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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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Ball of Confusion

So, at one end of the spectrum, progressives are encouraging adults (and especially women) to behave like prepubescent children. At the other end of the scale, prepubescent children are being both hypersexualized, and treated like they should be allowed to make all kinds of decisions with serious, unalterable consequences for themselves.

California Democrat Congressman Mike Honda is thrilled that his eight-year-old grandson wants to be a girl, and is quick to exploit the child’s gender dysphoria for political gain.

South Bay Congressman Mike Honda, 73, is no different any other grandparent who brags about their “truly special” grandchild. But the Democratic House member has put himself in the national spotlight by tweeting and talking about his granddaughter Malisa, who is 8 years old — and transgender.

In an opinion piece last week in the Bay Area Reporter, the gay and lesbian newspaper, Honda described in detail the story of his grandchild, whom he said was “assigned male at birth,” but who at 18 months “announced to my daughter’s family: ‘I’m a girl.’”

18 months is also the usual age at which Democrats fix their ideas on economic, social, and foreign policy.

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California – The Triumph of Progressive Politics

At one time, California was the most prosperous state in the county. But after just a couple of decades of progressive politics and illegal immigration, almost 1 out of every 4 Californians lives in poverty.

A report by the Census Bureau released Thursday shows that over 48 million Americans, around 16%, now live below the poverty line, but the number’s even worse for California, which when cost of living is factored in has a stunning 23.4% in poverty.

But on the plus side, gay marriage is legal, gay history is taught in public schools, and there are transgendered bathrooms for everyone!

Progressive Left: “On Second Thought, We Actually Do Want Government in the Bedroom.”

In California, natch,

A newly amended bill from a California lawmaker would require college students to stop in the heat of passion and establish verbal or written consent before having sex anywhere on campus, reports L.A. Weekly.

SB 967, amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would mandate that college students obtain “an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.”

It’s not necessarily a bad idea for a young college horndog to get signed consent before banging college women who’ve been raised on a steady diet of “feminist empowerment” since grade school. Especially, now that rape has redefined to include, “Woman consents to have sex with a guy and then changes her mind days or weeks later, files a sexual assault complaint and destroys his life.”

A really smart one will get it notarized.

Update:  I thought that name was familiar. Kevin de Leon is the same genius progressive hairpiece that a few months ago warned about dangerous assault weapons that fire “30 magazine clips in half a second.” And they should be outlawed, of course.

Because we can’t let Seattle beat us

Follow-up to V’s post on Seattle, last week the California Senate voted to destroy entry-level jobs:

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage in California from the current $8 an hour to $13 in 2017, despite warnings from the California Chamber of Commerce that the bill is a “job killer.”

Warning: Gay Left politicians at work!

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said his bill is necessary to help lift many of the 7.9 million Californians being paid minimum wage out of poverty. “Income inequality has been spoken of by our president as the defining challenge of our time,” Leno told his colleagues.

He said the current minimum wage is so low it allows many who receive it to get public assistance. “It is our tax dollars that are subsidizing the largest corporations paying these poverty wages.” Leno said. No other state has a minimum wage of $13 an hour…

Related: Calif. Senate votes to reduce penalties for sale of crack cocaine

The “Related” was added by the LA Times (when I pasted the text). Fitting, isn’t it? Because the measure would actually keep poor Californians in poverty, increase inequality, and push more people onto public assistance. Is that Leno’s real goal?

And Chicago also wants a $15/hr minimum wage. It’s trendy.

But not trendy enough for the Swiss: in May, they rejected a high minimum wage by a huge margin. (The Swiss proposal would have been $25/hr by exchange rates, or $14 by PPP adjustment.)

California’s End-of-the-Empire Politics

Posted by V the K at 1:27 pm - May 18, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections,California politics

The two Republicans vying to be the party’s nominee for Governor held a radio debate last week. The Establishment candidate, Neel Kashkari, is a Goldman-Sachs banker who took TARP money and is running on a platform of bland platitudes to opportunity and more money for public education. His conservative opponent, State Assembly Human Tim Donnelly, seems like a righteous dude, but has been accused of the dreaded crime of insensitivity to minorities. Seems Mr. Donnelly has an unhealthy preference for Liberty over Political Correctness, and also a few scrapes with the law. Nothing on the scale of molesting boys or drunk driving over bridges and drowning campaign aides, but the Establishment GOP has been blasting Donnelly for his lapses of Political Correctness and Misdemeanors. And thus should he win the nomination, the Democrats can run ads saying, “See, even his own party thinks he’s a racist and a criminal.”

It’s all for futility anyway; neither of guys could win. California is a de facto one-party state where no Republican, or even moderate Democrat, can win statewide office. Californians decided at some point that they wanted the worst business environment in the country, terrible public schools, massive waves of illegal immigrants, and job-crushing environmental regulations. And they have, accordingly, elected a one-party Government to deliver those things. Instead, come the fall, Californians will re-elected a governor whose sole abiding obsession is that LAX might be underwater in 200 years, rather than fostering prosperity in the here and now. (BTW, that “LAX will be underwater” Myth Status: Busted).

Also, Sandra Fluke is running for the California State Senate against Rush Limbaugh; who isn’t running and doesn’t even live in California. As a single woman of privilege in her mid-thirties who has never held a job and wants the Government to force other people to pay for her birth control; Ms. Fluke is the paradigm of the modern Democrat voter. She’ll probably be governor one day.

Tax Day homily

Although this story focuses on California’s abuses, it shows how government gets its revenue in general: arbitrarily and with the power and willingness to ruin people’s lives.

In 1970, a young Southern California electrical engineer and inventor named Gilbert Hyatt filed a patent application for an innovative microprocessor chip…

Twenty years later…the U.S. patent office awarded Hyatt the patent…a multimillion-dollar windfall. He moved to Las Vegas, where he said he was a full-time resident before he received the earnings.

California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB)…decided to seek $7.4 million in back taxes, claiming that he was still a resident of California when the money came in. That sounds like a simple enough dispute that could quickly be resolved, but what followed has been an ordeal that has consumed a good bit of Hyatt’s adult life.

…[for] a sum that now tops $55 million as interest and penalties have accrued…The tax authorities have been pursuing him through its administrative process. Tired of the endless investigations, Hyatt filed suit in Nevada court in 1998. California officials said they weren’t subject to an out-of-state tort lawsuit. California lost that argument in the Nevada Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court and the high court decision sent the case back to a Nevada district court, which awarded Hyatt nearly $400 million in damages after finding that the California authorities abused their power and invaded his privacy. That case is on appeal.

Hyatt believes that California officials are purposefully delaying. “Specifically, because of the 20 year delay Hyatt can no longer obtain a fair and full adjudication of whether he owes state taxes to California,” according to his lawsuit. “During this time, material witnesses have passed away, memories of witnesses have faded, and documents relevant and important to Hyatt are no longer available.” The board keeps assessing penalties…He suspects the tax board is waiting for him to die so that it can go after his estate.

Under California law, the Franchise Tax Board has the “presumption of correctness,” meaning that the onus always is on Hyatt to disprove what the tax officials say. And, he argues, they keep changing their stories and their allegations, thus resulting in more years of legal expenses and disputes…

To sum up – When dealing with the tax man in America today, you have:

  • No “innocent until proven guilty”.
  • No real “right to a speedy trial”.
  • Kafka-esque complexity and situations rigged for you to lose.

To anyone who wants to claim that our tax system is “voluntary”, or that government somehow isn’t a gun, or that taxation somehow isn’t a use of force on people (many conscientious tax-objectors are given long jail sentences): You’re just lying.