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LAT’s Steve Lopez: Pension crisis real — not unions’ fault. Huh?

April 24th, 2013 By admin.

April 24, 2013 By Chris Reed The unsustainability of the public employee pension system in California has been obvious for at least six or seven years to anyone who understood two simple facts: the demographics of our aging government workforce and the irrationality of CalPERS' argument in 1999 th...

Mayor-forLife Bloomberg: Shred the Constitution

April 23rd, 2013 By admin.

April 23, 2013 By John Seiler It's terrible that four people were killed in Boston last week. But for that should we ditch the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights? That's what New York Mayor-for-Life Michael Bloomberg insists: "The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worr...

N.Y. Times shames Mercury-News on AB 32 coverage

April 23rd, 2013 By admin.

April 23, 2013 By Chris Reed The fact that no one in the California media besides me has reported that the Obama administration considers fracking no big deal and just another heavy industry is pretty amazing. Obama's picks for EPA chief and energy secretary dismiss environmental alarmism about hy...

In LAUSD, who teaches struggling kids? Interns. Thanks, CTA.

April 22nd, 2013 By admin.

April 22, 2013 By Chris Reed Los Angeles Unified is an ongoing, never-ending monument to the core premise of California education: Let's make life easy for veteran adult employees. Its United Teachers Los Angeles-dominated school board has for years enforced policies designed to let more experien...

Steinberg pondering run for Sacto DA

April 22nd, 2013 By admin.

April 22, 2013 By Katy Grimes The current buzz around the Capitol City is Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, will run for Sacramento District Attorney in 2014. Steinberg, 53, has worked as an Employee Rights Attorney for the California State Employees Association prior to running ...

In coming CA fracking war, will unions be Oxy’s surprise ally?

April 21st, 2013 By admin.

April 21, 2013 By Chris Reed The coming battle over fracking in California is going to be a doozy. There's too much money to be made in the "brown energy" revolution for monied interests to not pursue the reserves in the Monterey Shale. Soon to be the face of evil in California: Occidental Petrol...

Blackout summer bummer?

April 21st, 2013 By admin.

April 21, 2013 By John Seiler All California's anti-energy activism might take a toll this summer with potential blackouts like we had back in 2000-01 during the California Electricity Crisis. The San Onofre nuke plant is down. Hydro power is down. AB 32 and other regulations discourage building n...

No CA university among those with worst graduation records

April 21st, 2013 By admin.

April 21, 2013 By John Seiler Although we often criticize California government here at, we also like to highlight the occasional good news. I just found something that's worth mentioning, although a few months old. The Fiscal Times lists the 11 American public universities with t...

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...

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