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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...

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!"...

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...

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...

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...

Federal union just like CA’s: Government role is to provide well-paying jobs

September 2nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

As I wrote here last week, part of Port Hueneme's oceanfront could face devastation in coming months because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it doesn't have the money to do remedial work on the coast that it has done for decades to prevent damage from high surf. Timm Herdt of the Ventura Count...

Dishonesty of bullet-train camp is striking

September 1st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Robert Cruickshank's California High Speed Rail Blog, which gets thousands of hits a month, always amazes me when I look at it because of how he uses MSNBC/national media talking points about opposition to President Obama's policies to describe critics of the state's bullet-train project. They're ob...

Now Rolling Stone worships Jerry

September 1st, 2013 By John Seiler.

  The East Coast media, ever ignorant of California, keep worshiping Gov. Jerry Brown and his supposed "rescue" of California. The latest is from Rolling Stone magazine, which started out in San Francisco but moved to New York City 35 years ago. Tom Dickinson writes: As wind turbines spin l...

Top 7 CA facts that Jerry Brown-loving national media always ignore

August 31st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The national media's love-in with Gov. Jerry Brown continues, with the latest fawnfest coming from Rolling Stone reporter Tim Dickinson. "Just two years ago, the idea that California could be a global model for anything was laughable. When Brown took office, the state was staggered by double-digit ...

SWATs Gone Wild

August 31st, 2013 By John Seiler.

  A couple of days ago in this article I debated come commentators about cop SWAT teams. I pointed out how they commonly were abused, and we'd be better off without them. This new story comes from Charlottesville, Virginia, the home of the University of Virginia, which was established by ...

German stormtroopers grab homeschooling children

August 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

Using a Nazi-era law that forced children to become "Hitler Youth," German stormtroopers yesterday barged into the Wunderlich home in Darmstadt and grabbed the family's four children, ages 7 to 14. Reported the Home School Legal Defense Association, whose heroic efforts have prevented such atrocitie...

$1.2 billion in new jails still haven’t been built

August 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

  What incompetents. To ease overcrowding, in 2007 the Legislature authorized $1.2 billion for local jails to expand. That was before both the Great Recession hit. Before a federal judge ordered the state to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. And before Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislatur...

Bullet-train ruling: Mum’s the word from Times, Bee edit boards

August 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Isn't the fact that the bullet train is going down worthy, yunno, of editorial comment? Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had failed to meet funding and environmental standards that would allow it to legally begin construction of the project in the...

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