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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.

Finally, a Leftist Idea I Can Totally Support

With caveats: Eastern Oregon and Washington are pretty conservative, so leave them out of this progressive utopia.  Also, “Pacifica” would have to retain its share of the National Debt. Also, I think “Californezuela” would be a better, more descriptive name for the place. And there would have to be a wall. Other than that, and a few other things, I’m in.

This place would not only rid America of the kind of people who think Barbara Boxer is an awesome senator, but it would also be a magnet for progressive leftists and welfare ticks. (I assume Californezuela’s “PROGRESSIVE 21st Century Law” would include generous, Scandinavian-style welfare programs available to all migrants immediately upon arrival.)

I am amused that they brag about “vast natural resources” that their progressive environmental leftists won’t let them touch.

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#CalExit Is a Go!

Posted by V the K at 8:49 am - November 22, 2016.
Filed under: California politics

Under Obama, it was “racist” to suggest that states ought to be able to secede from the Union. But now that Donald Trump has been elected, all the cool kids want to secede now. (I guess the Democrat Hipster Left is conceding that the South really did have a right to secede after the election of Abraham Lincoln.) The language for the ballot proposition on the secession of California has been submitted to the California Attorney-General’s office.

An independent California will be able to implement, unimpeded, all the progressive policies they have so far implemented with only slight impediments. I imagine the new country will have completely open borders with instant citizenship for anyone who wants it. I imagine it will have Scandinavian-style welfare systems (and considering California has over a third of America’s welfare recipients, they’re going to have a lot of fun paying for them.) Free college, free health care, state-subsidized housing, and no guns. All energy will be generated from 100% renewable resources. Maybe they’ll even do away with the legislature and implement a pure democracy where everyone gets to vote on everything.

Oh, yeah… and high-speed rail. Can’t forget that.

Show us the way, California.  Show us how these policies will work in exactly the opposite way for you as they worked in Venezuela.

I really want to see it.

I Will Help Them Pack

Posted by V the K at 7:53 am - November 8, 2016.
Filed under: California politics

I am willing to help in any way to encourage this movement.

Louis J. Marinelli, a Californian political activist and leader of the California independence movement, is using the European developments to drive a harder push to have California split from the United States.

His dream of seeing a free, independent California Republic was buoyed by Thursday’s shock result of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union—known as Brexit. Marinelli, president of the “Yes California” movement, was inspired by the Brexit vote, as “Leave” supporters in England and Wales overwhelmed “Remain” backers in Scotland and Northern Ireland—prompting discussions of whether Scotland will hold another referendum to leave the U.K behind and retain EU membership.

Yes, by all means, Venezuela-on-the-Pacific should be encouraged to leave and take its Chavismo politics with it.

Democrat Senator Deals with Important National Issue

Posted by V the K at 8:04 am - April 6, 2016.
Filed under: California politics,Hillary Clinton

Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer thinks it’s unfair that Ben and Jerry’s hasn’t done a Hillary-themed ice cream flavor. She is calling on Ben & Jerry’s to create one called “Historic Raspberry Chocolate” in honor of her coronation as the Democrat nominee for President.

She also wants men to be charged 20% more for the privilege of purchasing this flavor; because income inequality.

One, it’s really hard to come up with a flavor of ice cream that’s redolent of an unwanted kiss from an alcoholic grandmother.

Second, Barbara Boxer is an idiot. Well done, California, in electing her three times to the Senate.

Hasta La Vista, Venezufornia

Posted by V the K at 11:30 am - March 12, 2016.
Filed under: California politics

Another major corporation “feels the Bern” and leaves behind the overtaxed, insanely over-regulated, business-hating California Soviet Socialist Republic.

Earlier this week, Carl’s Jr.’s parent company (CKE Restaurants) announced it would relocate from Ventura County to Nashville, Tennessee. The company issued a bland statement. It is “re-franchising” many of its company-owned locations. “As such, early next year we will be consolidating our Carpinteria and St. Louis corporate offices in Nashville, which is centrally located and is one of the markets where we have retained company-owned restaurants.”

In 2011, I reported on a California Chamber of Commerce event, where CKE Chief Executive Officer Andrew Puzder “complained about the permitting process here, where it takes eight months to two years to open a new restaurant compared to an average of 1 1/2 months in Texas.” Then there are all those lawsuits, and work rules that force companies to pay overtime based on daily, rather than weekly, hours.

Before moving to Ohio, I actually had an opportunity in San Diego. I had no desire to live in California, but the job would have involved working in a field, Unmanned Air Systems, that I am pretty passionate about. Alas, with the cost of living there, my already bloated DC-Area salary would have had to double for me to have anything like the standard of living I was accustomed to. So much for that.

Implement Obama Policies. Fail. Rinse. Repeat.

Posted by V the K at 8:04 am - November 9, 2015.
Filed under: California politics

Los Angeles schools have adopted the Obama Mafia’s Anti-Discipline policies.

The district moved to ban suspensions amid national concern media hype and pressure from rabble-rousing community organizers especially the one in the White House that they imperil academic achievement and disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans.

(Fixed it for them. )

Bureaucrats are calling it a huge success because it prevents disruptive students from being taken out of the classroom. Teachers call it a failure because it prevents disruptive students from being taken out of the classroom.

In a South Los Angeles classroom, a boy hassles a girl. The teacher moves him to the back of the room, where he scowls, makes a paper airplane and repeatedly throws it against the wall. Two other boys wander around the class and then nearly come to blows.

The teacher steps between them. When she tries to regain order, another boy tells her: “Screw you.It’s another day of disruption on this campus in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The statistics show the program is a “success” because suspensions for minorities are way, way down. As for how much class disruption and threats against teachers have increased… they don’t keep statistics on that.

The shift has brought dramatic changes: Suspensions districtwide plummeted to 0.55% last school year compared with 8% in 2007-08, and days lost to suspension also plunged, to 5,024 from 75,000 during that same period, according to the most recent data.

And of course the teacher’s unions, also being run by radical left community organizers, support the anti-discipline policies and claim the issue is (of course) a need for more funding. They say the program will work once the districts hires a few hundred more “restorative justice counselors” (all of whom will be dues-paying members of the Teachers’ Union, of course).

At least when these kids leave school with no worthwhile education, they don’t have to worry about going to jail. California’s radical left took care of that, too. They passed a law (Proposition 47) that said “nonviolent and nonserious offenders” shouldn’t be sent to prison anymore, but should just be politely requested to stop stealing, vandalizing, and drug dealing. Criminals took note.

Semisi Sina has kept sheriff’s deputies busy in the last year.

The 30-year-old has stolen bicycles from his Hacienda Heights neighborhood. He has skipped out on drug treatment and kept up his meth habit.

He has racked up 16 arrests, earning himself a place near the top of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s list of repeat offenders picked up for theft or drug use. And he says a new law has made it easier for him to commit crimes.

“Now, you can get away with it because of Proposition 47,” Sina said recently in an interview at his parents’ home.

. . . .

Sina said he rejoiced when he first heard about Proposition 47. He said he didn’t start stealing bicycles until the proposition raised the threshold for a felony theft to $950.

“Proposition 47, it’s cool,” Sina said. “Like for me, I can go do a [commercial] burglary and know that if it’s not over $900, they’ll just give me a ticket and let me go.”

Of course, the leftists who pass this law have little to fear from criminals because their gated communities are protected by private security. If you can’t afford to live in a secure gated community or to send your kid to a private school that still enforces discipline standards…. well, sucks to be you.

California Left Moves to Restrict the Movement of Residents

Posted by V the K at 1:47 pm - August 12, 2015.
Filed under: California politics

A bill in the California legislature is designed to give an unelected bureaucracy extreme authority to monitor and control people’s access to transport, all in the name of Gaia.

SB 350 is ultimately a gasoline-rationing act. The bill gives the California Air Resources Board free rein to enact a mandatory 50 percent gasoline and diesel fuel restriction (8 billion gallons annually) by the year 2030.

To meet the mandate, the state air resources board will be able to ration gas, place mobility restrictions on state residents, place surcharges on family mini-vans, trucks and SUVs, and even monitor individuals’ fuel consumption records.

It is amazing how much freedom people are willing to exchange in return for a gay marriage license and free sh-t from the Government.

It’s kind of a weird inversion of the 1981 B-movie ‘The Last Chase,’ in which cars have been outlawed everywhere except California. I guess movie producers in 1981 could not imagine their state would ever fundamentally transform from a free state to a dystopia.

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Is Carly Fiorina Coo-Coo for the Caliphate?

Carly Fiorina did pretty well in the Republican undercard debate. As a result, her poll numbers and more importantly, donations, have been rising.

So, naturally, her rivals for the VP slot in the Republican nomination have brought out the long knives. In particular, they focus on a speech she gave as CEO of Hewlett Packard two weeks after 9-11-2001, in which she appears to effusively praise Islam.

There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600.

I guess we’re supposed to take from this that Fiorina (or FioRINO as some are calling her) is actually a closet Mohammedan who is going to sell us out to the Muslim Brotherhood and help our terrorist enemies acquire weapons of mass destruction.

First, it’s a bit late to be worrying about that. Second, while Fiorina’s rightward shift from the positions she ran for the senate on a few years ago should give conservatives pause, I’m not sure this speech is quite the smoking gun her opponents are hoping for. It’s a lame speech by a corporate CEO with lots of pablum about diversity and making connections between people. Her praise of the Caliphate is over-the-top and historically questionable. It may betray a tendency to unquestionably accept politically correct narratives. It may raise questions about her authenticity, but I don’t think it means she thinks ISIS is all that and a bowl of falafel.

I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I’m open to other points of view.

California Priorities

California is a deep blue, one-party state where even the last “Republican” governor signed on to the Democrats’ reckless spending, Amnesty, and environmental extremism. The drought that is ravaging California has nothing to do with Global Warming, it’s just normal cyclical weather.  It has everything to do with environmental extremism and a political class that will spend $100Billion on a Train-to-Nowhere, but can’t find the money to develop a sustainable water infrastructure.

But the biggest problem in California is that the government has refused to build the reservoirs and dams necessary to actually save water when the rain does come. As the Wall Street Journal points out, Israel has weathered droughts for years. So has Arizona. Both built infrastructure. California has not, largely because politicians like Jerry Brown stopped such construction decades ago. The Wall Street Journal points out:

Money is not the obstacle. Since 2000 voters have approved five bonds authorizing $22 billion in spending for water improvements… desalination projects have been abandoned…

Because no sooner is an infrastructure project proposed than the Sierra Club and a hundred other Environmentalist Denominations file lawsuits demanding it be stopped. Environmentalists have actually put a measure on the ballot to dismantle existing water reservoirs. Environmentalism is a fundamentalist, extremist religion that says nothing should ever be built anywhere if it could potentially annoy wildlife. It’s not “NIMBY,” it’s “BANANA: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.”

It also doesn’t help California’s problems that they flush 2.6 million acre-feet of usable water into the ocean because environmentalists are worried about their sacred fish.

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