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  • Supreme Court Aftermath: Millions flood NYC and San Francisco streets to celebrate gay pride

    06/29/2015 1:21:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    Two days after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding. Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to Newsday. Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played, Newsday reported. The Stonewall...
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • Not the Land of Opportunity?

    06/29/2015 6:36:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Terry Paulsen
    Welcome to the state of political correctness run amuck! In training initiated by UC president Janet Napolitano, provides new guidelines for the 200,000-student University of California system faculty. Inspirational phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity,” “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” “America is a melting pot,” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are now being labeled “microaggressions” – any “brief, subtle verbal or non-verbal exchanges that send denigrating messages to the recipient because of his or her group membership (such as race, gender, age or socio-economic status).”...
  • Ben Carson wins conservative straw poll, Fiorina and Walker close behind

    06/28/2015 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein and Ariel Cohen
    DENVER -- Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taken together, the results point to the resonance of the anti-Washington message among conservative audiences, as all three candidates argued in different ways that they would shake up the DC status quo. Carson garnered 26 percent of the 871 votes cast; Fiorina got 23 percent; Walker was at 22 percent; and Ted Cruz, at 11 percent, was the...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Sanctuary city San Francisco bans out of towners from arts school

    06/28/2015 12:54:27 PM PDT · by Lizavetta · 15 replies
    SF Gate ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jill Tucker
    San Francisco will close borders to talented and artistic teens looking for a free and prestigious arts education at the city’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, a decision derided by many students, parents and teachers, yet unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday. The decision ends the long-standing practice of allowing transfer students from other school districts to audition and gain admission to the high school, considered among the region’s most elite public art schools. The new policy will apply to admission for fall 2016. Current out-of-town students would be allowed to complete high school there, as well as...
  • Is California trying to take our water?

    06/28/2015 8:42:54 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Tony Davis
    Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva don’t agree on much, but both worry California could take Arizona’s water. The conservative governor and the liberal congressman say Arizona must be vigilant to ensure its drought-parched neighbor doesn’t use federal action to grab some of Arizona’s Colorado River supply. Of particular concern is a California drought bill that’s been quietly negotiated for months in the U.S. Senate. “The secrecy generates concern and nervousness. Nobody I know in Arizona knows what’s in this bill at this point,” says Chuck Cullom, who manages Colorado River issues for the Central Arizona Project,...
  • 1 wounded in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

    06/28/2015 12:34:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 12:15 AM EDT
    Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco’s Civic Center when an argument between several young men turned violent. Officer Carlos Manfredi says several people were detained for questioning after the shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday. […] Manfredi said the argument had nothing to do with the gay pride event. …
  • Tancredo: House GOP Preparing to Sell Out on Immigration Bills

    06/27/2015 7:15:17 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tom Tancredo
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) this past week again showed he will punish conservative House members for not supporting deals he strikes with President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). This does not bode well for the package of immigration bills to be debated on the House floor sometime after the July Fourth recess. House Republicans have been writing and “marking up” more than a dozen immigration bills over the past year, and Republican leaders have been promising a “package of little bills” as an alternative to the “comprehensive” bills favored by the amnesty lobby.
  • All about the money’: Motorists plagued by sky-high Calif. traffic ticket fines

    06/27/2015 4:13:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27,2015 | William La Jeunesse
    Casey Campbell served two tours in Iraq, but the fight of his life is in California. After driving without a seat belt and no front plate, he got a $25 traffic ticket that jumped to $300 with assessments and surcharges. Unable to pay in full, the ticket rose to $600, and then $819 when he missed a court date. The state automatically took his driver's license and turned the ticket over to a collections agency. Police later impounded his car when he drove to work on a suspended license. Unable to make a living, Campbell ended up broke and homeless....
  • rnold Schwarzenegger Applauds SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling: ‘The Right Way to Go’

    06/27/2015 7:14:39 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06.26.15 | Jen Yamato
    “I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” Yes, back in 2003, actor turned GOP politician Arnold Schwarzenegger made the aforementioned verbal blunder. He spoke a lot more eloquently on the issue on Friday in Los Angeles. “I’m very happy that they made the right decision because we in California of course are always a step ahead,” he said, giving a self-congratulatory shout-out to the 2008 legalization of same-sex marriage the state passed during his second term in office. “We made that decision already, a long time ago. Our Supreme Court of...
  • California approves one of the toughest mandatory vaccination laws in the nation [Isaiah 26]

    06/26/2015 12:43:35 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 64 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/25/2015 | Patrick McGreevy and Rong-Gong Lin II
    <p>California lawmakers on Thursday approved one of the toughest mandatory vaccination requirements in the nation, moving to end exemptions from state immunization laws based on religious or other personal beliefs.</p> <p>The measure, among the most controversial taken up by the Legislature this year, would require more children who enter day care and school to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough.</p>
  • Pension Armageddon: Can California voters avoid it?

    06/26/2015 5:37:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 06/26/2015 | BY STEPHEN EIDE
    Not all Californians believe that drought is the greatest threat to their state’s future. Early this month, a bipartisan group of current and former local officials filed the “Voter Empowerment Act of 2016,” a statewide ballot measure aimed at reforming the politics of public pensions. Its passage would forbid politicians in California from lavishing expensive retirement benefits on workers without explicit voter approval. The effort is being led by Carl DeMaio, a Republican former member of the San Diego city council, and Chuck Reed, a Democrat and former mayor of San Jose. If they prevail, the effects will be felt...
  • Illegal 4-Foot Drone Shut Down Aerial Firefight Over Lake Fire: Forest Service

    06/25/2015 7:46:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ktla ^ | June 25, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Eric Spillman,
    The drone was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday flying between two fixed-wing aircraft battling the massive wildfire burning south of Big Bear Lake, according to Mike Eaton, forest aviation officer for the San Bernardino National Forest. The sighting of the illegal aircraft prompted authorities to recall all aircraft battling the fire. “We don’t want to deal with unknown aircraft in our airspace,” Eaton said. “They’ve got enough on their mind already … difficult terrain, difficult weather, winds and other things. They don’t need to be worrying about model airplanes or drones.” Authorities could not figure out who was flying the...
  • California Assembly approves stricter vaccine mandate []

    06/25/2015 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/25/2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    California lawmakers Thursday approved one of the toughest mandatory vaccination laws in the nation, legislation that would eliminate the option for parents to keep their children from being vaccinated based on religious or other personal beliefs. The measure, the most controversial taken up by the Legislature this year, would require all children who enter kindergarten in California to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough unless a physician approves an exemption based on medical conditions such as allergies and immune system deficiencies. “As a mother, I understand the decisions we make about our children’s health care are deeply...
  • Testimony: Gov’t Labor Officials Coordinated With Union To Intimidate, Silence Workers On Key Vote

    06/25/2015 5:33:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/25/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Recently uncovered legal testimony out of California details a long list of alleged abuses from state labor agents who, the testimony alleges, secretly coordinated with union officials to intimidate, silence and disenfranchise thousands of Latino farm workers.“They call me ignorant,” Silvia Lopez, one of the farm workers, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They said they’d call immigration to take me out of the country.”According to the legal testimony obtained by TheDCNF, agents for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) allegedly intimidated farm workers at Gerawan Farming opposed to the United Farm Workers (UFW) during an election to decertify union...
  • Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

    06/25/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 06/24/2015 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up. Sgt. Eric Gonzalez and deputies Sussie Ayala and Fernando Luviano were found guilty of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of records in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo. Gonzalez and Ayala were also convicted of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights. The three face at least six years in prison when sentenced Nov. 2. "An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority...
  • California, once again, ranks 50th

    06/24/2015 2:33:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | Updated June 23, 2015 5:31 p.m. | Editorial
    For the past 11 years, Chief Executive magazine has been polling hundreds of CEOs from across the nation and evaluating state budgetary and economic growth metrics to determine the best and worst states for business. And for the 11th straight year, California has come in dead last. Texas repeated as the best state for business, aided by its lack of corporate or personal income taxes, and Florida, also without an individual income tax, once again finished runner-up. Rounding out the bottom five of the list were New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts, which remained unchanged from last year’s survey....
  • Judge strikes down proposed 'Sodomite Suppression Act' calling for killing of gays

    06/24/2015 4:33:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Huffington Beach Independent ^ | 06-23-2015 | Hailey Branson-Potts
    Saying a proposed ballot measure calling for the killing of gay people is “patently unconstitutional on its face,” a Sacramento County judge has ruled that the state attorney general can halt the proposal. With the judge’s ruling, the so-called Sodomite Suppression Act will not move forward to the signature-gathering phase and cannot be placed on a future ballot. The proposal, submitted by Huntington Beach attorney Matthew McLaughlin, sought to authorize the murder of gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head” or “any other convenient method.”
  • Raid of the decade underway in America’s pot-growing epicenter

    06/24/2015 4:29:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2015 | by David Downs
    An estimated 100,000 marijuana plants are expected to be eradicated this week at an enormous, multi-farm bust in remote Northern California — the heart of the famed Emerald Triangle. Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies — with no federal involvement — began serving search warrants Monday in a remote area at the intersection of the three counties. Dozens of deputies are staging a four or five-day operation in what is being called the largest raid in a decade. The raid targeted some very prominent members of the community, including public members of lobbying groups and marijuana PACs like the...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. warns of vaccine-linked ‘holocaust’

    04/08/2015 6:08:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 54 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/07/2015 | Jeremy B. White
    With lawmakers preparing to vote on a bill blocking parents from skipping vaccinations for their children, prominent vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrived at the Sacramento screening of a film linking autism to the vaccine preservative thimerosal and warned that public health officials cannot be trusted. “They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,” said Kennedy, who walked onto and left a Crest Theater stage to standing ovations, of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • WSJ editorial slams Christie on vaccines

    02/03/2015 7:40:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lucy McCalmont
    The Wall Street Journal’s influential editorial board rapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the knuckles for “meandering” on vaccines. “The real public health problem isn’t a lack of parental choice but a lack of common sense about vaccines,” the Journal said in a late-Monday editorial. It added that lawmakers should do more to promote vaccine use.
  • The Left's War On Vaccinations and Personal Hygiene

    12/02/2011 4:53:24 AM PST · by suspects · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 2, 2011 | Michael Graham
    They refuse to get their kids vaccinated, they are suspicious of fluoridated water and their kids are more likely to be inflicted with ringworm than the average American. Trailer park rednecks? Nope. America’s bobo elites. Scratch a liberal suburbanite and you’re likely to find the modern equivalent of an Appalachian clay chewer underneath. This week Fox 25 interviewed Natalie Norton of the Boston YMCA about “the recent resurgence of measles and whooping cough.” Yesterday CBS reported a whooping cough outbreak on Long Island, in the environs of the Hamptons. And on Tuesday the University of California at Berkeley alerted all...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Anti-Vaxxer

    06/06/2013 11:57:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | June 5, 2013 | Phil Plait
    The Kennedy family name is laden with history and brings to mind a definite set of characteristics: glamor, power, intelligence, wealth, influence. Kennedys have had their name on a president, numerous senators, representatives, ambassadors, and other high office holders. The Kennedy dynasty, if you wish to call it that, has seen its share of triumphs and disasters, of course. I need not go into detail; scores of books have been written about them, from putting humans on the Moon and the championing of civil rights to personal tragedies of assassination, death, scandal, and more. Most of these issues are in...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. jumps into California vaccine debate

    03/17/2015 5:50:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/16/2015 | Laurel Rosenhall
    The California Legislature’s debate over whether to make childhood vaccines mandatory has attracted another high-profile personality: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. senator and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.
  • RFK Jr. Compares Vaccine Debate To Holocaust As California Lawmakers Look At Banning Exemptions

    04/08/2015 9:56:26 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | April 8, 2015
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – As lawmakers at the State Capitol consider a bill that would no longer allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children over personal beliefs, vaccination critic Robert Kennedy Jr. waded into the debate at a Sacramento appearance. Kennedy spoke to a crowd Tuesday screening a film that claims a link between autism in children and thimerosal, an ingredient in vaccines, according to the Sacramento Bee. “They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy reportedly told...
  • Vaccine Tie to Autism Gains New Supporters

    07/15/2005 5:16:24 AM PDT · by bookworm100 · 66 replies · 1,199+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Thursday, 14 July 2005 | Carla McClain
    The decade-long debate over what has caused this country's frightening spike of childhood autism once again is exploding… Reigniting the debate is the much-publicized book "Evidence of Harm" by David Kirby, as well as the report titled "Deadly Immunity" by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In brief, Kirby and Kennedy argue that federal health officials, with the help of vaccine-makers and some in Congress, have deliberately downplayed, even covered up, evidence that thimerosal - a preservative containing mercury - in childhood vaccines is the prime trigger behind the explosion of autism in U.S. children the last 15 years. Although...
  • Nation of Islam Strongly Urges Black Calif. Lawmakers to Oppose State’s Proposed Vaccine Mandate

    06/24/2015 2:24:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Root ^ | June 23 2015 | Nigel Roberts
    A Nation of Islam leader believes that the vaccine could harm black boys and compares it to the Tuskegee syphilis study. But a coalition of other black organizations says the vaccines are needed and the fears are unfounded.Nation of Islam Western Regional Minister Tony Muhammad warns members of the California Legislative Black Caucus of a political backlash from their community if they support a bill that would mandate childhood vaccinations, according to the Los Angeles Times. Voting in favor of the bill, which may come up in the Assembly on Thursday, would be “a traitorous act,” Muhammad said, according to...
  • California teachers want Supreme Court to take up union-dues dispute

    06/24/2015 2:18:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Sam Hananel
    Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive. A group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, has asked the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can’t collect fees from those who choose not to join. Half the states currently require state workers represented by a union to pay “fair share” fees that cover bargaining costs, even if they are not members. The justices could decide as early as next week whether to take up the...
  • Immigration reform: 'The California Package'

    06/24/2015 2:12:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | By KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN
    While the federal government stalls on immigration reform, some states have begun acting on their own. California has passed more than a dozen laws on immigrant integration between 2001 and the present. In mid-June, the state expanded healthcare access to all undocumented children and boosted spending for naturalization assistance. These various laws collectively produce a kind of state-level citizenship — call it "the California Package." The California Package is innovative in several respects. Not only does it grant rights to immigrants that are restricted at the federal level, but it also tends to blur the distinction between citizens, authorized, and...
  • California Caps What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs. Will Other States Follow?

    06/24/2015 11:22:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | June 24, 2015 | By April Dembosky
    Expensive specialty medicines used to treat cancer and chronic illnesses have forced some very ill Americans to choose between getting proper treatment and paying their rent. To ease the financial burden, the California agency that governs the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace issued landmark rules recently that will limit the amount anyone enrolled in one of those plans can be charged each month for high-end medicine. Covered California board member Marty Morgenstern said the agency should do even more by going to the root of the problem: the pharmaceutical companies. “They charge irrational prices,” Morgenstern said, “on specialty drugs, and...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • San Diego lawmaker now wants to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School

    06/24/2015 9:53:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | 06/24/2015
    SAN DIEGO — A lawmaker called Tuesday on the San Diego Unified School District to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School because of the namesake’s ties to the Confederacy. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, sent a letter to SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten that referred to the shooting deaths of the pastor and eight parishioners of a historic black church in Charleston. The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the issue. The attack is being investigated as a hate crime. The 21-year-old accused gunman, who is white, had posed with a Confederate...
  • Playing the race card on vaccines

    06/24/2015 7:29:37 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 23, 2015
    Having trotted out just about every conspiracy theory in the book against the tightening of vaccination laws in California, the opponents of Senate Bill 277 have come up with a new and truly cynical angle – race.
  • California 'Sodomite Suppression Act' petition blocked by judge

    06/24/2015 7:41:49 AM PDT · by Coronal · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Sharon Bernstein
    The author of a proposed California ballot initiative advocating the murder of gays and lesbians should not be authorized to gather signatures to place it before voters, a judge in the state capital of Sacramento has ruled. "The proposed initiative titled the "Sodomite Suppression Act" ... is patently unconstitutional on its face," Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei wrote in an order released to the public on Tuesday.
  • A New Ruinous Era Of Tax-And-Spend In California Is Upon Us

    06/24/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/24/2015
    "When I ran the second time, I didn't say that — and you didn't ask me. So we'll have to leave that as an open question." When taxes are "an open question," we think we know the answer. So the state with the highest income and sales taxes in the nation is now looking at new tax revenues to pay for roads. That probably means a gas tax hike, in a state that already pays America's highest prices at the pump and ranks as a "tax hell" in most ratings by business and taxpayer groups. But hey, things can always...
  • African-Americans in San Francisco More Likely to Be Arrested, Booked and Convicted: Report

    06/23/2015 10:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani and Mark Matthews
    A new report released Tuesday shows that African-Americans in San Francisco run a greater risk of being arrested than Caucasians. The Reentry Council of the City and County of San Francisco, which according to its website coordinates efforts to support adults exiting from local prison facilities, commissioned the report last November. It was prepared by the nonprofit W. Haywood Burns Institute. The report finds that, in comparison to whites, blacks are 7.1 times more likely to be arrested, 11 times more likely to be booked into County Jail, and 10.3 times more likely to be convicted of a crime in...
  • San Francisco vs America in Housing Bubble 2

    06/23/2015 6:36:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 21 June 2015 | Wolf Richter
    Everybody called it “Housing Bubble” after it imploded. Crazy things had been encouraged to happen to drive home prices into the stratosphere. Risks homebuyers and lenders took were enormous. Shady dealings everywhere. Everybody loved it. Governments at all levels incited it because tax revenues soar during housing bubbles. The housing industry did whatever it took to get there. Lenders got rich funding it. The Fed was looking down upon its creation with a divine sense of satisfaction. Then…. But that’s like so 2008. What’s going on today isn’t a housing bubble, of course. Nationwide, home prices are now finally close...
  • Rising tides in San Francisco Bay demand unified solutions

    06/23/2015 9:06:58 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | Lisa M. Krieger
    Every community that rings San Francisco Bay is vulnerable to rising seas. But while some places are preparing, others are not -- and no single agency is coordinating the effort, according to two new civil grand jury reports. "It is a slow-moving emergency," said state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, lead author of the state's first report on climate-related flooding and organizer of a conference Friday at NASA Ames Research Center called "Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise." In Santa Clara County, the water district should coordinate the county's effort, the grand jury recommended -- a project the district...
  • Sean Combs Arrested for Assault at UCLA — With Kettlebell

    06/22/2015 8:52:51 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/22/15 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
    Hip-hop impresario Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs was charged with assault with a deadly weapon at an athletic complex at the University of California Los Angeles early Monday afternoon. Combs' son, Justin, is a defensive back with the UCLA Bruins. No one was seriously injured in the incident, which police said involved a kettlebell — a large ball with a handle for exercising, usually made from iron. Combs was expected to be transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Reception Center later Monday evening. UCLA Football coach Jim Mora issued the following statement on Monday: "I'm thankful that our...
  • Sean 'Diddy' Combs Arrested at UCLA for Alleged Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    06/22/2015 7:51:07 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 25 replies
    People.com ^ | 22 June, 2015 | GABRIELLE OLYA AND CHRISTINE PELISEK
    Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested Monday afternoon at a UCLA athletic facility and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Mission District LGBT Mural Vandalized Twice in One Week

    06/22/2015 5:23:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    A mural designed to represent the LGBT community in San Francisco’s Mission District has been vandalized twice in less than a week. The “Por Vida” (“For Life”) mural was created by Manuel Paul, a member of the group of Chicano artists called the “Maricón Collective.” He installed the mural on 24th Street, outside Galeria de la Raza, which will be hosting an upcoming exhibition scheduled to coincide with events celebrating Gay Pride Month. On Sunday morning, visitors to the gallery were greeted by a disfigured version of the mural, which depicts a gay male couple, a lesbian couple and a...
  • Getting A Medi-Cal Card Doesn’t Always Guarantee Health Care

    06/22/2015 3:24:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    In an effort to control costs in its rapidly expanding Medi-Cal program, California has relied heavily on managed care insurance companies to treat patients. The state pays insurers a fixed amount per enrollee and expects the companies to provide access to doctors and comprehensive care. But a scathing state audit released last Tuesday shows that California is failing to make sure those plans deliver. Many enrollees have insurance cards but often have trouble getting in to see doctors. The California audit found the state didn’t verify that insurers’ directories of doctors were accurate or that the plans had enough doctors...
  • Ted Cruz makes campaign stop in Nipomo

    06/22/2015 11:54:15 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    The Tribune ^ | June 22, 2015
    Ted Cruz, a conservative presidential candidate, spoke to a crowd of roughly 300 supporters at the Nipomo Barn on Monday about a host of issues, including Obamacare, his support of a flat tax and Second Amendment rights.Cruz's wife, Heidi, who grew up in San Luis Obispo County, was in the audience with the couple's two children, as was her mother, who still lives in San Luis Obispo.The event was put on by the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County.The Tea Party darling become well-known after he helped force a shutdown of the federal government in 2013. This article will...
  • 'White racism,' NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says

    06/21/2015 8:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Cathleen Decker
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley suggested Sunday that Congress had fallen under the sway of "white racism" and the political force of the National Rifle Assn. in refusing to respond with new laws to a cascade of shooting incidents in recent years.. Speaking before the nation’s mayors, gathered in San Francisco, O’Malley pointed to gun restrictions passed when he was governor of Maryland to ban assault weapons, enforce background checks and tighten permitting procedures -- efforts that have been blocked at the national level by Republicans, and some Democrats, in Congress. "One of the sad triumphs of white racism is...
  • Supreme Court rules on side of dissident California raisin growers

    06/22/2015 8:58:52 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 28 replies
    The Tribune ^ | 06/22/2015 | Michael Doyle
    The Supreme Court has undercut a long-running raisin supply management program, ruling Monday that the federal government must pay for raisins kept out of the marketplace. In a marked victory for Fresno County grower Marvin Horne and other dissident California raisin producers, the divided court said the program that compels some raisins to be held back in a reserve is subject to the just compensation commands of the Fifth Amendment. Raisin handlers set aside 47 percent of their crop during the 2002-03 season and 30 percent for 2003-04, but they were paid for only part of what they surrendered.
  • The UN Is Conquering America through the Control of All Water ( Detroit, then .. )

    06/22/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 6-22-2015 | Dave Hodges
    Do you remember when Detroit when bankrupt and resident Obama refused to intervene in order to help Americans in a beleaguered American city? This was both baffling and maddening to the American people. After all, this "hope and change" resident promised to fundamentally transform America. Little did we realize that the Detroit bankruptcy would open the floodgates to the total foreign control of American's most precious resource, namely water, where the UN has gained a significant foothold in Detroit and its influence is spreading across the country. When Obama refused to help Detroit's bankruptcy and its ensuing water crisis, subsequent...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago's new transit chief got sweet pension deal

    06/22/2015 5:37:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/20/2015 | Chris Fusco, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth
    When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times .. Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved to Washington, D.C., to take a post as a top lawyer in...
  • America's grain stocks running short (food security and export control?)

    02/25/2008 5:08:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 273 replies · 3,162+ views
    The Grand Island Independent ^ | 02/24/08 | By Robert Pore
    America's grain stocks running short By Robert Pore robert.pore@theindependent.com Print Story | e-mail Story | Visit Forums Global demand for grain and oilseeds is at record levels, causing the nation's grain stocks to reach critically low levels, according to Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt. With a weak U.S. dollar and global demand so high, foreign buyers are outbidding domestic buyers for American grain, Hurt said. "Food consumers worldwide are going to have to pay more," Hurt said. "We ended 2007 with our monthly inflation rate on food nearly 5 percent higher. I think we'll see times in 2008 where...