Saturday, September 9, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! Sept. 9 in Eureka

Kamala Harris shames DOJ for siding with baker, gets FACT-CHECKED on the 1st Amendment

Friday, September 8, 2017

Irma eyes long-feared path: Straight through Florida

Powerful #earthquake off south coast of Mexico upgraded to 8.4 magnitude.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

We have triple trouble in the Atlantic: Cat 5 Irma, Cat 3 Jose, Cat 1 Katia

Red to Blue California is focused on unseating GOP Reps. Jeff Denham, whom Eggman challenged in 2014 and 2016, David Valadao and Steve Knight, and four Republicans who represent parts of Orange County: Ed Royce, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, and Darrell Issa.

Former Rep. Michael M. Honda is the new chairman of the “Red to Blue California” political action committee, which is focused on unseating House Republicans in the Golden State.

The California Democrat, who served eight terms in the House, will serve in an advisory role and as a surrogate for the PAC, which aims to pick up seven GOP seats that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried last fall....

Kellyanne Conway is the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign

#Harvey and #Irma have been married for 75 years. Who knew two huge back-to-back hurricanes would bear their names?

"If you like your plan, you can keep your plan." - That lie will be like fingernails on the blackboard of history.

Hurricane Irma: "The Cat5 storm leveled Barbuda, damaging 95% of its buildings & leaving the island “barely habitable.”

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Trump has not ended DACA. For the most part, Trump hasn’t even suspended DACA. It is still going to be operating throughout the next six months, during which he hopes Congress will codify it in federal law.

California voters did NOT approve Prop. 13 because we're too stupid to understand how good taxes are. We overwhelmingly approved Prop. 13 because we recognized taxes were spiraling out of control and the politicians lack fiscal restraint.

Giggling teens with fireworks may have started the wildfire raging in Oregon, police say

...The chief suspects: a group of teenagers who giggled and recorded video Saturday afternoon while lobbing fireworks into a parched canyon.

Warm summer temperatures and nearly nonexistent rain have dried out vegetation and turned the Beaver State’s forests into tinderboxes. Officials warned that the threat of wildfire was high and urged caution as Oregonians descended on the state’s parks and forests over the holiday weekend.

One of the visitors was Liz FitzGerald, who told the Oregonian that she was hiking in the Columbia River Gorge 70 miles east of Portland when she saw a teenage boy hurl a smoke bomb into Eagle Creek Canyon.

Another boy recorded the incident with his cellphone, and some girls in the group giggled as the incendiary exploded in the trees below, sending up what FitzGerald thought was smoke from the fireworks.

“I was probably 4 feet away from him. I said, ‘Do you realize how dangerous this is?’ “ FitzGerald recounted to the newspaper. “ ‘This place is so dry.’ “

A short time later, she encountered hikers who’d also seen the teens setting off fireworks. The hikers were walking to the trailhead to notify park officials about the teens’ dangerous behavior.

FitzGerald decided to run back to the start of the trail to do the same thing, the newspaper said. By then, she could see flames and smoke. It was obvious that it was a forest fire. And it was growing....

Californians losing their rights to vote on taxes.

Special interests are preparing to jam tax hikes through a new loophole, but taxpayers may be able to stop their plans with a ballot initiative.

Earlier this week the California Supreme Court issued a stunning decision which imperils every California taxpayer. At issue is whether taxes proposed by special interests using the local initiative process have to comply with taxpayer protections set forth in Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, a Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sponsored statewide measure approved by California voters in 1996.

The case, California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland, at first glance seems limited to a narrow technical question: When a local initiative seeks to impose a new tax, does the issue need to be put to the voters at the next general election or can the proponents, relying on other laws, force a special election? The lower court had ruled that taxes proposed by initiative are exempt from the taxpayer protections contained in the state constitution, such as the provision dictating the timing of the election.

When the lower court in San Diego issued its decision, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association was alarmed because the constitution’s taxpayer protections include the right to vote on taxes. For that reason HJTA provided legal representation to the city of Upland. Of major concern was that, if local initiatives are exempt from taxpayer protections, then public agencies could easily deny taxpayers their right to vote on taxes by colluding with outside interests to propose taxes in the form of an initiative, then submitting a tax under a lower vote threshold than that currently required. The worst case scenario would be if a local government were to rely on this case as legal authority to impose a tax without any election at all....

Public School Teachers Behind Violent Antifa Group... called 'By Any Means Necessary'

Public school teachers are behind a leading far-left militant group that is part of the Antifa network that federal officials say is committing “domestic terrorist violence.”

By Any Means Necessary, which has played a key role in riots in Berkeley, Sacramento and elsewhere, has dozens of public school teachers among its members, including among its most prominent leaders....

BAMN was founded by the Revolutionary Workers League, an openly Marxist organization, in 1995.

As TheDC first reported in April, internal documents from the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) tie BAMN to NAMBLA., reveal the RWL — BAMN’s parent organization — worked with NAMBLA in the years just before the communist group founded BAMN.

U.S. analysts now believe North Korea has up to 60 nuclear bombs, and the ability to put them on missiles

Hurricane Irma:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Had anyone ever predicted that in America – the land renowned more than any other for liberty and free speech – the word “Marrano” would ever accurately characterize any of its citizens, let alone close to half the voting population, that individual would have been regarded as a charlatan.

Sessions Confirms: DACA Is Being 'Rescinded'; Paul Ryan: Trump's Decision to End DACA 'Fulfills a Promise' He Made to Restore Proper Role of Executive Authority

California tells 4th graders to stop building mission projects

"By far my favorite page from Hillary's new book."

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Prop. 47 a tough lesson in weakness of initiatives

Whereas the traditional legislative process is a dialogue, a ballot initiative is more of a monologue. California’s easiest-in-the-nation rules make it possible to pass an initiative without substantive discussion or broad consensus, as long as the proponent has the money to qualify one.

Largely absent from the initiative process is the chance for opponents, experts, the public and the media to express their thoughts to the drafters and seek amendments. Once an initiative qualifies for the ballot, there are no opportunities to change it, even if someone identifies a serious shortcoming. In theory, the electorate can vote “no” — if we notice an error. But once an initiative passes — if errors have gone unnoticed — the Legislature is generally powerless to fix them. Since deficiencies often manifest years later, this has produced misshapen policies for California.

2014’s Proposition 47, which mandated that prosecutors could no longer charge certain crimes as felonies, provides the clearest example of this style of poor policymaking....

Monday, September 4, 2017

On this #LaborDay2017 we honor American workers

Hurricane #Irma expected to track near Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and Cuba as Cat 4 storm, perhaps nearing SE US this weekend

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Time For Republicans To Take Google’s Antitrust Abuses Seriously

What happens to a country whose most important police force — and its key investigators — is no longer telling the truth to the citizens of that nation? Nothing good, I'm sure most would agree. There's almost no point in going through all the analogies to despotic regimes. Writers from George Orwell to Arthur Koestler have already done it for us.
But those analogies come immediately to mind following two revelations regarding our Federal Bureau of Investigation that surfaced this week. In one instance, the FBI refused to turn over documents regarding the Hillary Clinton emails because of -- wait for it -- "lack of public interest."

...It's hard to imagine what was going on in the mind of Records Management Division head David M. Hardy when he wrote -- or was forced to write by some unknown superior -- such a risible lie, but things have only gotten worse from there. Now we learn that then FBI director James Comey may never have planned to find Clinton guilty in the first place....

Time for a Full Investigation... of the FBI


...And it doesn't get much crazier than this....

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