Rights and Liberties

LAT: All hail ‘economic stability,’ surpluses achieved by Gov. Brown

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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The ability of Gov. Jerry Brown to convince the state press corps that he has righted California's listing ship continues to amaze. The Golden State has by far the highest poverty rate in the nation. One in six adults can't find full-time work -- the second worst rate in the U.S. At a time when inco...

Appeals court backs bloggers’ First Amendment rights

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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The First Amendment protects, among other things, "the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet modern governments, less solicitous of our liberties than the Founding Fathers, keep trying to curtail those  rights. The latest gimmick is to insist that only the Main Stream Media are protected by the ...

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. ...