Rights and Liberties

This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a bit murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process that considered the state's newly filed chal...

“Captain America” sequel: The first libertarian popcorn movie

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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The stars and heroes of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may be government employees, but the messages of the movie amount to entry-level libertarian thinking -- messages with massive resonance for current policy and political debates. Among them: 1) Don't trust a state that gathers secrets ...

Oposition swarms against splitting CA

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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Like hornets rising from a disturbed nest, opposition is swarming against venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposed initiative to split dysfunctional California into six states, a couple of which might turn out functional. The Chronicle reports: "Steven Maviglio, a Democratic consultant, and Joe Rod...

Need to create middle-class CA jobs matters more than minimum wage

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Economic conservatives seem wary over the attempts by Democrats at just about every level of government to focus on the minimum wage. But should they be? It provides an easy way to broaden the debate from how the poor are faring to how those in the middle class are doing. In California, it provides ...

UC prof charged with assaulting student

Monday, March 24th, 2014
UC prof charged with assaulting student

What's going on in California's public universities? Fox News reported: "A feminist studies professor at a California state university is facing criminal charges after a videotaped run-in with a teenage pro-life demonstrator in which she snatched an anti-abortion sign and appeared to get physical ...

CA taxes 150% higher than Washington state’s — to what benefit?

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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A new survey of state and local taxes finds California and New York take the biggest bite out of their residents' pocketbooks. The average Californian forks over $9,509 a year; the average New Yorker, $9,718. Alas, the mainstream media coverage of the report features the usual superficiality. The...

Feinstein wants to keep pot illegal, alcohol legal

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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It used to be liberals strongly favored personal liberty. Some still do. Many don't. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has joined Gov. Jerry Brown in opposing legalizing marijuana in California, a state that's the country's biggest pot farm. AP wrote: The state's senior senator told The Associated Press in ...

When America was fun for kids

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
When America was fun for kids

"America is too safe" is one of my sayings. It's just hard to have fun anymore, especially for kids. When I was growing up in the 60s, on weekends and during summer vacation, our parents dumped us outside and expected us to be back home by evening for dinner. Then we went back out again until dark. ...

Climate change prof wants to put me in jail

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Lawrence Torcello

As I've said before, I'll believe in global warming -- now going under the euphemism "climate change" -- when ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Secretary of State John Kerry give up their lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. That mean Arnold dumping up his Mercedes and Bentley gas-guzzlers and ...

Discovered: a new way unions manipulate CA status quo

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Californians who don't belong to a public employee union have every right to feel as if the state is rigged against them. Because districting is based on population, not number of citizens, Democrats do better in Sacramento from the get-go then one would expected based on voting on high-profile s...