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Leader of Authoritarian One-Party State Admires Leader of Authoritarian One-Party State

Posted by V the K at 12:50 pm - August 11, 2017.
Filed under: California politics,Communism

California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown Gushes Over Chinese Communist Dictator Xi Jiping.

“I met with president Xi for almost an hour. This is a very determined man. He’s building roads and high-speed rail and not just in China, but all over the world.

Washington can’t even build roads and bridges in our own country, much less spreading the American dream all around the world. If we’re going to be the great power we all want to be, we’re going to have to start rolling up our sleeves, raising some revenue and getting the job done.”

Democrats feel less and less need to hide their affection for authoritarian communism. The New York Times recently did a series of articles praising Soviet Communism.

What Moonbeam fails to mention is that the biggest impediment to infrastructure construction in the United States isn’t funding or Government inaction… it’s endless lawsuits brought by his allies on the Environmental Left who want absolutely nothing built and want most things torn down. Except for bird-choppers and bird-roasters. A few years ago the environmental left decided they hate birds or something. And now, they really don’t care how many are killed by solar and wind infrastructure projects.

Maybe it’s because birds are symbols of freedom.

#CalExit Is a Nationalist Movement

Posted by V the K at 6:29 pm - August 8, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

The leaders of California’s secession movement (I wish them great success) by the way would deny that they are motivated by nationalism (because that’s a dirty word to the left), but when you look up the word “nationalism” and put the sentiments expressed by the California secessionists in that context; it’s pretty clear that they are pursuing a form of nationalism even while claiming it’s one of the things they’re against.

nationalism noun na·tion·al·ism ˈnash-nə-ˌli-zəm, ˈna-shə-nə-ˌli-zəm
patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts; an extreme form of this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.
advocacy of political independence for a particular country.

Is the CalExit Movement for political independence fueled by feelings of superiority over the rest of the United States. OMG, yes. A quick read through the CalExit website affirms that. The other states are stupid and wrong about everything, so California needs to separate itself.

Also, look to the words of the movement’s leader himself.

Calexit leader Shankar Singam appeared on Tuesday’s broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight to promote the secession of California from the union. Singam said California doesn’t have much in common with the rest of the country. He declared, “This is California. We’re not the United States.”

What the California secessionists want is a rejection of the political pluralism of the United States into an ideologically rigid, social-democrat political state where dissenting opinion is as welcome as it is at Google.

Judicial Watch, pushing on the voter fraud

There’s no question that vote fraud takes place in the U.S. The question is: the extent of it. Miniscule, vast, or something between?

A few weeks ago, I posted on Project Veritas’ efforts to expose people who admit or encourage fraud. Another group, working on the cleanup side of it, is Judicial Watch.

First, some background.

  • America has roughly 3,000 counties.
  • Under federal law, they are required to provide voter lists to anyone who asks. (Some states sell voter lists for a nominal fee.)
  • States are also required to clean up their rolls over time, a law that President Obama did not enforce.
  • The average county would have around 2/3 of eligible adults registered to vote.
  • Several hundred U.S. counties have more people registered to vote than they have residents.
  • In other words: probably a third-or-more of their voter roll is some mix of people who are either non-resident, ineligible/illegal, dead or fake.
  • Included are some of America’s largest counties by population, such as Los Angeles County, San Francisco County.
  • The number of such counties is on the rise: In a federal government report in 2015, it was 300 counties. Today, it’s 470. This works out to millions of illegal registrants.

Judicial Watch has sent out letters telling these counties they have 90 days to clean up their rolls, or Judicial Watch will sue them. JW had to sue Montgomery County, MD a few weeks ago for something more basic, not providing information. Montgomery County refused under Maryland state law, which was a wrong action in that federal law pre-empts, here.

JW has also notified California counties to clean up, or else.

Judicial Watch announced it sent a notice-of-violation letter to the state of California and 11 of its counties threatening to sue in federal court if it does not clean its voter registration lists as mandated by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Both the NVRA and the federal Help America Vote Act require states to take reasonable steps to maintain accurate voting rolls. The August 1 letter was sent on behalf of several Judicial Watch California supporters and the Election Integrity Project California, Inc.

In the letter, Judicial Watch noted that public records obtained on the Election Assistance Commission’s 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey and through verbal accounts from various county agencies show 11 California counties have more registered voters than voting-age citizens: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%).

Remember, by U.S. norms, the numbers should be well under 100%. So, many counties with 80% or 90% may also have many illegal registrants. I expect that the point of targeting the 100% counties is that the violation is so blatant, there.

In April, Judicial Watch sent notice-of-violation letters threatening to sue 11 states having counties in which the number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens. The states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Thank you, Judicial Watch!

State budget crises

These seem to be popping up. For decades, State public pensions have been under-funded and overly-generous. The bill is coming due. Bloomberg has a map:

Gray means nothing good. California, for example, has under-funded its pensions by $1 trillion – or $93,000 per household – which is worse than Illinois.

The big crisis of the moment is Illinois. They have not enacted a budget in 3 years, have $15 billion in unpaid bills, and a court just ordered them to make some large Medicaid payments they had been skipping. In consequence, the Democrat legislature has passed tax hikes – that the Republican governor has vowed to veto, at least for now.

Other states in crisis are

  • Connecticut, where the Democrat governor has signed an executive order to take control of State spending (and do service cuts) after the Democrat legislature couldn’t pass a budget.
  • Maine, where the Republican governor is threatening a government shutdown (and state of emergency) rather than accept another Democrat tax hike.

All of these States face downgrades of their bond ratings.

As to California: it already has some of the nation’s highest tax rates (13% top income, 7-10% sales taxes). With typical “progressive” insanity, CA is spinning on whether to do single-payer health care – a $400B idea that it can’t afford even today, and still less after California’s inevitable pension crisis hits.

The Modern Progressive Male

Posted by V the K at 2:04 pm - June 30, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

Gavin Newsom is a whinging girly-man, and probably the next Gobernador Maximo of Venezuela del Norte.

The Fugitive Gay Act

A Gay Democrat overseer spotted a gay helping Republicans circulate a petition to recall a Democrat master. He did what any good overseer would do upon seeing his master’s property unshackled and walking around like a free man.

“Which one of you a**holes is the gay?” (Orange County Democrat Party Co-Chairman Jeff) LeTourneau asks as he approaches the volunteer table behind which DeMaio is standing. “You’re a f*cking disgrace to any gay person I know!”

“You fu**ing belong to a Party that writes our destruction into its platform,” LeTourneau yells to the group.

Hale is not a Republican, nor is he a Democrat. He is an Independent who stays in the middle when it comes to policy.

Once the initial confrontation is over, Hale yells to call the police after LeTourneau follows him to his car.

Hat Tip: CH

It occurs to me, the Democrats need to do something about uppity gays. What the need is a Fugitive Gay Act: a law that would permit Gay Democrats — upon finding gays who had decided to wander off the Democrat Plantation — to immediately have them arrested and turned over to the Democrat Party. And also, enact harsh legal penalties for anyone who tried to convince a Gay Person to leave the Democrat Party.

California is a one-party Democrat state; they could easily pass such a law. The Ninth Circuit would probably uphold it on the basis that Donald Trump is a racist or something.

We were talking earlier about Chadwick Moore’s comments about most gays being politically shallow and ignorant; which is why they so easily swallow the line that Republicans hate them and want to destroy them. But ignorance and shallowness is only part of the equation. Sheer bullying by people like Jeff LeTourneau is also a factor.

Kamala Harris’s Neat Trick

Posted by V the K at 8:51 pm - June 15, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

Senator Kamala Harris, D-California (the answer to question, could California elect someone even more obnoxious than Barbara “Ma’am” Boxer to the US Senate) has quickly developed a habit. She treats colleagues with extreme disrespect, interrupts witnesses before they can answer, and showboats constantly for her violent, stupid left-wing base.

And when called on it, she plays the “Oh, no, I’m just a poor woman victimized by these sexist mysogynist men” card.

Neat trick. I wonder if it will play well outside the Womyn’s Studies Faculty Lounge.

Greedy Bureaucrats Eye Other People’s Money

Posted by V the K at 7:58 am - May 22, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

The People’s Republic of Berkeley California is preparing a to level a tax on “affordable housing.” I am not making this up.

The Berkeley Town Council is now considering leveling a one-time $10,000 fee (plus a $450 annual fee per unit) on apartment buildings offering below market rate (a.k.a., affordable housing to lower and middle income families) housing options. The fees would be paid by the landlord who would, of course, then turn around and raise rates on the “affordable housing.”

As reported by Curbed.com, these new fees would go toward paying for additional government resources to oversee, among other things, how much property managers charge their tenants. So, landlords will either have to eat the costs of the new five-figure fee or risk getting in trouble with the Berkeley Town Council for raising rents to cover the new government fee.

California Experiments with New Ways to Buy Votes from Poor People

Posted by V the K at 8:10 pm - May 10, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

Is this even necessary? You’ve got them hooked for life on welfare, housing, Medi-Cal, and food stamps.
Sacramento to Provide Free Cars to Democrat Voters Living in Public Housing.

Residents at three public housing areas now have a mini-fleet of free Zipcars to make their way around Sacramento.

On Friday, Sacramento launched a pilot program that put eight shared electric Kia Souls at public housing sites. Up to 300 residents can apply for on-demand access to the vehicles, with no charge for maintenance, insurance or juicing up the battery.

The program is funded through a $1.3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board using cap-and-trade funds that businesses pay to offset their carbon emissions.

Oh, and Chicago has begun a service for incarcerated Democrat voters to have pizza delivery directly to their cells.

Pot, Kettle, Black

House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, says that Trump “talking about this [border] wall is expressing a sign of weakness.”

Umm…isn’t Pelosi showing weakness, by not retiring?

(I’m thinking of the mental weakness or illogic that she displays, as she talks on these issues. Also the spiritual weakness that keeps her clinging to power, rather than letting go and trying something new at age 77.)

He’s Baaa-aaaaaack

After Milo’s trouble in February, I knew he’d be back. He has a lot to say, he needs the attention, he’s fun and the camera loves him.

Via Breitbart.com, it’s MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK. (I think the all-caps are part of the shtick?)

In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multi-day event called MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK in Berkeley later this year. We will hold talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression and the First Amendment. All will be welcome, regardless of political affiliation.

[…]
During MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK, we will give out a new free speech prize — the Mario Savio Award — to the person we believe has done most to protect free expression at UC Berkeley and its surrounding area. Each day will be dedicated to a different enemy of free speech, including feminism, Black Lives Matter and Islam.

If UC Berkeley does not actively assist us in the planning and execution of this event, we will extend festivities to an entire month. We will establish a tent city on Sproul Plaza protesting the university’s total dereliction of its duty and encourage students at other universities to follow suit.
I intend to return Berkeley to its rightful place as the home of free speech — whether university administrators and violent far-left antifa thugs like it or not.
– MILO

Mario Savio was, per Wiki, “a key member in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He is most famous for his passionate speeches, especially the ‘put your bodies upon the gears’ address given at Sproul Hall…on December 2, 1964.”

P.S. I respect and admire Ann Coulter, but do you want to know the difference between her and Milo? A penis and $20,000. (My understanding is that she charges 20K to speak to College Republicans, while he charges them zero. If that’s incorrect, I would be happy to hear it in the comments.)

Serving them right

On certain issues, leftist harping is especially odious. One is the minimum wage.

Anyone who has met a payroll knows that, when higher wages are simply dictated from on high, then employees (or hours or salaries) must be cut back elsewhere – assuming the business can survive at all. It’s math. We’ve seen it before,

Leftists like to deny math and other facts of business and economics. What makes it odious is, they’re also smug about it. It isn’t just their ignorance; it’s their aggressive pride in staying ignorant.

Via HotAir, now a study confirms that San Francisco’s minimum wage does indeed injure the businesses and workers of that city.

San Francisco’s higher minimum wage is causing an increasing number of restaurants to go out of business even before it is fully phased in, a new study by the Harvard Business School found.

The closings were concentrated among struggling, lower-rated restaurants. The higher minimum also caused fewer new restaurants to open, it found.

“We provide suggestive evidence that higher minimum wage increases overall exit rates among restaurants, where a $1 increase in the minimum wage leads to approximately a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of exit,” report Dara Lee and Michael Luca, authors of “Survival of the Fittest: The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Firm Exit.” The study used as a case study San Francisco, which has an estimated 6,000 restaurants in the Bay Area and is ratcheting up its minimum wage.

So, Nancy Pelosi and her fellow limousine-socialists are looking at fewer restaurant selections for themselves – and more unemployed people. Do they understand that? Or even notice it?

There is only one time when the minimum wage doesn’t hurt employment: When it’s low enough, in real terms, to be ineffectual. For example, if we have a period of inflation – and no minimum wage increases – then its real value will go down, and employers can afford to hire the low-end workers again. But the higher the minimum wage is, in real terms: the more low-end workers can’t get work.

CalExit Activist Defects to Russia

Posted by V the K at 8:26 am - April 18, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

The leader of the CalExit campaign has defected to Russia; claims he could no longer tolerate America’s xenophobia and “anti-immigrant” bigotry.

Throughout this campaign, I have been primarily motivated by a personal struggle I have had with the United States government since 2012. That personal struggle revolved around the immigration status of my wife, a foreign national who I brought to the United States to live believing at the time that it was the best country in the world. For years, our marriage suffered as politicians in Washington argued and bickered about immigration reform while the American people expressed their anti-immigrant xenophobia.

Because, y’know, if Russia is known for anything, it’s for its welcoming attitude toward foreigners.

Leftists Cannot Abide a Free Press

The Castro Regime in Cuba routinely imprisons journalists. Hugo Chavez shut down all opposition media outlets as the socialist dictator of Venezuela. Barack Obama spied on journalists. And we all hear the constant chorus on the left demanding that FoxNews — the one major news network that is occasionally critical of Democrats — be shut down.

In California, the Democrat Party has permanently consolidated its power through a combination of flooding the voter rolls with third-world immigrants and rigging the political system to ensure that no Republican will ever again be elected to statewide office (there was no Republican on the ballot for California senator last year) and there will never be a Republican majority in the legislature. California Democrats have even changed the state’s referendum process to give the Democrat-run state Government more control; giving politicians and lobbyists the power to modify proposed ballot initiatives to better suit the Party’s interests.

The California Democratic Party holds all power in the state, and its members run the political spectrum from far-left to radical-left.  So, naturally, they are following the example of leftist regimes everywhere and shutting down opposition journalism.

Yesterday California charged Daleiden and Merrit with a whopping 15 felony counts based on their undercover videos — released through the Center for Medical Progress — showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing, among other things, harvesting and possibly even selling the organs of aborted babies. The heart of the indictment (14 of the 15 counts) is the claim that Daleiden and Merritt wrongly recorded alleged “confidential communications” between complete strangers at public conferences and at public restaurants.

California’s case not only fails on the merits, it reeks of selective prosecution. There is no shortage of examples of concealed-camera videos in California exposing scandalous behavior (the Federalist’s Sean Davis has been tweeting them since the indictment), often in the arena of animal rights. In 2014, a group called Mercy for Animals released an undercover video that “allegedly show[ed] widespread animal abuse and cruelty at one of California’s largest duck farms.” Authorities reportedly responded to the video — by investigating the farm.

Making undercover videos as part of an investigation has been a part of standard journalistic practice for decades. Just recently

Obviously, the only people the California Democratic Party are targeting are those who do stories that are in opposition to the Democrat Agenda.

The message of this indictment is clear, “If you go against The Party, you will be prosecuted.”

So far, not a single journalistic outlet has protested against this infringement on a free press or the public’s right to know.

This is what persecution looks like and all Americans should be infuriated.

The Left Will Eat Itself IV

Posted by V the K at 12:24 pm - February 27, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

Some well-meaning lefty types tried to bring some high culture to a Hispanic Neighborhood in LaLa Land. They were quickly told that their kind wasn’t welcome.

And so the neighborhood organ­ized, forming groups such as the Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement. They picketed the galleries; they confronted patrons arriving for show openings with shouts of “Get out!”—well, actually, “Fuera!” Parties had to be canceled. Canapés and Chardonnay went to waste. Donors were rattled.

Other efforts at bringing Art to Boyle Heights have met with similar resistance. As the Guardian reported last April, “An opera company which tried to stage a performance at the [neighborhood’s Hollenbeck Park] was drowned out by shouts, whistles and a brass band.” When the opera company’s music director tried to talk to the woman organizing the protest, he was told, “This is not a park for white people. You are white people.”

California is essentially becoming a colony of Mexico.

Government Knows Best

Posted by V the K at 8:38 am - February 13, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

The Second Largest Dam in California is nearing collapse*. Sondra K has a photo essay showing how neglect and bad management have led to this situation. Maybe California’s All-Democrat All-The-Time Government should have been spending money on dam maintenance and other basic infrastructure instead of The Moonbeam Express (or, “High Speed Rail” (“El Chu-Chu Muy Rapido” for you folks in Rio Linda)).

*Technically, the primary emergency spillway to the second largest dam is the part that’s in imminent danger of collapse. The main dam is problematic, and may be in trouble when the snowpack melts.

#CalExit Vote Goes Forward

Posted by V the K at 1:43 pm - January 27, 2017.
Filed under: California politics

Hasta La Vista, socialist glutenphobes.

A proposal for California to secede from the United States was submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office Thursday.

The proposed “Calexit” initiative – its name borrowed from the UK’s “Brexit” departure from the EU – would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an inseparable part of the U.S.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the group behind the proposal, Yes California Independence Campaign, was cleared to begin attempting to collect nearly 600,000 voter signatures needed to place the plan on the ballot.

California Democrats Legalize Underage Prostitution

Posted by V the K at 3:55 pm - December 29, 2016.
Filed under: California politics

The one-party Democrat state of Californezuela has, effectively, made underage prostitution legal (oh, and also, have created new welfare incentives to encourage unwed mothers to have more babies).

SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

Democrats claim that this law will actually stop underage prostitution, and that allowing unwed mothers to claim more welfare for each new welfare baby will discourage them from having more babies. They passed SB1322 because… and leftists really claim to believe this… people who are involved in crime *really truly* want to cooperate with police about their illegal activities but are just too goshed darn scared they will be arrested. Make crime legal, and everyone will trust the Police and crime will go away.

They can’t actually be this stupid, can they?

Maybe there is something to this #pizzagate thing.

Policing Under the Influence of Being Deranged with Power

Posted by V the K at 9:53 pm - December 28, 2016.
Filed under: California politics

In the deep blue progressive one-party (Democrat) state of California, a man is going to trial for driving under the influence of caffeine.

It was early August of last year, and Joseph Schwab, 36, saw emergency lights in his rearview mirror. He pulled over and stopped for an unmarked car driven by an agent from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage control, who said he’d cut her off and been driving erratically.

Unmarked police cars and the “Department of Alcoholic Beverage control”… two things that have no business existing in a free society.

He complied to a breathalyzer, knowing he hadn’t been drinking. It read 0.00%. From there, he was booked into county jail for a blood test. The test came back negative for everything—benzodiazepines, cocaine, opiates, THC, meth and/or MDMA, oxycodone, zolpidem—except caffeine.

Schwab was later charged by the Solano County District Attorney’s office with misdemeanor DUI under the influence of a drug. According to Barrett, the only evidence she’s seen from the state is the blood test Schwab endured. In fact, his blood test was submitted to a second laboratory across the country in Pennsylvania for a second test. That test showed the same results: Just caffeine.

Isn’t it wonderful to have a Government so big and powerful it can arrest you for caffeine. Oh, but I forget… the alternative is roadless anarchy. There is no middle ground.

Anyway, I guess the weather is nice and there’s lots of inclusive, social-justice politics there. So, there’s that.

#CalExit Looks for Help from Vladimir Putin

Posted by V the K at 10:20 am - December 21, 2016.
Filed under: California politics

The CalGone (Take It Away!) movement has opened an embassy in Moscow to help promote their idea of California’s secession.

California gained an embassy in Russia last weekend, at least in the eyes of those who have promised to seek a statewide vote on secession, nicknamed “Calexit,” in 2018. Louis Marinelli, a San Diego resident who is the leader of the group promoting an effort to turn the state into an independent country , organized the Moscow event that was publicized on social media. “We want to start laying the groundwork for a dialogue about an independent California joining the United Nations now,” he said in an email Monday.