Saturday, July 21, 2018

California gains just 800 jobs in June...

Republicans pick Charlotte for 2020 convention...

The Ninth Circuit Protects Gun Rights and Stops Confiscation

Every now and then the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — arguably the nation’s most progressive federal circuit — can offer up a legal surprise. Yesterday, it gave us a legal shock, when a divided panel of its judges affirmed last year’s federal district-court injunction temporarily blocking enforcement of California’s confiscatory ban on so-called large-capacity magazines.

Under California law, any person who possesses a legally purchased magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition must either remove the magazine from the state, sell it to a licensed firearm dealer, or hand it over to law enforcement. Those citizens who retained their magazines after the law went into effect risked a fine or up to one year’s imprisonment in county jail.

The district court’s 66-page opinion was a legal tour-de-force that not only dismantled California’s justifications for the ban, but also reiterated and reinforced the constitutional and historical basis for the right to keep and bear arms....

Ultimately the Democrat's effort was shot down

Friday, July 20, 2018

If you look at Trump's actions in that context, what he says and what he does aren't so strange. His strategy should be clear by now to all those except those (unfortunately many) who deliberately don't want to understand it.

What? Did you just read that headline correctly?

Yes, you did....

Barack Obama -- although the New York Times would burn down its own building rather than admit it -- did an abysmal job with Putin and was indeed the one who was truly "owned" by the Russian. And it wasn't just the silly reset button and the embarrassing video of Barack whispering into Medvedev's ear to tell Vlad he -- Barack -- would be more flexible on missiles after the election. (What a toady!) Even worse, in his Chamberlainesque ardor to make a deal with Iran's mullahs, Obama let Putin play him in Syria, agreeing not to honor his redline against Assad's use of chemical weapons in order not to endanger the deal. Trump never did anything nearly that pathetic. Actually, he stands up strong.

But the David Gergens of the world yammer on that Trump is doing everything wrong. He's certainly doing some things wrong -- we all do -- but being gracious to Putin personally while actively opposing what the Russian does in his actions, may be exactly the way to get results. But Trump's opponents don't care about results. Overwhelmed with hate, they would prefer to see the president wounded and impeached than succeed with Putin and bring about a world safer from nuclear armageddon. If Trump achieves this, however, it will be his finest hour. It would be for any president.

Wow - Politico describes our Yes on Prop 6 - Gas Tax Repeal Campaign as "unexpectedly robust" - damn right!

California Governor Jerry Brown, heading into his last months in office, is staring down a capstone political challenge — an unexpectedly robust GOP effort to dismantle one of his legacy achievements.

The gas tax, designed to pay for the state’s infrastructure repairs for the next decade, is under threat of repeal from a November ballot measure that has energized the state’s moribund Republican Party. Already, the fight has all the ingredients of a monumental political clash: implications for the control of Congress, a test of Democrats’ ability to defend the fruits of their political dominance and the four-term governor’s lasting imprint on California are all at stake....

The gas tax is a product of Democrats’ total control in Sacramento, where legislative leaders used hard-won legislative supermajorities — which allowed them to pass tax increases without Republican support...

The optics of Mueller offering immunity to the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager (and a major Democrat lobbyist) so he can testify against Trump's former campaign chairman are beyond awful.

Aldrin and flag of the United States on moon—Apollo 11, 49 years ago:

Thursday, July 19, 2018

As more people leave the Bay Area, local moving companies are struggling to keep up.

...From Santa Rosa to San Jose, more and more residents are making the bittersweet decision to leave the Bay Area, abandoning its near-perfect weather, booming economy and thriving arts, culture and food scenes in favor of less-glamorous destinations like Austin, Boise and Knoxville.

Some are fleeing the Bay Area's sky-high housing and rent prices, both among the most expensive in the nation. Others are cashing out, selling their homes to get more for their money in a less expensive city. Nearly all of them are fed up with miserable, hours-long commutes on snarled freeways.

More people are leaving the Bay Area than are moving in...

Who's ready for 2020?

What happens in voters’ backyards can affect their choices as powerfully as what is happening in D.C.

“Because the policies Ms. Ocasio-Cortez advocates are so far from the mainstream, her election in November would make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing problems,” Liberman wrote. “Nancy Pelosi has tried to put distance between Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and House Democrats… She knows that if Democrats are to regain a majority, it will be by winning swing districts with sensible, mainstream candidates. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is making that task harder across America.”

Tip O’Neill famously said that all politics is local. It’s no longer true. Local politics aren’t even local in the age of Trump

...Partly this is the result of the federal government’s arrogation of state power; there just aren’t as many local issues to argue about anymore. But even more it’s the decline in the power of incumbency and the rise of the primary wars. Republican Eric Cantor, the powerful House majority leader, wasn’t upset by a Democratic opponent in 2014; he lost the GOP primary to an unknown Virginian economist, David Brat. The latter’s support came initially from national media with knives sharpened for Cantor as a GOP establishment favorite. Incumbents are under assault from both left and right and so the question of whether they “stand with the president” or are willing to “stand up to the president” is the only one.

Rather than talking to the voters themselves and figuring out the three or four things that concern them most immediately, candidates listen mainly to their consultants and decide whether their campaigns will venerate the president or denounce him. For the press, arguing about the presidency and the future of the country is more interesting than arguing about the continued funding of a military base or the local effects of a federal environmental regulation. And so every election becomes a referendum on the the man in the White House and his policies—which today means that everything becomes more about Trump than it already was.

One’s attitude toward the president is important, but it’s hardly the only relevant thing to know about a candidate for high office. There’s no reason a principled congressional candidate can’t say Trump’s right sometimes and wrong sometimes—say, disagree with him on trade policy but praise him for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal—and, with that out of the way, move on to discussions of greater local and regional concern. Yet we’re hard-pressed to think of any candidate doing so in 2018.

The 2018 midterms are about Trump and only Trump....

Four Blue States Protest Tax Reform with a Frivolous Lawsuit

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hacking indictment suspiciously tells only one half of Moscow meddling story


Now that the nation is laser-focused on the integrity of elections, I'm surprised hardly any Republicans are making the argument that a universal voter-ID system would be a helpful safeguard to ensure foreign powers don't affect the results.

Haley Torches UN Human Rights Council as the UN's 'Greatest Failure'

Soros: Obama Was The "Greatest Disappointment"

BREAKING: The California Supreme Court just blocked Proposition 9, the initiative to divide California into three states, from the November 2018 ballot.

Melania's Classy Video Message Thanking Europe For Its Hospitality Perfectly Sums Up Who She Is

This is what the intellectual death rattle of an exhausted political party sounds like.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mark Levin lays it out...MUST WATCH

Democratic lackey to boss: You smell, your wife is fat and ugly, your daughter's a slut, and your idiot son ain't ever gonna get laid. That is how they negotiate?

ANONYMOUS AD WRITER BEHIND BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN TARGETING CONSERVATIVES UNMASKED: Matt Rivitz, Founder of Sleeping Giants, Behind Anti-Breitbart, Laura Ingraham Social Media Mobs

FLASHBACK: When Hardball's Chris Matthews Mocked Romney’s ‘Outdated’ Russia View

The bottom line: Americans want peace, not conflict. “Nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet, to refuse to engage, but that would not accomplish anything,” President Trump said.

Trump Derangement Syndrome: Democrats are accusing Trump of "sabotage" for following a court ruling to temporarily halt what the judges called an "arbitrary and capricious" #ObamaCare program

Chicago is poised to become the largest city in the United States to roll-out a controversial pilot program that seeks to give its poorest citizens a “universal basic income,” handing out free cash

How dumb are the Republicans who are once again stampeded by the media into an anti-Trump chorus? Don’t these fools realize... they’re next!

If the media truly reported the important changes in the world, they could have run the headline NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN EXTREME POVERTY FELL BY 137,000 SINCE YESTERDAY every single day for the last 25 years.

San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless

Subjecting our health care system to the same competitive forces that apply to the rest of the economy will result in lower costs and improved access for all

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks Israel, calls them the occupiers of Palestine.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Return of Astroturf: At least 21 U.S. newspapers ran identical letters to the editor opposing Trump's SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh

What @realDonaldTrump and Putin ACTUALLY said

PUTIN DROPS BOMB: Says US Intelligence Helped Move $400,000,000 to HILLARY Campaign

POTUS Meets with Putin: Would Rather Take Political Risk for Peace... The liberal outrage campaign over the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is temporarily suspended for the current outrage campaign directed at the #RussiaSummit. Of course, this is pending the initiation of a new outrage campaign tomorrow for a yet to be named outrage.

And the survey says... #ConfirmKavanaugh

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Thunder Strzok: The creepiest witness to ever grace a Congressional hearing