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  • River otters rebounding with hospitable habitat

    04/15/2012 9:54:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies ^ | 4/15/12 | Carolyn Jones
    It's wild times in the watershed. The most happy-go-lucky denizen of Bay Area creeks is back, after a hiatus of at least three decades: the river otter. "They look like they're having a wonderful time out there. It's really exciting to see," said Steve Bobzien, a wildlife ecologist for the East Bay Regional Park District. "Plus, it's a really good biological indicator of the health of the ecosystem." From Antioch to Tomales Bay, park visitors have reported otters rolling in mud, gnawing on crayfish, sliding down rocks and generally partying on the creek banks. A Marin group has even created...
  • Senator Leaks Secret Mossad Meetings on TV

    01/31/2012 2:42:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    inn ^ | 1/31/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    A faux pax by Senator Diane Feinstein outed the presence of Mossad chief Tamir Pardo in Washington to discuss a possible strike on Iran. Mossad director Tamir Pardo is in Washington for talks about a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations, Israel's Channel 2 reported on Tuesday. Pardo's visit, which would normally be conducted in secret, was revealed by US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, 78, who made the faux pax at committee hearing. The hearing was being broadcast live by US television. Feinstein said she had spoken with Pardo, who also met with CIA director David Petraeus, adding...
  • San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

    04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012
    An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.
  • BrightSource kills IPO at last minute

    04/12/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2012 | by David R. Baker
    BrightSource Energy of Oakland, a solar power-plant developer whose first project won $1.6 billion in federal backing, abruptly canceled its initial public stock offering Wednesday night, just hours before trading was scheduled to begin. The surprise move killed what had been the most hotly anticipated clean-tech IPO this spring. It casts doubt on investor appetite for similar offerings in the future. The cancellation could also revive the debate over federal support for renewable power companies. Solar-module maker Solyndra of Fremont, which received $528 million from the same government program that funded BrightSource's first power plant, also canceled a planned IPO...
  • Gov’t Spent $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of San Fran Stimulus Project

    04/12/2012 3:38:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Thomas Cloud
    The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045 billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009. “In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries...
  • Rodney King Pleads For Calm In Trayvon Martin Case

    04/12/2012 4:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KVIA-TV / CNN ^ | April 12, 2012 | Stan Wilson
    When Florida authorities announced they were charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Rodney King told CNN he was not surprised. "The justice system takes so long but it works and I am waiting, like the rest of us, to get to the facts and carefully, thoroughly, get to the truth without drawing conclusions," he said Thursday. While many of the facts in the case are not yet clear, King said he's sure about one thing: the identity of the person whose screams were heard on a 911 call made by...
  • California Declares War on Detached Homes

    04/12/2012 3:27:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 76 replies
    New American ^ | 11 APRIL 2012 15:36 | RAVEN CLABOUGH
    California Declares War on Detached Homes WRITTEN BY RAVEN CLABOUGH WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL 2012 15:36 In its ongoing move to establish a full nanny state, the state of California has passed laws intended to minimize car use and carbon dioxide emissions. Those laws are now leading to policies that permit the state to mandate that up to 30 homes may be built on a single acre of land, in an effort to assuage concerns by climate-change advocates that humans are taking up too much space. “Metropolitan area governments are adopting plans that would require most new housing to be built...
  • Jarvis group launches 'Don't Sign the Petition' anti-tax campaign

    04/09/2012 9:08:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/9/12 | David Siders
    Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown started using robotic telephone calls and mailers to gather signatures for his ballot initiative to raise taxes, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association plans to launch its anti-tax campaign today on the conservative "John and Ken" talk radio show. The taxpayers group this morning posted a red banner on its website inviting viewers to join a "Don't Sign the Petition" campaign. The banner links to a campaign website opposing Brown's effort to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners.
  • Jerry Brown Commutes Grandmother's Murder Sentence(Aide Admits He Is Less Compassionate Than Reagan)

    04/06/2012 11:21:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 6, 2012
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday commuted the prison sentence of a 51-year-old woman convicted of shaking her infant grandson to death 15 years ago, citing "significant doubts" about her guilt. Shirley Ree Smith has already served 10 years of the 15-years-to-life sentence she was given after a Van Nuys jury convicted her in the death of 7-week-old Etzel Glass. The jury relied on testimony by two coroner's officials relating evidence that another deputy medical examiner recently deemed "inconclusive." Smith was the subject of a five-year legal jousting match between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of...
  • California's tough gun laws could not prevent East Oakland tragedy

    04/06/2012 9:30:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/6/12 | Steven Harmon, Bay Area News Group
    SACRAMENTO -- California's gun laws are the toughest of any state in the nation, but they could not prevent this week's East Oakland shooting that left seven people dead.
  • Prosecution of UC Davis protesters sparks anger, occupation

    04/06/2012 9:18:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Darrell Smith
    Several dozen UC Davis students are protesting the upcoming court date of the "Bankers' Dozen," the 12 students linked to demonstrations in January and February that shuttered an on-campus U.S. Bank branch. About 400 students rallied Thursday afternoon at the university's Memorial Union to speak out against allegations of conspiracy and blocking access filed against the dozen in late March by Yolo County prosecutors. The event was peaceful and no incidents were reported. Students and supporters then marched across campus to Mrak Hall, chanting "Drop all charges," occupying stairwells and the building's lobby. Some students quickly set up tents and...
  • LARRY ELDER SHOW: guest Prof Ellis - Calif kids being harmed by leftist professors

    04/04/2012 4:06:46 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    KABC RADIO ^ | 4-4-12
    Listen live to Larry Elder. Professor Ellis coming up.
  • Gov. Brown looks to global warming fees to pay for high-speed rail ("Better, faster, cheaper")

    04/03/2012 9:11:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/3/12 | Mike Rosenberg and Paul Rogers
    With a lower price tag and speedier plan to start zipping bullet trains up and down California, Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious new high-speed rail proposal is still wobbly on one vital ingredient: billions and billions of dollars. The state still has no guarantee on where it will come up with about 80 percent of the funding needed for a project that high-speed rail leaders announced Monday will cost at least $68 billion. But bullet train backers are now touting a new wild card .. Anywhere from $2 billion to $14 billion a year could be in play for high-speed rail,...
  • Cashless: The Coming War on Tax-Evasion and Decentralized Money

    04/02/2012 4:01:06 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 25 replies
    Financial Sense ^ | 03/30/2012 | By Cris Sheridan
    There are two major trends taking place that are shaping up as a recipe for disaster. On the one hand, we have massively indebted governments around the world desperate for tax revenues and, on the other, steadily growing multi-trillion underground economies whose main goal is to avoid paying them. According to a recent study, the amount of uncollected tax revenues in the U.S. is estimated around a whopping 500 billion dollars per year1—enough money to bailout most of Europe. At 8 percent of GDP, the underground or shadow economy in the U.S. is much smaller percentage-wise than other nations like...
  • "Bankrupting" Public Unions

    04/02/2012 6:22:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 2, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Distressed cities are finally doing what they should have been doing long ago, declaring bankruptcy to force concessions from public unions. Numbers are still a trickle, but at soon as a major city such as Oakland or LA selects that option, we will likely see a torrent of municipal bankruptcies. At a packed, two-day conference on municipal woes sponsored by Michael Stanton, the publisher of The Bond Buyer Distressed Cities Discuss Bold Tactics in a New Fiscal Era. The conference was devoted to a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the more powerful tools being used in many cities...
  • Good news! California’s choo-choo to nowhere will only waste 68 billion instead of 98 billion

    04/02/2012 8:30:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2012 | John Hawkins
    California has a budget deficit north of 10 billion dollars a year, a debt that's over 600 billion dollars, and businesses are already fleeing the state because of the ridiculous regulations, high taxes, and unfriendly business climate. So, is California buckling down and starting to do the tough, but necessary work needed to get the state back on track? Well, only if you consider spending almost 70 billion dollars more on a high speed rail project that's practically guaranteed to be a disastrous money pit before it’s ever built to fit that definition. State transportation officials have slashed the price...
  • Chuck DeVore: Texas vs. California

    04/02/2012 6:54:37 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    OC Register ^ | 4/2/12 | Chuck Devore
    One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, plenty of oil in the ground, and Mexico to the south. Where they diverge is in their governance. For six years ending in 2010, I represented almost 500,000 people in California’s legislature. I was vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee. I was even a lieutenant colonel in the state’s National Guard. Before serving in Sacramento, I worked as an executive in California’s...
  • As U.S. car sales pick up, trade-ins are older

    04/02/2012 1:17:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 41 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 01 Apr 12 | Mark Glover
    The economy remains wobbly, unemployment is still high and yet people are buying new cars at a pace that would suggest a sweeping wave of prosperity. Even auto industry analysts concede that it's counterintuitive … until you take a closer look at what's being traded in for new wheels. [snip] David Rodgers, senior vice president and general manager of the Sullivan Automotive Group, which oversees John L. Sullivan Chevrolet and Roseville Toyota in the Roseville Automall, said that, more than car age, he's been struck by the high mileage he's seeing on trade-ins. "The average (age) is running about three...
  • High-speed rail plan slashes costs to calm critics

    04/01/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies ^ | 4/1/12 | Michael Cabanatuan
    State transportation officials have slashed the price tag for California's controversial high-speed rail project by $30 billion and expanded the first stretch of track to run from Merced in the Central Valley south to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The California High Speed Rail Authority's revised business plan, which will be released Monday in Fresno, calls for those dramatic changes as the agency prepares to ask the Legislature to use $2.7 billion in state high-speed rail bonds to start construction by early next year. The drastic revision, which puts the proposed cost of the system at $68.4 billion...
  • CA: Stem cell institute to work with foreign agencies

    04/01/2012 10:06:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies ^ | 4/1/12 | David Perlman
    California's $3 billion stem cell agency, now more than 7 years old, has joined research partnerships with science and health agencies in eight foreign countries, the San Francisco institute announced. The agreements call for collaboration in efforts aimed at speeding stem cell research from the laboratory to the hospital, where researchers hope that basic human cells will be programmed to treat scores of human degenerative diseases. Research partnerships between American and foreign stem cell scientists are encouraged, but the California institute's funds would only be spent within the state, institute officials said. Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for...
  • 7 California boys arrested in attack on teen (black on Hispanic)

    PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Seven black teens have been arrested on suspicion that they committed a hate crime when they attacked a 15-year-old Hispanic boy while he was walking home from school in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. During the beating, the teens made racially derogatory statements that were captured on the video, Ford said.
  • Jerry Brown wants to tax billionaire Albanians – for the children

    03/30/2012 3:00:09 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    Have you heard the latest? Gov. Jerry Brown, that man of the common people, has a plan to save California by taxing only billionaires in Albania. To raise money for the children’s education of course. It’s pure political genius. None of us is a billionaire, or Albanian. And who doesn’t want to help the kiddies? It’s also not true. And it’s not even April Fool’s Day yet. But Brown has advanced something nearly as fraudulent . . .
  • California state colleges consider asking students about sexual orientation on application forms

    03/30/2012 2:04:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Is it a stretch to imagine activists might someday push for affirmative action programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students? For now, administrators are just weighing whether to include a question about sexual orientation on application forms to determine whether California's state colleges are presently adequately serving the LGBT community: California’s state colleges and universities are laying plans to ask students about their sexual orientation next year on application or enrollment forms, becoming the largest group of schools in the country to do so. The move has raised the hopes of gay activists for recognition but the concerns of...
  • What's open, closed for Cesar Chavez Day

    03/30/2012 8:54:25 AM PDT · by Pelham · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 30, 2012 | REGISTER STAFF
    What's open, closed for Cesar Chavez Day Friday is Cesar Chavez Day, a legal holiday in California but not a federal holiday. Here's a roundup of what's open and what's closed: Government: Courts are closed. Most state offices will be closed. Federal and DMV offices will be open. Most county offices are open. Mail: The U.S. Postal Service will deliver mail. Universities: University of California, Irvine, and California State University, Fullerton, are closed. Transit: OCTA buses and Metrolink trains will run on a regular schedule. Banks: Banks and financial markets will be open. Events: At noon Saturday, the 12th annual...
  • Calif. wants Arizona immigration law overturned

    03/30/2012 7:54:13 AM PDT · by Pelham · 46 replies
    SACRAMENTO – California has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Arizona's tough immigration law, saying it would drive illegal immigrants into other states. The Arizona law, passed two years ago, has been largely blocked by court order because of legal challenges. Among other things, it makes in a crime to be in the country illegally and to seek work. The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled an April 25 hearing, and a ruling is expected in June. California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined 10 other states in asking that the Arizona law be overturned. The other states are New...
  • Fear grows in O.C. cities near San Onofre nuclear plant

    03/30/2012 2:38:53 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 30 March 2012 | Rick Rojas
    Concern over the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is growing among Orange County cities closest to the facility, which has been shut down since January because of system failures. Officials in nearby San Clemente and Laguna Beach — both within 20 miles of the San Onofre facility — have registered their fears after significant wear was found on hundreds of tubes carrying radioactive water inside the plant's generators. ...Southern California Edison, which operates the San Onofre facility, said San Onofre is vital to providing electricity to a densely populated, high-consuming area like Southern California, with 20% of...
  • False Advertising? The Governor’s ‘Millionaire’ Tax’

    03/29/2012 8:30:44 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 3 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 3-29-12 | cakid1
    False Advertising? The Governor’s ‘Millionaire’ Tax’ Part of the Governor Jerry Brown’s new push for higher taxes this November will reportedly include the slogan ‘ Millionaires’ Tax.’ But some wonder if that’s accurate. In fact the Governor’s new plan raises taxes on everyone. His new approach calls for raising the state sales tax – for everyone – for four years. The second part calls for raising the income tax rate if you make $250,000 per year - for seven years. Will Millionaires pay more too? You bet. Will ‘Thousandaires’ pay more too? You bet. Will someone making $10,000 per year...
  • Pelosi: If Justice System Probe of Trayvon Martin Death 'Doesn't Seem to be Working' 'Other Options'

    03/29/2012 4:43:38 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 29, 2012 | Matt Cover
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that while she supports the investigation into the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin that is taking place in the justice system, “other options” should be considered "if that doesn't seem to be working..."
  • Barbara Boxer: Greatest Threat to National Security is… Carbon Dioxide

    06/25/2010 9:26:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 06/11/2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Al Gore is on record as calling “climate change” a greater threat to humanity than terrorism or rogue dictators with nukes, and Barbara “Ma’am” Boxer has followed suit by saying that “carbon pollution, leading to climate change, will be, over the next 20 years, the leading cause of conflict.” And the only knock on Barbara Boxer that Carly Fiorina could make on open-mic night was about her hair? (name corrected, wrote earlier Meg Whitman said that, sorry Meg!) If by “conflict” she means harsh opposition to the continued takeover of the U.S. from within under the guise of saving the...
  • Eureka! The fix California needs is found…

    03/28/2012 11:30:08 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 14 replies
    California need not drown in debt and economic failure. So says Arthur Laffer, the happy advocate of a flat tax for California to solve the Golden State’s ills. We are inclined to favor a flat tax, as we’ve intimated and bellowed from time to time. And Laffer’s new book, Eureka! How to Fix California, is a blueprint for replacing the existing state and local taxes with a single, 5.8-percent flat income tax on personal unadjusted gross income. . .
  • Attorney General Harris Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court against Arizona Immigration Law

    03/27/2012 12:45:34 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    California /department of Justice ^ | 03/27/2012 | California Department of Justice AG
    California has the largest undocumented immigrant population of any state, 2.5 million (6.8 percent), according to a 2011 report from the Pew Hispanic Center. California also has the largest percentage (9.7 percent) of undocumented immigrants in its labor force at 1.85 million. California law expressly guarantees the same protection, rights and remedies, except those prohibited by federal law, to all who have applied for employment or who have been employed. California also allows students who are not legal residents to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.
  • Don't muzzle ‘special interests'

    03/26/2012 12:50:40 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 3-26-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Sometimes, good intentions bring bad results. Such is the case with the so-called Stop Special Interest Money Now initiative – a promise to fix what ails California politics by unconstitutionally muzzling someone else's freedom of speech. What could go wrong? . . . The Stop Special Interest Money Now initiative is another well-intentioned infringement of Americans' basic rights. There is a reason freedom of speech was part of the first amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to speak on political matters, especially when offensive to those in power, was one of the basic rights American revolutionaries fought and died for....
  • Jerry Brown the chameleon – He’s whatever it takes

    03/26/2012 12:39:12 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 2 replies · 3+ views
    Some years ago none other than our own governor, Jerry Brown, advocated a flat federal income tax. Imagine that. And it was, Brown said, to be a 13-percent tax. One tax rate for every income earner. And a relatively low rate, at that. That was then. Today Brown has changed, it would appear. Like a chameleon, . . .
  • Strong Majority Backs Jerry Brown's Tax-Hike Initiative [64% OK On Sales Tax and Rich]

    03/25/2012 8:46:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies · 4+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 25, 2012 | Anthony York
    Strong Majority Backs Jerry Brown's Tax-Hike Initiative Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they supported the measure that the governor hopes to place on the November ballot. It would hike the sales tax and levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state's budget. By Anthony York March 25, 2012 Reporting from Sacramento— California voters strongly support Gov. Jerry Brown's new proposal to increase the sales tax and raise levies on upper incomes to help raise money for schools and balance the state's budget, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Sixty-four percent...
  • Molly Munger tax initiative drive offers workers a chance for free cars

    03/24/2012 10:48:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/24/12 | Jim Sanders
    Key to victory? A car key, perhaps. Michael Arno, whose company is spearheading the drive to qualify Molly Munger's tax measure for the November ballot, plans to give away a car each week in a drawing involving his top signature gatherers. The weekly winner can choose a favorite vehicle in the $15,000 price range, said Arno, whose firm must gather 504,760 valid voter signatures. County elections officials must confirm voter signatures by June 28, so the secretary of state has suggested that campaigns submit their petitions to local government by April 20. Clearly, it's pedal-to-the-metal time for initiative drives.
  • California Tax Revenues Plunge; Businesses Exit "Taxifornia" in Droves

    03/25/2012 6:44:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 4+ views
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 03/24/2012 | Mike Shedlock
    California Tax Revenue Plunges Inquiring minds have noticed a huge plunge in California Tax Revenue for the month of February compared to February 2011. That is a 22.55% plunge in spite of the fact that this February was a leap year adding a day to the calendar. Madeline Schnapp, at TrimTabs Investment Research sent me a quick note regarding that plunge a few days ago. Madeline writes... Hello Mish I came across this little tidbit from the February report from the Comptroller's office of the State of CA. In Feb 2012 income tax receipts are down $328 million y-o-y, or...
  • California ... should drop rule that allows lawmakers to alter their votes after a bill has passed

    03/23/2012 1:58:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    California is one of 10 states in which lawmakers are allowed to change or add their votes after a bill has passed or failed. The vote changes cannot affect the outcome of the legislation. However, the altered votes, which show up on the final recorded tallies, allow cowardly legislators to avoid the tough decisions when they matter and fool their constituents into thinking their representative took a meaningful stand on an issue. Vote changes and additions are far from rare. In January and February, the Associated Press reports, California lawmakers switched their votes or added their names after the total...
  • 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....
  • Congress seeks more U.S. aid for Iron Dome

    03/23/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/23/2012 | UPI
    Key leaders of the U.S. Congress want U.S. President Barack Obama to provide funds to help Israel, should it request it, to produce more batteries of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system. Israel's air force has three batteries deployed to protect cities in the southern Negev Desert against rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but budget problems mean it can't fund more batteries needed to shield the rest of the country. Iron Dome, which racked up a 90 percent kill rate against Palestinian Qassam and Grad rockets in recent weeks, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems...
  • I Don’t Want to Date a Republican!

    03/23/2012 7:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | March 23, 2012 | Tamara Shayne Kagel
    As a lifelong Democrat, I never thought I would be in this place. I never thought I would have to confront this dreaded unforeseen fear - the terror that is for me, dating a Republican. I don’t even know very many Republicans. But it turns out, I’m not alone. Outside of Washington D.C., the entire country is pretty segregated when it comes to political parties. According to dating website, seven out of ten people are in a relationship with someone of the same political persuasion. I grew up knowing very few Republicans and the rare ones I did know got...
  • California Insurance Commissioner propagates Climate Change Hoax

    03/22/2012 4:33:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 3/22/12 | Bill Gram-Reefer
    California Democrat Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones along with his union oriented brothers and sisters now require California Insurance companies that wrote over $300M in business last year to respond to the a questionnaire concerning how their business and operations are impacted by and addressing disproven climate change faux science. This may be just another strategy for Jones to drive insurers from California so he can be first in line to be Obamacare Czar in California.The Workers Comp Executive wonders, “Next we expect the Department to make inquiries as regards carrier preparation for the coming zombie apocalypse or even the invasion...
  • California ballot initiative would make college free for residents

    03/22/2012 4:43:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 61 replies · 5+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/22/12 | Katy Murphy
    OAKLAND -- Clipboards in hand, high school seniors Estephania Franco and Jocelyn Sanchez approached a group of UC Berkeley students sitting on a curb in Sproul Plaza. "Hey guys, you want free tuition?" one of them asked. "Free? Tuition?" sophomore Josh Netter asked, as if waiting for the punchline. "I just feel like it's too good to be possible." It wouldn't be -- if, by June, supporters of the "College for California" ballot petition managed to gather the signatures of 807,615 people registered to vote in California. And, of course, if voters approved it. The proposed constitutional amendment, researched and...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400 at Fontana on FoX - Sunday - 3/25/12 - 230pm ET

    03/22/2012 1:29:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 143 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/22/12
    This week, it's Springtime racing in Southern California and the Auto Club 400 and the Nationwide Royal Purple 300. Grab a drink and a towel and let's hang with the movie stars and lay around by the pool. Prayers for all our active duty and reserve troops, retirees and their families and this nation in these turbulent times.
  • Solyndra Times Seven. Why CA’s high-speed rail project is an even greater waste of tax dollars.

    03/22/2012 6:16:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 1+ views
    City Journal ^ | 03/22/2012 | Chris Reed
    The national media have devoted plenty of skeptical attention to California’s bullet-train boondoggle—from the ballooning cost of the California High-Speed Rail Authority project to its shoddy management to the baffling decision to build the first segment in the lightly populated Central Valley. But the press has yet to focus on a crucial fact: the bullet train isn’t just some quirky Left Coast fiasco; it’s also a grotesque waste of federal money. The project serves as a powerful reminder of the Obama administration’s mishandling of the $787 billion stimulus that Congress passed in February 2009 with solemn assurances of prudence and...
  • Nadia Lockyer lied about offering legal advice to ex-lover, attorney says

    03/21/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/21/12 | Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
    Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer is lying when she says she visited ex-lover Stephen Chikhani in jail last summer in her professional capacity as an lawyer, Chikhani's attorney said Wednesday. "I know she signed in as a lawyer, but they were not legal visits," said attorney Adrienne Dell, of San Jose. "She definitely abused that; there's no question in my mind. They were still in a relationship." The Bay Area News Group's public-records request uncovered jail logs denoting two of Lockyer's visits to Chikhani in Santa Clara County's Elmwood jail in Milpitas, on June 15 and June 22, 2011. Dell...
  • Guest Post: Welcome To The Predatory State of California--Even If You Don't Live There

    03/20/2012 10:10:39 AM PDT · by bkopto · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 20, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    Correspondent R.T. is a retired accountant who has resided in Arizona since 2001. Prior to 2001, he resided in California. On March 14, he received a letter from the California Franchise Tax Board (the agency that collects income taxes) claiming that he owed $1,343 for the tax year 2006. This was the first notification he'd ever received of this claim. This was an interesting claim given that R.T.: -- Did not reside in California in 2006 -- Did not file a State income tax return in California in 2006 -- Did not have any outstanding tax issues with California in...
  • Peyton Manning heads to Denver Broncos, while Tim Tebow may be traded

    03/19/2012 5:49:38 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 69 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 3/19/2012 | By Mark Maske
    The Peyton Manning sweepstakes came to an end Monday when the free agent quarterback informed the NFL teams pursuing him that he intended to sign with the Denver Broncos. The resolution of where Manning, one of the most high-profile free agents in pro football history, will play next immediately rippled through the ranks of NFL quarterbacks. The Broncos seem intent on trading quarterback Tim Tebow and speculation immediately focused on the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. A trade to either team would send Tebow back to the state where he won a Heisman Trophy and two collegiate national championships at...
  • U.S. Bank closes UC Davis branch, citing disruption by Occupy protesters

    03/19/2012 4:06:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | March 19, 2012 | Mark Glover
    Citing chronic disruption of business by Occupy movement protesters, Minnesota-based U.S. Bank has closed its branch office on the University of California, Davis, campus. In a March 1 letter to the UC Board of Regents, the bank said Occupy protesters have intermittently blocked the door to the bank branch in the Memorial Union since January. The bank chose to close during some of the protests. The bank said the situation ultimately became "intolerable." UC officials said they believe the termination letter is premature, noting that UCD had been in discussions with bank representatives about the future of the branch office....
  • Class Action Filed Against Taxpayer-Backed First Solar

    03/19/2012 11:31:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Securities law firms are lining up to get a piece of the action after a class action lawsuit was filed against federally subsidized First Solar, Inc., allegedly because the company failed to disclose the massive costs it was incurring due to defects in its solar panels, leading investors to believe the company’s stock was worth more than its actual value. The complaint, filed by the New York-based Pomerantz, Haudek, Grossman, & Gross law firm, claims that First Solar executives – including founder Michael Ahearn and former CEO Robert Gillette – “made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed...
  • Here’s a surprise (not really): Jerry Brown over estimates how much his tax will generate

    03/19/2012 11:07:41 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to raise your taxes would raise less than he planned, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst. So Brown came up with another plan, caving in to union demands. Now Brown would raise your taxes even more. Does Jerry Brown have it right this time? Guess what the Legislative Analyst says about this new, improved (higher) tax plan? Just two days after the governor announced his “compromise” ballot measure to raise taxes, California’s top budget analyst said today the measure will generate $2.2 billion less next year than Brown has estimated...