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Prediction: CTA to play good cop/bad cop on Brown school $ plan

May 23rd, 2013 By admin.

May 23, 2013 By Chris Reed The California Teachers Association has taken a lot of hits of late. It tried to sell its 2012 decision to fight bills to make it easier to fire pervert teachers as about basic fairness to employees. That blew up, leading it to go along with legislation this year that wi...

Apple right to avoid ridiculous taxes

May 22nd, 2013 By admin.

May 22, 2013 By John Seiler Apple Inc. is the world's most profitable and admired company. It's also the world's biggest tax dodger. Reported the Wall Street Journal of a U.S. Senate grilling of CEO Tim Cook, "The Senate panel, in a report released Monday, said that Apple used technicalities in Ir...

Bridge debacle foreshadows bullet train mega-debacle

May 22nd, 2013 By admin.

May 22, 2013 By Chris Reed Mankind has been building bridges for more than 3,000 years. A bridge built in the 13th century BC in Greece is still in use. Building durable bridges over water is not a modern accomplishment. The Roman Empire liked to build simple arch bridges over rivers and put up h...

Noon today: Tea Party protests against abusive IRS

May 21st, 2013 By admin.

Update 8:30 pm: The protests have occurred. Please post below any reports of protests you attended or witnessed. May 21, 2013 By John Seiler The Tea Party is holding peaceful rallies today at noon across the country to protest IRS abuses. As has been revealed the past 11 days, the Obama IRS tar...

Obama-connected Media Matters smeared prez critics

May 21st, 2013 By admin.

May 21, 2013 By John Seiler Last year, the Obama-connected left-wing group Media Matters engaged in a vendetta against the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a venerable, old, bipartisan group that helps legislators craft bills. Media Matters was upset that ALEC had produced model legi...

Surprise! Government assaults its critics

May 20th, 2013 By admin.

May 20, 2013 By John Seiler Government cons us into believing it "helps" people. It really exists to help itself -- and hurt those that want to reduce its immense powers. My colleague Steven Greenhut just visited Washington, D.C., and reported on how rich the area is. At least $4 trillion of our ...

No spare change under the dome

May 20th, 2013 By admin.

May 20, 2013 By Katy Grimes During his press briefing last week while discussing the state’s lack of budgeting flexibility, Gov. Jerry Brown said, "Anyone who thinks there's spare change around here, they haven’t read the budget." Brown released his May Budget Revision last week. And ...

Gov. Brown says one would ‘think’ Dems for disadvantaged

May 20th, 2013 By admin.

May 20. 2103 By Chris Reed On Friday, I noted that the state budget scrum always involved a series of hardball power plays that exposed as fiction the idea that the California Democratic Party and the most powerful forces on the state's political left stood for "social justice." The trigger for t...

CA GOP opportunity: Cut the state income tax 1 percentage point

May 19th, 2013 By admin.

May 19, 2013 By John Seiler California Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. But listen up, because here's one you shouldn't miss: Advance and initiative to cut the state income tax by 1 percentage point. Right now, Californians and other Americans are enraged at the IRS a...

In his own words: Gov. Brown on fracking

May 19th, 2013 By admin.

May 19, 2013 By Chris Reed As I've written about repeatedly, the California media simply refuse to break away from the green narrative that fracking is new, dangerous and potentially catastrophic. All three assertions are belied by 60-plus years of fracking. Greens only started griping about frack...

Obama interior secretary shreds fracking foes — LAT omits

May 18th, 2013 By admin.

May 18, 2013 By Chris Reed Say what you will about The New York Times, but at least it's not in denial about fracking the way The Los Angeles Times is. Friday's LAT coverage of new U.S. Interior Department rules for fracking on 756 million acres of public and Indian lands depicted the rules as be...

Leg still obsessed with tax increases

May 18th, 2013 By admin.

May 18, 2013 By John Seiler So much new revenue is flowing into California that Gov. Jerry Brown's May Revise budget projected an extra $4.5 billion this year. But even that was too low for Legislative Analyst, who projected another $3.2 billion on top of that. Total: a $7.7 billion bonanza. So ...

Video: 6 hours of Beethoven piano

May 17th, 2013 By admin.

May 17, 2013 By John Seiler Forget politics a bit and put on this YouTube as background music. It's six hours of piano music from the world's greatest composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ptfyhBjXj8  ...

CA budget: State’s unions tell poor they’re on their own

May 17th, 2013 By admin.

May 17, 2013 By Chris Reed Nothing brings clarity to the absurdity of unions' claims that they defend the poor and champion social justice than the annual fights over the state budget. Advocates of social services for the poor and needy are up in arms that Gov. Jerry Brown's revised 2013-2014 budg...

Obama IRS enemies list targeted Hispanic Republicans

May 16th, 2013 By admin.

May 17, 2013 By John Seiler As I pointed out in an earlier post, the Obama IRS enemies list against conservatives and libertarians discredits his so-called 2012 election "victory." And remember how we were told, ceaselessly, that Republicans had to do more to win Hispanic votes, because Obama got...

7 years not enough planning time for air board on AB 32

May 16th, 2013 By admin.

May 16, 2013 By Chris Reed The news that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to "borrow" $500 million in cap-and-trade auction fees to prop up the state's general fund in his revised 2013-14 budget could not have been more predictable. Brown may have an image of fiscal rectitude, but it is fiscal rectitude in...

IRS enemies list scandal discredits Obama’s 2012 victory

May 16th, 2013 By admin.

May 16, 2013 By John Seiler Not that we should run the election again. And Mitt Romney really was a terrible candidate, one of the worst the GOP has to offer. It would have been worse had he won because we'd be suffering through his first term in office, with him trying to impose a new batch of go...

CA IRS offices harassed conservative groups

May 15th, 2013 By admin.

May 15, 2013 By John Seiler California IRS offices harassed groups, reported the Daily Mail today. It was part of the burgeoning nationwide scandal of the IRS attacking more than 500 such groups. The Daily Mail reported that a letter... "came to Patriots Educating Concerned Americans Now (PECAN),...

Collective bargaining behind the scenes

May 15th, 2013 By admin.

May 15, 2013 By Katy Grimes Government employees' salaries and benefits, and in particular, pensions, are financially unsustainable in California. It is clear that collective bargaining reform is needed. But in a state run by politicians elected largely with the financial support of labor and publ...

Court denies asylum to German family punished by Nazi law

May 15th, 2013 By admin.

May 15, 2013 By John Seiler In 1938, Hitler imposed an anti-home schooling law on German families. All children were required to attend Third Reich-approved schools, receiving indoctrination in Nazism and anti-Semitism, and to join the Hitlerjugend -- the Hitler Youth. American G.I.'s including m...

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