Rights and Liberties

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...

O.C. Sheriff Hutchens allows more conceal-carry permits

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Hutchens Cover

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens commendably is expanding the ranks of those able to get conceal-carry permits. This follows a ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" includes the word bear. When Hutche...

Happy 25th anniversary, World Wide Web

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Moore's Law

The Internet was invented in California in 1969 as a government project. But the critical technology, the World Wide Web, was invented in Switzerland 25 years ago this week by one man, Tim Berners-Lee. He created the universal Hypertext Markup Language, hence the "http://" at the beginning of Intern...

Sen. Feinstein upset over CIA searching congressional computers

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., generally has a liberal record. Yet the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee long has defended the vast snooping of the NSA and the other intelligence agencies. Perhaps she is having second thoughts after she attacked the CIA for searching the computers of Co...

CA Asians finally grasp that under affirmative action, they’re victims

Monday, March 10th, 2014
minorityquota1

The fact that Asian-Americans in California tend to be Democratic seems to me to be almost entirely a function of the perception of Democrats are more welcoming to minorities and Republicans more hostile. Surveys and anecdotal evidence show that Asian-Americans are generally more entrepreneurial ...

Fracking showdown: Will CA media STILL ignore Obama view?

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The prospect of rich Dem dilettante Tom Steyer targeting Jerry Brown over fracking is scary in some ways. It could well lead to fracking never coming to California and bringing the jobs and wealth it has to North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But it could also improve the public debate on...

Contra Costa case a template for Prop. 26 abuse

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
26p

In recent California history, small-government advocates have no more significant victory than the triumph of Proposition 26 in 2010. Here's an explanation of its main thrust from an analysis by the League of California Cities: "Prop. 26 is divided into two parts. One part addresses state fees and ...

Revolt against ‘dog food’ school lunches went far beyond LAUSD

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
school-meals-008

As I have pointed out repeatedly as a blogger and journo, Nanny Staters are bafflingly confident that people like being bullied into living their lives in a way that Nanny Staters approve. That’s why one of my favorite stories in many years was this December 2011 L.A. Times account of the stude...

Immigration amnesty not nearly as popular in CA as gay rights

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
IllegalImmigrant

There really has been a genuine change in American views of gay rights. The longer the Republican Party sees its members look at this new world and then act out in the fashion of the Arizona legislature, the harder it will be for the GOP to maximize its power. But while many millions of voters ar...