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  • Three (Obama's Mexican dreamers) arrested after woman imprisoned, sexually abused for weeks

    02/26/2015 1:27:45 PM PST · by HMS Surprise · 9 replies
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 2/26/15 | AP/Yahoo News
    Investigators believe Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles masterminded the kidnapping of the 22-year-old woman, who was held against her will in a rural home in Santa Rosa since the holidays, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities initially said she had been held captive for three weeks. She escaped last week after noticing an open door and went to police. Barajas-Mireles, 34, is responsible for the sexual abuse and most of the physical assaults, investigators said. He was charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated oral copulation and aggravated rape. His bail was set at $6 million, an official said Wednesday.
  • Companies spend $1 billion in latest California carbon auction

    02/25/2015 9:36:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dale Kasler
    Companies spent more than $1 billion in California’s latest sale of carbon emissions credits, making it the largest auction since the controversial cap-and-trade program began in late 2012, state officials said Wednesday.
  • Don’t Blame Bibi for Decline in Democrats’ Support for Israel

    02/25/2015 5:14:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02.23.2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Both Israeli and American pundits have spent the last month abusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his decision to accept an invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress next month about the Iranian nuclear threat. The White House’s effort to spin the speech as a breach of protocol and an unwarranted interference in a U.S. debate about Iran has largely succeeded in rallying a significant number of congressional Democrats to back away from support of the sanctions bill co-sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk and Bob Menendez, as well as getting some to threaten to boycott Netanyahu’s speech. But...
  • Gallup Records Significant Drop in Democrats’ Sympathy for Israel

    02/24/2015 10:20:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 24, 2015 - 4:27 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The proportion of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than with Palestinians in the Mideast conflict dropped ten points this year to 48 percent, according to a new poll by Gallup. The polling company suggested a link to tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the Iran nuclear threat. In addition, the percentage of Democrats viewing Israel favorably also dropped—by 14 points—over the past year, from 74 percent to 60, the poll found. By contrast Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians rose to 83 percent, continuing a trend that has risen from the low 50s...
  • Netanyahu declines US Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit (Go Bibi!)

    02/24/2015 5:01:06 PM PST · by Dave346 · 66 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 02:47
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with US Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters. Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday.
  • Netanyahu slams Herzog for saying Iran not an existential threat (Israel elections)

    02/24/2015 8:34:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/23/2015 05:46 | Gil Hoffman
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog Sunday of undermining his efforts to prevent Iran’s nuclearization by declining to call a potentially nuclear Iran an existential threat to the State of Israel. “I agree that a nuclear Iran is extremely dangerous, and I believe that it must be prevented,” Herzog said in an interview with Washington Post correspondents William Booth and Ruth Eglash. “No Israeli leader will accept a nuclear Iran. All options for me are still on the table,” including Israeli military strikes. When they asked if he agrees with Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran would...
  • Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US (left stays home at Zero's command)

    02/24/2015 8:21:59 AM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.24.15, 16:01 | Moran Azulay
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog announced Tuesday he will not be traveling to the US to appear before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, amid growing tensions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3. "Netanyahu's spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there." Herzog added: "A...
  • VIDEO: Netanyahu Turns Down Meeting With Senate Democrats – READ BIBI’s LETTER!

    02/25/2015 9:00:38 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    Viral Buzz ^ | 2/24/15 | Bill Chandler
    On Monday Senators. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., invited Netanyahu to meet in a closed-door session with Democrats during his visit. Netanyahu declined the invitation on Tuesday and expressed regret about the politically fraught tone of his trip. “I regret that the invitation to address the special joint session of Congress has been perceived by some to be political or partisan,” Netanyahu wrote. “I can assure you that my sole intention in accepting it was to voice Israel’s grave concerns about a potential nuclear agreement with Iran that could threaten the survival of my country.” Netanyahu said to...
  • Is Hillary Clinton Stealing Speech Lines From Carly Fiorina?

    02/25/2015 6:09:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Al Weaver
    First the book, now speech lines? During her speaking event in Silicon Valley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemingly snagged a campaign line from potential GOP 2016 candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Clinton, the presumptive 2016 candidate for the Democratic Party, called on attendees at the conference to “unlock their full potential,” a line Fiorina uses. Ironically enough, Fiorina’s current Super PAC is entitled the “Unlocking Potential Project.” In fact, the mission statement for the Super PAC says the following: “Today, America suffers from self-inflicted wounds. Our nation has everything we need to lead, grow and...
  • Crispy Critters — Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • SF archbishop easing strict morality code

    02/25/2015 6:59:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Fagan
    SAN FRANCISCO — Under pressure from his Catholic schools community, the archbishop of the San Francisco archdiocese is peeling back strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception, and other “evil” behavior. Most significantly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he is dropping an effort to designate high school teachers as “ministers,” which, under a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling, would have eliminated them from government-mandated employee protections by placing them solely under Church control. In an hour-long meeting with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, Cordileone said he is forming a committee of...
  • World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval

    02/24/2015 6:17:46 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory ^ | January 9, 2015 | No Attribution
    Menlo Park, Calif. — Plans for the construction of the world’s largest digital camera at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key “Critical Decision 2” approval from the DOE.
  • California Public School Promotes ‘White Space’ to ‘Unlearn Racism’

    02/24/2015 6:34:04 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    In a state where leftists use the public schools to promote their socialist ideology with impunity, imagine my surprise when a teacher handed out a flyer promoting racism. A parent of a high schooler sent me the following flyer that was handed out in one of her son’s classes at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. I had no idea that it was acceptable in public high schools in California to promote the idea that an entire race of people are racist simply based on the color of their skin. But there it is—in black and...
  • Why couldn't Scott Walker agree that President Obama is a Christian?

    02/24/2015 2:35:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael McGough
    "....In Walker's defense, Tim Graham of the Media Research Center (“Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias”) offers this exegesis: “Walker, the son of a Protestant minister, hears the question very differently: asking if someone is a Christian is a very personal question, asking whether someone has committed themselves to Jesus in their heart. It’s like asking if he knows how often Obama prays. His reluctance to answer for someone he doesn’t know is not a ‘No.’ " Nice try, but the political context of the question was clear and it’s the one Milbank mentioned: the conviction that “Obama is a...
  • California’s Plastic-Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

    02/24/2015 12:55:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 02/24/2015
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) — A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California’s plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation’s first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot, state elections officials said Tuesday.</p>
  • Santa Cruz County horror: 2 dogs stuffed in sandbags, tossed from car

    02/23/2015 3:00:16 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 23, 2015 | Kale Williams
    Santa Cruz County officials are asking the public to help identify the person who stuffed two dogs, a mother and her puppy, into sandbags and threw them from a moving car, killing the younger dog.
  • California senator says ‘welfare queen’ law must go

    02/22/2015 7:40:26 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/22/2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    The law passed two decades ago, with Democrats in charge of the Legislature: In California, a family that conceives and births an additional child while on welfare is barred from getting an increase in its grant. Today, with Democrats still in the majority, the measure’s base of support is eroding. Advocates for the poor are mounting their strongest effort yet to repeal the so-called “maximum family grant” rule, a big-ticket spending item that could bleed into state budget talks.
  • DE FACTO GUN BAN: Ruling Looms On California “Microstamping” Law

    02/22/2015 5:15:57 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 02/22/2015 | Jack Flash
    Excerpted from Fox News: California’s gun laws are among the nation’s strictest, but a looming decision in a federal lawsuit could effectively ban handguns altogether in the Golden State, according to plaintiffs who want a judge to toss out a state law requiring all new handguns to be equipped with technology that “stamps” each shell casing with a traceable mark. The problem with the “microstamping” law, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but only took effect in 2013, is that it relies on an unworkable technology, according to gun manufacturers and attorneys for the Second...
  • Philippine rebel group tied to Leland Yee (RAT-CA) returns guns of slain commandos

    02/22/2015 12:00:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/19/14 | Chris Eger
    **SNIP** The 11,000 strong rebel group, which dates back to the 1960s, aims to carve out greater autonomy in the Philippines for the Muslim minority in the South of the archipelago. The group was cited extensively in a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country to be obtained through MILF contacts brokered by his associate, Dr. Wilson Lim . In an affidavit unsealed last year, Yee spoke...
  • U.S. refinery strike spreads to one-fifth of national capacity

    02/22/2015 11:34:52 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 22, 2015 | ERWIN SEBA
    The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. A total of 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries, are involved in the work stoppage that began on Feb. 1 when talks for a new three-year contract between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co stopped.... After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is...
  • CNN’s Borger Squares Off Against Issa Over Giuliani ‘Hateful’ Remarks

    02/22/2015 10:41:38 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Gloria Borger was rebuked by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for the media’s obsession with Rudy Giuliani comments last week accusing President Obama of not loving America. Borger twice called the comments “hateful,” as the panel continued to refuse her prodding to attack America’s mayor. “I don’t think Rudy’s ever going to get the dust from Ground Zero out of his lungs,” Issa said. “He was there during the fall of those towers so for him to take personally a president...
  • Stubborn Pelican Forces CHP To Issue SigAlert In Culver City

    02/21/2015 6:30:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The stubborn pelican had landed on the ramp that takes the 90 Freeway onto the northbound 405, and would not leave, according to City News Service, so California Highway Patrol officers blocked both lanes and a SigAlert was issued.
  • [CA] #BlackLivesMatter Activists Shut Down [...] Home Depot; Demand Surveillance Tapes [shortened]

    02/21/2015 6:15:48 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 11 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | February 21, 2015
    #BlackLivesMatter Activists Shut Down Emeryville Home Depot; Demand Surveillance Tapes Of Fatal Police Shooting EMERYVILLE (CBS SF/KCBS) — Dozens of #BlackLivesMatter protesters forced Home Depot in Emeryville to close its doors for several hours Saturday. The group was demanding answers about the February 3 shooting death of Yuvette Henderson, an Oakland woman shot and killed outside Home Depot by two Emeryville officers. Henderson was accused of shoplifting and trying to carjack motorists. Police said Henderson pointed a gun at them, but protesters don’t believe that. They want the store to release security tapes of the incident.
  • Apple fires anti-gay lobbyist

    02/20/2015 5:32:30 AM PST · by massmike · 40 replies
    cultofmac.com ^ | 02/20/2015 | John Brownlee
    Under openly gay CEO Tim Cook, Apple has done a lot to forward gay rights. A year ago, the company stood up against homophobic legislation going through Arizona and organized a company-wide march in San Francisco’s annual gay pride parade. All in all, Apple’s one of the most gay-friendly companies you can work for. So here’s a shocker for you: When Apple figured out it had accidentally hired someone with a history of anti-gay activities, it quickly severed contact. The hire in question was Jay Love, a former politician Apple hired to lobby on its behalf to the Alabama state...
  • L.A. Times to NRA: Government’s ‘Responsibility’ To Regulate 2nd Amendment

    02/20/2015 3:07:17 PM PST · by PROCON · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | AWR HAWKINS
    On February 19, the Los Angeles Times reacted to the growing momentum for Campus Carry legislation across the country by referring to the NRA as “crackpots” and reminding the organization that it is the government’s “responsibility to protect the public through reasonable gun control laws.” In other words, “shall not be infringed” does not mean shall not be regulated and/or controlled. According to the Times, the NRA has hit a new low by promoting the idea that an expansion of Campus Carry means “gun-toting women would be armed to defend themselves in the event of sexual assaults.” The Times claims...
  • USW:California Refinery Explosion Provides Further Evidence of Need for Safety Improvements

    02/19/2015 4:51:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    United Steelworkers ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | United Steelworkers
    Union Calls on Industry to Negotiate Solutions to Protect Workers and Communities(PITTSBURGH) -- An explosion and fire today at a refinery in Southern California underscores the United Steelworkers’ demand for improved safety conditions to protect both workers and communities.The explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., occurred as 5,200 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) are conducting unfair labor practice strikes at 11 refineries across the country with safety as a major concern.“Our members work in dangerous and too often deadly conditions,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “While employers have reaped billions of dollars in profits over...
  • Condoleezza Rice Leads Race to Replace Barbara Boxer in CA

    02/18/2015 9:31:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    The leader in the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in America’s most liberal state is… Republican Condoleezza Rice, according to a new Field Poll released Wednesday. Rice, the former Secretary of State and Stanford don, is backed by 49% of voters–ahead of Attorney General Kamala Harris, the liberal Democrat who was the first to declare. The poll, which sampled 972 likely voters in California, presented respondents with a list of 18 potential candidates and asked if they “would be inclined or not inclined to vote for that person,” with no limit on the number they could...
  • Dems urge Boehner to delay Netanyahu address to Congress

    02/19/2015 11:45:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A group of 23 liberal House Democrats urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month. In the letter spearheaded by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the lawmakers argued that Netanyahu was being used as a "political tool" against President Obama. "As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president," they wrote. Netanyahu's March 3 address will be just two weeks before the Israeli elections and...
  • Illegal immigrants flock to California DMV offices

    02/19/2015 6:00:05 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/18/15 | David E. Early and Joe Rodriguez
    When it comes to fighting to become an American, Adilene Sanchez believes in being first in line. After President Barack Obama in November signed an executive order giving nearly 5 million illegal immigrants protection against deportation, the San Jose resident vowed to apply for the program on the first day she could.
  • Deadly "Superbug" Poses Threat to 179 UCLA Hospital Patients

    02/19/2015 4:20:40 AM PST · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    NBCLosAngeles.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2015 | William Avila
    NBC4’s Dr. Bruce Hensel answers questions about enterobacteriaceae bacteria, which may have contributed to the deaths of two patients at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center. Medical equipment tainted with a deadly "superbug" may have contributed to the deaths of two patients at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center, and dozens of other patients may have been infected with the drug-resistant bacteria as well, officials said Wednesday. UCLA Health System officials said 179 patients had been notified about the exposure, which took place between October 2014 and January 2015. The patients were treated for digestive ailments ranging from gallstones to cancers. Doctors used a...
  • UCLA says more than 100 may have encountered 'superbug'

    02/19/2015 6:09:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2015 | Robert Jablon
    A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and nearly 200 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday.
  • Farmer Brothers — another company driven out of California by high costs: Jon Coupal

    02/18/2015 9:15:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | February 17, 2015 | Jon Coupal
    In the 1930s, tens of thousands of farmers, mostly from Oklahoma, fled the Dust Bowl for California with hopes of a better life. Today it is ironic that California’s Farmers (Farmer Brothers coffee company, that is) has announced that it is fleeing our state for a less expensive destination that includes Oklahoma on the short list. Any humor, however, will no doubt be lost on the 350 employees who are about to lose their South Bay jobs paying $40,000 to $80,000. Farmer Brothers, a fixture in California for more than 100 years, is just another of a long list of...
  • El Monte’s new police chief withdraws amid criticism of immigration stance ['Illegal' that is]

    02/18/2015 5:08:22 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    SGVTribune.com (San Gabiel Valley) ^ | Feb. 17, 2015 | Rebecca Kimitch
    EL MONTE >> More than a week after officials announced that Eric McBride would be the city’s next police chief, the top cop-to-be abruptly withdrew his candidacy amid sharp criticism of his stance on undocumented immigrants. McBride, who is currently San Bernardino Police Department Assistant Police Chief, was to be sworn in as El Monte police chief Feb. 25. McBride’s decision came after immigrants rights activists over the weekend began to rally opposition against him because of anti-illegal immigration policies he pushed while he served on the Hemet City Council from 2006-2010. “This selection is a slap in the face...
  • For Boxer’s California Senate Seat, the Fight Is Brown vs. Black

    02/18/2015 6:46:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    frican Americans know well the humiliation of being sent to the back of the bus. So it’s ironic that in a U.S. Senate race in California, at least one prominent African American wants to send a viable Latino candidate to the back of the line. They don’t call this the Golden State for nothing. The contest to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer could, according to political experts, be the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, with a price tag of more than $120 million for both the primary and general elections. Although in...
  • Gun rights groups await judge's ruling on California's 'microstamping' law

    02/17/2015 1:58:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    California's gun laws are among the nation's strictest, but a looming decision in a federal lawsuit could effectively ban handguns altogether in the Golden State, according to plaintiffs who want a judge to toss out a state law requiring all new handguns to be equipped with technology that "stamps" each shell casing with a traceable mark. The problem with the “microstamping” law, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but only took effect in 2013, is that it relies on an unworkable technology, according to gun manufacturers and attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns...
  • Pelosi leads House delegation to Cuba

    02/17/2015 10:52:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a delegation to Cuba on Tuesday while Congress is out on recess. It is the first official House delegation trip to Cuba since President Obama announced lifting certain restrictions on Cuba in December. The delegation, which is comprised of eight other Democratic lawmakers specializing in foreign affairs, trade and agriculture, will meet with Cuban government officials, local community leaders, American officials stationed in Cuba, and Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, the archbishop of Havana. Pelosi said the lawmakers will discuss potential changes in U.S. policies toward Cuba regarding agriculture and trade issues....
  • Los Angeles Times teams up with illegal immigrant journalist

    02/17/2015 9:27:10 AM PST · by bryan999 · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Jose Vargas, an openly illegal immigrant, for a new editorial venture. The project is "a multimedia platform which will explore the evolving American identity in the 21st century," read a release. Vargas is an outspoken activist for immigration reform, particularly reform that would include amnesty for the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. He is also a veteran journalist who came out in 2011 as an unlawful American resident.
  • Caught On Camera: War Game Gets Out Of Hand At Airsoft Range

    02/17/2015 6:46:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 17, 2015 12:02 AM
    The video shows a massive brawl at Jerico Airsoft on Feb. 7, and the people who posted the footage say a 14-year-old player started it. They say the teen attacked a man, who fights back before a dozen men join in the scuffle.
  • Churches ask: What can we do to help undocumented immigrants?

    02/17/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 13, 2015 | Roxana Kopetman
    The presentations at two Orange County church meetings were similar. The crowds were not. One was predominantly Anglo. The other was Latino. Both focused on President Obama’s upcoming immigration plan and what church members could do to help 100,000 eligible undocumented immigrants across the county apply for deportation relief. The first application opening is days away. Local churches and other organizations are busily working to organize forums and training sessions. They’re looking for volunteers. They aim to help eligible immigrants apply for temporary reprieves from deportation that come with work permits. Such sessions are happening nationwide. A federal judge in...
  • Top US labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up

    02/16/2015 7:30:54 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez headed for San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt. So, too, has the movement of billions of dollars of cargo that is supposed to pass through 29 seaports from Southern California to Seattle. The ports are a critical trade link with Asia and the gateway not just for imports such as electronics,...
  • PHOTOS: Black Lives Matter Protesters Bully & Harass White Children at Restaurants

    02/16/2015 9:45:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 83 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/16/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Civil Rights movement in the Age of Obama has descended in to blatant anti-white racism and bullying of children.On St. Valentine’s Day this past weekend ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters targeted the “white utopia” of Walnut Creek, California.This was abuse.One photograph taken by the protesters shows a white family seated at a breakfast bar with very concerned looks on the faces of the parents. Their young son seated between them has his back turned to the protesters and his head ducked low while his father has a protective arm on the boy.The photo, tweeted by BlackWomenUnchecked is mockingly captioned, “They...
  • San Jose police seek 2 in shooting death of security guard

    02/16/2015 5:40:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2015 | Kevin Fagan
    San Jose police were hunting Monday for two men they believe are responsible for the shooting death of a security guard at an East San Jose liquor store over a stolen box of sweetened cigarillos, worth about $30.
  • As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

    02/16/2015 5:02:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2015 | By ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
    Most of the debate over the building of the nation's first bullet train, in California, has focused on the economics of such a monumental undertaking and its projected $68-billion first-phase price tag. Largely ignored amid the excitement over the railway's recent official groundbreaking is the physical impact and design challenges that cities will need to grapple with as they prepare for high-speed rail. California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. To make the most of California's once-in-a-lifetime chance at building a thriving transportation network,...
  • Republican lawmakers hold the line against Obamacare at state level

    02/16/2015 4:40:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | Mark Z. Barabak and Noam N. Levey
    As President Obama fights in Congress and the courts to preserve the nation's sweeping healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act faces still another threat to its viability: Republicans in statehouses, many bucking governors of their own party eager to accept its flow of federal dollars.When a group of Republican governors filed suit to overturn Obama's signature achievement, Wyoming's Matt Mead was among them, arguing the legislation was a vast overreach that violated the Constitution and trampled the right of states to set their own policies.But after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that argument, Mead decided it would be foolhardy to...
  • Many sex offenders killed in California prison

    02/16/2015 2:28:46 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 79 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2015 | Don Thompson
    Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. It was Ager, blood trickling from his mouth and a cloth noose tied around his neck. The convicted child molester died 10 days later without regaining consciousness, his death earning his cellmate a second life sentence. California state prisoners are killed at a rate that is double the national average — and sex offenders like Ager account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an Associated Press analysis of corrections records.
  • GOP cools on Loretta Lynch

    02/16/2015 9:06:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    President Obama’s pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters. To be confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination. But it is unclear where those votes will come from. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) is the only Republican so far who has signaled his intention to vote for Lynch, though several others have spoken favorably about her. But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of “independence" from the White House. Lynch’s confirmation...
  • Los Angeles Police Union Backs Anti-Gun Harris For Senate

    02/16/2015 8:28:12 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 2/15/2015 | RRangel
    The Los Angeles Police Protective League, supports rabidly anti-gun attorney general Kamala Harris, for Barbara Boxer’s senate seat. The union says she supports law enforcement and it’s true.
  • Divest UC of USA or Vice Versa?

    02/15/2015 7:22:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States. "UC students did not give consent to invest in governments engaged in violence against others," proclaimed the Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California, targeting the above countries for human rights violations. The motion -- which passed with nine yes votes, one no vote and five abstentions -- faulted the U.S. government for conducting drone strikes abroad, as well as the nation's high...
  • Latino-black political conflict could loom in California senate race

    02/14/2015 4:22:18 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    laopinion.com ^ | Jan, 31, 2015
    Former Los Angeles governor Antonio Villaraigosa may be facing California Attorney General Kamala Harris for the senate seat that’s up for grabs in the state. (Photo Split: Getty Images) A historic Latino versus African American political confrontation is brewing in California over the first open U.S. Senate seat in a generation that some fear could threaten Democratic unity in the 2016 presidential election. In the the days since the senate seat became open, many California Latino political leaders have taken offense that national Democratic figures have rushed to support the candidacy of Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who is today the...
  • Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Pleads Not Guilty to Revised Indictment (shoulder-fired missiles)

    02/14/2015 10:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/12/15
    **SNIP** The charges against most defendants, including Chow, remain the same as in a previous indictment, but the new document added two money laundering conspiracy counts against Yee and Jackson. All of the defendants are being re-arraigned on the revised 230-count indictment, known as the second superseding indictment, last week and this week. Chow, 54, of San Francisco, is accused of conspiring to racketeer, or to operate a continuing criminal enterprise that allegedly included selling drugs and stolen property and money laundering. He is also charged with conspiring to receive and transport stolen liquor, conspiring to traffic in stolen and...