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  • (Gov) Brown state worker pay proposal would cut $230 million in wages from local econony (sic)

    06/19/2012 5:06:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 17, 2012 | Phillip Reese
    Despite a push to diversify its economy, the Sacramento region still depends heavily on government wages. The state employs roughly 75,000 workers in Sacramento County, excluding those working for its two college systems and the legislature. Collectively, they earned about $4.4 billion last year, far more than state workers in any other county, according to the State Controller's Office. State workers based in Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties earned another $200 million. As part of his proposal to close a $16 billion deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to cut state worker pay by 5 percent (and introduce a four-day...
  • No End to Gun Owner's Weapons Cache Fight(CA)

    06/13/2012 5:02:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 12 June, 2012 | TIM HULL
    (CN) - A court must reconsider how much the government owes a woman who had to forfeit a $2.5 million collection of firearms, some of which had purportedly been stockpiled by a convicted felon planning to attack Fidel Castro, the 9th Circuit ruled. Many of the other 1,679 guns seized from the California home of Robert and Maria Ferro are so rare that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) wants them for its museum, according the federal appeals court's ruling. Robert Ferro gave up his gun-owning rights in 1994 when spent time in prison for possessing explosives. Prior...
  • Politics Blog: Obama explains why he hasn’t been to Fresno — and what about water issues? (VIDEO)

    06/12/2012 7:19:59 PM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Jun 12, 2012 at 7:15 am | Posted By: Joe Garofoli
    <p>For a while, we’ve been wondering why President Obama doesn’t do any public events while he flies through the Bay Area to swoop up campaign cash. If you think that’s tough, he has NEVER visited Fresno during his campaign nor his presidency. And Monday night, in an interview with ABC 30 in Fresno, Obama was asked, essentially, “What’s up with that?”</p>
  • Immigrant activists plan more campaign protests

    06/11/2012 7:37:23 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jun. 11, 2012 | E.J. TAMARA/Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES -- Illegal immigrant student activists are planning protests at more Obama campaign offices to pressure him to stop deportations, as students in Denver ended a six-day hunger strike that closed the president's campaign office there.
  • 4 killed in Sacramento home attack(CA)

    06/11/2012 6:09:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 10 June, 2012 | AP
    (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Authorities sought a motive Sunday after an assailant entered a Sacramento home and shot four people to death, police said. The suspect also was wounded and in critical condition.
  • Gang Member Arrested In Stockton Pharmacy Robbery(CA)

    06/10/2012 4:11:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    CBS13 ^ | 9 June, 2012 | NA
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – On Thursday, an armed suspect walked into Stockton Pharmacy demanding money. Jermaine Smith, 31, allegedly walked into the pharmacy, in the 3300 block of E. Main Street, and told everyone to drop to the ground while attempting to rob the store by demanded money from an employee. The employee grabbed a gun and shot at Smith; at which point, he fled the area in a vehicle. Stockton police responded to a call regarding a shot African-American male matching Smith’s description in North Stockton. He was arrested and treated overnight at an area hospital. Smith, a Stockton resident,...
  • No-fly list keeps SDSU grad grounded in Costa Rica

    06/07/2012 1:44:23 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | June 6, 2012 | Susan Shroder and Aaron Burgin
    SAN DIEGO — A San Diego State University graduate trying to return home after a family celebration of his commencement from a master’s program in Costa Rica was told he is on a U.S. government no-fly list and could not board a plane, a local Islamic community official said Wednesday night. Kevin Iraniha, 27, a Muslim who was born and raised in San Diego, was “shocked” and said he has never been involved in criminal or suspicious activity, said Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Iraniha had just obtained his master’s...
  • Dad Shoots Burglar Entering Child's Room(CA)

    06/07/2012 4:20:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    FOX40 News ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Eric Rucker
    Stockton man, fearing for his family’s life, shot a burglar in the face early Sunday morning. Alex Hernandez, heard a tap at his window and got into position. He grabbed a gun and waited just outside of his 2-year-old daughter’s bedroom, when the intruder tried to climb through the window Hernandez says he fired once hitting the man in the face. Stockton Police arrested 23-year-old Yobenrico Well a short time after he was shot. Well admitted to trying to break in, and for successfully breaking in a few hours earlier, this is where the story gets very odd. When Hernandez...
  • Greedy Unions Raid Pensions, Then Blame Wall Street

    03/07/2012 5:37:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 7, 2012
    Politics: Reports from a variety of media reveal California state employees are spiking their pensions to stratospheric levels, leaving nothing for their brother employees. Sorry, can't blame Wall Street for this one. In a laudable instance of the mainstream media doing its job, the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, Bloomberg News and City Journal have all exposed "pension spiking" by California public employees. Basically, they manipulate rigid unionized pay and promotion systems to raise their pensions well above what they earned during their working years. The Los Angeles Times on Saturday pieced together tough-to-get data from Kern and Ventura...
  • Man Shoots Himself In Thigh With Homemade Shotgun(CA)

    06/05/2012 7:19:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 5 June, 2012 | NA
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – A 20-year-old Stockton man had to undergo emergency surgery Monday after he accidentally shot himself in the leg. The man was found in the parking lot of a store in the 2400 block of E. Main Street in Stockton with a wound to his upper-thigh. The weapon was a crudely made 12-gauge “zip gun”. Police say the incident happened while the man was allegedly trying to hide the gun in his pants.
  • Alameda County Runs Away From Nordyke Case by Conceding (CA)

    06/05/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 June, 2012 | CalGuns Foundation
    San Carlos, CA --( In an astonishing eleventh-hour about-face, the County of Alameda’s “sweeping concessions” in open court to allow gun shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds was accepted by the Ninth Circuit in its opinion for Nordyke v. King, released on Friday. As was noted in a concurring opinion by Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, the County’s representation at oral arguments that Plaintiffs could, in fact, now hold gun shows at the Fairgrounds, “change the game.” “While it’s certainly fantastic that the Nordykes are once again able to have gun shows on Alameda County property, it’s clear to us that...
  • Guns for Goons Courtesy Deputies Ryan McGowan and Thomas Lu(CA)

    06/05/2012 5:03:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Robert Farago
    TTAG commentator Derrick writes: “When police responded to a report of shots fired near San Francisco in February 2011, they wound up in a standoff with 29-year-old Joseph Camilleri and his girlfriend,” reports. “The two were barricaded inside a home with as many as 20 guns, including 12 illegal assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.” And where did these guns come from? “On Friday, federal and state prosecutors alleged that two of the machine-pistol type weapons were sold to Camilleri by a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy abusing an exemption in state law that lets peace officers buy...
  • Man who forced way into home dies following fight with resident (CA)

    06/04/2012 2:07:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | NA
    CLEARLAKE, Calif. – A man who allegedly forced his way into a Clearlake home early Sunday morning died following a struggle with the home’s resident. Randy Robinson, 30, died from injuries he received in a fight with 32-year-old Danne Petras, according to the Clearlake Police Department. Clearlake Police staffers have remained on scene – located in the 14000 block of Lakeshore Drive – conducting the investigation since the early morning, Police Chief Craig Clausen told Lake County News. According to a report from Sgt. Tim Hobbs, at 5:30 a.m. Petras was asleep inside his residence when he heard someone attempting...
  • Sacramento scales back solar project at Sutter's Landing Park

    06/04/2012 5:04:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 4, 2012 | Ryan Lillis
    When Sacramento officials proposed putting solar panels on an old city landfill two years ago, they did so with the intention of providing clean energy to thousands of homes. However, in a twist that surprised many at City Hall, the people who might be expected to celebrate such a green venture ended up being the plan's loudest critics. Environmentalists and wildlife advocates argued that the field in Sutter's Landing Park – sitting atop a mound of buried trash that boasts majestic views of the downtown skyline – is a key feeding ground for the threatened Swainson's hawk. The hawks, a...
  • Poll: Voters turn against California bullet train

    06/04/2012 1:27:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | June 3, 2012 | Staff and wire report, AP
    LOS ANGELES — A new poll finds California voters are experiencing buyers' remorse over a proposed $68 billion bullet train project, as the number of lawsuits against the rail system grows. ....In Southern California, 67 percent of voters said they would reject issuing high-speed rail bonds if they could vote again. If the bullet train system is built, 69 percent said they would never or hardly ever ride it. No respondents — zero percent — said they would use it more than once a week. Just 33 percent of respondents said they would prefer a bullet train over an airplane...
  • Oakland’s first-ever gun buyback fizzles(CA)

    06/03/2012 6:02:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Megan Taros
    Oakland is often criticized for its gun violence, then not recognized when it tries to do something about it. On Saturday, the Oakland Police Department set up the city’s first ever gun buyback in a Caltrans lot in Fruitvale. The net recovery? 12 guns. OPD Lt. Blair Alexander, in charge of the buyback operation, told the Trib he was disappointed in the lack of support it received: “The more people who come out, the more they send a message of a united front against violence.” Community leaders including 100 Mothers, which focuses on gun violence, had organized the effort. Oakland...
  • ATI Debuts STG-44 Rifle to Consumers at Raahauges

    06/03/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 88 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 May, 2012 | ATI
    ROCHESTER, NY –-( American Tactical Imports, a worldwide importer of firearms, is proud to introduce the GSG STG-44 to consumers at the Raahauges Shooting Sports Fair June 1-3 2012. The German Sport Guns .22LR STG-44 is the newest addition to the exciting line of GSG firearms. The demo was introduced at SHOT Show 2012, but now consumers will be able to see, handle and shoot the GSG STG-44 from ATI for the first time. The STG 44 (Sturmgewehr 44, literally “Storm Rifle”) was designed in 1944 in Nazi Germany and is considered by many historians to be the first modern...
  • Oakland Police Offer $100 Gift Cards For Guns(CA)

    06/03/2012 5:35:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 2 June, 2012 | CBS/AP
    OAKLAND ( CBS / AP) — Oakland officials were trying to reduce the number of guns in the city by offering a gift card to any Oakland resident who turns in a gun. As part of a gun buyback program, the city was handing out $100 gift cards to residents who handed over a working gun at the Oakland Police Department Saturday.
  • Vindicating the Second Amendment: A Pioneering Gun Rights Case Comes to a Close(CA)

    06/02/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 2 June, 2012 | Damon W. Root
    The final chapter of a trailblazing Second Amendment lawsuit appears to have been written. Yesterday a full panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its decision in Nordyke v. King, upholding an Alameda County, California gun control ordinance regulating gun shows at the county fairgrounds. The case first originated more than a decade ago when gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke filed a Second Amendment challenge against the county’s 1999 ban on the possession of firearms on county-owned property, a law enacted primarily to prevent any guns from being sold at the fairgrounds....
  • Store Owner Arrested After Shooting Shoplifter

    06/02/2012 4:56:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Lonnie Wong and Sam Cohen
    A Lodi liquor store owner is under arrest, and the alleged shoplifter he shot was treated at the hospital and released. Officers arrested the store owner, Gurminder “Gary” Parmar, and booked him into jail for assault with a deadly weapon. "You have to be in fear for your life, and at this point we didn't see any indication that he was in fear for his life," said Officer Jim Pendergast, Lodi Police spokesperson. Cops were called to Tokay Liquors in Lodi just before 10 p.m. Tuesday by a customer who said a robbery suspect was running away. While investigating, they...
  • Would-be jewelry store robber fatally shot in San Ramon(CA)

    05/31/2012 5:02:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    31 May, 2012 | Kristin J. Bender and Rick Hurd
    Four armed men stormed the Gold N Treasures jewelry store on San Ramon Valley Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon looking to rob the suburban mom-and-pop shop, but were foiled after one of them was fatally shot during the attempt -- possibly by an employee or the store owner. San Ramon police confirmed that the suspect died Wednesday night. Mortally wounded, the man ran into busy San Ramon Valley Boulevard seeking help as the evening commute was under way. Paramedics at the scene ripped the wounded man's bloody clothing from his body and took him to a hospital, where he succumbed to...
  • Doug McIntyre: L.A.'s Bag Sacks Common Sense

    05/27/2012 5:21:43 PM PDT · by Mark · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 5/27/12 | Doug McIntyre, Columnist
    If you get home delivery of this newspaper, and I hope you do, it arrives in a plastic bag. There's a reason for that. Despite Southern California's reputation for sunny weather, occasionally rain does fall. And then there's that pesky marine layer - the so-called June Gloom - plus your neighbor's poorly aimed sprinklers, and maybe even some residual tears after another early Lakers exit from the playoffs. So your newspaper needs protection. So do your rights. But the L.A. City Council doesn't believe you should have the right to choose paper or plastic when lugging your oatmeal and bran...
  • Sacramento Liquor Store Owners Fight Off Robbers(CA)

    05/27/2012 6:41:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 25 May, 2012 | Derek Shore
    DEL PASO (CBS13) – It’s a plot straight out of the movies, but it happened in real-life to store clerks in Del Paso Heights. The owner at the Four Oakes Market says the store has been robbed three times before, and this time he decided to fight back, and it was all caught on tape. It is terrifying to even watch. Two masked gunmen barged into the market, and immediately, one grabbed a clerk and put a gun to his head. “I saw the guy, I saw the gun, the hoodie, everything,” said Mangal Singh. Mangal was behind the counter...
  • Assembly Catfight Over Guns (CA)

    05/26/2012 4:59:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 24 May, 2012 | Katy Grimes
    CALWATCHDOG - Retribution in politics isn’t unusual. Every year we witness members of the Legislature receiving punishment from party leadership, often followed by banishment to a tiny office and committee assignments taken away. That’s the prerogative of party leadership. However, Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, has taken aim at a fellow member of the Assembly in a very public way. Torres authored AB 2182, which would require a police officer to arrest anyone for carrying a concealed handgun into an airport without a concealed weapons permit. In the Assembly Monday, Torres said that last year there were 64 such gun incidents...
  • 'Open carry' activist packs heat to make a point in Redondo Beach

    05/22/2012 5:57:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 21 May, 2012 | Douglas Morino
    A man carrying a shotgun strolled through the Redondo Beach pier and Veterans Park on Monday, followed closely by news reporters and the police. But he didn't have violence on his mind. He was just making a point. Charles Nichols is an "open carry" activist who was looking to further a lawsuit against the city of Redondo Beach while demonstrating against restrictive gun-control laws. Toting an unloaded 12-gauge Harrington & Richardson shotgun he purchased about 30 years ago, Nichols temporarily broke the afternoon calm as families and curious tourists looked on. Bullets were fastened to the end of the gun...
  • California State Senate Passes Anti-Gun Legislation

    05/20/2012 7:59:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The battle for your Second Amendment rights continues to rage in Sacramento. On Monday, May 14, the California Senate passed two bills that are detrimental to California gun owners. Senate Bill 1315 passed in the state Senate by a vote of 21 to 14 and Senate Bill 1366 passed by a vote of 23 to 14. Senate Bill 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de León (D-22), is just a stepping stone to completely destroying California’s firearm preemption law. Firearm preemption laws are in place to standardize firearm laws across the state. This critical law...
  • Calguns Foundation Defends Innocent Gun Owner From Criminal Charges, Secures $35,800 Settlement

    05/19/2012 6:48:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 14 May, 2012 | CalGuns Foundation
    San Carlos, CA (May 14, 2012) – In an excellent conclusion to another federal civil rights lawsuit, The Calguns Foundation has secured a settlement agreement from defendants the City of Calexico, the Calexico Police Department, Chief of Police James Neujahr, and Calexico PD officer Mario Alcaraz. The case, Ian James Farias v. City of Calexico, et al., alleged that the defendants violated Mr. Farias’ Fourth Amendment rights by improperly arresting him and seizing his lawfully-possessed shotgun. The lawsuit also alleged that the Calexico PD failed to properly train their officers on firearms issues, leading to Mr. Farias’ arrest. Mr. Farias...
  • Police chief: Man who killed Gil acted in self-defense(CA)

    05/19/2012 6:15:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 17 May , 2012 | Tom Dunlap
    WATSONVILLE — Charges won’t be filed in the stabbing death of Brandon Gil in March, because investigators have determined that the suspect acted in self-defense. Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano said Thursday that investigators determined that on March 31, after words were exchanged, Gil and another man, Ricardo Flores, attacked Frank Garcia first, outside El Miramar Restaurant and Bar on Main Street. Gil allegedly stabbed Frank Garcia in the upper body, and Garcia defended himself. “(Garcia) responded in fear of his life,” Solano said, adding that “this was a beef within the gang.” The three men are all associated with...
  • More California Gun Control: Bill to Ban Open Carry of Rifles & Shotguns

    05/16/2012 3:44:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 14 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    The California state assembly approved Anthony Portantino's bill that would make it illegal to openly carry unloaded shotguns and rifles on the streets. So, more gun control laws in California. Who here is surprised? Anyone? Anyone? An earlier bill spearheaded by Portantino banned the open carry of handguns. This new bill is just finishing what he started. There will be a few exceptions, of course: hunters and police will be able to carry weapons, and there will be select locations where the ban does not apply. For the most part, though, you won't be able to openly carry a gun...
  • SAF, Calguns Foundation Sue Oakland, San Francisco Police

    05/15/2012 3:35:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | 14 May, 2012 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, Wash., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the police departments in San Francisco and Oakland, California for refusing to return firearms to people who had been charged with crimes, but subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing. SAF is joined in the lawsuit by the Calguns Foundation and two private citizens. The case is known as Churchill, et al. v. Harris, et al. The police agencies apparently are relying on a state Department of Justice document that requires proof of ownership of each firearm before they are returned. But Don...
  • Important Alert – OPPOSE SB 1315!(CA gun law)

    05/14/2012 6:36:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    crpa ^ | 14 May, 2012 | CA Rifle and Pistol Association
    Imitation Firearms Regulations; County of Los Angeles Once again we need your help in stopping a wrong-minded bill – SB 1315. SB 1315 is a rework of last year’s defeated bill SB 798 that attempted to regulate the manufacture and sale of BB devices and pellet guns. Last year’s bill language has been modified this year to give Los Angeles County and its cities the authority to enact local restrictions on BB devices and pellet guns. SB 1315 is still a bad idea! SB 1315, attacks California’s firearm preemption law by: * Exempting Los Angeles County and cities within Los...
  • inShare0 Gun buyback program nets more than 600 weapons in first hour(CA uber barf alert)

    05/12/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 12 May, 2012 | C.J. Lin
    Authorities were hoping to net about 2,000 weapons in the city's annual gun buyback program Saturday, but the total tally of firearms that locals exchanged for gift cards won't be available until Monday, according to officials. The program, in its fourth year and held on Mother's Day weekend, is aimed at cutting down on shootings by allowing people to turn in the weapons - no questions asked - at six locations around the city, including Facey Medical Center in Mission Hills. About 600 to 700 guns were surrendered citywide in just the first hour, according to LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman....
  • 'Help me,' homeless man begs as cops fatally beat him in videotaped incident

    05/08/2012 11:52:15 AM PDT · by Altariel · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | May 8, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- A graphic video played at a hearing Monday to determine whether two California police officers should stand trial in the beating death of a homeless man showed them kicking and punching the mentally ill man as he lay on the ground -- screaming in pain and begging for help. The victim, Kelly Thomas, died five days after the beating on July 5. Manuel Ramos, a 10-year veteran of the Fullerton, California, police department, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, while Cpl. Jay Patrick Cicinelli faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony use of excessive force in...
  • Growing numbers of women are arming themselves(CA)

    05/08/2012 4:28:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 7 May, 2012 | Christine Park
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A growing number of women are arming themselves with self-defense knowledge and weapons, they say, to protect their families and property from crimes. Even in the middle of the day, walking alone makes Cindy Curwick a little uneasy. "And suddenly he came up behind me, jumped on my back, and threw me down and put a knife to my throat." The Fresno mother and grandmother was the victim of assault not once, but twice. Both times when she was running alone. "I finally got in touch with the rage that, how dare someone do such a...
  • California Assembly OKs measure to ban carrying unloaded rifles in public

    05/06/2012 7:28:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 4 May, 2012 | Jim Sanders
    Carrying unloaded rifles in public would be prohibited under hotly contested legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday. Assembly Bill 1527 cleared the lower house, 44-28, with no Republican support. Proposed by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, the bill stems from the "open carry" movement in which gun-brandishing people protest against gun-control laws. The movement sparked headlines in 2009 for a rally outside an Arizona convention center where President Barack Obama was speaking. California cracked down on carrying unloaded handguns with a new law that took effect Jan. 1. Portantino's bill would expand that prohibition by targeting rifles. "Sooner...
  • CBS intentionally violated posted gun show rules in phony undercover stunt

    05/05/2012 1:06:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    “‘Bullet Button’ Used To Get Around California Gun Laws,” CBS 5 San Francisco reported Tuesday. “CBS 5 went undercover to a recent gun show at the Cow Palace in Daly City and found ‘California legal’ assault rifles throughout,” they claim. It’s a non-story, really, as their undercover team found nothing illegal—they weren’t even looking for that—or that couldn’t have been obtained openly. The entire purpose of the “investigation” appears to be to gin up public frenzy about a legal device that allows for changing magazines on semi-automatic firearms that comply with California’s specific model and cosmetic features bans. “I've emailed...
  • California’s Shameless, Anti-Gun Political Theater Opens Again

    04/23/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2012 | CRPA
    Sacramento, CA --( Once again the shameless attacks against your Second Amendment right continue at the political theater known as the California State Capitol. The 2012 curtain is up and the anti-gun tragedy is playing out in the form of NINE ANTI-GUN BILLS. One of the worst is AB 1527 (Portantino) which is an attempt to ban the open carry of rifles and shotguns. DON’T SIT AND WATCH THE ANTI-GUN SPECTACLE PLAY OUT! Help CRPA bring the curtain down on bad-acting politicians and the relentless attacks on your Second Amendment right. Please don’t leave it to others to take action....
  • Bakersfield police: Robber shot, killed in self-defense(CA)

    04/14/2012 6:45:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 12 April, 2012 | NA
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A deadly shooting Wednesday in a southwest Bakersfield apartment was deemed self-defense. Tremelle Spain, 23, was shot multiple times off Appleblossom Drive, near Planz and New Stine roads. Police said Thursday that Spain and 24-year-old Semaj Douglas were allegedly armed with guns when they busted into the apartment to commit robbery. The resident grabbed a gun himself and shot at both men, hitting Spain but missing Douglas. Douglas ran away but was later caught by police. Spain died at Kern Medical Center less than an hour after the shooting. The apartment resident was not arrested. Police...
  • Police: Santa Barbara homeowner shoots intruder, suspect in custody(CA)

    04/12/2012 8:30:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Shelby Rhodes
    A Santa Barbara homeowner shot an intruder Wednesday morning, according to police. Police said a 33-year-old man began knocking on the front door of a home in the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street. Police said the man inside the home woke up, and told the suspect to take off. Instead, police said the suspect uttered something about money, before walking around to the back of the home. Police said the man's family called 911, as he armed himself with an M-1 carbine rifle. When the suspect showed up on the back patio, police said he yelled out something indicating...
  • Doug McIntyre: California, where the math just gets fuzzier

    04/11/2012 10:44:42 AM PDT · by Mark · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 4/11/12 | Doug McIntyre
    The Wife's fingers fly clickity-clack over the calculator keypad as she works on our taxes. When she gets on a roll she makes that thing sound like Fred Astaire with an Uzi. I hear the occasional muttered expletive or plaintive sigh and that's when I want to give her a hug, but I dare not. The Wife is not to be messed with at tax time. This ritual is played out in millions of American homes - death and taxes, right? But in our home the burden falls fully on The Wife because I'm incapable of performing this basic function...
  • Md. High Court Poised to Hear (precedent setting) Lesbian Divorce Case

    04/09/2012 6:26:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    ABC ^ | April 6, 2012 | JESSICA GRESKO
    Maryland's highest court is poised to hear arguments in a precedent-setting case involving two women who married in California but were denied a divorce in Maryland, which does not currently allow same-sex weddings. The Court of Appeals of Maryland in Annapolis was set to hear arguments Friday from lawyers for the lesbian couple who are seeking to end their marriage. A Maryland judge declined to grant their divorce in 2010, basing his decision on the conclusion that the women's marriage is not valid under Maryland law. But lawyers for the women disagree, saying the state should recognize gay marriages performed...
  • Valley Hi home invaders flee after exchange of gunfire(CA)

    04/08/2012 12:44:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Carlos Alcalá
    A Valley Hi resident apparently chased home invaders from his home Friday, exchanging gunfire with the would-be robbers, police reported. The man was with his girlfriend at home in the 4000 block of Deer Cross Way at about 6:50 p.m. when three suspects forced their way into the home. The men, described as two African Americans and a Hispanic, were wielding guns. They demanded money and jewelry, but the victim was able to retrieve a shotgun.
  • Officials: 6 dead in Christian school shooting(CA)

    04/02/2012 3:29:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies ^ | 2 April, 2012 | TERRY COLLINS AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. — A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California Monday, killing at least six people and wounding three more, authorities said. Police say they have a suspect in custody.
  • Professor Says Florida Self-Defense Law Not At All Crazy(CA)

    03/27/2012 8:28:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 26 March, 2012 | Steve Large
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The police decision not to charge a man who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Florida last month has sparked national outrage, including rallies in Oakland and Los Angeles on Monday. But a Sacramento law professor says the self-defense law isn’t any different than in California. George Zimmerman told police 17-year-old Tayvon Martin punched him and slammed his head on the ground, which prompted Zimmerman to shoot. Police cite Florida’s “stand your ground” law for their decision not to arrest Zimmerman. McGeorge law professor John Myers says the outrage against the law is misplaced. Myers read directly...
  • LAPD to Ignore California’s Car Impound Law Because It’s “Unfair” to Illegal Aliens

    03/23/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT · by montag813 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-24-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWe have become sadly accustomed to California - America's Sanctuary State - sinking lower and lower into utter lawlessness for the sake of naked racial politics. But whatever they do in Sacramento doesn't even come close to the utter madness that is Los Angeles - which makes the rest of the state look conservative by comparison. This week saw the Los Angeles Police Department announcing that it will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - because it is "unfair" to illegal aliens!That's right....
  • Gun Show Case Could Go to Supremes

    03/21/2012 6:21:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 20 March, 2012 | Matthew Stensland-Bos
    t’s a centuries-old debate: Whether people should be able to own guns, what kind, how many, and under what circumstances. Gun shows are a part of that debate. A case being heard by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was brought by a couple named Russell and Sallie Nordyke, who want to host guns shows in Alameda, Marin, and San Mateo counties. Currently, those counties ban gun shows. At issue is whether people have the right under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to sell guns whenever and wherever they want. The Nordykes claim that local governments don’t...
  • California gun shows caught in the crossfire

    03/19/2012 5:20:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 19 March, 2012 | Howard Mintz
    Before the end of this year, Russell and Sallie Nordyke will set up shop for at least five gun shows at the Santa Clara County fairgrounds, providing a gathering spot for thousands of gun enthusiasts to buy and sell rifles, pistols and other weapons. For the Glenn County couple, the South Bay is a small island amid a sea of hostility toward their TS Gun Shows. Bay Area counties from Alameda and Marin to San Mateo have enacted laws that forbid the sale or possession of guns on government property, effectively banning gun shows at some of the best spots...
  • Restaurant Robbed, Suspect Found Shot Nearby (CA)

    03/18/2012 5:13:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | 17 March, 2012 | Lauren Steussy
    Investigators are looking into a San Carlos robbery in connection with the death of a man in Corridor. Police responded to reports of an armed robbery restaurant in the 7200 block of Navajo Rd. just before 9 p.m. Friday night. The suspect, disguised with a bandanna covering his face, held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash. When the owner of the restaurant heard the commotion, he confronted the suspect with a gun himself. The suspect pointed the gun at the owner, and the owner shot the suspect, police said. The suspect fled, escaping in a red convertible waiting nearby....
  • Illustrating Absurdity: The Tobacco Mandate

    03/17/2012 7:56:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies ^ | March 16, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Bloomberg News: "Consumer Prices in US Rose in February as Gasoline Jumped -- The cost of living in the US..." This is inflation. In fact, let me say that instead of "cost of living." It's the same thing. Inflation "in the US rose in February by the most in ten months, reflecting a jump in gasoline that failed to spread to other goods and services. The consumer price index climbed 0.4%, matching the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The biggest jump in gasoline in more than a year accounted for about 80% of the increase in...
  • Tobacco Bonds Deliver a Lesson -- Decline in smoking hurts payment of state notes (CA-DUH!)

    03/15/2012 4:58:12 PM PDT · by Mark · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 3/15/2012 | Editorial
    The percentage of Californians who smoke has dropped to an all-time low of 11.9 percent, the second-lowest in the nation behind Utah's 9.1 percent. That's good news for the health of Californians, but bad news for the state's budget and First 5 program, which funds local services for children up to age 5. The decline in smoking was anticipated, but it has descended at a much sharper rate than predicted. As a result, California will face difficulty in funding $16 billion in bonds the state has issued since 2001. The bonds are supposed to be financed by payments from the...