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  • Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Strikes North Of Napa May 21, 2015 8:32 PM

    05/21/2015 8:38:54 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 15 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | May 21,2015 | no attribution
    NAPA (CBS SF) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Napa County Thursday evening, the largest quake to hit the Wine Country since a magnitude 6.0 struck the area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 7:53 p.m. about 9 miles north of Napa and 6 miles east northeast of Yountville, at a depth of 9.3 miles. Calls flooded into the KPIX 5 newsroom from all around the Bay Area to report feeling the earthquake, including calls from El Sobrante, Pinole, Colma, and Fairfield. The quake was mostly felt in the North Bay and Napa County, but people...
  • Bruce Jenner Wedding Plans Revealed (to a female)

    05/21/2015 1:31:40 PM PDT · by drewh · 59 replies
    Hollywood Life Exclusive ^ | Thu, May 21, 2015 2:35pm | by Jason Brow, Eric Mitchell
    Bruce Jenner will not give up on love! The ‘KUWTK’ star has already made plans for his next wedding. What will Bruce wear, who will he marry and who will be invited to see Bruce say ‘I Do’ again? The gold medal Olympian is also ready to finally have the wedding he’s always wanted. Now, HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE on Bruce’s dream ceremony! Bruce has always “dreamed of walking down the aisle, wearing the most elegant, form-fitting, white wedding dress,” a source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com, before adding that Bruce has already planned out this “fairytale” wedding. “He wants red roses,...
  • Legalization threatens Oakland drug dealer revenue

    05/21/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2015 | by David Downs
    California might be ready to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, but some members of the Oakland community are worried it will be a job-killer for their street dealers. Support for legalization proved mixed at a public meeting of the ACLU’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Legalization in Oakland this week. "Street-level drug dealers who are now selling to 17- to 25-year-olds could see legalization cut their market in half," said Robert Dousa. “Many of these dealers are doing it to support their families — they need to make money,” Dousa said.
  • China may have edge in race to build California's bullet train

    05/21/2015 9:36:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California...
  • Los Angeles' Minimum-Wage Hike Is A Job Killer

    05/21/2015 7:09:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/21/2015
    "L.A.'s Big Raise For Working Poor," read the Los Angeles Times' front-page headline a day after the City Council passed a $15-an-hour minimum wage. It should have read, "L.A.'s Big Disaster For Working Poor." The moral preening of the City of Angels' leftist political elites after the 14-1 vote comes with a hefty price tag. Forcing employers to pay what politicians believe is fair rather than what the market says is fair will cost many workers their jobs and force them onto welfare. "Today the city of Los Angeles, the second-biggest city in the nation, is leading the nation," said...
  • Snoop Dogg: I’m Voting For Hillary

    05/20/2015 11:54:51 AM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    CBS DC ^ | May 19, 2015 6:54 PM | staff
    Rapper Snoop Dogg is giving his two cents on the 2016 presidential election and his favorite is clear: Hillary Clinton. Snoop Dogg appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Sunday and spoke out supporting the former secretary of state and democratic candidate. Obama: Refusing To Act To Slow Effects Of Global Warming Amounts To ‘Dereliction Of Duty’ “I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we’re at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male’s train of thought,” the entertainer in response to a viewer’s question. “And just...
  • Liberal Billionaire Steyer, Univision Network Also In Bed With The Clinton Foundation

    05/20/2015 11:15:42 AM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2015 | 8:26 PM EDT | By Alatheia Larsen
    The Clinton Foundation scandal continues to spread ever since the news broke that it did not disclose millions of dollars of donations from foreign governments and businessmen. It’s already infected ABC, as anchor George Stephanopoulos was forced to apologize for personal undisclosed donations to the foundation. He has yet to acknowledge or apologize for some of the other connections that have surfaced. But the connections don’t stop there, they extend to other prominent lefties and to a Spanish-language media outlet. Through its Too Small to Fail initiative, The Clinton Foundation is tied to Tom Steyer and the American Spanish language...
  • Governor Brown Signs Multinational Climate Change Pact

    05/20/2015 6:16:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/20/2015 | Michelle Moons
    On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed onto a pact between 12 regions in seven countries, including four U.S. states, binding each to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically. The goal of the cuts is to keep the rise in global average surface temperatures below 2º Celsius
  • Lou Correa (D) Announces For 46th Congressional District

    05/19/2015 5:40:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    The Anaheim Blog ^ | May 14, 2015 | Matthew Cunningham
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez’ candidacy for U.S. Senate was only a few minutes old when former state Sen. Lou Correa was making it known at the Sanchez event that he was running for her now-open congressional seat, the 46th. No surprise here: according to Democratic insiders, Correa has been raising money and putting a campaign together for several weeks in anticipation of a Sanchez run to U.S. Senate.
  • Relief Coming for Drought-Ravaged California?

    05/19/2015 5:19:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 40 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | 0515 | Greg Miller
    After two long years of forecasts, calculations, and waiting, it’s finally happening… The global weather event called El Niño is back. This happens every few years, when the waters in the Pacific Ocean, primarily off the coast of South America, become warmer. This heats the air above the ocean and disrupts the normal west-to-east flow of Pacific winds. In turn, this shifts the usual areas of cloud formation, causing unusual fluctuations in rainfall and temperatures. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology recently joined the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency in saying that Pacific Ocean temperatures have risen...
  • Oil spill reported at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara

    05/19/2015 5:10:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    An oil spill was reported Tuesday at Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, spanning about four miles along the coastline. A citizen reported the leak coming from a ruptured pipeline off the 101 Freeway to authorities at about noon. The pipeline, owned by Santa Maria-based Plains All-American Pipeline, was on land, and the oil flowed from land into the ocean.
  • California drought: Silicon Valley faces sweeping water cuts

    05/19/2015 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Kurtis Alexander
    Nearly 1 million Silicon Valley residents will face strict water quotas — and pricey surcharges for going over — under what will soon be the Bay Area’s most far-reaching rationing plan in four years of drought. For most customers, who live in single-family homes and townhomes, the limit will be 70 percent of what the average household used in the same period in 2013, meaning an average 30 percent cutback. The move comes as the state hands down mandatory reductions for California’s 400 biggest water agencies in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought declaration. The rationing plan will not...
  • DHS caught busing in illegal Somalis from Mexican border

    05/18/2015 9:24:40 PM PDT · by keats5 · 68 replies
    WND.com ^ | WND | LEO HOHMANN
    The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland. They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California. Somalia is the home base of al-Shabab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that slaughtered 147 Christians at a...
  • Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    05/19/2015 2:48:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2015 | By JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9 an hour, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far in the national push to raise the minimum wage. The increase — which the Los Angeles City Council passed in a 14-1 vote — comes as workers across the country are rallying for higher wages. The impact is likely to be particularly strong in Los Angeles, where, according to some estimates, more than 40 percent of the city’s work force earns less than...
  • Scott Hounsell, target of politically-motivated discriminatory prosecution, proven innocent

    05/19/2015 12:07:50 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2015
    LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Calls for the resignation of Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, were made after an investigatory article from the Washington Examiner exposed him and his staff for what appears to be a politically-motivated, discriminatory and malicious prosecution of an innocent man.
  • Alix Tichelman, Woman Charged in Google Exec's Death, Sentenced to Six Years

    05/19/2015 11:48:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Alix Tichelman, the prostitute charged with killing a Google executive in a heroin-laced bender on a yacht, was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison by a Santa Cruz County judge. Tichelman pleaded guilty to two felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs, according to NBC affiliate KSBW. She could have five a maximum 15 years in prison if she had been convicted of felony manslaughter and seveb itger other drug-related charges. \ Tichelman had been facing manslaughter charges for the death of Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51, a Google executive who died Nov. 23, 2013 from a heroin...
  • Is Higher Education A Leisure Pool?

    05/19/2015 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 18, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group called College Rank has helpfully compiled a list of colleges with the best leisure pools in academe, some replete with lazy rivers. "Recreational facilities and amenities have become a major part of the appeal of college campuses around the country,” Mackenzi Flannery, the article's author says. “Our list highlights some of the top leisure pool facilities and what those options provide to students as they look to complete their collegiate experience with some downtime in the water." While you peruse the list, you might ponder whether cash-strapped parents who send their children to these spas-with-degrees-attached can afford their...
  • L.A. lawmakers poised to vote on hiking minimum wage to $15

    05/19/2015 7:57:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    Los Angeles lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a hotly debated plan to hike the minimum wage across the city to at least $15 an hour. If they press forward with that plan, the city could soon join Seattle, San Francisco and other West Coast cities that have boosted wages as part of a national campaign led by labor and community groups to reduce poverty, even as business groups argue the strategy will backfire as employers slash jobs. Workers are currently supposed to earn at least the California state minimum wage of $9 an hour, which will rise to...
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..‘Un-American’

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment “xenophobic” and “un-American.” That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosi’s comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Catholic co-op sprouting mini-farms in Northern California (Fr. Joe Fessio/NanoFarms USA)

    05/18/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The CWR Blog ^ | May 14, 2015 | Valerie Schmalz
    The grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University boast row upon row of broccoli, Swiss chard, kale, and strawberries this spring, products of a new parish Catholic workers cooperative created in a venture among the seminary, Guadalupe Associates, and the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto. “I was actually surprised we yielded so much the first year,” said Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens, rector of the seminary who, along with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, approved the use of seminary grounds to grow the crops as part of NanoFarms USA’s pilot project. The website is nanofarms.com....
  • Tim Cook on meeting George Wallace as teen: 'It felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul'

    05/17/2015 9:36:42 PM PDT · by boycott · 60 replies
    AL.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Crystal Bonvillian
    Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook had some choice words on Sunday about meeting former Alabama Gov. George Wallace when he was a teenager. Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, spoke of Wallace during a commencement address he gave at George Washington University. According to Business Insider, the Robertsdale native told the graduating class an anecdote about visiting Washington, D.C., as a 16-year-old who had won an essay contest at school. Before leaving for D.C., Cook had the chance to go to Montgomery and meet Wallace, who was notorious for his opposition to racial...
  • Kamala Harris: Don't Equate Islamic Terrorists With Islam

    05/18/2015 11:43:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 18,2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    ANAHEIM, California — During a closed session with the press corps at the California Democrats Convention on Saturday, Attorney General Kamala Harris fielded questions from Breitbart News and several other news outlets about her bid for outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Senate seat.
  • No-Fault Divorce Deconstructed

    05/18/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 16, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    In a recent lecture at the Family Research Council (FRC), Ryan McPherson, an associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, claimed that no-fault divorces played a pivotal role in the culture wars. Even though the “dissolution revolution never quite finishes,” somehow the term “no-fault divorce” has “acquired colloquial acceptance,” McPherson pointed out in remarks at the FRC. “By 1980, thirty-seven of the fifty states had significantly altered their divorce laws toward the no-fault standard of California and the UMDA [Uniform Marriage Dissolution Act],” McPherson wrote in an essay which appeared in The Family in America: A Journal of Public...
  • SAN JOSE: Muslim predator arrested for attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl after...

    05/18/2015 4:02:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/18/15
    By BI: San Jose police have arrested a MUSLIM man accused of forcing himself on a 13-year-old girl as she returned home from school. The suspect has been identified as Mohammad Khaliqi, 31, of San Jose. Police arrested him in the 1400 block of School St. in San Leandro on Friday morning. He’s facing multiple counts of burglary, attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment.ABC News On Tuesday, the man followed the girl as she walked home from school. She told investigators he had forced his way through the front door of her home as she went inside. She fought him...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Adds Corgi Pup ‘Colusa’ To State’s First Family

    05/17/2015 11:36:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 16, 2015 | Adrienne Moore
    The First Dog of California is sharing the limelight and perhaps his food bowl as Gov. Jerry Brown introduces a new pup in his family. Colusa “Lucy” Brown now joins big brother Sutter Brown. The two-month-old was introduced on Sutter’s Twitter page. Tim Matieson has been breeding the fox-like dogs for nearly 50 years and says the addition to the Brown family is a win for the breed and the state. “Corgi’s are like potato chips. You know, if you have one, you can’t have just one corgi. You have to have two,” he said. According to longtime owners like...
  • (Democrat) California Senate Candidate Caught Ridiculing Native Americans

    05/17/2015 2:39:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Time ^ | May 16, 2015 | Justin Worland
    [California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a U.S. Senate candidate] Sanchez used an offensive gesture before a group of Indian Americans [Snip] In a video captured by an observer, Sanchez tells a story about how she was invited to an event by what she thought was a Native American group. “I’m going to his office, thinking I’m going to meet with a… ” Sanchez said before clapping her hand over her mouth and making a chanting sound.
  • Dem Rep Wins ‘Top Gun’ In Shooting Competition, Calls For More Gun Control

    05/17/2015 7:40:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/16/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Representative Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) (D-CA-5th Dist) won “Top Gun” at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation annual shooting competition this past week then commented on his hopes for the passage of more gun control. Thompson stood with Gabby Giffords on March 4 and reintroduced Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) failed expanded background check legislation. It has gone nowhere fast since that time.
  • Waterboarding Worked (It Should Have Never Been Stopped)

    05/17/2015 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Dianne Feinstein of California arguably used to be the CIA's best friend on the Democratic side of the Senate. I think it's fair to say that San Francisco voters were not enthusiastic about her pro-intelligence posture during the George W. Bush presidency. One thing DiFi has going for her, though, is that it's hard even for critics to not crack a smile at her famously idiosyncratic stubborn streak. She's old-school. She makes up her mind and digs in deep. And then something else sticks in her craw. As Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman during President Barack Obama's first six...
  • Ronald Reagan doesn’t live here anymore: Why it’s high time liberals stop tiptoeing around race

    05/17/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elias Isquith, staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics.
    http://media.salon.com/2015/05/hillary_warren_de_blasio.jpgEarlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a gaggle of bored reporters and some boldfaced names in the progressive movement, unveiled a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.” Much like the media event that accompanied its unveiling, the agenda is supposed to be understood as a kind of 21st-century, liberal version of the storied “Contract with America,” the PR stunt that, as legend (erroneously) has it, rocketed Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to power after the 1994 midterm elections. As my colleague Joan Walsh reported on Thursday, this backward-looking attempt to lay out a...
  • For California salmon, summer of truck rides, bucket lifts (operation fish-lift alert)

    05/17/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    AP ^ | May 16, 2015 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride. State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what they say is the biggest fish-lift in the state's history through this month, rolling out convoys of tanker trucks to transport a generation of hatchery salmon downstream to the San Francisco Bay.
  • Battenfeld: Hack displays her ignorance

    04/11/2014 1:01:59 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 10, 2014 | Joe Battenfeld
    Even by the low standards of Congress, Loretta Sanchez’s performance ranks as a disgrace. The Democrat from California managed — in just a few minutes — to turn the congressional investigation of the marathon terror bombings into a political hatchet job, while demonstrating her complete ignorance of basic facts of the case. Sanchez somehow butchered the names of the alleged terror bombers not once, but three times, calling the Tsarnaev brothers “Tsarnavar,” then “Tsarnev,” and finally “Tsarnov.” “There are still unanswered questions about the Tsarnavar brothers,” the tongue-tied congresswoman said. Yes, like, how to pronounce the names of the terrorists....
  • Loretta Sanchez makes her case for U.S. Senate, but Santa Ana congresswoman stops short

    04/21/2015 8:44:20 AM PDT · by Pelham · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 20, 2015 | MARTIN WISCKOL
    Sounding like she’s on the verge of declaring her candidacy for U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez encouraged donors in Orange County to pony up Monday and explained why she would be a better choice than Attorney General Kamala Harris. Sanchez, a Santa Ana Democrat, has been meeting with Democratic and Latino leaders throughout the state as she weighs whether to join Harris, the only major declared Democratic candidate, in the 2016 race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “We’ve gotten a good reception up and down the state,” Sanchez told the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, a group of...
  • Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez on Defensive over Videotape Showing Her Mimicking an Indian Cry

    05/16/2015 9:56:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez was criticized Saturday by her chief rival, Attorney General Kamala Harris, after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans during an apparent joke. Harris called the gesture "shocking.'' A video posted on The Sacramento Bee website shows Sanchez, a 10-term congresswoman, fluttering her hand against her mouth and making a whooping sound while speaking to a group of delegates at a state Democratic Party convention.
  • Loretta Sanchez appears to disparage Native Americans

    05/16/2015 6:29:03 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 16 2015 | BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO AND DAVID SIDERS
    Two days after entering the race for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez met with the Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus on Saturday and mimicked a racial stereotype of American Indians. In a video, Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, describes a pending meeting she had with an East Indian. “I am going to his office, thinking that I am going to meet with a,” she said, holding her hand in front of her mouth and making an echo sound. “Right?...because he said Indian American.”
  • ‘DAM…TRAIN': BILLBOARD DRAWS GOVERNOR’S RESPONSE

    05/16/2015 4:22:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by MICHELLE MOONS
    “Dam [thumbs up]… Train [thumbs down]… Governor, put our water before your train,” reads a billboard message erected by Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, revealed this week in California’s Central Valley. “We don’t have a train shortage, we have a water shortage,” Brandau told Breitbart California. His message comes as California is in serious, extended drought, while Governor Jerry Brown has made it his priority to push forward the troubled high-speed rail project. The “Dam” references the proposed Temperance Flat Dam. In 2014, Californians were sold on passing the Proposition 1 water bond on the premise that funds would be...
  • Republicans brace for glorious victory over Obamacare

    05/16/2015 10:59:44 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    Nancy Pelosi is now predicting that Republicans will “rue the day” that the Supreme Court guts Obamacare subsidies for millions in three dozen states. “They’re going to then go out and say we’re going to take subsidies away from people who have health care? No, I don’t think so,” says Pelosi. “It would be really bad news for them.” Meanwhile, if anything, Republicans may be moving away from their previously-stated vow to participate in providing a contingency fix to temporarily keep those millions covered. The Hill reports that GOP Rep. Tom Price, the chairman of the House budget committee and...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Faults Reagan for GOP Attack on Middle Class in CA Speech

    05/16/2015 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 16, 2015 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations. Warren's speech before several thousand party loyalists at a California Democratic convention in Anaheim was greeted with thunderous cheers while scores of delegates waved signs emblazoned with her name. The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party's left wing ridiculed the GOP's potential 2016 field, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has proposed a double-digit cut in state aid for higher...
  • Men's Rights Activists Call For Boycott Of 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Citing Feminist Agenda

    05/16/2015 11:18:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    CNN/The Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 16, 2015 AST
    A well-known "men's rights activist" blog is calling for a boycott of the postapocalyptic film "Mad Max: Fury Road" for being a "feminist piece of propaganda posing as a guy flick." Author Aaron Clarey admits he has not seen the film yet, but his self-proclaimed "spidey sense" noticed that Charlize Theron "talked a lot during the trailers" for the film, and he said Tom Hardy only seemed to have cameo appearances. "Charlize Theron's character barked orders to Mad Max," writes Clarey on Return of Kings. "Nobody barks orders to Mad Max." Clarey did not like reading reviews commending Theron for...
  • Actress Susan Sarandon Still Blames Ronald Reagan for Homeless Problem

    05/16/2015 10:42:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 57 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 16, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT | By Geoffrey Dickens
    Actress and liberal activist Susan Sarandon is still blaming America’s homeless problem on Ronald Reagan. The actress, probably best known for her role in the 1988 baseball hit movie Bull Durham, was invited on the May 13 edition of PBS’s Tavis Smiley to plug her son’s 2014 documentary, Storied Streets, that is now available on AMC’s streaming service. When Smiley asked Sarandon why the issue of homelessness was no longer on the “radar for discussion” she blamed former President Ronald Reagan, as seen in the following exchange: TAVIS SMILEY: There was a time that I recall where the issue of...
  • CHP Officer Pulls Over Funeral Procession on the 10 Freeway for Traveling Too Slow [CA]

    05/16/2015 8:12:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    KTLA5.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | KENNEDY RYAN AND KAREEN WYNTER
    Cellphone video captured an emotional dispute on the side of the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area last Friday between members of a funeral procession and a California Highway Patrol Officer who pulled them over. A uniformed traffic escort was leading a procession of about 100 cars to Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills to bury family matriarch Sandra Louise Behn-Capel when they were stopped for traveling too slow on the freeway, according to Humphrey’s daughter Rachel Behn-Humphrey.
  • Kerry and the Iran Surrender Caucus need to get their stories straight

    05/15/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/14/2015 - 4:02 PM EDT | JOHNATHAN GREENBERG
    One hundred and fifty members of Congress – all Democrats and, among them, most of the small group of bitterly anti-Israel lawmakers – signed a letter supporting President Obama’s diplomatic efforts vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Authored by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), and David Price (North Carolina), the letter exemplifies the hyper-partisanship that has driven the left wing of the Democrat party on this issue even as that wing has cried “partisan extremism” at the responses from Republicans. As if trying to prove Churchill right, this Iran Surrender Caucus, whenever presented with a choice between dishonor...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • Defying U.S., Colombia Halts Aerial Spraying of Crops Used to Make Cocaine

    05/15/2015 9:39:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 111 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | By WILLIAM NEUMAN
    BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The government of Colombia on Thursday night rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s vast illegal plantings of coca, the crop used to make cocaine, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer. The decision ends a program that has continued for more than two decades, raising questions about the viability of long-accepted strategies in the war on drugs in the region. Colombia is one of the closest allies of the United States in Latin America and its most stalwart partner on antidrug policy, but...
  • Tulare County Drought Situation Dire As Neighbors Steal Water From Neighbors

    05/15/2015 9:04:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    CBS News 13 Sacramento ^ | 5/15/15 | Nick Janes
    It’s even more dire in unincorporated East Porterville than the last time CBS13 was there. Tulare County buys and trucks in water to refill tanks in people’s front yards. In a sign of increasing desperation, some have resorted to stealing bottled water from their neighbors. A woman CBS13 spoke to says thieves ripped off the water pump she uses to wash her clothes and take showers that was hooked up to her tank. Thankfully the county replaced it. Andrew Lockman with Tulare County Office of Emergency Services says some go to nearby communities that have water and just help themselves.
  • Anti-Semitism on Campus 2015

    05/15/2015 6:57:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 15, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s sad that we have to do an annual recap on this topic. It’s even sadder that we could do more frequent updates. The Amcha Intiative at the University of California, led by the estimable Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer in the UC system, has compiled a “Swastika Tracker” which gives “a partial list of incidents where swastikas were found on U. S. campuses.” Swastikas have been display on at least 14 campuses so far this year including: • Stanford • Northwestern • The University of Missouri • Framingham State University • Farleigh Dickinson • Northeastern • Tufts • SUNY Purchase...
  • Squatters hold California bedroom hostage [Woman cannot remove deadbeats--per California law]

    05/15/2015 6:36:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    KPRC-TV ^ | 5/15/15
    Poonam Sandhu rented out the master bedroom of her Watsonville, California home to a couple through Airbnb. Now they refuse to leave or pay rent. Sandhu says she's been forced from her own home by some terrible tenants.
  • ...Call for Investigation After Man Is Pepper-Sprayed by Police While Charging Electric Car...

    05/14/2015 8:37:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer and Christina Pascucci,
    Justin Palmer, 36, was at the public car-charging station at Virginia Avenue Park (map) on the evening of April 21 when he was approached by officers who said the park had closed at 11 p.m. Palmer refused to leave, according to police, who issued him a citation for violating the park closure ordinance. He also refused to provide his identification, a Santa Monica Police Department news release stated two days after the incident. Palmer said he told officers it was not yet 11 p.m. and asked why they needed his identification since he had done nothing wrong. Then, abruptly, he...
  • Long Beach - Governor’s Additional Funding for Schools and Undocumented Immigrants (trunc)

    05/14/2015 4:19:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Long Beach Post ^ | May 14, 2015 | by KEELEY SMITH
    Governor Jerry Brown announced May budget revisions today that added $38 million in funding for the Long Beach-headquartered California State University (CSU) system, boosted community college funding by $600 million and provided $5 million in funding for application assistance for undocumented immigrants statewide.State Senator Ricardo Lara said Brown’s additional funding was a good start, but more needs to be done to help undocumented immigrants. Local officials responded to the news with measured enthusiasm. State Senator Ricardo Lara said Brown’s additional funding was a good start, but more needs to be done to help undocumented immigrants. “I applaud Governor Brown for...
  • Research program provides resources for undocumented students

    05/14/2015 4:09:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Daily Bruin (UCLA) ^ | May 14, 2015 | BY DARAKHSHA SIDDIQI
    Students in a program that provides otherwise unavailable funding to undocumented students will present their research findings Thursday afternoon in Powell Library. Ruth Batres said she discovered the UndocuBruins Research Program at UCLA and realized it was an opportunity for her to conduct research and spread awareness about violence against women in her hometown, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “I wanted to do something to help my aunt and my cousin and others like them,” said Batres, an undocumented fourth-year Latin American studies student. Students receive a $1,000 stipend each quarter from the UndocuBruins Research Program which is funded by the UC...
  • Oakland to halt school suspensions for willful defiance

    05/14/2015 2:03:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Jill Tucker
    Mouthing off in class or failing to follow a teacher’s instructions will no longer lead to suspension in Oakland schools, a ban that will be phased in and be fully in effect just over a year from now, the school board unanimously decided Wednesday night. Oakland Unified will become one of a handful of California school districts that restrict suspensions to more serious offenses and eliminate the punishment for willful defiance — a broad category of misbehavior that includes minor offenses such as refusing to take a hat off or ignoring teacher requests to stop texting and more severe incidents...