, who in one episode sneers, "Vee haf vays of making you talk!"...

Cadiz blending pipeline cuts salt in water

September 4th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.

California farmers harvest more than 1.7 billion strawberries every year. Reducing the salt content in irrigation water is critical to growing strawberries without "salt blight." "Salt blight" symptoms include “leaf scorch” at the edge of leaves, stunted plant growth, dead roots and plants, a...

Racial manipulation of UC admissions can’t help but go haywire

September 4th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Want an exceptionally shrewd look at University of California admissions policies that lays out how the nominally race-neutral system is skewed by administrators desperately trying to prop up enrollment of some -- but not all -- minorities? Check out this post on the Education Realist blog run by an...

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...

Audit: Secretary of State wastes $22 million on voting machines

September 3rd, 2013 By Dave Roberts.

When Debra Bowen was a candidate for California secretary of state in 2006, two of her top three priorities, according to SmartVoter.org, were to: Ensure that the state’s voting systems are accurate and secure by introducing strict auditing requirements so that every vote is counted as it was ...

Hearing uncovered abuse of CA special funds

September 3rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

SACRAMENTO -- Only in government is borrowing considered a legitimate way to balance a budget. In California it has become standard operating procedure. To address this growing problem, the state’s Special Funds were the subject of a hearing last week in the Legislature, which I attended. The 5...

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...

California violent crime

September 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

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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...

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