HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views,  6/26/19 

THE BIG STORY:

The bottom line is that Catharine Baker needs to return the $125,000 she received in September  of 2018.  This is something the media won’t report on.

This was sent to me by a researcher:  “(1) First, CRLF (California Republican Leadership Fund) gave Catharine Baker $125,000 in September 2018. 

She pays off all her remaining campaign expenses leaving — guess what — $128,000 in March 2019. 

THEN she zeros out her 2018 campaign account by moving the $128,000 to a new account 

called “Friends of Catharine Baker State Assembly 2030” — that is 2 0 3 0 !

So the $125,000 from CRLF was just a payoff all along never intended to be used in the 2018 election???

Who gave her the money, Several Counties and the CRP from their CRLF accounts.  Oh, the members of the county committees were not told how the money was spent.  Some may now ask for the money back.  During all of this she has made it clear she does not support President Trump.  So, GOP money is going to someone that demands conservative support her for election campaigns—but in 2016 she announced she did not support the Republican nominee for President. Before we go to far ahead with County Committee endorsements, we need to find out if the proposed endorsee supports the President and all other GOP General Election nominees.  What do you think?  Should baker give back the Money?  Should the 2020 nominees have use of the money?

More tomorrow on the history of the CRLF and WHY it was formed, from FPPC documents.

1.    GOP to Launch New Fundraising Site

Jun 23, 2019 10:30 pm

“Republicans are set to launch a long-awaited, much-delayed online fundraising platform on Monday, a move aimed at closing Democrats’ massive small-donor money advantage ahead of the 2020 election,” Politico reports.

“WinRed is being billed as the GOP’s answer to the Democratic Party’s ActBlue, which has already amassed over $174 million this year. The new tool is intended to reshape the GOP’s fundraising apparatus by creating a centralized, one-stop shop for online Republican giving, which the party has lacked to this point.”

  •  Happy Birthday to Senator Dianne Feinstein—yesterday she turned 86!  (not a typo, just a mistake on the part of California voters.
  • POT BANKING: Yesterday, the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee heard SB 51 (Hertzberg), which seeks to allow state-chartered banks and credit unions that would be allowed to provide banking services from the legal cannabis industry. Given that the bill passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote, it should easily pass although the conversation will be interesting to watch(h/t Scott Lays “The Nooner”)

(Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the “Tom/Tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.)

Eber: Progressive Dictionary 2nd Edition (To Translate Democrat Debate)

In a couple of days you will have an opportunity to watch a reality show on TV—The Democrat Presidential Debates.  You will hear words that you know, but have no idea what they really mean in Progressive language.  My good friend Rich Eber has created a guide to the lexicon the Democrats use.  When listening to the debate listen to the words.

Then after listening to the words think of two books:  “Animal Farm” and “1984”.  If you understand the books and read the definition of terms as presented by Eber, you will understand the debate.  Do not expect to hear any plans to increase freedom—you will hear a lot of totalitarian plans and plans that will cost your children their freedom and economic security.  Enjoy.

Progressive Dictionary 2nd Edition by Richard Eber

Richard Eber,  California Political News and Views,  6/25/19   

With the first Democratic Debates beginning at the end of this month, it is important that non-progressive viewers are able to understand the proceedings.  A different vocabulary of political expressions will be used that many moderates and conservatives might not understand.

One of my buddies from Berkeley who can’t determine if she is a Radical-Socialist or a Moderate-Marxist passed on a list of progressive code words to me that I am sharing much like is done with needle exchange.

Here is the 2nd edition of my Progressive Psychobabble Dictionary™; to assist us understand what these people really mean when they talk in a language George Orwell referred to as “Double Speak”.

Affordable: Any time this word is used, we can be certain, the modifier “un” needs to be placed before it. The big question is for whom any government program is affordable? The answer is always for those who don’t have to pay. In the case of the Affordable Care Act, the tab will undoubtedly be added to the National debt for future generations to come. In California this means those who have medical insurance pay for illegal aliens with new taxes.

Bargaining table: This is a sacred place where labor unions negotiate with arbitrators who don’t have a personal stake in giving away the tax payers money. This is why the deals that are so one sided that involve government workers. The so called bargaining table is not exactly a piece of furniture but rather a blank check for Progressives to put their constituents further into debt.

Campaign reform: Another code word meaning the present system is working pretty well for me and there is no reason to make any changes. However, mentioning one is for campaign reform shows a politicians intentions are in the right place even though their pocket books are in another. A good excuse for avoiding any real change is the perceived threat that the Koch Brothers are coming at any moment to enslave the population in a capitalistic nightmare.

Cap and Trade: Also known as AKA “the Windmills of your mind” makes large industrial businesses such as heavy manufacturing and petroleum refining concerns purchase so called renewable energy. This consists mostly of solar wind turbines and solar farms which are intended to reduce production of green house gasses thus combat climate change. Progressives like to take sole credit for the reduction of air pollution This contradicts the real reason for fewer Green House gasses in the Golden State which can be largely attributed to improved fuel mileage and more efficient engines in motor vehicles.  Cap and trade’s lasting legacy is the migration of high paying manufacturing jobs to other States and overseas.

Combat global warming and/or Climate change: Just mention these magic words and government on all levels has an excuse for breaking every law imaginable in the name of saving the environment. Adding to the climate change hysteria are the actions of unelected bureaucrats who feel they have been deputized to have “Blues Brothers” Mission from God powers that enable them to declare “Spare the Air Day” whenever they desire.

Consultants: AKA parasites these are people with degrees in various fields that are brought in to cover the asses of government officials whenever a difficult situation crops up. If anything goes wrong it’s the consultant’s fault. When that occurs, it is best bring in lawyers and more consultants until the crisis is solved or interest from news media outlets wanes.

Cost Effective: This expression sounds good at meetings but is meaningless. Nothing the government ever does is cost effective.  Even when they vow to cut red tape, they are never saving tax payer dollars. This is how something like the bullet train can triple its estimated expenditures and still be on budget. The new Bay Bridge tower cost overruns?  The extra 4 billion could not be justified but at least it generated several studies for consultants.

Diversity: The magic word that explains all the great work the government is doing. Diversity means that people are involved of every skin color possible taking into account sexual preferences with women being active in all aspects of decision making. Actual expertise is of secondary importance. It is thought that by bringing in so called diverse groups of progressives, automatically the right thing is being done. Accountability on any level need not apply as long as the “D” word is utilized.

Eco friendly: An excuse to create new regulations for business to follow. The friendly part comes in when if you are a member of a team who does a study that is sustainable while allegedly reducing climate change. In the end Eco friendly is synonym bureaucrats use to say they want more control of our lives

Full disclosure: This is an expression that is heard at public meetings but always means there must be something to hide. Full disclosure is normally achieved by hiring a consultant and if all is lost creating an Ad Hoc commission of Progressives that can guarantee a predetermined outcome.

Job creation: Whenever the left tries to sell the public financing one of their monolithic projects they use “job creation” as their one cure saves all remedies for a sluggish economy they have caused by over-regulating businesses. Somehow raising Minimum wages is supposed to generate new jobs.  Along with higher taxes and additional government meddling in business, job creation has come to mean businesses moving to other states

Smart Growth:  Actually “dumb” should substituted for smart as this term is used to describe  congested government approved housing as outlined in SB-50 and 330 which use unfair mandates to impose life style changes on residents. Little concern is given to the impacts on traffic, schools, law enforcement, recreation, shopping, and personal freedom in designing these places without local control

Sunset laws: This means that after a period of time, a set of regulations expires and fades in the sunset. This never happens because government agencies just don’t disband and wither away no more than the proletariat disintegrates under Marxism.

Sustainable: This is the favorite word with urban planners who own more college degrees than common sense. In the world of progressive’s mere mention of a project being sustainable trumps all other considerations. Such pretzel logic has been used to justify ugly, un-needed, poorly planned Section 8 magnet Project Development Areas (PDAs). Government studies have proven mere mention of “Sustainability” reduces green house gases by 38% because everyone has less anxiety

Team Member: Someone who follows orders and assists in making decisions collectively. Somehow teamwork is good and provides needed diversity and balance. The notion is if agreement can be reached by a large group, it must be right. Should things go haywire, Republicans can always be blamed.

Transparency: This is supposed to mean government is to be carried out in the open without deals made on the side or behind closed doors. Politicians of both parties love to use this expression, especially when they are investigating one another. After Democrats won back the House of Representatives Jerry Nadler, head of the Judiciary Committee and Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee equate transparency with trying to discredit President Trump in any way. In Sacramento when the word “transparency” is mentioned, violations of the Brown Act are sure to follow.

Trust me: This is the motto for unelected bureaucrats who impose their will on society by regulating where we live, who we live with, how we get there, and what we will do to earn a living. Having no accountability these people could not care less on how their rulings impact society especially small business that bears most of the burden from needless government regulations on the State and Federal levels.

We are doing every possible:
 This means in government double speak, we are doing nothing and are waiting until public outcry dies down and people forget so we can impose more control on people’s lives.

But we have a sustainable, eco-friendly world of transparency, diversity, team building, where we settle our differences at the bargaining table. Unfortunately, at the same time, the world passes us by or moves to Texas.

Colman: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ENGLISH?

Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak to a convention of the Montana Republican Party.  The meeting was held in Bozeman, Montana.  I was a late afternoon speaker, so spent the morning walking around the downtown area of this beautiful community.  I looked in the stores, walked a few dozen blocks to see as much as I could see.  After the walk ended I realized something strange, very strange.  No a single sign was in any language other than English.  The shopkeepers, the workers all spoke English.  I could not remember when I was in a town in California where they spoke English as the only language, both orally and in its signage.

 Make a telephone call to some business, and the caller receives a message in English and some other language.

 Drive by certain businesses, and there are signs in English and some other language.

 Look at ballot packages.  They are likely to be printed in English and several other languages.  This practice can be confusing.

 Is America becoming like Canada, which is a bilingual nation?  Go into a Canadian store and buy something like toothpaste.  On the box, there is both English and French.  Perhaps, America is going in the same direction.  Will there be more than one language on the container of something that is purchased.

One thing unites us—language.  Want to divide us?  Easy force the use of many languages.  That is part of the reason California is turning into a Third World State.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ENGLISH?

By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views,  6/25/19 

Americans might not know it, but English is — or was — the national language of the United States.

 The Declaration of Independence is written in English.  So is the Constitution.

 Until recent decades, people who wanted to be part of American society had to know English.

 Today, America appears to be a polyglot population.  Some people living in America –citizens, non citizens, or both — do not speak English.

 When you buy gasoline, there is a good chance that the person behind the counter does not, at least in California, speak English.  Ask that person what the cost of a car wash is, and, in all likelihood, you get an answer in some foreign tongue.

 Make a telephone call to some business, and the caller receives a message in English and some other language.

 Drive by certain businesses, and there are signs in English and some other language.

 Look at ballot packages.  They are likely to be printed in English and several other languages.  This practice can be confusing.

 Is America becoming like Canada, which is a bilingual nation?  Go into a Canadian store and buy something like toothpaste.  On the box, there is both English and French.  Perhaps, America is going in the same direction.  Will there be more than one language on the container of something that is purchased.

 English is not easy to learn.  The pronunciation of some, often one-syllable, words can vary.  For example, why do “food” and “good’ not rhyme?

 And English has some weird homonyms — like “one” and “won” — or “sight,” “cite,” and “site.”

 Despite all the difficulties associated with English, millions, perhaps billions, of people all over the world who are not native speakers of English, are learning or trying to learn English.   Is America one of those nations in which English, the presumed national language, is on its way to extinction?

 For centuries, America has welcomed immigrants from all over the world.  But, until recent decades, there was a rule:  Learn to speak English.  Often government was not involved with foreign languages.  (There are exceptions in areas like international diplomacy.)

 Immigrants who needed to learn English could go to a place of worship or a special school to learn English.  Now, for some reason, governmental agencies are mandating that schools and other institutions offer education in English and some other language.

 One of the great virtues of living in the United States is that the country has a common currency (the American dollar) and a common market.  A common market means that goods shipped between and among the 50 states do not have to go though some sort of bureaucracy (like a customs office). 

 However, total free trade does not exist.  On some items like tobacco and alcohol, a given state may have a different tax from another state.  Also, different states have different sales and gasoline taxes.

 Another great virtue of America is — or was — a common language.  Everyone in America is supposed to speak English.  Who knows if that rule still applies?

 A common language, like English, gives a nation a sense of unity.  What would America be like if each of the 50 states had its own language?  (Think of Europe.)

 Differences in language within a nation, can be divisive.  In October 1995, the Canadian province of Quebec, which is French-speaking, held a referendum in which voters could choose between seceding from the rest of Canada, which is English-speaking or remaining as part of Canada.  The vote was extremely close.  In the referendum, 50.58 percent voted “no,” meaning that Quebec would remain part of Canada.   If the majority had voted “yes,” Quebec was prepared to issue a declaration of independence from the rest of Canada.

 In November of 1986, Californians passed a ballot measure, making English the official language of the state.  There were 5.1 million votes (73 percent) in favor of the measure, and 1.9 million votes (27 percent) against the amendment.

 The time has come for Congress to pass a law, making English America’s official national language.  Of course, individuals are free to speak whatever language they want to one another.  And private businesses should be able to advertise and communicate with customers in any language the businesses want.

But when it comes to official business, English must be the national language.

Rescue Mission Spends $12 Million for 14 beds and Repaired Bathrooms

The headline is great–$12 million spent by the Rescue Mission in Santa Barbara to help the homeless with more beds and better bathrooms.  Great picture of smiling faces opening the expanded facility.  All seems nice.  Until you read the fine print.

For $12 million they added 14 beds, bringing the total in the facility to 32.  They fixed the bathrooms.  Then you a look at the beds—they are metal bunk beds, in a room that reminds me of Basic Training at Ft. Ord.—it is a dorm—all of this for $12 million?  They could have built a large home in less than two years, for less than half the money, instead of taking five years to build.  Something is wrong here.  At a time the homeless need help, millions wasted, on what?

““Finally, clients can find recovery in a setting that matches the level of care we give them,” Chandler said. The life-changing organization at 535 East Yanonali Street held its open house Thursday, allowing guests to explore the newly remodeled 40,000-square-foot facility. The five-year, $12-million remodel increased the number of beds for homeless women from 18 to 32, and, even more pivotal, it demolished the single five-shower, unisex bathroom and replaced it with gender-specific bathrooms containing 12 female showers and 14 male showers — more suitable for the needs of the over 100 homeless guests a night. 

Could you have done this for less than $12 million and five years?  Something does not seem right here?  What do you think?

Touring the Santa newly remodeled Barbara Rescue Mission

Larger Rescue Mission Expands Life-Changing Purpose

Makeover Adds Beds and Improves Bathrooms

Santa Barbara Independent,  6/22/19 

In 2005, L.B. Chandler was caught in what felt like a never-ending cycle of using drugs, committing crimes that would allow him to continue using drugs, getting arrested for those crimes, and then getting released — only to go straight back into using drugs again. He was fortunate enough to receive an offer during his last incarceration that would allow him to break the cycle — a year-long stay at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. It was either that or jail time. After graduating from the residential recovery program and receiving certification as a drug and alcohol counselor, a sober Chandler was hired on at the very organization that saved his life a year prior. Fifteen years later, the men’s program director said he is proud to announce the Rescue Mission’s much-needed remodel is finally complete. 

“Finally, clients can find recovery in a setting that matches the level of care we give them,” Chandler said. The life-changing organization at 535 East Yanonali Street held its open house Thursday, allowing guests to explore the newly remodeled 40,000-square-foot facility. The five-year, $12-million remodel increased the number of beds for homeless women from 18 to 32, and, even more pivotal, it demolished the single five-shower, unisex bathroom and replaced it with gender-specific bathrooms containing 12 female showers and 14 male showers — more suitable for the needs of the over 100 homeless guests a night. 

“When my kids were little and they got anxious and whiny in public, I would whisper in their ear ‘Home now,’ and they would instantly calm down because they knew we were going home soon,” District Attorney Joyce Dudley said at the opening ceremony. “Now these people can feel that same ease when they come to sleep in this lovely facility.” Dudley’s speech, among others at the ceremony, hit close to home for many in the audience of nearly 200, triggering tears. Those in the crowd donning a purple flower on their name tag, Chandler included, were past graduates of the residential program who understood Dudley’s message all too well.

Other features of the remodel include a separate ADA-approved room for 14 homeless men with disabilities, which allows guests staying in that room 30 days’ stay per month. This differs from the 10-days-per-month rule for those staying in the non-disabled beds — 88 for men and 34 for women. “We grant generous exceptions to the 10-day rule, though,” said Rebecca Webber, the Director of Communications and Constituent Relations. She explained that the 10-day limit is just meant to create a sense of urgency in guests to search for housing, but they typically always allow an extension as long as the guest is actively looking for permanent housing. The Rescue Mission is the only facility in South County that provides emergency shelter and meals for the homeless 365 days a year.

Jill Dixon, the director of the life development center for men, said she is thrilled the remodel is complete. She will be moving her program for the third and last time since the construction began into the newly remodeled classroom and office space. The life development center runs as a part of the 12-month residential treatment program, a separate effort from the homeless shelter.

Dixon currently has 27 men in her program, but now with the remodel complete, she will be able to have up to 45. She specializes in offering art therapy sessions and English literature classes. Recently, she said, she asked her clients to read a poem by Billy Collins and write letters responding to the boy in the poem. “I love challenging them to think outside the box,” Dixon said. She works in collaboration with each of the clients’ counselors, mentors, and progress trackers. They also give the clients access to 10 computers to help them create résumés, find work, and complete their educational goals. Currently, she said, there are four clients attending classes at SBCC, one attending classes at the Schott Center, and one studying for his GED.

At the Bethel House, the Rescue Mission’s sister residential program on Arrellaga Street, Carey Uhler holds Dixon’s equivalent position for clients in the life development center for women. The Bethel House program is smaller, and Uhler said she currently has seven clients, two of whom are working to complete their GEDs, while the other five are working on building resumes and looking for jobs. “I am gifted with helping people heal,” Uhler said about her position. Instead of focusing on art and English like Dixon does, she focuses on meditation and healing from trauma with her women clients. “I endured a past trauma myself, so I have a personal connection.” She holds meditation groups with the clients to help them relive positive memories, which she said helps calm the “fight-or-flight” response in victims of trauma. Her ultimate goal, she said, is to build resilience.

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has provided more than 3 million meals and 1.6 million stays to clients since 1986, entirely through donations. “This is a special place that provides relief from brokenness,” Chandler said about the facility. “I spent my first year here as a client and my last 14 as an employee and now client director, I couldn’t be more proud.”

California Begins Massive Voter Roll Clean-Up – Notifies Up to 1.5 Million ‘Inactive’ Voters as Part of Judicial Watch Lawsuit Settlement

The responsibility of the Republican Party in California is to register voters, get voters to the polls and to assure an honest election.  For 6.5 years the Party has done no voter register.  It has done a bit of the effort to get out the vote.  In regard to honest elections, it has sat on its hands.  The voting rolls have millions of illegal and dead voters on them, voters on them 2-3 times, a true mess.  Yet, Party did, and does nothing to stop this abuse of the election process.

The good news is that private citizens, VOLUNTEERS, create Election Integrity Project-CA, raised the money themselves—no donations from the Republican Party, got attorneys and won the case.  While the establishment loos down on volunteers as folks to be used, but must do as they are told,, the activists, did what the “professionals refused to do—fight corruption at the polls.  And they won!

“Judicial Watch announced today that it has been informed that Los Angeles County has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters on its voter rolls. This mailing is a step toward removing the names of voters who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible to vote. The massive mailing is the result of a settlement agreement with Judicial Watch requiring the County to remove as many as 1.5 million inactive registrations. In addition, the California secretary of state has alerted other California counties to clean up their voter registration lists to comply with the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), as the secretary promised to do in that same settlement agreement.”

That is just the start.  Statewide, another 1.5 million inactive voters will be noticed they will be taken off the voting rolls.  It will be fascinating to see after the whole process the number of GOP’ers, Dems and other left on the rolls.

California Begins Massive Voter Roll Clean-Up – Notifies Up to 1.5 Million ‘Inactive’ Voters as Part of Judicial Watch Lawsuit Settlement

Judicial Watch,  6/19/19 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has been informed that Los Angeles County has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters on its voter rolls. This mailing is a step toward removing the names of voters who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible to vote. The massive mailing is the result of a settlement agreement with Judicial Watch requiring the County to remove as many as 1.5 million inactive registrations. In addition, the California secretary of state has alerted other California counties to clean up their voter registration lists to comply with the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), as the secretary promised to do in that same settlement agreement.

All of this is the result of a federal lawsuit Judicial Watch filed in 2017 to force the cleanup of Los Angeles County’s voter rolls (Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948)). Judicial Watch sued on its own behalf and on behalf of Wolfgang Kupka, Rhue Guyant, Jerry Griffin, and Delores M. Mars, who are lawfully registered voters in Los Angeles County. Judicial Watch was joined in this lawsuit by Election Integrity Project California, Inc., a public interest group that has long been involved in monitoring California’s voter rolls.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, voters who do not respond to the notices sent by the county and who do not vote in the next two federal elections must be removed from the voting rolls. Secretary Padilla also agreed to update the state’s online NVRA manual in order to make clear that ineligible names must be removed and to notify each California county that they are obliged to do this. On April 11, Secretary Padilla notified Judicial Watch that this part of the settlement agreement had been implemented.

The agreement also required the office of the secretary of state to send a written advisory to all county clerks/registrars of voters in California stating that current federal law requires the cancellation of a registrant who has failed to respond to an official notice and who then fails to vote, offers to vote, correct the registrar’s record, “or otherwise have their eligibility to vote confirmed for a period of time including the next two general federal elections.”

The updated California National Voter Registration Act Manual, March 2019, conforms to this standard. In April and May 2019, the California secretary of state provided a training presentation to all 58 counties in California regarding the proper list maintenance procedures under the NVRA.

As Judicial Watch previously noted, Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is America’s largest state, with almost 40 million residents. The county had allowed more than 20% of its registered voters to become inactive without removing them from the voter list.

Judicial Watch discovered that California had treated the removal of inactive voters as permissive, not mandatory, and had not cleaned its voter registration rolls in at least 20 years. The Supreme Court affirmed last year in an opinion affirming a historic Judicial Watch settlement with Ohio that the NVRA “makes this removal mandatory.”

“This Judicial Watch settlement will result in the immediate and ongoing clean-up of voter rolls in California and LA County,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This victory for clean elections in California will set another national precedent for other states to take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”

Judicial Watch is the national leader in enforcing the provisions of the NVRA.  In early January, Judicial Watch announced that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. This was only the third statewide settlement achieved by private plaintiffs under the NVRA – and Judicial Watch was the plaintiff in each of those cases. The other statewide settlements were with Ohio (in 2014) and with Kentucky (2018), which agreed to a court-ordered consent decree.

With the Left in charge, Seattle and Los Angeles are dying. Chaos on camera (videos)

Small restaurants in Seattle and L.A. are closing, fast.  Those remaining are not hiring more workers.  Both for the same reason—high minimum wage forcing owners to pay workers more than they are worth.  Add to that the homeless using the streets as toilets, the encampments all over the place and it is no longer safe for customers or workers.  Police can no longer arrest the petty criminals, since the D.A.’s won’t prosecute.  It is a mess.

“As starkly illustrated by “Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles,” Eric’s latest effort, this problem infects the entire West Coast. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego—all are being swallowed by massive invasions of drug-users, panhandlers, and criminals setting up camp wherever they choose, spreading their filth without concern or penalty.

Only six and a half minutes long, “Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles” aired during the June 18th evening newscast.

The people the voters have placed in our city councils and mayors’ offices have provided nothing but a litany of pathetic excuses for this situation. Johnson’s suggests that Washington follows Rhode Island’s lead by establishing a program of mandatory arrest and rehabilitation for the drug addicts.  The response is “It’s too expensive.”

The West Coast is dying—we may not realize it, but the signs are all around us.  One commonality?  The dying cities are run by Democrats—or a Socialist registered as a Republican.

With the Left in charge, Seattle and Los Angeles are dying. Chaos on camera (videos)

written by Dennis Fishel, Communities, Digital News,  6/23/19 

SEATTLE. It’s no secret to anyone paying attention that the liberalism of the left and all its virtues control America’s West Coast. However, the warm and fuzzy “progressive” aura that seems so attractive to unschooled is a sham. Sadly, to such voters, the phrase “somebody said so” is often the only proof they need to justify their ballot choices. But, as has is far too evident here in Seattle and in Los Angeles, such myopia has a price. The price of the Left in Charge.

Seattle and Los Angeles:  Chaos on camera

Left in Charge and Seattle is Dying

A couple of months ago, Seattle’s ABC affiliate, KOMO TV, aired a one-hour, commercial-free documentary titled “Seattle is Dying,” hosted by local journalist Eric Johnson.

“Dying?” you say. Yes. Strangled by incompetence, ours is a formerly beautiful city bruised, bleeding, and lying in civilization’s gutter thanks to what amounts to institutional cowardice. The word is out. Legions of “homeless” people are migrating here from all locales to camp on our sidewalks, inject themselves in our parks, and relieve themselves wherever they happen to be.

This mind-blowing scenario is the byproduct of our leadership’s laissez-faire policy regarding drug use and all the delights it fosters. Here in the heart of Liberal Land, you can do your questionable deeds while a cop watches, no problem. Don’t have a tent to erect in front of Macy’s entrance? Again, no problem. The taxpayers will buy you one. Ran out of money for your fix? Just break into someone’s home or car.

The worst that can happen is that you’ll spend a few minutes passing the time of day with a judge, after which you’ll be turned loose to do it again. Pretty cool, eh?

The first five minutes of Johnson’s expose’ should be enough to terrorize the normal among us. However, the issue it reveals doesn’t end here in Seattle.

Left in charge and Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angelese

As starkly illustrated by “Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles,” Eric’s latest effort, this problem infects the entire West Coast. Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego—all are being swallowed by massive invasions of drug-users, panhandlers, and criminals setting up camp wherever they choose, spreading their filth without concern or penalty.

Only six and a half minutes long, “Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles” aired during the June 18th evening newscast.

The people the voters have placed in our city councils and mayors’ offices have provided nothing but a litany of pathetic excuses for this situation. Johnson’s suggests that Washington follows Rhode Island’s lead by establishing a program of mandatory arrest and rehabilitation for the drug addicts.  The response is “It’s too expensive.”

Yeah? What about the expense to citizens of home invasion and robbery? How about the loss of tourism as people decide risking death in the Dominican Republic is a better option than wading through Seattle’s filth? Moreover, how about the loss of city revenues when businesses in the core can take it no longer and close their doors to relocate? Do city officials believe they’ll stay under such a stupidity-driven onslaught?

Liberal leadership gives the city keys to the rats and petulance

City employees are trying to keep up with hauling away the debris of microbe-infested dump sites these “camps” of squatters create. The rats love it.

In Los Angeles, those prolifically breeding rodents have decided to go upscale and move into City Hall. That’s rather fitting. However, one would think that LAPD’s headquarters being cited by the state for its health violations would be an embarrassment. Wouldn’t it?

How naïve I must be. Those occupying City Hall, who possess the temerity to continually defend a brand of logic so twisted that anyone with an IQ higher than fifty can see through it, can’t be embarrassed by anything. To do something about this infestation of wasted humanity would be an assault on humanitarian ideals, they insist. Those poor folks fouling the realm with refuse and excrement are victims.

In a sideways sort of way, they are correct about that last sentiment. Our sidewalk dwellers are victims of an official ethic which, in its Jell-O-headed version of “humanitarianism,” decrees that a person’s right to overdose on our streets without interference by do-gooders will be defended till the sun burns out.

Where rights begin and end

Well, hell, so long as we’re talking about rights, let’s explore what it means to have them.

There is one overriding concept rights ownership: Your rights end where those of others begin.

So, while those in city leadership think Maurice the Masher has a right to live on a public sidewalk, break into your home, steal from your business, rape your daughter, shoot up in parks, beat you senseless if you object, defecate wherever he—well, that’s enough.

For now.

Suffice it to say that your rights are rocketing straight down the rathole at the behest of those we elect to deal with this stuff.

Each of the major West Coast cities is now a petri dish. All in a mindless experiment to see what happens when a society abandons its behavioral structures. All in the name of expanding personal freedoms beyond their logical limits.

The question is just what outcome do those who are performing this experiment think they’re going to get?

If you open the floodgates, the result is a flood.

Sayet: Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’

On Facebook, you will find this extraordinary article.  Sadly, it is attributed to the wrong person.  The actual author is Evan Sayet.  He makes a great point the No Trumpers should understand.  George W Bus, George H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney was all decent people, hard working well intentioned.  All were smeared and demeaned by Democrats and the media.  None of them fought back.  President Trump is also well meaning, hard working—but will not allow himself to be demeaned or smeared.  The era of civility will killed by the Democrats in 1991.  Stop blaming Trump for speaking his mind, keeping his promises and refusing to be used as a pin cushion by the Democrats or No-Trumpers.

And that is why he will win in 2020.  He stands up for the people.

“And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.”

Donald Trump is classy and dignified—the Democrats are socialists and spewers of hate.  It is time to tell the truth.  We need Republican leadership in California willing to stand up for us.

Trump’s ‘lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship’ By Evan Sayet

Evan Sayet,  6/14/19  

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”… Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.

Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

Please pass this on..over and over, and again and again..

GOP Voter Registration in Orange County, CA Gets a Fresh Face

This is a simple story.  While we are waiting for a voter registration plan coming from Sacramento, the grassroots is not waiting.  County Committee are already going to Fairs, events, brick and mortar stores, going door to door.  It is the end of June, 2019.  The Republican Party in California has not had a registration program since March, 2013—over six years ago,

We can wait till the end of summer to get something going—if even at that time.

Here we have great volunteers in Orange County with a program.  They are going to the DMV to register voters.  They are doing something, not waiting for “leaders” to tell them what to do.  You can do the same in your County.  Hope you do.  We are under 500 days till the November, 2020 election.  Every day counts.

GOP Voter Registration in Orange County, CA Gets a Fresh Face

Brian Harrington,   6/21/19 

Jon Paul White, Cynthia Thacker, and Amy West have launched a summer long DMV tour throughout Orange County with the purpose of getting out in the community and talking to people about what it means to be a Republican.

I talked with Cynthia last night at a separate evening event they were hosting in Santa Ana and she said “The responses have been quite good, we’re just breaking down people’s objections and clearing up misinformation about the Republican Party.”

This group has the right energy and is easy to talk too, I applaud the efforts. Look for them in Fullerton, Westminster, and other DMV’s througout the summer.

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A Conservative Resistance?

Notice how professional baseball, basketball and foot ball are losing TV viewers and stadium/arena goers?  Notice how the networks are losing people watching their version of the news?  See the results for the movie box-office—even with higher prices, the totals are down.  Major newspapers are losing readers and advertisers.  In a small way the people of the United States have stated a resistance movement against Hollywood and the propaganda machines of the electronic media.

“And yet the Democratic Party and the ruling class that it represents did just that, and decided never again to concede legitimacy to any serious opponents’ victory.

#TheResistance began as an attempt by Clinton and her staffers to explain why their unexpected electoral defeat had to be illegitimate. It burgeoned quickly into rejection of rule by voters because so many on the Left and in the ruling class rallied to it, having already decided that ordinary Americans have no right to stand in their way.”

How will the Left handle the Trump victory in 2020?  More resistance, more self medicating?  Maybe even new crazy accusations by the Deep State.  The answer is simple—stop viewing Fake News.  Stop buying from advertisers that claim, as 180 major corporations just did “abortion is good for business”.

Resist—by living free.

A Conservative Resistance?

By Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness,  6/13/19    

Leftists in America treat conservative voters, elected officials, and policies as illegitimate. Should conservative Americans return the favor? Could they?

Few outside the corporate leftist media took seriously Hillary Clinton’s accusation that Donald Trump might refuse to accept defeat in the 2016 election. Though Americans’ sociopolitical divisions had already become irreconcilable, no one really believed that a major party would rebel against the voters, and hence against our constitutional republic—yet.

And yet the Democratic Party and the ruling class that it represents did just that, and decided never again to concede legitimacy to any serious opponents’ victory.

#TheResistance began as an attempt by Clinton and her staffers to explain why their unexpected electoral defeat had to be illegitimate. It burgeoned quickly into rejection of rule by voters because so many on the Left and in the ruling class rallied to it, having already decided that ordinary Americans have no right to stand in their way.

Clinton’s characterization of Trump voters as “deplorables” and “irredeemables” and Barack Obama’s description of rural Republican voters as “clingers” to Bibles, guns, and racism, has long been ruling-class conventional wisdom. This attitude is what crossed the threshold of revolution.

Because the Resistance succeeded so well in limiting the impact of the 2016 election, it solidified the Left and the ruling class’s sense of common identity and entitlement. Henceforth, the bureaucracies, the educational establishment, the judges, the corporate establishment and the media will continue to impose themselves, regardless of conservative election victories or laws, never mind the Constitution. This attitude is not the result of a policy decision, but the expression of an evolving identity.

The Resistance also portends the wholesale abandonment by the ruling class of limits in cases of electoral victories. Already we have the precedent of the Obama Administration refusing to enforce laws it disliked (defense of marriage, religious freedom restoration, illegal immigration), and ruling “with a pen and a phone” on the principle of “stop me if you can.”

With the advent of the Resistance, the ruling class merged with radical identity groups and has become dependent upon them for electoral success. Because radical blacks, third-wave feminists, LGBTQ identitarians, etc. regard most Americans as enemies, given that “intersectionality”—i.e., concurrence in wreaking vengeance upon the rest of America—is what binds these disparate groups together, a victorious Democratic Party’s extra-legal rule will be far more noxious next time around.

Were the radicalized Democratic Party to win the 2020 elections, the top of its agenda would feature prohibition of abortion restrictions, a crackdown on non-public education, and the pursuit of “environmental criminals”—as well as ever newer and more Byzantine impositions of political correctness.

Would a conservative resistance to such a turn of events even be possible? Conservatives lack the control of society’s commanding heights that made the ruling class’s resistance to 2016 so successful. Constitutionalist judges might well rule that certain government actions were ultra vires. But the ruling class would ignore such judges, as they do now, and the media would pillory them. The media would also cheerlead the prosecution of whomever stood in the way.

The conservative resistance would have to be organized, openly as a revolution, by national-level political leaders, whose credible voices could not be silenced. This resistance would have two assets: state-local government backed by the people, and economic boycotts.

But rallying the deplorables would have to overcome the natural conservative reluctance to acknowledge that the Republic of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the republic of “all men are created equal,” is beyond our capacity now to restore. It must be understood that it needs instead to be reasserted anew.

Unlike the Left’s resistance, however, the conservative one would aim not at forcing anything upon those who deplore us, but at ruling ourselves in living our lives as we think we should.

The state and corporate officials who have pressured conservative America to bend to their ways by withdrawing their business from recalcitrant localities threaten those whom they target with isolation. They discount the fact that isolation is a double-edged sword, which their targets can wield to greater effect than they. Some 180 corporate CEOs declared they will reduce business in states that restrict abortions. But the moment that conservatives come to view companies and institutions like, say, Procter & Gamble, or Disney, or corporate Hollywood, as an enemy of their way of life, said institution is cut in half, at best. Twitter says conservative speech is hate speech. Why should conservatives use Twitter?

Conservative boycotts would intend not to change corporate policies, but to channel conservative patronage away from their enemies—to amputate diseased parts of the body politic so that healthy ones might grow.

Similarly, conservatives should call out and boycott schools and any other institutions that show themselves to be promoting a way of life alien to them. Why should we associate with those who hate us?

Analogously, the past decade has seen 11 states, notably Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington, legalize the production and marketing of marijuana for recreational use, contrary to federal law. Any number of states and localities, also following their voters, have refused to enforce U.S immigration laws. Explicitly, the governors of California and New York have made their governments part of the Resistance to the Trump Administration. The federal government has not used force against these states or their cannabis entrepreneurs, or against officials who violate federal immigration law. There is no reason why conservative state and local governments could not, should not follow their voters’ preferences with regard to abortion, health care, or anything else in defiance of what the federal government, or judges, or bureaucrats, or anyone, might demand of them.

The ruling class, unwilling to loosen its grip on America, will appeal to “the rule of law,” use its control of the bureaucracy to cut funds, its control of the media to intimidate, and might even send some federal agents to give substance to that intimidation. They might point guns. But knowing what they are up against, they dare not shoot.

America has already come apart. The conservative resistance can conserve only one of those parts.

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Angelo M. Codevilla is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University and the author of To Make And Keep Peace (Hoover Institution Press, 2014).

CalPERS LOST $3.5 Billion by NOT Keeping Tobacco Stocks.

Members of the Board of CalPERS have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize their return on investments.  The Board instead TANKED the assets and lost $3.5 billion that belongs to the taxpayers and the retirees.  This is a criminal offense.  If a private fund did this, it would be OK, since it is private.  CalPERS is a government agency and it is falling its members’ in Assets by NOT Keeping Tobacco stocks.

“The California Public Employees Retirement System, simply known as CalPERS, is wrestling with a budget deficit that is partially a result of the fund’s decision to ban investments in tobacco companies, the report states.

The fund missed out on more than $3.5 billion due to its divestment from tobacco stocks, a December 2016 recommendation found. The Journal reported that the fund made the decision to divest from tobacco stocks in 2000. The decision cost it billions over a 16 year period and officials recommended it drop the ban.

Corruption?  That is for a Jury to decide.  But each of us are paying for the politicization of CalPERS.  Angry yet?

CA Pension Fund Faces Crisis After Shunning Guns, Tobacco

BY: Graham Piro, Washington Free Beacon,  6/17/19   

California’s public pension fund is facing an internal crisis over its past decisions to restrict its investments to socially conscious causes. A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates it is considering pivoting away from its socially conscious divesting to address its increasing budget crisis.

The California Public Employees Retirement System, simply known as Calpers, is wrestling with a budget deficit that is partially a result of the fund’s decision to ban investments in tobacco companies, the report states.

The fund missed out on more than $3.5 billion due to its divestment from tobacco stocks, a December 2016 recommendation found. The Journal reported that the fund made the decision to divest from tobacco stocks in 2000. The decision cost it billions over a 16 year period and officials recommended it drop the ban.

After the recommendation, Calpers Chief Executive Marcie Frost said the divestment strategy limited potential investments for the fund in 2017. Last year, the board did not yield to increased calls to divest from more gun manufacturers in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

One board member, Jason Perez, won his board seat last year thanks to his pledge to keep politics away from investing, saying he was against limiting the fund’s potential sources of revenue.

Calpers, which is currently worth approximately $365 billion, was $139 billion short of what is required to meet its obligations, according to June 2017 numbers reported by the Journal. 

Calpers’s board plans on a total review of the fund’s divestment strategy by 2021.

The fund has made some beneficial divestment choices, however. It divested from companies linked to Sudan and Iran, along with thermal coal manufactures, resulting in a benefit of $346 million, according to the Journal.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that a California assemblyman also introduced legislation that proposes requiring that the fund divest from the government of Turkey due to the government’s refusal to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The fund’s investment in the government is worth between $77 million and $350 million.

Calpers is also not the only public pension fund facing a deficit crisis. The total budget deficit for pensions in the entire United States is $5.2 trillion, according to Forbes.