Downturn for Black Americans has followed ‘Shelby’ ruling, study finds–NOT True

The November 2020 election in Georgia was filled with massive corruption.  Luggage with ballots “found” in election county office in the middle of the night, phony registrations, ballot harvesting with no evidence the person named actually voted and more.  So, the GOP passed voter integrity laws to protect the right to vote.  Democrats claimed this would cause voter suppression.  Instead, in the early voting for the 2022 primary, Georgia has record turn out.  Imagine, honest elections, per Democrats, would suppress the vote.  In fact, current dishonest voting rolls and government corruption protecting illegal voting, has caused voter suppression.

“The Rady School research “reveals the weakening of minority political power brought on by the 2013 Supreme Court decision made the government less responsive to minorities’ policy demands,” said Carlos Fernando Avenancio- Leon, assistant professor of finance at Rady.

“The VRA reduced economic inequality between Blacks and whites in two ways,” he added. “First, it contributed to the expansion of public employment opportunities. And, second it contributed to and complemented the enforcement of labor market policies such as affirmative action and anti- discrimination laws.”

What are they talking about—in America today, except is extremely rare individual cases—there is no laws preventing anybody, who is qualified, from voting.

Downturn for Black Americans has followed ‘Shelby’ ruling, study finds

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By City News Service, 5/17/22   

Research from two UC San Diego Rady School of Management studies released Tuesday says that while the 1965 Voting Rights Act contributed to economic improvements for Black Americans, a 2013 Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision in the act has led to economic disenfranchisement for that same group.

The first study — a working paper — found that counties where voting rights were more strongly protected experienced larger reductions in the Black-white wage gap between 1950 and 1980.

The second paper, published recently in the journal American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, presented evidence that counties previously covered by the act started seeing a decrease in public sector wages for Black workers relative to wages for white workers, especially for new hires, as early as five years after the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County (Alabama) v. Holder.

In the Shelby case, the high court struck down as unconstitutional Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which had mandated that certain states and localities with histories of racial discrimination obtain federal “preclearance” for any voting changes they implemented — as well as demonstrate that any proposed changes not have a discriminatory purpose or outcome.

The court found that Congress exceeded its authority in 2006 when it reauthorized Section 5 for another 25 years.

The Rady School research “reveals the weakening of minority political power brought on by the 2013 Supreme Court decision made the government less responsive to minorities’ policy demands,” said Carlos Fernando Avenancio- Leon, assistant professor of finance at Rady.

“The VRA reduced economic inequality between Blacks and whites in two ways,” he added. “First, it contributed to the expansion of public employment opportunities. And, second it contributed to and complemented the enforcement of labor market policies such as affirmative action and anti- discrimination laws.”

Both papers by Avenancio-Leon and his co-author, Abhay Aneja of UC Berkeley, focus on Section 5 of the VRA, which applied to practices or procedures in counties with histories of racial discrimination, primarily in the South and Southwest.

Chief Justice John Roberts cited the reasoning in the court’s opinion that “things have changed dramatically” in the South. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented in the 5-4 ruling.

Avenancio-Leon said the research revealed the act was able to empower Black families economically — decreasing the wage gap by a statistically significant 5.5% — because it changed the political preferences of politicians.

Their analysis of the wage gap after the key section of the act was rendered ineffective compares trends in the Black/white wage gap in pairs of counties that share a border, where one county was previously covered by the now-null provision and the other was not.

The authors also found that voter turnout increased from 1968 to 1980 by 6.5 to 11.5% per election, with a jurisdiction’s turnout increasing by 2% for every 10% increase in its population share that was Black.

As of Jan. 14, legislators in at least 27 states have introduced, pre- filed or carried over 250 bills with restrictive voting provisions, compared to 75 such bills in 24 states on Jan. 14, 2021, according to research.

These enacted and proposed laws include vote-by-mail restrictions, restrictions on early voting and broader authority for purges of voter rolls.

“We hope that the evidence in our research is informative for lawmakers,” said the report authors. “In an era of increasing income inequality, it is worth considering the role of minority political disempowerment.”

Eber: Visiting the Reagan Library

When within 100 miles of Simi Valley, visit the Reagan Presidential Library.  It tells the history of the man—and the nation, over the past close to one hundred years.  Get a better understanding of the warmth, compassion and drive of Ronald Reagan.  As you go through the exhibits, you get the feeling everything he did in life was to prepare him for leadership of the Free World.  From his days as a lifeguard, or how he recreated baseball games he could not see miles away for a radio audience.

Out of the economic collapse of the United States under Jimmie Carter, Reagan brought prosperity and security to our nation.  Sadly, we are worse off today than we wer in the last days of the Carter Administration.  Visit the Library ans you will see what a real President looks like—Ronald Reagan.

Visiting the Reagan Library by Richard Eber

Richard Eber, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views  5/20/22

“Ronald Reagan was one of the most influential leaders of the 20th Century. He led a profound change in our world- at home and abroad. His deep convictions and determination continue to inspire millions of people around the world.”

When I read these words on a plague in front of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, they bring back memories of the man whose words and deeds I so fondly remember in days gone past.  They also remind me of President Reagan’s intrinsic attributes which are so missing today in California and the rest of the country.

Where do we start?

How about with his ability to get along with people of different ideologies and beliefs?  While serving as Governor between 1967 to 1975, he needed to deal with a hostile legislature headed by Jess Unruh and later Bob Moretti.  Despite their opposition, Reagan was able to reduce the budget deficit he inherited from the previous Governor Pat Brown.  While taxes were raised to accomplish this goal, Reagan later lowered property taxes when economic conditions improved.

On the thorny issue of abortion he helped craft with compromise between the Legislature and the Catholic Church the Therapeutic Abortion Act.  While not a perfect law from his standpoint, Reagan was able to balance diverse factions to reach a deal with all sides of the issue.  He used similar tactics to deal with reducing welfare fraud and improving education during his stay in Sacramento.

Then Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles once commented: “When you got down to working with him, he was far more reasonable than you would expect from the rhetoric.”

We contrast today the way Ronald Reagan operated as Governor with how Gavin Newsom is handling the job.  While the future President worked with all factions in Sacramento politics, Newsom caters almost exclusively to his Progressive counterparts in state government and their lobbyist associates.

Reagan had a strong staff behind him as Governor while Newsom has depended on unaccountable bureaucrats to do his bidding

Newsom has barely noticed billions of dollars of Covid relief checks being sent to prisoners and scammers. In contrast Reagan ran a tight ship to make sure things like that did not happen and government money would be well spent.

With public education Newsom spends freely without concern because his allies in the California Teachers Union (CTA) are the beneficiaries.  This attitude has extended to all unionized government employees who provide the foundation for almost complete Democratic domination of California politics.

Reagan, who previously was the head of the Screen Actors Guild, concerned himself with his constituents rather than special interest groups as the striking 11,000 members of the Airport traffic controllers Union learned when he was President.

As president Ronald Reagan could share a drink with House of Representatives Majority Leader Tip O’Neal while quieting Libyan leader Omar Kaddafi with a barrage of missiles which virtually ended his terrorist career.

When Reagan uttered the words “Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall”, these words came from a man who was respected both in the United States and throughout the world.

These are attributes so missing with President’s of all political persuasions that occupied the White House since the Reagan’s resided there including Donald Trump.

Things have deteriorated so much that Washington D.C. is totally polarized with hatred spewing from both the left and right that makes accomplishing much of anything next to impossible.  Oh, how much we miss Ronald Reagan.

Were he alive today the 39th President of the United States could probably not tell a joke at the Press Corps Correspondents’ Dinner without incurring the wrath of cancel culture-woke critics who believe all conservatives are hateful racist white supremists.  Unfortunately, this attitude extends to the current occupant of the White House Joe Biden.

He takes no responsibility for anything preferred to blame Donald Trump, Republicans, Vladimir Putin for all that ails America.  Biden is joined by other partisan leaders including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who rip Republicans while leading the country to an avoidable recession.

Unfortunately, the Republican side of the ledger is not much better. Critics of the Left including this writer have little to say of a positive nature to those in power both in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

This was very much apparent during my visit to the Reagan Library last weekend. Walking down the isle of the Presidential Boeing 707 aircraft, we are reminded of this great American who was able to combine conservative thought with the ability to reach a consensus with his advisories.

While President Reagan was far from perfect, he exhibited attributes of humor, kindness, vision, and optimism, which are so missing today.   For these reasons alone it is worth venturing to Simi Valley to visit the Reagan library where the President and his wife Nancy are buried.

In this shrine of conservatism, the keys to America’s future success can be found.

Portuguese angered at influx of Californians who import their problems with them: report

So many Californians have moved to Texas, that one of the biggest selling bumper stickers reads, “Don’t Californicate Texas”.  In Tennessee local folks are afraid Californians will bring “San Fran values” with them, destroying their State.  Now we find that Californians are moving to Portugal—and those folks are not happy.

California residents are fleeing to the country of Portugal and in many cases bringing problems that have made life more difficult for natives, according to the Los Angeles Times report. 

A story titled “Welcome to Portugal, the new expat haven. Californians, please go home,” reports that the number of Americans living in Portugal has risen by 45% in the past year with many of those Americans moving from California in order to escape high housing costs, pandemic lockdowns, and “Trumpian politics” in the United States.

These are the people that do not like free speech, prefer bullying and classrooms should be used as indoctrination centers.  They love the Soviet style Sacramento government—while the people of Portugal prefer freedom, free speech and a government that leaves them alone.  Thought you should know about this.

Portuguese angered at influx of Californians who import their problems with them: report

Californians have been fleeing the state reducing the population in both 2020 and 2021 

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1California residents are fleeing to the country of Portugal and in many cases bringing problems that have made life more difficult for natives, according to the Los Angeles Times report. 

A story titled “Welcome to Portugal, the new expat haven. Californians, please go home,” reports that the number of Americans living in Portugal has risen by 45% in the past year with many of those Americans moving from California in order to escape high housing costs, pandemic lockdowns, and “Trumpian politics” in the United States.

The article explains that “resentment of newcomers is growing” in Portugal as California expats have become the “root of questions over gentrification, income disparities and immigration.”

Portuguese activists have reportedly taken to the streets to protest the gentrification caused by Americans, many of them Californians, who have moved into the neighborhood and caused skyrocketing rent and evictions.

You cannot deny that places like Lisbon have become much more appealing for young, creative people with money to spend. The effect on the economy and the way the buildings look — no longer empty — is astronomical,” Luis Mendes, a geographer at the University of Lisbon, told the Los Angeles Times. “But the average Portuguese person can no longer afford to live in the center of Lisbon. Rents have gone up five times over a few years. Even the basic things, such as buying groceries, take longer trips outside the city center than they used to.”

The Portuguese government has responded to the housing crisis by suspending its “golden visa” program in large cities that offered residency to foreigners who purchased homes that cost more than $500,000 euros which was a program “dominated” by Americans. 

In Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, evictions have doubled over the last few years with many blaming the influx of foreigners willing to pay more than locals with bank accounts backed by dollars and pounds.

California’s population decreased in both 2020 and 2021 which cost the state a seat in Congress for the first time after the U.S. Census found California’s population growth fell behind other states.

“Things were just becoming too much back home, but I didn’t want to leave everything about L.A. behind,” California expat Jamie Dixon explained. “With Portugal,” Dixon added, “we could keep the parts we liked and leave the rest.”

LAO: California veers near ‘fiscal cliff’ a year after record budget

When Disney, who hates Florida, ships 2,000 jobs to the Sunshine State, you know the economy iof California is in trouble.

“The LAO recommends that the state increase its reserves in anticipation of the fiscal cliff, particularly as the state could face slower revenue growth in the coming years due to the increased risk of recession. Under the current proposed budget, 94% of the state’s discretionary surplus is spent on one-time investments. The LAO said the revised budget has “very few proposals” to help the state ready for the next downturn.

“Our estimates suggest the May Revision sets the state up for a significant budget problem as soon as next year,” the report states. Specifically, the LAO estimated that the state “would face an additional SAL (State Appropriations Limit) requirement of over $20 billion in 2023‑24, but have a surplus of only $1.6 billion in that year.”

The State goes from a $100 billion surplus to a $1.6 billion surplus in a single year.  With a recession hitting us, major taxpayer like Elon Musk leavuing the State, 2,000 well paid Disney employees going to a no income tax State, and other firms either closing town or leaving the State, We could face a $25 billion deficit in two years.

LAO: California veers near ‘fiscal cliff’ a year after record budget

By Madison Hirneisen | The Center Square, 5/17/22 

(The Center Square) – California could be bound for a “fiscal cliff” as soon as the 2023-2024 fiscal year even with a $97.5 billion surplus, a new analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office indicates.

The report, which reviewed Newsom’s revised $300.6 billion budget proposal that he unveiled last week, indicated that California could face a $25 billion budget problem in the next fiscal year as the state faces a “heightened risk of a recession within two years.”

The LAO recommends that the state increase its reserves in anticipation of the fiscal cliff, particularly as the state could face slower revenue growth in the coming years due to the increased risk of recession. Under the current proposed budget, 94% of the state’s discretionary surplus is spent on one-time investments. The LAO said the revised budget has “very few proposals” to help the state ready for the next downturn.

“Our estimates suggest the May Revision sets the state up for a significant budget problem as soon as next year,” the report states. Specifically, the LAO estimated that the state “would face an additional SAL (State Appropriations Limit) requirement of over $20 billion in 2023‑24, but have a surplus of only $1.6 billion in that year.”

The State Appropriations Limit – more popularly known as the “Gann Limit” – is a 1979 voter-approved measure that caps state and local government spending at 1978-1979 levels, adjusted for inflation. To avoid exceeding the limit, lawmakers can issue tax refunds, spend the money on schools or increase spending for “excluded purposes,” such as infrastructure projects.

The LAO had previously predicted that the state would exceed the Gann Limit in the coming fiscal year, but Newsom’s revised budget allocates $34 billion in surplus funds to address these requirements, which includes proposing tax rebates to vehicle owners and increasing spending on infrastructure.

The revised budget leaves about $3.4 billion in unaddressed state appropriations limit requirements in the 2022-2023 fiscal year, according to the LAO’s report. While this remaining requirement appears small, the SAL is calculated over the course of two years, meaning “the 2022-23 requirement must be considered alongside the state’s 2023-24 SAL position,” the LAO said.

The requirements under the SAL could leave California with a $25 billion budget problem, the LAO noting that the state “cannot ‘grow its way out’ of this kind of budget problem.” The report notes that for every “$1 the state collects above the limit, it must allocate about $1.60 in constitutional requirements.”

“This means that if revenues are higher than the Governor’s budget anticipates, the state will be in an even worse fiscal position,” the LAO wrote. 

Newsom’s revised budget does acknowledge the state faces an “uncertain” economic future, and the May revision “reflects $37.1 billion in budgetary reserves and plans to prepay billions of dollars in state debts and make supplemental deposits into the Rainy Day Fund,” the budget proposal states.

The LAO, however, is urging the governor and Legislature to increase reserves in the final budget, which could “help the state address either future SAL requirements or a budget problem resulting from a recession.”

H.D. Palmer, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance, told The Center Square that the department agrees the state is facing “a number of additional fiscal challenges this year,” including supply chain bottlenecks and high inflation. Palmer said the state believes they are in a “good position to face these risks” due to the billions already earmarked for reserves and the fact that 99% of new discretionary spending is one-time investments.

In response to the LAO’s call for additional reserves, Palmer said that the “state has critical needs in the coming year that the Governor believes that we must address,” including preparation for another year of drought conditions, wildfire preparedness and funding additional power generating capacity in anticipation of another summer of energy supply shortage.

“The Governor believes we can and should provide the resources needed to prepare the state for these near-certain conditions this year,” Palmer said. “His budget does just that – and provides funding for them with one-time resources in a prudent and responsible manner.”

Internal Documents Contradict American Express on ‘Woke’ Personnel Policies

The Washington Post is the promoter of KKK racism.  Now we find that when you use your American Express card, you are supporting a company that believe its white employees, because they are white, are racists.  Another company that is making the modern KKK, the Democrat Party, proud.

Hiring based on race is what the KKK would do.  Hiring by race is what the Democrat Party wants done.  Hiring by race is what American Express is doing—showing its own racist colors.

“For example, the Color Us United leader points to a portion of American Express’ statement that says: “Advancement, hiring, and compensation within our company is based solely on individual qualifications, business, and leadership performance. … and we do not provide any incentive for behaviors that discriminate against or favor any group of employees.” 

But an AmEx filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows the company tying 15% of executive bonuses to a “diversity” measurement, which Xu said provides managers with an “incentive to fire white employees and hire employees of color or women.” 

Xu said Color Us United has asked American Express “to rescind their anti-white, 15% bonus policy for hiring minorities and women, which is antithetical to the principle of hiring and promoting on the basis of merit only.”

Internal Documents Contradict American Express on ‘Woke’ Personnel Policies

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Kevin Mooney, Daily signal,   5/17/22   

Internal documents appear to tell a different story than public statements by American Express denying that the credit card giant has implemented “divisive woke policies” that punish white employees, according to a group that advocates a race-blind America.

Color Us United, a nonprofit founded two years ago, joined with allied organizations to expose internal American Express initiatives that are “possibly unconstitutional and illegal,” in the words of the coalition’s website, Un-American Express

Color Us United, which says it works to “resist those who divide Americans in the name of racial equity in government, schools, corporations, journalism or social media,” has highlighted American Express’ media statements on its promotion, hiring, and compensation policies and then juxtaposed those statements with internal documents. 

The multinational credit card company, headquartered in New York City, eventually responded to multiple inquiries from The Daily Signal, which sought comments in response to Color Us United and other critics who say American Express has embraced discriminatory personnel practices while vilifying America’s free market system.

The Daily Signal asked whether American Express had any response to the “Un-American Express” campaign.

Andrew Johnson, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for American Express, replied in a May 9 email with a statement quite similar to the one that the company issued to Fox News Digital taking issue with an ad campaign that declares AmEx has “gone woke.” 

Fox’s April 13 article, published two weeks after The Daily Signal first reported on the Color Us United campaign, included American Express’ statement that the ad “and other related allegations make sensational claims” about the credit card company that “aren’t true.”

American Express remains committed to “fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where all colleagues can thrive,” according to the statement. 

The commercial is the work of Consumers’ Research, a nonprofit founded in 1929 devoted to increasing consumer knowledge of corporate policies and products. 

The narrator of the ad tells listeners that American Express employees “are promoted and told to offer lower premiums based on race.” The narrator adds that the credit card company has “administered critical race theory training” while informing employees that “capitalism is racist.”

Consumers’ Research partnered with Color Us United and another watchdog group, the New Tolerance Campaign, to challenge these internal American Express policies and encourage state pension boards to divest from the company until it revokes “woke policies.” 

The Un-American Express website tells taxpayers that they are financing “wokeness run wild” at American Express through mutual funds, index funds, and direct investments made by state pension boards. The campaign also encourages shareholders to take action against internal AmEx policies that are discriminatory and out of step with longstanding American principles.

Kenny Xu, president of Color Us United, has called on American Express to state publicly that it will not retaliate against employees who speak out against or dissent from race-conscious policies.

“What we would say to American Express is that if you really claim to respect all your employees, as you did in that Fox News article, and if you truly care about all your employees, then why don’t you make a statement saying this?” Xu told The Daily Signal during an interview on Zoom, adding:

Make it clear that you will not fire or in any way harm employees who express concern about your employment policies.  …

Because all these employees really are trying to do is help you  be a better company, help you be a more respectful company, a more tolerant company, truly tolerant company. And yet, you are reinforcing this culture that is tearing apart your company, harming your profits, and harming the future of America.

Washington Post: Saving Black Lives is “Racist”—KKK Really Proud of Jeff Bezos

When you buy something from Amazon, remember, this is a company founded and led by a man that hates black babies, as if he were a member of the KKK.  In an editorial in his wholly owned Washington Post the saving of black lives from abortionist is equaled to being a racist.

This is a sick newspaper.  White liberals are today version of the KKK.

“A Washington Post op-ed from Brian Boome claims the Supreme Court and the pro-life movement as a whole want to eliminate abortion to “protect whiteness.”

Reflecting on the horrible supermarket shooting in Buffalo, where a professed white supremacist allegedly murdered 10 people and wounded three others – 11 of the victims were black – Boome repeated the Democrat Party talking points that Fox News host Tucker Carlson was to blame for allegedly spreading the “white replacement theory.”

According to Boome, belief in this conspiracy theory has fueled the pro-life movement to protect white babies, event though the data shows black babies are being aborted at a disproportionate rate.

“The same sort of thinking about race and birthrates now dominates the conservative Supreme Court,” wrote Boome. “The leaked draft opinion isn’t about protecting babies. It is about protecting Whiteness. Specifically, White babies.”

Washington Post Op-Ed: Ending Roe v. Wade ‘About Protecting Whiteness’

PAUL BOIS, Breitbart,   5/18/22   

Washington Post op-ed from Brian Boome claims the Supreme Court and the pro-life movement as a whole want to eliminate abortion to “protect whiteness.”

Reflecting on the horrible supermarket shooting in Buffalo, where a professed white supremacist allegedly murdered 10 people and wounded three others – 11 of the victims were black – Boome repeated the Democrat Party talking points that Fox News host Tucker Carlson was to blame for allegedly spreading the “white replacement theory.”

According to Boome, belief in this conspiracy theory has fueled the pro-life movement to protect white babies, event though the data shows black babies are being aborted at a disproportionate rate.

“The same sort of thinking about race and birthrates now dominates the conservative Supreme Court,” wrote Boome. “The leaked draft opinion isn’t about protecting babies. It is about protecting Whiteness. Specifically, White babies.”

Arguing Republicans would provide more help for babies after they’re born with free “child care, health care, better funding for schools, and the like,” Boome asserted pro-lifers care for “only certain babies.”

“The Supreme Court draft decision is about protecting what conservatives believe is a diminishing demographic and their most valuable resource: White people,” he wrote.

“Some will accuse me here of indulging in conspiracy theories — or of believing the worst in people. But, as a Black American living in a racist society, I don’t find it difficult to believe in the worst in people,” he continued.  One tries not to. But we see evidence of it every day in our lived experience.”

After going on about how conservatives care so much about whiteness, Boome ultimately concluded: “Conservatives couldn’t care less about whether or not mothers of color terminate pregnancies.”

Amid Boome’s screed against white people and their supposed wickedness, he did not say if he cared about “mothers of color” terminating their pregnancies.

“The real agenda here is to boost White birthrates, because among the biggest fears of conservatives is the fear of being outnumbered,” exclaimed Boome.

Again, Boome did not say if he cared about a 2015 statistic showing more black babies were aborted in New York City than were allowed born. He seemed only concerned with arguing about how the pro-life movement’s push to outlaw abortion in certain states – which all undoubtedly have black populations – was somehow a smokescreen for white supremacy.

Boome also did not address (either intentionally or ignorantly) the fact that prominent alt-right white supremacists largely support abortion as a means to eliminate people of color. In a 2017 piece for National Review titled “The Alt-Right Carries On Margaret Sanger’s Legacy Of Eugenics,” Elliott Kaufman argued:

Richard Spencer, the keynote speaker in Charlottesville and the central figure of the alt-right movement, finds abortion useful. He has explained that abortion will help to bring about his vision of an elite, white America: “The people who are having abortions are generally very often Black or Hispanic or from very poor circumstances.” The people whom Spencer wants to reproduce, he says, “are using abortion when you have a situation like Down Syndrome.” It is only “the unintelligent and blacks and Hispanics,” he claims, “who use abortion as birth control.”

He has openly mocked conservatives who worry about a “black genocide” or “how [abortion] is destroying black communities.” He knows that an estimated 75 percent of women who have abortions are poor. He knows that black women, receiving an outsize 36 percent of all American abortions, are almost five times as likely to terminate their pregnancies as white women. Nothing could make him happier.

Alt-right activist Aylmer Fisher also wrote in Spencer’s Radix Journal: “It is important we not fall prey to the pro-life temptation. The only ones who can’t [avoid an unwanted pregnancy] are the least intelligent and responsible members of society: women who are disproportionately Black, Hispanic, and poor.”

San Fran DA Boudin:  I Don’t See Drug Dealers Anyway in San Fran

Why should Chesa Boudin be Recalled?  In a town known for being mellow because of the amount of drugs sold openly on the streets, he could find NO drug dealers.  The Mayor has set up the Tenderloin section of town as a drug bazaar, Boudin still can not fin drug dealers.

While he may not be taking bribes to protect thee illicit drug trade, he is still crooked and a danger to the community.  What do you think?

If you want a career in drug dealing, San Fran is the place, until Boudin is thrown out of office.

“Despite a surging fentanyl crisis that killed nearly 500 people last year in San Francisco, the office of District Attorney Chesa Boudin did not secure a single conviction for dealing the deadly opioid for cases filed during 2021, according to a review of court data.

Case information The Standard obtained from San Francisco Superior Court shows Boudin’s office secured just three total convictions for “possession with intent to sell” drugs in 2021: two for methamphetamine and one for a case including heroin and cocaine. By comparison, Boudin’s predecessor, George Gascón, oversaw over 90 drug-dealing convictions by the DA’s Office in 2018.

Boudin’s office is still obtaining convictions in fentanyl drug sales cases, but the actual convictions are not for the crime of drug dealing. About 80% of the cases in a type of charge category that included fentanyl dealing—44 in total—involved a defendant ultimately pleading guilty to a crime called “accessory after the fact,” meaning the accused was convicted of helping another person commit a crime.”

DA Boudin and Fentanyl: Court Data Shows Just 3 Drug Dealing Convictions in 2021 as Immigration Concerns Shaped Policy

Written by Anna TongJosh Koehn, SF Standard,   5/17/22 

Despite a surging fentanyl crisis that killed nearly 500 people last year in San Francisco, the office of District Attorney Chesa Boudin did not secure a single conviction for dealing the deadly opioid for cases filed during 2021, according to a review of court data.

Case information The Standard obtained from San Francisco Superior Court shows Boudin’s office secured just three total convictions for “possession with intent to sell” drugs in 2021: two for methamphetamine and one for a case including heroin and cocaine. By comparison, Boudin’s predecessor, George Gascón, oversaw over 90 drug-dealing convictions by the DA’s Office in 2018.

Boudin’s office is still obtaining convictions in fentanyl drug sales cases, but the actual convictions are not for the crime of drug dealing. About 80% of the cases in a type of charge category that included fentanyl dealing—44 in total—involved a defendant ultimately pleading guilty to a crime called “accessory after the fact,” meaning the accused was convicted of helping another person commit a crime. In a handful of cases, people arrested on multiple charges including fentanyl dealing end up being convicted of other serious felonies.

The explanation for the surprising absence of drug-dealing convictions is multi-faceted. The DA’s office has put an emphasis on diversion programs—partly out of a commitment to reducing incarceration for lower-level crimes and partly due to efforts to keep the jail population down during Covid.

Another big factor is the DA’s attention to offenders’ immigration status, which by law they are required to consider. Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys point out that drug dealing convictions are grounds for deportation, and a substantial number of drug dealers in the city are Honduran nationals who could face deadly consequences if deported. The accessory charge still gives them and their families a path toward eventual citizenship.

 “We’re not talking about folks that are dealing in kilos, we’re talking about folks that are dealing in grams,” said Marshall Khine, the office’s chief assistant district attorney. “Many times, because they are low-level offenders on non-violent offenses, we also take into consideration some of the stressors, particularly because some of the individuals that we see are trafficked themselves.”

But critics of Boudin’s policies argue that the practice has gone too far. They accuse Boudin of creating a revolving door where the drug dealers fueling San Francisco’s overdose epidemic are receiving slaps on the wrist while hundreds are dying on the streets. In 2020 and 2021, about 1,350 people died from overdoses in San Francisco, many of them from fentanyl.

Boudin’s approach to drug prosecutions is among the top issues going into the June 7 recall election. Critics say the district attorney has prioritized the well-being of drug dealers in the Tenderloin and SoMa districts over the concerns of residents and small businesses whose neighborhoods are under siege.

The city’s top prosecutor has repeatedly emphasized how seriously he takes the fentanyl crisis, but says he can only file charges in cases his office receives. 

“When police bring us cases where people are selling (drugs), we file charges in about 80% of cases,” Boudin told The Standard this month. “It’s critical that we hold people who sell drugs accountable.”

Conviction on the accessory charge that is used in most of those cases, known as Penal Code 32, carries probation and potential jail time but protects an undocumented offender from being deported. The court data does not show how much time people served.

The data show Boudin has aggressively expanded the deportation-conscious conviction process. When looking at a subset of narcotics cases that encompass dealing of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and other narcotics, about 80% of Boudin’s convicted cases were convicted of “accessory after the fact,” compared to about a third under Gascón. The 56 cases that led to a conviction under Boudin represented about a quarter of Gascón’s convictions in 2018 for the same category of crimes.

Boudin’s office did not dispute the data but defended his record: “Since DA Boudin took office, 322 felony narcotics cases, which included a total of 1401 narcotics charges, have resulted in a criminal conviction,” spokesperson Rachel Marshall said. She noted that the 56 cases cited above represent only one of many different kinds of felony drug charges but that they “nonetheless affirm that our office is holding accountable and securing convictions against those who commit drug sales crimes.”

The DA’s approach is not winning many fans in the most-affected neighborhoods. “I know the horrors of being undocumented and selling drugs, but we can’t let our people continue to die,” said Rene Colorado, executive director of the Tenderloin Merchants Association. 

“My best friend died of a heroin overdose here in San Francisco, because I couldn’t help him. There have to be limits,” he said. “If you’re undocumented and selling fentanyl, guess what, you have to face the consequences. You have to do your time here in the States and you’re probably going to be deported.” 

Colorado said he is in a unique position to empathize. He says he was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who was incarcerated for a year in South Dakota on drug possession charges and then went on to experience homelessness in the Tenderloin.

The deportation-safe convictions are not just going to first-time offenders. In one example of using the “accessory after the fact” conviction for fentanyl dealing, a defendant was arrested and charged five different times from July 2020 through December 2021 for dealing fentanyl, heroin, meth and crack cocaine. According to court documents, evidence included a backpack with cash and “numerous” colorful plastic baggies of drugs. All five cases were consolidated for a January 2022 sentencing where he received two “accessory after the fact” felonies and served several months in jail.

Another example in San Francisco involved a man with four separate drug dealing arrests last year between June and December. He was charged with selling fentanyl, crack, more than an ounce of meth and over 14 grams of heroin. His ultimate conviction was for two misdemeanors for  “accessory after the fact,” and his sentence was two days in county jail, which he had already served.

“Even I’m flabbergasted when I look at the court calendar these days and I see somebody with five open drug sales cases and they’re out of custody,” said Randy Knox, a Boudin supporter who has been a San Francisco criminal defense attorney for more than 30 years. “I don’t know how much of that is because we don’t want to keep people in jail because of Covid.”

Marshall said most cases are resolved through plea deals and the pandemic required an increase in this practice due to a court case backlog.

Since taking office, Boudin has repeatedly cited Honduran nationals as a key group contributing to the organized drug trafficking taking place in the Tenderloin. In many cases, these individuals are allegedly being forced into the drug trade against their will.

“A significant percentage of people selling drugs in San Francisco, perhaps as many as half, are here from Honduras,” Boudin said in a video posted to Twitter late last year. “And many of them have been trafficked from Honduras.”

In August 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco announced charges against 13 people—almost all of whom were from Honduras—as part of a drug trafficking ring that involved carpooling from homes in the East Bay to make drop-offs in downtown San Francisco and other cities in the region. 

Both federal and San Francisco prosecutors are required to take an offender’s immigration status into account. However, federal cases usually involve large-scale drug rings, and often result in much longer sentences for similar crimes than cases prosecuted locally.

Francisco Ugarte, a manager for the Immigration Defense Unit in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, said he had worked with individuals from many different nationalities, Honduras included. “I don’t know what the stats are in terms of nationality of people accused of selling drugs, but I can tell you that I have represented young kids from Honduras, and … many of the kids are victims of trafficking.”

However, Ugarte said, singling out Honduran nationals misses the larger point that the war on drugs is a revolving door that will never be solved without decriminalizing drugs and channeling people into housing, jobs and social services.

“(Feds) will say, ‘We’ve confiscated this many drugs, arrested this many people, and it’s a great day.’ And what happens within a few days? There’s a new cell, a new operation and the cycle continues and nothing changes,” Ugarte said.

Criminal defense attorneys in the city also told The Standard that they are extremely supportive of Boudin’s approach to giving pleas that protect from deportation.

Neil Hallinan, a criminal defense attorney and nephew of the fabled, left-wing former District Attorney Terence Hallinan, noted that San Francisco’s top prosecutors often have a different view on how to charge cases compared to more conservative parts of the state.

“Different DAs have different priorities,” he said.”In San Francisco, obviously, go figure, the prosecutors in San Francisco generally are not going to be as hostile to immigration consequences as Tulare County.” 

But for people like Colorado and others in the Tenderloin, where drug sales and overdose deaths outnumber any other part of the city, San Francisco’s criminal justice system has moved too far to the side of protecting drug dealers.

“There are people that work for the cartels whose families will be killed if they fail, but those are upper-echelon people,” Colorado said. “I’m speaking from my own life experience. This does not apply to the street-level drug dealers—that’s ridiculous. These people are literally nobody to the cartels. Something that’s technically true has been taken and exaggerated to defend a point.”

Dem witness tells House committee men can get pregnant, have abortions

Would you trust a Supreme Court Justice that admits SHE does not know what a woman is?  Biden appointed her—and Senate Democrats, voted for this illiterate to be on the Supreme Court.  A three year old knows the difference between a man and a woman.  Now you have the Democrats bringing a man to testify in favor of killing babies that claims MEN can get pregnant. How can you trust someone who knows less than a three year old?

“A Democrat witness testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on abortion rights Thursday declared that men can get pregnant and have abortions.

Aimee Arrambide, the executive director of the abortion rights nonprofit Avow Texas, was asked by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., to define what “a woman is,” to which she responded, “I believe that everyone can identify for themselves.”

“Do you believe that men can become pregnant and have abortions?” Bishop asked.

“Yes,” Arrambide replied.”  Not a signle Democrat claimed he was nuts.

Not only are Democrats racist, they can not tell the difference between men and women.

Dem witness tells House committee men can get pregnant, have abortions

‘I believe that everyone can identify for themselves,’ Aimee Arrambide tells House Judiciary Committee

By Jessica Chasmar | Fox News, 5/19/22 

A Democrat witness testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on abortion rights Thursday declared that men can get pregnant and have abortions.

Aimee Arrambide, the executive director of the abortion rights nonprofit Avow Texas, was asked by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., to define what “a woman is,” to which she responded, “I believe that everyone can identify for themselves.”

“Do you believe that men can become pregnant and have abortions?” Bishop asked.

“Yes,” Arrambide replied. 

The remarks from Arrambide followed a tense exchange between Bishop and Dr. Yashica Robinson, another Democrat witness, after he similarly asked her to define “woman.”

“Dr. Robinson, I noticed in your written testimony you said that you use she/her pronouns. You’re a medical doctor – what is a woman?” Bishop asked Robinson, an OBGYN and board member with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

“I think it’s important that we educate people like you about why we’re doing the things that we do,” Robinson responded. “And so the reason that I use she and her pronouns is because I understand that there are people who become pregnant that may not identify that way. And I think it is discriminatory to speak to people or to call them in such a way as they desire not to be called.”

“Are you going to answer my question? Can you answer the question, what’s a woman?” Bishop asked.

“I’m a woman, and I will ask you which pronouns do you use?” Robinson replied. “If you tell me that you use she and her pronouns … I’m going to respect you for how you want me to address you.”

“So you gave me an example of a woman, you say that you are a woman, can you tell me otherwise what a woman is?” Bishop asked.

“Yes, I’m telling you, I’m a woman,” Robinson responded.

“Is that as comprehensive a definition as you can give me?” Bishop asked.

“That’s as comprehensive a definition as I will give you today,” Robinson said. “Because I think that it’s important that we focus on what we’re here for, and it’s to talk about access to abortion.”

“So you’re not interested in answering the question that I asked unless it’s part of a message you want to deliver…” Bishop fired back.

Wednesday’s hearing, titled, “Revoking your Rights,” addressed the threat to abortion rights after the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaled the high court is poised to soon strike down Roe v. Wade. 

THREE LETTERS EXPLAIN PROBLEMS OF SINGLE PAYER INSURANCE: EDD

Would you have the Post Office or the DMV set up your appointments with doctors?  Think the Planning Department is the place to determine your medical needs?  Trust government to care for you?  Just ask the Brits or Canadians how that is working out!  In California the best example is the Employment Development Department—which gave tens of millions in unemployment checks to people in prison, including those on death row.  Think California government will give your medicine to a neighbor instead?

“And make no mistake about single payer: It would involve sums far larger even than the approximately $180 billion passed out by EDD over the first year and a half of the pandemic.

        This year’s proposal, carried by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra of San Jose, would have entailed an annual expense of close to $400 billion, well in excess of California’s general fund budget.

        Some of that money would have come from redirected health insurance premiums, both for private insurance and for Medicare – if the federal Medicare system would agree to giving up more than 10 percent of its cash flow. Some would have come from money given California by the federal Medicaid system, known here as Medi-Cal. But that still would have left many billions to be raised, presumably by the largest tax increase in state history.”

The proposed budget for the State of California is $300 billion.  Government health care would cost $400 billion.  Can you afford the taxes and the incompetence?

THREE LETTERS EXPLAIN PROBLEMS OF SINGLE PAYER INSURANCE: EDD


BY THOMAS D. ELIAS, California Focus,  5/20/22

        It takes only three letters to explain why the idea of single payer health insurance keeps getting shot down quickly in the California Legislature: EDD.

        No program in state, city or local government has shown itself less competent over the last few years than the state Employment Development Department’s unemployment insurance system, which lost a reported $20 billion to fraudulent claims during the first 18 months or so of the coronavirus pandemic.

        Yes, the EDD was flooded with claims in that time of massive layoffs. But it was woefully unprepared for the many fraud schemes brought to bear against its funds during that most fraught of times.

        Yes, the EDD has clawed back a few billion of the dollars that went to fake claimants all over the world.

        But its demonstrable incompetence under three different department directors causes millions of Californians to wonder why anyone should entrust massive sums of money to the state for distribution to legitimate claimants.

        And make no mistake about single payer: It would involve sums far larger even than the approximately $180 billion passed out by EDD over the first year and a half of the pandemic.

        This year’s proposal, carried by Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra of San Jose, would have entailed an annual expense of close to $400 billion, well in excess of California’s general fund budget.

        Some of that money would have come from redirected health insurance premiums, both for private insurance and for Medicare – if the federal Medicare system would agree to giving up more than 10 percent of its cash flow. Some would have come from money given California by the federal Medicaid system, known here as Medi-Cal. But that still would have left many billions to be raised, presumably by the largest tax increase in state history.

        Just how difficult this financing would have been to acquire was demonstrated when Kalra’s AB 1400 spelled out what single payer would do and what it would be – essentially Medicare for all, with no more insurance company involvement and no more distinction between Medi-Cal patients and everyone else. It did not say where the money for this would come from.

        Kalra’s bill went nowhere despite the fact that the extreme liberal Democratic politicians who now run Sacramento, from Gov. Gavin Newsom through Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and state Senate President Toni Atkins of San Diego, all have long backed the single payer idea.

        That was largely because many Assembly Democrats didn’t want to be forced to go on the record for or against single payer, especially in an election year when some will face new constituents during the June and November votes.

        So Kalra’s bill died, at least for this year, without any vote taken, and without many politicians forced to take positions for which they could be held responsible.

        No one said so, but one of the main reasons was the EDD debacle. If the state could not safeguard unemployment insurance dollars paid in by many thousands of employers, why would anyone think it capable of handling far more money paid in by tens of millions of individuals?

        The single payer proposal especially offended current Medicare subscribers, who benefit from a system long opposed by Republicans – but embraced even by them in recent years because it works.

        Typical is the coverage Medicare affords for heart bypass operations. First, it knocks down the price asked for such procedures (and most others) by hospitals and doctors. Then it pays 80 percent of what it allows. Medicare subscribers (mostly people over 65, but also including younger kidney dialysis patients and some others) can get the other 20 percent paid by supplemental insurance policies widely offered in months-long signup periods.

        Astonishingly, there is relatively little fraud in Medicare claims.

        Medicare paid out $718 billion in claims in 2018, the last year for which totals are available. Known fraud against the system last year totaled just $1.4 billion, well under 1 percent, and actions were taken against 142 individuals, including only 42 doctors and nurses.

        No wonder so many want Medicare for all. They certainly don’t want EDD for all and until there is certainly that would not befall California under single payer, it won’t happen.

Disney moving 2,000 jobs TO Florida–From California

The Disney Corp. has become a Soviet style corporation—promoting and protecting radical government and crazy policies.  Guv Newsom has offered financial assistance to Florida firms wanting to move to California—so far no company has announced a move.

By with great irony, Disney is shipping 2,000 well paying CALIFORNIA jobs to Florida—even after they had their special tax provisions taken from them—and the ending of a special Disney County.

The Orlando Business Journal reported, “California-based The Walt Disney Co. has had a major presence in Florida since the 1960s when the early stages of Walt Disney World were under development.

“The company should make the move to Lake Nona by late 2024, according to information shared on job postings. The Walt Disney Co. has confirmed it will relocate about 2,000 jobs from its California headquarters to Lake Nona, a master-planned community in southeast Orlando.”

The jobs are moving from California to Florida, and not the other way around. Who knows? Disney may move its headquarters to Florida someday.”

If Disney had its stockholders interests in mind, it would move its HQ to Florida and save over 8% in taxes and allow its employees to live much better without a salary increase.

Disney moving 2,000 jobs TO Florida

Breitbart,  5/17/22

Led by Ron DeSantis, Republicans stood up to Disney, the world’s largest entertainment conglomerate (ABC, ESPN and half of Hollywood are among its holdings). Disney threatened to stop donating to Republicans if they dared pass the Don’t Groom Kids law.

Not only did the party pass the law, which protects kids 4 to 9 from hearing about a teacher’s sex lives, but Florida Republicans stripped Disney World of its special exempt from state laws and a huge tax break.

On top of that, Disney’s approval among customers dropped from 77% a year ago to just 33% today

Pardon me while I laugh. Disney tried to throw its weight around and knocked itself out.

So how is Disney taking this defeat and humiliation? What acts of vengeance has the House of Mouse taken in retaliation to losing its special place in Florida state law and the hearts of the American people.

None.

In fact, instead of pulling jobs from Florida, Disney is adding to its work force in the Sunshine State.

The Orlando Business Journal reported, “California-based The Walt Disney Co. has had a major presence in Florida since the 1960s when the early stages of Walt Disney World were under development.

“The company should make the move to Lake Nona by late 2024, according to information shared on job postings. The Walt Disney Co. has confirmed it will relocate about 2,000 jobs from its California headquarters to Lake Nona, a master-planned community in southeast Orlando.”

The jobs are moving from California to Florida, and not the other way around. Who knows? Disney may move its headquarters to Florida someday.

So much for Ron DeSantis ruining Florida’s business climate.

But Democrat county officials lied about making Disney World play by the rules. The two counties involved said they would raise taxes.

DeSantis stopped that.

The New York Post reported, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he wants the state — and not the counties — to assume control of the Disney-dominated self-governing body that has run the Orlando-area theme parks for more than 50 years.

“The Republican governor, who has won praise from many conservatives for staring down the Mouse House over the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” Don’t Groom Kids law, said it would be fairer for other businesses if the state oversees the Reedy Creek Improvement District.”

DeSantis told reporters, “First of all, it’d be a cash cow for them [Democrat-run counties] if they had Disney. But I’m worried that they would use that as a pretext to raise taxes on people when that’s what they would want to do anyways and then try to blame Reedy Creek, so we’re not going to give them that opportunity.”

In taking on Disney and stripping it of its special status, Florida Republicans ignored the sage, excuse me, saggy advice on National Review, which whined, “Ron DeSantis’s Misguided Attack on Disney’s Legal Status. The governor already won. There is no need for the Republican Party of Florida to salt the earth.”

Nope. You get out that salt shaker and shake, baby, shake because when you reign, you pour. DeSantis made an example of Disney. It worked. CEOs across the land now are too afraid to speak out against the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

Florida is turning redder than a sunburn. DeSantis enjoys double-digit leads as he seeks re-election. What a far cry from 4 years ago when he barely won the governor’s race.

But he governed as if he had a landslide and in November he likely will have one.

Democrats are in a shambles. For the first time ever in the state’s 177-year history, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats. His opponent 4 years ago crashed and burned at a drunken meth party with a bunch of male homosexual hookers. And the next leader of Democrats in Florida’s House just quit his re-election race amid another male homosexual scandal.

The national party is no help to state Democrats.

ADN America reported, “Democrats Surrender Florida: Republican lawmakers slam Biden’s ‘concessions to brutal Cuban dictatorship.’

“Biden administration waves white flag, surrenders Florida by easing Trump era sanctions by risking huge Cuban American vote of millions. State Dept. says changes will help entrepreneurs and democracy groups that were already granted a general license under OFAC.”

This is what happens when you base your hiring on how many Che T-shirts a job applicant owns.

I doubt Disney will do that when it starts hiring 2,000 more employees in Florida in 2024.

And putting Democrats on the run is what happens when you do the job to which you were elected.