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  • Santa Cruz Jewish community responds to upcoming Angela Davis talk

    01/27/2015 6:18:00 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 3 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/26/15 | Kara Guzman
    An upcoming civil rights talk by UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor Angela Davis has prompted division and outcry among local Jews due to Davis’ public support for boycotts of Israel. Titled “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine,” Davis’s free talk Wednesday is expected to draw hundreds to the Civic Auditorium for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, an appearance for which she is receiving $15,000 for her campus research fund, according UCSC spokesman Scott Hernandez-Jason.
  • Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies

    01/27/2015 5:57:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | by Chad Terhune
    * Almost 90% of Obamacare enrollees in California qualified for financial help based on their income last year. * Average monthly Obamacare subsidy in California was $436 per household last year. * A big challenge for California's health insurance exchange is signing up more middle-income people. Californians received $3.2 billion in Obamacare premium subsidies during the rollout of the federal health law last year. Those individuals and families paid $1.1 billion in premiums themselves, meaning for every dollar they spent the federal government paid an additional $3 to their health insurer. Health policy experts said the fact that subsidies covered...
  • SF Archbishop on Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion

    01/26/2015 11:27:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 26, 2015 | Luaretta Brown
    Video at link of Pelosi's comments. (CNSNews.com) – Responding to statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi--who would not say at her press briefing last week if a 20-week-old unborn child is a "human being"--Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that it is a “scientific fact that human life begins at conception” and that “no Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from Church teaching on the sanctity of life. At her Jan. 22 briefing Pelosi said she had "great standing" to speak on the issue of abortion, noting that she was a "Catholic and a mom of five"...
  • Occupy the syllabus (More Berkley lunacy)

    01/26/2015 10:55:18 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 30 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 1/20/2015 | Rodrigo Kazuo and Meg Perret
    We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color. We have major concerns about social theory courses in which...
  • Falling Gas Tax Revenue Has California Lawmakers Considering Mileage Tax Plan

    01/26/2015 10:47:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 25, 2015 | Staff
    With an increase in electric and hybrid vehicles along with better fuel-efficient vehicles, changing Bay Area drivers habit are posing a serious problem for state coffers. As motorists use less and less gas, gas tax revenues to pay for state highways, roads and bridges shrink. Meanwhile, as gas prices fall, so does the sales tax generated by fuel sales. In California, among the taxes collected on fuel is a 2.25% sales tax on gasoline and a 9.67 percent tax on diesel.
  • Brown, employee unions set to tangle over health insurance

    01/26/2015 6:12:19 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 01/26/2015 | Jon Ortiz
    After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood. But after the governor’s budget proposal two weeks ago, several unions are bracing for tough talks in the coming months about Brown’s determination to cut the state’s costs of insuring employees and retirees.
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Federal gas tax increase needed for roads, bridges and highways

    01/25/2015 11:12:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Contra Costa Times
    The president was a conservative's conservative. He had campaigned on reducing taxes and made it his legacy. But when a gas tax increase was proposed, it was a different story. In his weekly radio address, he said, "We simply cannot allow this magnificent (highway) system to deteriorate beyond repair." That was 1982. The president was Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the disrepair Reagan feared has come to pass. The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents hasn't been raised since 1993, and the Highway Trust Fund is severely underfunded. A 10- to 15-cent a gallon increase would provide enough money to meet the...
  • Handful of Bay Area Cities Excel in Tobacco Control, Many Need Improvement

    01/25/2015 8:33:48 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    patch.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Renee Schiavone
    A handful of Bay Area cities have exceptional tobacco control policies, but many more are in need of improvement, according to a statewide report released this week. The American Lung Association in California’s State of Tobacco Control 2015 report overall found that many Bay Area cities were leading the state in its policies but a larger number were stagnating, organization officials said.
  • More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.´s skid row

    01/25/2015 4:26:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | 1/25/15 | Gale Holland
    Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed. Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats up on the camp stove. Next door, their friend Johnny Salazar fixes bikes and shattered computer screens on the cheap for people who live in the neighborhood. A brother and sister Morales has known for years live up the river, and three couples stay down by the bridge. "Everybody here is...
  • Anti-Abortion Activists Host 'Walk for Life' Rally in San Francisco

    01/25/2015 12:44:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 | Associated Press
    Anti-abortion activists attending a march down Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress. Thousands of people rallied across from San Francisco City Hall as part of the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast, an off-shoot of the March for Life held in Washington every year since 1974 to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States a...
  • Feinstein tells Haaretz: PM speech 'inappropriate,' Iran sanctions 'dangerous'

    01/25/2015 5:50:31 AM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | 12:07 PM | Chemi Shalev
    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.” Feinstein’s statement to Haaretz comes against the backdrop of the growing backlash against Netanyahu’s upcoming March 3 speech to Congress, which is already causing some Democratic lawmakers to rethink their support for the Iran sanctions bill proposed by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey and Republican Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois. According to journalist Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor, Menendez is trying to...
  • Pelosi's Syriana Versus Boehner's Bibi Invitation

    01/25/2015 7:23:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life." Of course it was a poke in the eye. Boehner admitted he did not consult with the White House before inviting Bibi. Netanyahu wants Congress to threaten tougher sanctions against Tehran. During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama warned Congress...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/25/2015 7:23:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/24/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery. But arguing that it is a tax increase...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • CA judges cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America due to LGBT issues

    01/24/2015 10:42:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Bay Area Reporter (LGBT News Site) ^ | January 23, 2015 | Matthew S. Bajko
    California judges will no longer be allowed to participate in nonprofit youth groups, such as the Boy Scouts of America, that discriminate against LGBT people. At the same time the justices lifted a ban on judges belonging to a military organization now that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The change comes as transgender individuals are still barred from becoming service members, though the policy is reportedly under review. In the case of the scouting group, although it now allows out youth to belong, it continues to ban LGBT adults from serving as troop leaders.
  • Three GOP Presidential Hopefuls to Appear on Panel Moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl

    01/24/2015 2:18:46 AM PST · by blueplum · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 22, 2015 1:29pm | VERONICA STRACQUALURSI
    Three of the most talked about potential GOP presidential candidates will appear together this weekend at a panel sponsored by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, in this year's first forum of presidential hopefuls. At the group's winter meeting Sunday in Palm Springs, California, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will participate in a panel discussion on domestic economic issues, including health care and energy policy. ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will moderate the discussion. {snip} The panel discussion will take place Sunday at 8:30 p.m. PT, and an ABCNews.com...
  • Court: Judges can’t belong to Scouts due to gay ban

    01/23/2015 9:25:26 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 47 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | Bob Egelko
    The state Supreme Court has voted to prohibit judges in California from belonging to the Boy Scouts because the 2.7 million-member youth organization bars gays and lesbians from becoming troop leaders.
  • BREAKING, EXCLUSIVE: DC Sources: “Rep. Kevin McCarthy & Rep. Renee Ellmers Are Having An Affair”

    01/23/2015 7:30:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 86 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Charles C. Johnson
    <p>Multiple sources within Bakersfield, North Carolina, & on Capitol Hill tell Gotnews.com that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have been carrying on a long-running affair since 2011.</p> <p>The affair is something of an open secret in Washington, D.C. Reporters at other publications, lobbyists, congressional staffers of both parties all know about it. One staffer for a congressman describes it as the “biggest open secret” in D.C. A lobbyist describes Ellmers as a “social climber who has ingratiated herself” with McCarthy.</p>
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

    01/23/2015 2:28:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Provided by Stanford University Medical Center
    A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying. The procedure, which involves the use of a modified type of RNA, will improve the ability of researchers to generate large numbers of cells for study or drug development, the scientists say. Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by...
  • Measles Outbreak That Started In California Expanding

    01/23/2015 11:16:09 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 116 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | January 22, 2015 | Christie Ileto
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A health warning. The extremely contagious measles virus is back. An outbreak that started at Disneyland is starting to sweep the country.Christie Ileto has the push for children to get vaccinated.Measles was thought to have been eliminated in the U.S. 15 years ago. Now its back, targeting those who haven’t been immunized.The outbreak that started in California’s Disneyland is expanding. At least 75 cases of measles span six states.“It’s scary to think the happiest place on Earth is infected with measles,” one Disney employee said.For this Disney employee, knowing co-workers are infected is cause for concern. Measles...
  • [San Francisco Bay Area] Protesters pack BART meeting to call for end to Black Friday prosecution

    01/22/2015 10:15:05 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 01/22/2015 | David DeBolt
    OAKLAND -- Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement packed a BART board of directors meeting Thursday, demanding the transit agency drop charges and possible fines against 14 protesters arrested after shutting down the West Oakland station in November. Thursday's show of support was the latest public action targeting BART's handling of the Nov. 28 protest, and follows a petition calling for BART to drop criminal charges against protesters. On Nov. 28, the group now known as the "Black Friday 14" chained themselves to a train on the West Oakland station platform, delaying transbay service for about three hours. --SNIP--...
  • Berkeley students outraged course reading includes Plato, Aristotle but nothing from transgenders

    01/22/2015 12:58:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 22, 2015 | Maggie Lit
    Two students at the University of California, Berkeley are calling for students to “Occupy the syllabus,” or consider dropping a course if it only includes the works of white men as class material. Students Rodrigo Kazuo and Margaret “Meg” Perret wrote an op-ed in The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, titled “Occupy the syllabus” where they called for a student-wide occupation of all social science and humanities classes after they found their upper-division course on classical social theory lacked the works of women, trans people, and people of color. “The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that...
  • Pelosi slams Netanyahu invite

    01/22/2015 9:16:13 AM PST · by maggief · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) surprise invitation to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress was "inappropriate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi charged Thursday The California Democrat said that, not only did Boehner break congressional protocol by not consulting with Democratic leaders about the invitation, but the timing of the speech — coming just a few weeks ahead of Israel's contentious national elections — hints that politics are at play. "It's out of the ordinary that the Speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation," Pelosi said Thursday during her weekly...
  • Petty: President Refuses to Meet with Netanyahu During US Visit (Just like in September 2012)

    01/22/2015 11:28:09 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 22, 2015 12:25 pm
    <p>President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress.</p>
  • California Could Be Model for Offering Health Coverage to Undocumented

    01/22/2015 10:27:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    California Healthline ^ | January 22, 2015
    Efforts by several California counties to provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants could serve as a model for other states. As a state, California has taken several steps to provide health coverage to undocumented residents. Immigrants in the state who qualified for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. In addition, under an executive action by President Obama last year, Medi-Cal coverage could be extended to up to 500,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have no record of felony offenses...
  • “Pro-Life” Lawmakers Sabotage Vote on Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

    01/22/2015 6:38:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A handful of “pro-life” lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions. As LifeNews reported yesterday, Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina along with Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Jackie Walorski of Indiana — each of whom have pro-life voting records — objected to a vote on the bill on the grounds that the language in the bill did not do enough to allow women who have been victimized by rape to have abortions. Together, they reportedly...
  • In California, Latino Leaders See Room to Elect One of Their Own

    01/22/2015 8:13:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 21, 2015 | Andrea Drusch
    With only weeks gone but years left in California's Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee weighed in lauding Harris' candidacy after she announced her decision last week, and high-profile sitting senators including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker also feted the new front-runner. But outside the Beltway, another group of Democratic power players and donors is coalescing behind the goal of electing California's first Latino senator, and they already have their candidate in mind: former Los Angeles Mayor...
  • California lawmakers introduce ‘death with dignity’ bill

    01/22/2015 6:14:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 01/21/2015 | Laurel Rosenhall
    Flanked by the family of a brain cancer patient who left California to end her own life, state lawmakers Wednesday introduced a bill to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill people who want to die.
  • The al-Qaeda pilot who got cold feet

    02/11/2006 4:06:17 AM PST · by Neville72 · 17 replies · 795+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/10/2006 | Simon Freeman
    A Malaysian pilot recruited by al-Qaeda to fly a hijacked airliner into the tallest building on the US West Coast pulled out of the plot when he realised it was a suicide mission, security officials in South-East Asia said today. Further details emerged of the plan to target the iconic 73-storey US Bank Building in Los Angeles, revealed by President Bush yesterday in an address to rally support for the War on Terror. Terrorism experts in Malaysia said that Zaini Zakaria, an engineer, was among three men being trained to launch the planned second-wave of Osama bin Laden's assault on...
  • $170K Reward Offered in Da Vinci Apartments Fire

    01/21/2015 4:33:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    “Investigators recovered sufficient evidence to eliminate all known potential accidental causes and determine the fire was intentionally set,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a written statement in December. The massive fire caused between $25 million to $30 million in damage. Authorities have released video of two people they are calling “potential witnesses.” “We know the case and we know the accelerant used. Obviously, I can’t go into those details but it’s a very active investigation. We’re running down some promising leads. We asking the public for their assistance,” ATF Special Agent Carlos Canino said.
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Newspaper in trouble for calling Illegal Immigrants 'Illegal Immigrants'

    01/21/2015 7:18:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/21/2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    Oh oh! The Santa Barbara News-Press wrote an article where they dared to call illegal immigrants “illegal immigrants,” and that's got people mad, and even worse,  they hurt some peoples' feelings! The News-Press ran the headline "Illegals Line Up for Driver's Licenses" on Jan. 3, prompting protests and a message painted in red on the wall of the newspaper's offices. The paper used the term again last Friday in another front page story: "Driving Legal Opens Door to Illegals' Past." News-Press officials have stuck by their choice of language, saying that describing someone living in the country illegally as...
  • 24 Unvaccinated Students Banned From OC High School After Campus Measles Exposure

    01/20/2015 8:00:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    The move is part of an effort to slow the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December. Orange County has 16 confirmed cases of the viral infection, six of which are not connected to the Disneyland outbreak. Measles is highly contagious and can spread easily through the air. California state laws require children to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine prior to enrolling in school. Some parents believe the shots are linked to Autism and other medical conditions and have signed medical exemption forms.
  • Passengers Taken Off Planes at JFK as Authorities Investigate Bomb Threat: Officials

    01/19/2015 9:09:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 1/19/15 | Jonathan Dienst, Ida Siegal, Jay Blackman, Richard Esposito and Becky Bratu
    Passengers on board two Delta flights at Kennedy Airport were taken off each of the aircrafts Monday night as authorities investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be unfounded, officials say. An anonymous phone call was placed to Delta headquarters just after 6 p.m. suggesting a pipe bomb was on Delta Flight 468, according to Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo. There are two Delta flights with the number 468: one has a Boeing 757 plane landing at JFK from San Francisco at 8 p.m., with 171 passengers on board, according to Delta Airlines. The other flight has a Boeing...
  • 2 teachers arrested on allegations of sex with students in California

    01/19/2015 7:28:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Emily Alpert Reyes
    Two high school teachers in Southern California have been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with students on an overnight beach camping trip. South Hills High School teacher Melody Lippert allegedly met a group of male students in November at the beach in San Clemente, where she gave them alcohol and "engaged in a sexual relationship with one of them," according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
  • Americans Forget Martin Luther King and What He Did - First African American to Walk on the Moon!?

    01/19/2015 6:47:52 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/19/14 | Mark Dice
    Americans Forget Martin Luther King and What He Did. Mark Dice interviews beachgoers in San Diego about MLK for Martin Luther King Day 2015.
  • Cops clearing westbound San Mateo Bridge after protest shuts lanes [San Francisco Bay Area]

    01/19/2015 6:09:55 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 17 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Monday, January 19, 2015 | J.K. Dineen
    A group of people describing themselves as Stanford students blocked westbound traffic on the San Mateo Bridge minutes before 5 p.m. on Monday. Television footage showed officers making arrests soon after the students, carrying banners and a Palestinian flag, took to the bridge. Protesters said they hoped to shut down traffic for 28 minutes.
  • DreamWorks Animation plans substantial layoffs

    01/19/2015 3:13:53 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1-19-14 | By RICHARD VERRIER
    Stung by a series of box office misfires and failed sale attempts, DreamWorks Animation plans a substantial number of layoffs, two people familiar with the matter said. In a move to cut operating costs, the Glendale studio intends to significantly reduce the size of its workforce, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the plans. While the precise number of people who will lose their jobs has yet to be finalized, the number is expected to exceed the 350 layoffs that occurred in 2003 after the studio shelved production of the...
  • Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education

    01/19/2015 2:21:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | By Timothy Cama
    Tom Steyer is telling potential supporters that if he were to run for Senate in California, he would set policy goals related to climate change, taxes and public education. If he does not meet certain goals in six years, Steyer would pledge not to run for a second term. The billionaire environmentalist and former hedge fund manager spent $74 billion in the midterm elections in an effort to elect more lawmakers who want to fight climate change. Steyer also wants to ensure that the highest income earners pay effective tax rates that are at least the same level as the...
  • Pelosi Statement on the Observation of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day

    01/19/2015 12:21:46 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Nancy Pelosi ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Nancy Pelosi
    Jan 16, 2015 Press Release Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616 San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on the Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day, which is observed on Monday, January 19, 2015. “The Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. is an American hero who dedicated his life to moving our country closer to living up to our ideals. As a courageous organizer and compassionate faith leader, Dr. King spoke out on the major challenges of the 20th century, advocating for the end of segregation, economic exploitation, and war. “This weekend, communities throughout the United...
  • Anti-Police Brutality Protests Disrupt Shopping, Subways In Bay Area (Video)

    01/19/2015 11:55:51 AM PST · by KingofZion · 17 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | January 19, 2015 | Michael Allen
    Over 100 protesters marched through Oakland on Sunday against police brutality. The demonstrators held signs and blocked traffic while being followed by dozens of cops from the Oakland Police Department. The protest was mostly peaceful, but there were some tense moments and three demonstrators were detained by officers. The demonstrators held signs that read: "Black Lives Matter," noted USA Today. About 50 demonstrators performed a "die-in" outside a local Walmart and chanted "poverty is violence," while 100 people disrupted shopping in Emeryville, California, by blocking traffic and yelling, "Stop shopping. Shut it down." The protests were planned to coincide with...
  • Murder of man found in Santa Cruz Mountains 9 years ago remains mystery

    03/23/2013 5:16:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/22/2013 | Shanna McCord
    SANTA CRUZ -- Nine years ago, Angel Anthony Valtierra's body was found tangled in brush 20 feet down a steep hill on Upper East Zayante Road. Not a single day passes where Valtierra's family doesn't pray his killer will be arrested and brought to justice. His mother, Rachel Valtierra, said she often wakes up crying in the middle of the night. "I'm just angry because nobody got caught for it," Rachel Valtierra, 55, said Friday. "Nothing ever came of it. It's like we're standing still, and that's very hard for me." Valtierra -- a San Jose resident whose pregnant girlfriend...
  • Was Sierra Pacific Victim of Government Shakedown?

    01/18/2015 6:44:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage. The culprit, regulators charged, was a friction spark from a bulldozer operating on Sierra Pacific land. Cal Fire fined the timber company $8 million to pay for related costs. Because the fire burned more than 40,000 acres of national forest, the federal government also went after Sierra Pacific's deep pockets; in 2012, Sierra Pacific agreed to a settlement that entailed paying the feds $47...
  • Mystery of the glowing orb: Bizarre fireball that splits in two (trun title - video)

    01/07/2015 4:07:12 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Richard Gray
    A mysterious glowing orb has been filmed breaking away from an unidentified meteorite-like object as it streaked across the sky above California. The unusual object can be seen moving through the sky leaving a long tail behind that is characteristic of space debris or a meteorite burning up in the atmosphere. But after a few seconds a second round object separates from the main fireball and moves off in the opposite direction. UFO hunters have claimed the bright orb may have been some sort of escape pod from a crashing ship. However, others have said it is more likely to...
  • California girls' basketball coach suspended after 161-2 win

    01/18/2015 4:46:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1-18-15 | AP/Yahoo
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history. Arroyo Valley High girls' coach Michael Anderson was suspended for two games after the victory last week against Bloomington High. Anderson said that he wasn't trying to run up the score or embarrass the opposition. His team had won four previous games by at least 70 points, and Bloomington had already lost a game by 91.
  • Disneyland measles: Rapid spread concerns health officials

    01/17/2015 7:21:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | January 17, 2015, 1:43 PM | Rong-Gong Lin II
    There are now 51 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus across California, three other states and Mexico, and the Orange County Health Care Agency said the reports of new cases “indicate the measles outbreak will continue to spread.” Health officials had hoped to contain the outbreak to Disneyland visitors who were at the park between Dec. 17 and 20, when the virus spread from perhaps a single infected person or an ill family. But Orange County is now reporting six new cases of measles involving people who did not visit the Anaheim attraction during that period. State officials said...