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  • Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016

    07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now. Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won't run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it's increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I've never been much of a Romney booster. I've also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let's not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture. First, in...
  • Californians To See Increase In Health Plan Costs

    07/31/2014 5:15:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ap ^ | July 31, 2014 4:07 PM
    Californians buying individual health plans on the state’s exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday. ... According to the exchange, about 16 percent of consumers will see their rates stay flat or go down. About a third will see an increase of less than 5 percent, and 36 percent will see their premiums go up between 5 percent and 8 percent. And 13 percent will see premium increases of more than 8 percent. The preliminary rates will...
  • Suspect In Fatal USC Attack Entered Country Illegally, Feds Say [Who Else Has Blood On Their Hands?]

    07/31/2014 5:13:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 31, 2014
    Suspect In Fatal USC Attack Entered Country Illegally, Feds Say A 19-year-old charged with murder in connection with last week's fatal assault on a USC graduate student told immigration officials that he entered the country illegally about seven years ago, a federal official said. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Jonathan DelCarmen made the comments during an interview at a Los Angeles County jail where he is being held in connection with the death of Xinran Ji, 24. A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that an immigration detainer had been placed...
  • In private meetings, Jerry Brown encounters a ‘more critical’ Mexico

    07/31/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 30, 2014 | BY DAVID SIDERS
    Gov. Jerry Brown was about to leave Mexico’s capital after four days of talks pressing on the environment, and he wasn’t sure, broadly speaking, how his diplomacy might add up. Meetings held out of public view – dinner with business magnate Carlos Slim and talks with the poet Homero Aridjis and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, a founder of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution, among others – were “more critical” on any number of issues, Brown said, than was on display at his official functions. “Some of the more private guys,” Brown said, were “not that optimistic” that people are interested...
  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • Budgets raided to address border crisis amid Congress' inaction

    07/31/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | By LISA MASCARO AND BRIAN BENNETT
    Surveillance drones that hunt drug smugglers along the Mexican border could soon be grounded. Installation of pole-top cameras and ground sensors to intercept illegal crossings might be delayed. About $44 million has already been diverted from the government's health-related accounts, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to pay for food, beds, clothing and medical care for the crush of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the Southwestern border. And that's just the beginning. With the expected failure of Congress to agree Thursday on emergency funds to cope with the border crisis, the Obama...
  • The Hidden Gloom Underlying California's 'Boom'

    07/31/2014 7:08:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/31/2014 | By Carson Bruno
    Good news, in 2013, California's economy grew faster than the nation's - 2 percent vs. 1.8 percent. Many have used this as vindication that California's progressive policies, ranging from the 2012 Proposition 30 tax increases to implementation of AB 32's cap-and-trade scheme, are not hindering growth (some even suggest such policies are aiding the growth). However, focusing on the statewide number masks the bad news; California's growth is vastly inconsistent across its regions. And if we explore those differences - using Bureau of Economic Analysis 2001-to-2012 metropolitan-area statistics adjusted for inflation using the CPI-U-RS - the Golden State looks like...
  • California Senate leader: Free legal aid to immigrants

    07/31/2014 12:12:08 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Desert Sun ^ | July 30, 2014 3:56pm | Tatiana Sanchez
    Two members of Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's staff will provide free legal aid to undocumented immigrant children from Central America who have found themselves in Southern California with no parents or family members. Steinberg announced Wednesday that his policy director, Anthony Williams, and senior policy consultant, Margie Estrada, will participate in the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Legal Assistant Project as a part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California Chapter "These children face a daunting immigration process in a foreign legal system without any legal representation. A kid is a kid, and should be shown compassion...
  • Police investigating Comic-Con cosplay assault, photographer arrested

    07/31/2014 12:00:43 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Polygon.com ^ | Jul 30, 2014 at 3:50pm | Brian Crecente
    A 29-year-old cosplay photographer was arrested Sunday morning at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel in connection with the discovery of a bloodied and unconscious 17-year-old cosplayer in town for San Diego Comic-Con. Justin Kalior was arrested early Sunday morning, July 27, in the hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive, police told Polygon. He was booked into San Diego County Jail later that day on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a police press release. Kalior was not charged with assault and police have not clarified if...
  • Emotions Run High As Accused Killers of USC Student Appear in Court [Feral Killers]

    07/30/2014 9:03:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 60 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | RICHARD WINTON, KATE MATHER
    Emotions Run High As Accused Killers of USC Student Appear in Court 2 Adults, 2 Minors Charged In Death Of USC Grad Student Watch: Two adults, two minors charged in beating death of USC graduate student By RICHARD WINTON, KATE MATHER they face charges they beat a USC student to death Emotions run high as teens charged with beating USC student to death appear in court Family members of one of the teens charged in USC graduate student's death insist that he is innocent Two minors fought back tears during an emotional court hearing in downtown Los Angeles as they...
  • Iran Releases Video Of Israel Under Nuclear Attack As 10,000 Riot In Judea and Samaria

    07/28/2014 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/28/14 | Pamela Geller
    Obama just released $2.8 billion to these savages. And he has sanctioned their nuclear weapons program. Mankind will always be plagued with evil annihilationists. But America funding them? And sanctioning their nuclear weapons program? That’s a whole new vicious reality for the free world to deal with. That’s new.
  • Westboro Baptist Church Plans San Francisco, Silicon Valley Protests

    07/30/2014 7:18:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    The Westboro Baptist Church is bringing its circus to San Francisco. The well-known Kansas-based evangelical faith group, which has been called a hate group for its anti-LGBT protesting of funerals and other touchy events, is planning to protest in San Francisco and Silicon Valley on August 12, according to reports. Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead The reason behind it? Silicon Valley bigwigs like Mark Zuckerberg "cram sodomite propaganda down everyone's throats," according to the church. SFist reports that the church's adherents will roam the campuses of "Facebook, Google, and Apple" as well as the San Francisco locations of social media...
  • ‘Shrimp Boy’ pleads not guilty to racketeering (Leland Yee’s partner)

    07/30/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT | Paul Elias
    A man prosecutors accuse of heading a crime syndicate based in San Francisco’s Chinatown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new charge of racketeering. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow entered the plea to a newly filed indictment that includes all the same money laundering and related charges as the previous one. The new filing says he served as gang leader of a Chinatown community organization that bribed a state senator and laundered money among other crimes. The new racketeering count alleges that Chow orchestrated a wide range of alleged criminal activity, including the bribing of state Sen. Leland Yee. …
  • Four CA teens charged with murder in fatal beating of Chinese grad student

    07/30/2014 12:57:01 PM PDT · by chajin · 31 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | unknown
    LOS ANGELES – Four U.S. teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal beating of a Chinese graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his apartment. Two of the suspects, aged 16 and 17, were juveniles charged as adults in the slaying of Xinran Ji, 24, an engineering student at the University of Southern California who was attacked early Thursday. He was able to make his way to his apartment. A roommate discovered him dead hours later. The defendants — 17-year-old Alberto Ochoa, 16-year-old Alejandra Guerrero, 18-year-old Andrew Garcia and 19-year-old Jonathan Del Carmen...
  • Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

    07/30/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2014 7:36pm EDT | Dan Whitcomb
    <p>Cruz was taken into custody on Monday night during a traffic stop in the community of Lamont, California, about 15 miles north of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.</p> <p>"We took him to Kern Medical Center and had him admitted there, under guard," Pruitt said.</p>
  • Teacher pay averages $84,489; LAUSD data missing

    07/29/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    contra costa times ^ | 7-25-14 | Thomas Himes
    A newly released survey of 653 of California’s 1,058 school systems reports teachers were paid on average $84,489, while 33 administrators earned more than $250,000 in pay alone last year. The pay and compensation information was complied by The California Policy Center, a nonpartisan conservative public policy think tank that runs Transparent California, which posted the survey for the public to review at transparentcalifornia.com “We’re doing this because the public employs the public sector; and members of the public, as voters are being continually asked to approve tax increase and bond measures,” Policy Center Director Ed Ring said. “You can’t...
  • L.A. Councilman Convicted of Voter Fraud Will Continue to Collect $116,000 Annual Pension

    07/29/2014 6:43:15 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    cbs local ^ | 7-25-14 | cbs
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Even though L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted of four felonies this week, he’ll continue to receive his $116,000 annual pension, a newspaper reported Friday. There are some California jurisdictions that prohibit city employees convicted of felonies from receiving pensions. That’s not the case in Los Angeles, a worker in the city’s civilian retirement division told Los Angeles Daily News. Alarcon, 60, was convicted Wednesday of four counts of perjury and voter fraud for living outside Council District 7 and lying about his address on official documents. The councilman’s wife, Flora, was convicted of three...
  • Jerry Brown urges ‘religious call ... to welcome the stranger’ in border crisis

    07/29/2014 1:09:01 PM PDT · by Wuli · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Siders
    MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis. [snip] Brown did not say what specific actions could be taken on the border, but he suggested the response in Texas by Perry, a Republican, is misguided. [snip] Brown’s remarks come a day after he announced a private meeting Tuesday with José Horacio Gómez, the Mexico-born archbishop of Los Angeles, and “more...
  • Jerry Brown urges ‘religious call ... to welcome the stranger’ in border crisis

    07/29/2014 9:28:54 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 44 replies
    Capitol Alert ^ | Jul. 28, 2014 | David Siders
    MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis. “This is a human problem, and it has been the religious call of all religions to welcome the stranger, and it’s in that spirit that I believe the clergy can call the United States, Mexico and all the players to perhaps a higher response than might otherwise happen,” Brown said on the...
  • Tesla's Battery Factory Could be Great for a Bankrupt California

    07/29/2014 7:51:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2014 | Matthee Debord
    Based on reports that have emerged over the past few weeks, it looks like California is back in the running as a location for Tesla's Gigfactory — a massive facility that will build the advanced lithium-ion batteries needed to get the electric carmaker to the next level. Nevada, Texas, New Mexico — these were the states that appeared to be in a better position to become the Gigafactory's home than California.But there's been some chatter about Elon Musk and his company potentially taking over an old U.S. Navy facility near San Francisco. And now, according to the Los Angeles Times'...
  • Obama family set to buy $4.25M desert home in California: report

    07/29/2014 7:46:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Obamas are reportedly poised to purchase a custom-built high-class home in the Rancho Mirage section of California for $4.25 million. White House officials deny the reports, but realtors say otherwise, claiming that the first family are in escrow for the Thunderbird Heights community house, located on a hilltop near Palm Springs in the same area once called home by Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, the Los Angeles Times reports. …
  • 7 People Possibly Struck By Lightning, Injured at Venice Beach: LAFD

    07/27/2014 4:00:02 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 46 replies
    KTLA 5 ^ | July 27, 2014
    The Los Angeles Fire Department was investigating reports that as many as seven people had been struck by lightning at Venice Beach and were injured when a rare series of thunderstorms hit the Southern California area on Sunday afternoon.
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • FBI: Gone Fishin' -- for Shrimp Boy and Whatever

    07/27/2014 6:41:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The FBI's motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity." But given the FBI sting against Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow -- a convicted felon who was freed from prison in 2003 because the feds got him to testify against a confederate -- I suspect that a more apt motto might be "Fuggedaboutit." On Thursday, San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross identified San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as another public figure who was drawn dangerously close to the FBI's "Shrimp Boy" trap. According to their report, FBI operatives donated $20,000 to Hizzoner's 2011 mayoral campaign. Likewise, agents reportedly tried to cozy...
  • The Police State

    07/26/2014 8:08:27 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/25/14 | John Stossel
    CONSTITUTION-FREE ZONES: Lots of Americans are getting upset about being detained by armed border patrol agents not on the border but miles away from the border. Some push back, sometimes with violent results.
  • Gangs, guns and Judas Priest: the secret history of a US-inflicted border crisis

    07/26/2014 7:20:36 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 23, 2014 06:00 | Michael Paarlberg
    Visiting El Salvador over the past year, it was hard not to think the country's number-one job is standing around outside with a gun. In the region from which child migrants are fleeing to the US, personal security is largely a question of what you can afford to pay. El Salvador has, by one estimate, 25,000 private guards in a country with 20,000 police officers. In Honduras, which boasts the highest murder rate in the world and has seen the largest exodus of young people to the American border this year, guards outnumber cops five to one. Wealthy Salvadorans can...
  • V. Manuel Pérez unveils immigration resolution [California]

    07/26/2014 6:00:53 PM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    The Desert Sun ^ | July 25, 2014 10:05pm | Dave Nyczepir
    Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez unveiled an immigration resolution Friday at Coachella City Hall that he plans to introduce for California to meet the humanitarian challenges faced with tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border. :snip: "They need due process, and if they are found to face a threat should they be returned to their home country, they should be seen and identified as refugees." :snip: Pérez said he always felt safe and never saw violence while visiting Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala, but he sensed a difference in the latter when it came to political corruption....
  • Not Everyone in Silicon Valley Happy to See President Obama

    07/26/2014 3:53:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 7/24 | Bob Redell
    Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Silicon Valley home where President Obama was to attend a Democratic party fundraiserProtesters angered by the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to put an end to net neutrality rallied near the Silicon Valley mansion where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising event on Wednesday morning. Michelle Roberts reports. Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 • Updated at 9:05 AM PDT Protesters angered by the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to put an end to net neutrality rallied near the Silicon Valley mansion where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising event on Wednesday morning. A handful of...
  • Ex-Wrestling Champ Uses Choke Hold on Thief

    07/26/2014 2:23:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 | R. Stickney
    A one-time wrestling champion, fresh from a visit to San Diego’s Comic-Con, returned home to find his front door open and burglars inside. Former WWE World Heavy-Weight Champion Bryan Danielson had just gotten back to his Phoenix home after his Comic-Con appearance when he and his wife Brie saw their front door open and then close. Danielson, who wrestles under the name "Daniel Bryan", just reacted, he told NBC affiliate KPNX. “That's how most people do, and you'll react how you were programmed to react or how your own individual personality is to react. My individual personality was to go...
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tells N. Ky chamber U.S. will have to wait on repatriation tax breaks

    07/26/2014 12:10:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/25/2014 | Don Weber
    COVINGTON – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Friday that he is hopeful that legislation which would lower the tax on foreign corporate profits for U. S. corporations might have chance of passing, just not right now. The bill would allow companies like Apple to bring profits back to the United States at reduced tax rate. A similar tax holiday was enacted in 2004. Paul, who was speaking at the chamber’s government forum, said that the legislation probably would not come up for a vote this summer, but could see action at...
  • Krugman’s “Gotcha” Moment Leaves Something to Be Desired

    07/26/2014 12:24:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve had some fun over the years by pointing out that Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. So I shouldn’t be surprised that he wants to catch me making an error. But I’m not sure his “gotcha” moment is very persuasive. Here’s some of what he wrote for today’s New York Times. Gov. Jerry Brown was able to push through a modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage. California also moved enthusiastically to implement Obamacare. …Needless to...
  • California professor pleads no contest to assault on pro-life students

    07/26/2014 8:42:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 25, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A feminist studies professor at a California state university accused of forcibly grabbing an anti-abortion activist’s poster and assaulting the 16-year-old girl has pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor charges. University of California at Santa Barbara Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young was charged with one count each of grand theft, vandalism and battery in connection to the March 4 incident involving 16-year-old Thrin Short, her older sister, Joan, and other pro-life activists who were holding signs in a free speech zone on the campus when the professor went berserk. Miller-Young, who remains employed by the university, and her attorney, Catherine Swysen,...
  • Search On In Stockton For Homeless Man With Tuberculosis

    07/26/2014 6:27:25 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    CBS News Sacramento ^ | 7/24/14 | Leigh Martinez
    A homeless man infected with Tuberculosis disappeared in Stockton. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 26, first came on health officials’ radar in March, after he was diagnosed with a severe and contagious strain of TB. According to the court complaint, he didn’t comply with treatment. “He’s been found and then lost, found and lost, found and lost, so at some point we have to say we can’t find him anymore,” said Dr. Alvaro Garzo of the San Joaquin County Public Health Services. Cruz tested positive March 14 at San Joaquin General Hospital, but never finished treatment. The bacteria in his lungs could...
  • Woman Who Left Creepy Porcelain Dolls on Porches Is 'Embarrassed': Police

    07/25/2014 9:44:30 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | July 25, 2014 | RHEANA MURRAY
    Maybe she should have left a note. The woman who left porcelain dolls on the porches of several young girls' homes in a California neighborhood was only trying to give away toys her own family had outgrown, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said today.
  • California state senator facing additional charge (Leland Yee)

    07/25/2014 8:18:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 11:15 PM EDT
    A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. […] Yee pleaded not guilty to the original eight charges. He will have to enter a plea Wednesday to the charges in the new indictment. The new accusations allege that San Francisco Democrat offered to help pass legislation making it harder for professional football players to obtain workers compensation in California, in exchange for campaign contributions from an unidentified NFL owner. The new...
  • Autopsy Finds Slain Robbery Suspect Who Allegedly Begged For Her Life Wasn’t Pregnant

    07/25/2014 5:32:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    AP) ^ | July 25, 2014 2:54 PM
    Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer, 80, told a TV station he began firing after his collarbone was broken during an assault by the woman and a man that Greer discovered in his home. ... Greer said he fired at the burglars inside and outside his home, even though the female burglar told him not to shoot because she was pregnant. ... An autopsy has confirmed Miller wasn’t pregnant, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Friday. ... Under California law, homeowners have a right to protect themselves with deadly force inside their homes and in the immediate vicinity —...
  • New federal racketeering charges filed against Yee and Chow (CA Democrat)

    07/25/2014 1:53:44 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    KTVU.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | KTVU
    Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others were charged in federal court Froday in a revised grand jury indictment that includes new counts of racketeering. Yee, a Democrat who represented parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, is charged together with former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson with racketeering by soliciting bribes and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors by Yee.
  • President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli

    07/25/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 25, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, CATHLEEN DECKER
    On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed. On Thursday that locale was Canter’s Deli, the venerable Fairfax district eating spot, where Obama struck up conversations with diners about basketball, his failing jump shot and other regular-guy concerns. Fresh from a morning fundraiser at the Pacific Palisades home of Live Nation Chief Executive and President Michael Rapino — the bookend to a Wednesday night fundraiser at the Hancock Park home of television...
  • Desperate Hunt for Contagious Homeless Man in California Who Refused to Have Tuberculosis Treatment

    07/25/2014 5:26:09 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    A desperate hunt is underway in Northern California for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Taylor, who did not know the status of Rosas Cruz's residency, said he is not interested in punishing him through the criminal court system. Rather, Taylor said he is using the courts to protect the public's health. By law, health officials can't force a patient to be...
  • California couple may be charged $500 for not watering lawn, or $500 for watering it

    07/25/2014 4:43:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Ahh, government: In this week’s “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” file: A Southern California couple received a letter from Glendora city officials threatening to fine them $500 if they don’t get their sun-scorched brown lawn green again, reports AP. Which Laura Whitney and Michael Korte would gladly do, except for one thing: They could also be fined $500 if they water their lawn too much; they’re currently only watering twice a week. With more than 80% of California in an extreme drought, according to the Los Angeles Times, the state water board voted this week to...
  • ‘What happens when Obama comes to your hood’? Ask Sarah Michelle Gellar [photos]

    07/25/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 24, 2014
    Sarah Michelle ✔ @RealSMG This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood. So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam pic.twitter.com/76XM9yJdpi President Obama was in L.A. yesterday for some very important presidential business. Just kidding! He was fundraising, natch. And, just like so many times before, making L.A. traffic even more hellacious than usual. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was just trying to run some errands. Obama had other plans:
  • UCR: Researchers find key component of autistic behavior

    07/25/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | July 24, 2014 11:09pm PST | MARK MUCKENFUSS
    A UC Riverside-led team of researchers says it has found conclusive evidence that a naturally produced enzyme in the body is responsible for autism and other neurological disorders in people with Fragile X syndrome. Fragile X is a mutation of the X chromosome associated with obsessive-compulsive and repetitive behaviors as well as learning deficits. People affected by Fragile X have been shown to have structural differences in brain cells, such as underdeveloped neural receptors. :snip: The study is the cover story for the latest edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. :snip: Often, such discoveries are the first step in a...
  • Police To Pay $1.8M For Dorner Manhunt Shooting

    07/24/2014 7:18:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | July 24, 2014 5:46 PM
    A surfer who was hurt when a Los Angeles-area police officer rammed and shot up his truck during the manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million. ... The 38-year-old Perdue was on his way to surf in February 2013 when a Torrance officer mistook his pickup for Dorner’s, rammed it and riddled it with bullets. Perdue wasn’t shot but suffered head and spine injuries.
  • Northeastern Nevada ranchers hit with grazing closures ( BLM )

    07/24/2014 12:27:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | &#8206;7&#8206;/&#8206;24&#8206;/&#8206;2014&#8206; | Dylan Woolf Harris
    BATTLE MOUNTAIN — Once again ranchers who run cattle on the Argenta Allotment in Lander County were told Wednesday that due to drought a number of areas would be closed to livestock. Pete and Lynn Tomera were told by the Bureau of Land Management they had a week to remove cattle from nine segments of the allotment ... We have 7 days to ride the entire mountain and have the cattle off. We are right in the middle of haying and are forced to drop everything and begin gathering cattle,” the Tomeras wrote. “We are forced to put the cattle...
  • Obama motorcade reportedly prevents woman in labor from crossing street (Los Angeles)

    07/24/2014 12:13:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014
    A woman in labor reportedly was blocked from crossing the street to get to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday because of President Obama’s motorcade. According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman was trying to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was stopped by authorities because Obama’s motorcade was going to come through the area. Cedars-Sinai medical staff reportedly came to help the woman while she sat on a bus bench waiting to get to the hospital, witnesses told the Times. …
  • TMZ Freaks Out on Sarah Palin: 'Bitch,' 'Horrible Mom,' 'Dumb'

    07/24/2014 10:40:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 24 Jul 2014, 9:58 AM PDT | Pam Key
    Wednesday during TMZ's segment on former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) getting a speeding ticket, they thought it would be entertaining television to, without provocation or explanation, have random staffers openly attack the Tea Party firebrand as a "bitch," "dumb," and a "horrible mom."
  • "I Shot Her Twice,She Best Be Dead!"

    07/24/2014 10:08:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 121 replies
    Sky Valley Chronicle ^ | 24 July, 2014 | NA
    (LONG BEACH, CA.) -- They came to the wrong house to do a B & E (break and enter) that night and they most certainly frightened and roughed up the wrong 80-year old man. For one of the invader-robbers that night, a woman, it was indeed a fatal error in the victim selection process. Tom Greer, an 80-year-old retiree arrived at his home in Long Beach Tuesday night to find a man and a woman in the middle of a late night break in, ransacking the place. Greer told L.A.'s KNBC-TV as soon as he got inside both robbers tackled...
  • Woman in Labor Unable to Cross Street to Hospital Because of Obama Motorcade

    07/24/2014 10:02:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 7/24/14 | Samia Khan and Robert Kovacik
    A woman who witnesses said appeared to be in labor was prevented from crossing an LA street Wednesday afternoon because the road was closed for President Barack Obama’s motorcade. The woman was seen sitting at a bus stop bench on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Robertson Boulevard and across from Cedars Sinai Medical Center. NBC4’s Robert Kovacik shot video on his cell phone of a woman sitting at a bus stop bench and posted it to his Instagram account with the caption, "Woman in labor on bench as motorcade passes; not allowed to cross street to...
  • In Los Angeles, Obama gives his die-hard supporters a tough-love talk

    07/24/2014 5:24:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    President Obama delivered a tough-love talk to his biggest boosters Wednesday, telling Democratic donors gathered in Los Angeles that they need to step it up before November if he’s going to get much done in his last two years in office. "You thought, 'OK, we elect Barack and that's it,’” Obama told a crowd big-dollar donors gathered in the lush Hancock Park backyard of TV producer Shonda Rhimes. “I have got to have a Congress that has some sense and is willing to work and is willing to compromise and is focused on the American people. And we don’t have...
  • Ex-Fresno IRS employee charged with ID theft of co-workers

    07/23/2014 9:33:11 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bee Staff and News Services
    Federal prosecutors say a former Fresno IRS employee stole the identities of her co-workers and opened credit cards to go on shopping sprees with friends. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday that 30-year-old Viririana Hernandez and three others stole $1.2 million from 160 people, many of them IRS employees. Prosecutors say they bought home goods, jewelry and clothes. A grand jury on Friday indicted the four Fresno County residents on 23 counts, charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say the alleged identity theft unfolded from June 2012 to January 2014. Prosecutors say Hernandez, who had...