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CA governments can open meetings with prayer

May 5th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In one of those weird rulings, today the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it's OK for local governments to open meetings with prayer. It's weird because the Court itself opens with the prayer, "God save the United States and this Honorable Court!" -- a quote directly from the Court's own website....

Longevity breakthroughs make gov pensions even more of a gold mine

May 5th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

On Sunday the Drudge Report sent Twitter abuzz with the report of a hugely significant breakthrough on aging and longevity: "It may seem the stuff of gothic horror novels, but transfusions of young blood could reverse the ageing process and even cure Alzheimer’s Disease, scientists believe. ... ...

Jerry Brown expresses satisfaction with CA’s 24% poverty rate

May 4th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you live in a state that has by far the highest effective poverty rate in the U.S. -- at just under one-quarter of the population -- you would seem unlikely to express satisfaction with the economics status quo. But if you're the governor of that state, and the media think you're a whiz-bang b...

Dems face ethnic Family Feud

May 4th, 2014 By John Seiler.

One thing I've predicted for years is that once Democrats reached supermajority status, fierce intra-party battles would surface. I regerenced the "Solid South," meaning the total dominance Democrats had in the U.S. South from the end of Reconstruction through the 1960s. With Republicans back then ...

Gov. Brown’s 3D chess game leads to timid politics

May 3rd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

If you believe Jerry Brown is a governing genius, then forgive me for laughing until I injure myself. What I think is that he's scary shrewd at managing the narrative, at keeping people in the dark about what he's really up to. Sometimes he uses this skill in welcome ways. The gov knows the bulle...

Gov. Brown excuses Toyota move with Schumpeter

May 3rd, 2014 By John Seiler.

It was free-market economist Joseph Schumpeter who coined the phrase, "creative destruction." He meant that a dynamic economy doesn't stand still. That cars replace buggies; trucks replace conestoga wagons; computers replace typewriters; smartphones replace line phones. A dynamic society is differe...

Sen. Lieu is Shocked! — Shocked! — Toyota is leaving Torrance

May 2nd, 2014 By John Seiler.

Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu is Shocked!  -- Shocked! -- that Toyota's U.S. headquarters is splitting Torrance, which he represents, for Texas. He wrote on his website: “I am really angry. Nothing prepared any of us for this surprise announcement by Toyota. The fact is thousands of families in...

Dallas editorial chortles over Toyota departing CA for Texas

May 2nd, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Monday's announcement that Toyota is moving its North American headquarters from Torrance to the suburbs of Dallas prompted the usual schizophrenic approach in California:  Some editorial writers and pundits lamented the loss of 3,000 middle-class jobs, but Gov. Jerry Brown could not have cared les...

Fade to red ink: LAO questions tax cuts for films

May 1st, 2014 By John Seiler.

It's always been as funny as a Coen Bros. movie that the Hollywood Left Elite, which backs massive tax increases on the rest of us, favors tax cuts for itself. The excuse is that the cuts create valuable movie-industry jobs. Which is true. But other tax cuts do the same. The Legislative Analy...

Honors belie years of gloom-and-doom talk about UC system

May 1st, 2014 By Chris Reed.

For at least seven years, we've heard University of California officials and Democratic lawmakers describe budget "cuts" at UC as being so devastating they threatened the system's elite reputation. I recall hearing surrogates for Jerry Brown say in 2010 that the choice between his gubernatorial cand...

Today is CA Tax Freedom Day

April 30th, 2014 By John Seiler.

For Californians, today is Tax Freedom Day. That means, if you had to pay all your taxes first before getting any of your earnings for yourself and your family, from Jan. 1 to April 29, every cent would go to government. Only now, on April 30, would you start getting your own money to spend. Assumin...

Alleged CA budget renaissance: Yet another hole in narrative

April 30th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The readiness of the Sacramento and East Coast media to accept the narrative that Gov. Jerry Brown is a genius who has solved California's previously immense budget problems is everywhere. An accountant -- as opposed to a journalist or a partisan, or a journalist/partisan -- would be infinitely m...

Sen. Leland Yee promises to ‘prevent corruption’

April 29th, 2014 By John Seiler.

Especially where federal corruption charges are concerned, we always should presume innocence. That includes with state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who has been indicted for allegedly trading illegal arms for campaign cash. But I just got in the mail Secretary of State Debra Bowen's "Califo...

Reputation defender: The L.A. office of the NAACP

April 29th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is expected to face suspension or more from the NBA at a press conference at 11 a.m. today (Pacific time) in the league's New York office. Sorry, but I can't believe the tone-deafness of people of some on the right who see this as much ado about nothing....

Now Toyota leaves CA for TX

April 28th, 2014 By John Seiler.

In another major blow to the California economy, Toyota is moving its headquarters from Torrance to Dallas after 57 years here. The excuse is that it wants to be near its manufacturing plants in the Southeast. That itself is telling. Toyota shut down its last Golden State plant in Fremont in 2009. ...

Latino assemblyman: Asians not ‘people of color’

April 27th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The increasing rift between Latino and Asian Democrats over Latinos' newly revived interest in gutting Proposition 209 took a funny twist in the Sacramento Bee. So much for the Rainbow Coalition -- it turns out that one lawmaker thinks Asian-Americans are no longer "of color": "When Luis Alejo appl...

Tax index: CA by far most taxed state

April 27th, 2014 By John Seiler.

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council just came out with its annual report, "Small Business Tax Index 2014." California ranked 50th of the states -- dead last, worst, highest taxed, most overtaxed, extremest preposterously taxed. Here are the six states with the lowest tax gougings:...

How do you like your higher electricity bill?

April 26th, 2014 By John Seiler.

On CalWatchDog.com, for four years Wayne Lusvardi has been detailing in hundreds of articles the effective dismantling of California's and America's old electricity system -- nuclear, coal and now even gas; and its replacement with "renewable" sources -- wind, solar and geothermal -- that would cost...

CA history lesson on Obama: Any doubt it will be slanted?

April 26th, 2014 By Chris Reed.

The conventional way to look at this bill is still ultimately the correct way -- yes, what happened in 2008 was so powerful and historic that it makes sense: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach...

Who’s to blame?

April 25th, 2014 By John Seiler.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh this morning. He was blaming voters for installing President Obama in the Oval Office. But he missed a step. Shouldn't we first be blaming himself and other Republicans for nominating such duds as the Bushes, McCain and Romney? More than 50 years ago, JFK used ...

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