McClintock: In Defense of Governor Newsom

When Congressman Tom McClintock speaks, people listen.  In this case he is absolutely right in defending Gov. Newsom for his actions vs. his policies.  Goofy Gavin lives by a double standard.  As a rich, privileged dilettante, he tells you to stay locked up, more a mask, lose your job, stop educating your children.

He on the other hand sends his kids to a private school, in person five days a week—full days in class.  You might eat a takeout taco, he can join his friends the lobbyists for a $325 a plate meal, indoors,  gets he full pay, while not wearing a mask.

“I rise this morning in defense of Governor Gavin Newsom who recently defied his own idiotic Covid edicts as he partied at one of the few restaurants that he has not yet forced out of business.  I defend him because he was doing what we all once did in a free society: make our own decisions over what risks we are willing to run and what precautions we are willing to take according to our own circumstances to protect our own health.

Which brings us back to Governor Newsom.  These government nannies love to tell us that they’re just following the science.  What does the science tell us?  It tells us that Covid poses virtually no risk to children but can be severe among the elderly.  So, what did these lockdown leftists do?  They closed all the schools and ordered infected patients into nursing homes!

The science tells us that outdoor transmissions of the virus are extremely rare and that 80 percent of infections occur in people’s homes.  So what did these lockdown leftists do?  They closed our beaches, parks and campgrounds and ordered people to stay at home!

As always, the word of the Congressman are best be heard.  Hope none of my readers caught a cold or the flu by eating outside for Thanksgiving.

In Defense of Governor Newsom

Congressman Tom McClintock, 11/19/20 

Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House floor:

In Defense of Governor Newsom

November 19, 2020

Mr. Speaker:

I rise this morning in defense of Governor Gavin Newsom who recently defied his own idiotic Covid edicts as he partied at one of the few restaurants that he has not yet forced out of business.  I defend him because he was doing what we all once did in a free society: make our own decisions over what risks we are willing to run and what precautions we are willing to take according to our own circumstances to protect our own health.

Yes, Covid is a nasty bug and a quarter of a million Americans have died while having it.  But this isn’t the Bubonic Plague.  The CDC’s best estimate is that if you are under 49, your chance for surviving Covid – it you get it – is 99.92 percent.  Even for those over 70 the survival rate is 94.6 percent.  

Forty percent who get it don’t even know they have it.  Yet we have allowed our officials to ruin our quality of life over it – destroying countless businesses, throwing tens of millions into unemployment, robbing our children of their educations and shredding our most cherished rights as Americans.

Governor Newsom’s night of partying should be a wake-up call to every American.
 

Every time we step outside our homes, the risks we face multiply.  A free society assumes that its citizens are competent to assess those risks, balance them against the avoidance costs, and to manage their decisions in a generally responsible way.  It’s called common sense, and it’s a necessary prerequisite for self-government and liberty.

The choices of an octogenarian with emphysema might be very different from those of a healthy governor in California.  Only a fool would claim the omniscience to make an informed judgment for every person in every circumstance in every community.  Sadly, this crisis has revealed that fools abound in public office and that a fool with power can quickly become a petty tyrant.    

Which brings us back to Governor Newsom.  These government nannies love to tell us that they’re just following the science.  What does the science tell us?  It tells us that Covid poses virtually no risk to children but can be severe among the elderly.  So, what did these lockdown leftists do?  They closed all the schools and ordered infected patients into nursing homes!

The science tells us that outdoor transmissions of the virus are extremely rare and that 80 percent of infections occur in people’s homes.  So what did these lockdown leftists do?  They closed our beaches, parks and campgrounds and ordered people to stay at home!

The science tells us that obesity is a contributing factor to the severity of the disease.  So what did these lockdown leftists do?  They closed all the gyms and kept the liquor stores open!

These lockdowns haven’t saved lives.  The states with the most stringent lockdowns generally have the highest mortality rates from Covid.  Utah stayed open while next door, Colorado shut down.  Utah currently has half the Covid mortality rate and 3/4 the unemployment rate as Colorado.  But the lockdowns have cost countless lives from suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and deferred health screenings and treatments.  

Recently, Governor Newsom demanded that restaurant diners replace their masks after every bite, but also minimize the times they take them off.  I guess that means take very big bites.  Thanksgiving dinners are allowed in California, but only when they are held outside, guests are seated six feet apart, and they last no more than two hours.  It’s all right to use the bathroom, but only if it is frequently sanitized. Otherwise, presumably you’ll just have to use the bushes.  And for God’s sake – NO SINGING!

I have wondered how much longer the American people are going to tolerate this nonsense?  

So let us not criticize Governor Newsom.  Perhaps he has just offered us all deliverance from his own folly.   

Nor should we criticize the California legislators who ignored travel and quarantine restrictions to junket to Hawaii.  Nor should we ridicule Speaker Pelosi for choosing not to wear a mask in a hair salon that was forced to close for the rest of us.  

Good for them.  They’re demonstrating by their own actions the freedom that every American citizen needs to reclaim from these very same people.  The governor SHOULD make his own decisions about running his own life.  I only ask that he and his ilk would stop telling the rest of us how to run ours.  

Potential Joe Biden White House Staffer Justified Palestinian Suicide Bombers

Joe Biden, as expected is siding with terrorists, just as Barack Obama did.  Joe is appointing to his White House staff a person who APPROVED of terrorist attacks.

“Dodin, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said in 2002 that “suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people,” according to the Lodi News-Sentinel.

According to the newspaper, Dodin, then a student at the University of California, Berkeley, “described a place where Palestinians are not given fair rights.”

“A place where water is so scarce that the Israeli government will cut off the supply to coerce the Palestinian population,” Dodin is cited as saying.

The Second Intifada was a Palestinian uprising from 2000 – 2005, characterized by a wave of suicide bombings and other acts of terror that killed more than 1,100 Israelis.

Under Biden American and Jews overseas are no longer being supported by the U.S. government.  As expected Biden is an American Last President—this appointment is just the tip of the iceberg.

Potential Joe Biden White House Staffer Justified Palestinian Suicide Bombers

Photo Courtesy of Rusty Stewart, Flickr

Deborah Danan, Breitbart,   11/24/20 

Joe Biden on Monday tapped longtime Capitol Hill aide Reema Dodin as deputy director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Dodin once justified Palestinian suicide bombers during the bloody Second Intifada.

Dodin, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said in 2002 that “suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people,” according to the Lodi News-Sentinel.

According to the newspaper, Dodin, then a student at the University of California, Berkeley, “described a place where Palestinians are not given fair rights.”

“A place where water is so scarce that the Israeli government will cut off the supply to coerce the Palestinian population,” Dodin is cited as saying.

The Second Intifada was a Palestinian uprising from 2000 – 2005, characterized by a wave of suicide bombings and other acts of terror that killed more than 1,100 Israelis.

Dodin, who was named to her new position alongside Shuwanza Goff, will be the first Palestinian-American to serve as a White House staffer.

In 2001, Dodin took part in a demonstration at the University of California Berkeley that called for the university to divest from Israel. Demonstrators compared Israel to apartheid South Africa.

“Comparing Israeli occupation of Palestine to South African Apartheid, the students said that UC had a moral charge not to invest in companies with strong economic ties to Israel,” the Berkeley Daily Planet wrote at the time.

Dodin claimed that pro-Israel groups on campus, who called for peace with Palestinians, were not serious about it.

“They say they want peace, but it’s a peace based on their rules,” Dodin said, adding that those rules don’t include a full Palestinian state that meets Palestinian demands.

Then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat unleashed the Second Intifada after rejecting the most generous deal to date for Palestinian statehood at Camp David in 2000, which included more than 90 percent of the West Bank, a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, and shared control of the Temple Mount holy site.

In response to her anti-Israel remarks and actions, the Biden-Harris transition team said in an emailed statement to the Jerusalem Post that Dodin has since “grown from her youth.”

“Reema is the first to tell you she has grown from her youth in her approach to pushing for change, but her core values of fighting to expand opportunity to building a stronger middle class remain her driving force,” the statement said.

“She harnessed her activism into action, becoming a well-respected and trusted leader in the US Senate. Her years of Senate experience and perspective will help President-elect Biden and Vice President Harris respond to our nation’s most urgent challenges.”

You Will Drive an Electric Car—and Like It

Even if you do not want an electric car, in ten years you will be forced to have one.  Even if you are unable to afford paying $60,000 or more for a car, you will be forced to, or walk, bike or take a chance with your life on government transportation.

General Motors recently announced that by 2025—just five years away—40 percent of its vehicle line-up will be electric.
 
Now, that transition would make sense if consumers were demanding more electric cars and trucks—but they aren’t.
 
According to the Associated Press, U.S. carmakers sold just over 17 million new cars, trucks and SUVs in 2019. Electric vehicle (EV) sales were just 236,000 of that number.
 
While EV sales have been climbing for several years, they’re only 1.4 percent of total U.S. vehicle sales.”


When those cars from GM won’t sell, that company will demand a bailout from the taxpayers to keep itself from going belly up due to a bad decision. Of course even if you have such a car, will you be able to afford the electricity to charge it?  Will there be enough electricity to both charge the car and keep the lights on at home?

You Will Drive an Electric Car—and Like It


Institute for Policy Innovations, 11/24/20  

We’ve long known that left-leaning Green New Dealers want our only driving options to be an electric car, truck or SUV. And we’ve seen their increasingly successful efforts to force their will on everyone through the political process. But at least consumers had a choice and could rely on the car manufacturers to offer a number of conventional, fossil-fuel powered vehicles. Well, those days may be coming to an end.

 
General Motors recently announced that by 2025—just five years away—40 percent of its vehicle line-up will be electric.
 
Now, that transition would make sense if consumers were demanding more electric cars and trucks—but they aren’t.
 
According to the Associated Press, U.S. carmakers sold just over 17 million new cars, trucks and SUVs in 2019. Electric vehicle (EV) sales were just 236,000 of that number.
 
While EV sales have been climbing for several years, they’re only 1.4 percent of total U.S. vehicle sales.
 
What industry decides to dedicate 40 percent of its product line for only 1.4 percent of the market? But, the industry may just be reading the political tea leaves.
 
The auto industry had been pushing back against California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stricter emissions standards and efforts to phase out fossil-fuel powered vehicles by 2035.
 
But with a Joe Biden victory, it appears the fight is over. According to Cal Matters reporter Rachel Becker, “General Motors chairman and CEO Mary Barra said the company was immediately pulling its support from the Trump administration in court battles against California and environmental groups because it supports President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to expand electrification of cars.”
 
Barra sent a white-flag letter to environmental groups stating, “Given this shared enthusiasm and the President-elect’s call to bring the country back together, we believe there is now a path to achieve agreement on a national standard and complementary policies to accelerate the electrification of the light-duty transportation sector.” 
 
The problem is the vast majority of consumers, using their own money, don’t currently choose EVs—even with a taxpayer-funded tax credit of up to $7,500. New Tesla’s are no longer eligible for the credit. 
 
So what happens if carmakers begin making millions of EVs that consumers don’t want? Progressive politicians will begin mandating their purchase, as Newsom is trying to do.
 
That government support, both politically and financially, helps explain why Tesla’s valuation has surged to $500 billion—2.5 times that of Toyota and eight times the valuation of GM—even though its 2019 U.S. sales were fewer than 200,000 vehicles.
 
It’s the beginning of a new era in America’s longtime love affair with the car. Americans used to dream about buying the car they really wanted.

Now liberal politicians dream about forcing you to buy the car they want you to have.
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Today’s PolicyByte was written by Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation

Travelers to Los Angeles will have to sign quarantine form starting Wednesday

Los Angeles has declared itself a foreign nation.  When you travel around the world, to get into many countries you have to fill out a form, as well as show your passport.  Now, Los Angeles is demanding that anyone coming into the State via train or plane must sign a form.  The next step is to have roadblocks, so cops can forced car drivers to also sign the newly mandated forms.

“Travelers coming through Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports and Union Station beginning Wednesday will be required to sign a form acknowledging California’s recommended 14-day self-quarantine in response to rising coronavirus rates.  

The form will be available at travel.lacity.org, Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a coronavirus briefing Monday.

Garcetti urged people to not travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, not even to go across town because of how widespread COVID-19 cases have been that it’s too dangerous at this time.  

This will not make us safer or healthy—it will make us poorer.  People will not come here, even more jobs will be lost.  Garcetti and his Democrats are working hard to make L.A. the most poverty stricken city in the nation and the western world.

Travelers to Los Angeles will have to sign quarantine form starting Wednesday

City News Service, 11/23/20   

Travelers to Los Angeles will have to sign quarantine form starting Wednesday

Starting Nov. 25, travelers coming through Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports and Union Station will be required to sign a form acknowledging California’s recommended 14-day self-quarantine in response to rising coronavirus rates.  

LOS ANGELES – Travelers coming through Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports and Union Station beginning Wednesday will be required to sign a form acknowledging California’s recommended 14-day self-quarantine in response to rising coronavirus rates.  

The form will be available at travel.lacity.org, Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a coronavirus briefing Monday.

Garcetti urged people to not travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, not even to go across town because of how widespread COVID-19 cases have been that it’s too dangerous at this time.  

Garcetti said he is confident the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which is slated at Tuesday’s meeting to discuss coronavirus-related restrictions and closures, will make the right decisions.  

“I know this is not popular with everybody, but if we don’t take these actions now, when will we?” Garcetti said.

“I know there may be some push and pull … but I think the policies that (the county Department of Public Health) adopted are clear,”   Garcetti said when local government has hesitated implementing COVID-19 restrictions, businesses have had to remain closed for longer because of the spread of the virus. But he also said he knows businesses are struggling.  

“I’ve spoken with our City Council President (Nury Martinez), I’ve spoken with our county supervisors, and know that if those orders do come down, where we have to stop outdoor dining or limit the hours of other businesses, we will take the funds that we have in business assistance and surge them into those industries to get us through this period to keep those businesses alive to protect those jobs and to make sure that they can stand up again,” Garcetti said.  

Garcetti said Los Angeles County could be out of hospital beds for coronavirus patients by Christmastime if the rate of COVID-19 positive case continues on its current trend.  

Field hospitals may have to be established if that happens, Garcetti said. However, Garcetti said he doesn’t think the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship Mercy will need to return. It docked at the Port of Los Angeles for use in non-coronavirus cases over the spring and summer as a safeguard against a lack of hospital beds that did not materialize.  

Garcetti said he had a discussion Monday with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris regarding the state of Los Angeles and its fight against COVID-19, telling them the virus will spread further if people don’t follow health protocols.  

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve done last week or last month,”Garcetti said he told Biden and Harris. “COVID doesn’t care what we’ve done before today.”

Travelers to Los Angeles will have to sign quarantine form starting Wednesday

Travelers coming through Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports and Union Station beginning Wednesday will be required to sign a form acknowledging California’s recommended 14-day self-quarantine in response to rising coronavirus rates.

COVID only cares how we are acting right now, and the moment we stop acting to protect lives, the moment we ignore the numbers or hope that somehow they will just go away is the moment lives are lost.” 

COVID-19 testing sites in Los Angeles will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, but will reopen Saturday, Garcetti said.

LA’s Staggering Murder Rate Linked to Gang Shootings and Violence Against Homeless

Go to Los Angeles at your own risk.  Do not expect police protection.  Unless you are a supporter of the Second Amendment, you are putting your life in danger by visiting this crime ridden, corrupt city.

“LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Monday the city has counted its 302nd murder in 2020 as the result of a steady increase in street violence since the summer, when long-running gang feuds reignited, leaving dozens dead and injured.

“I’m very, very concerned, it’s a 25% increase in homicides, it’s a 30% increase in shooting victims,” Moore said.

Los Angeles has ended recent years with far fewer than 300 murders, and the increase in street violence has run against an overall crime reduction during the first half of 2020.”

Politicians have defunded the police from controlling sexually crimes and gangs.  This is an open city for criminals.  Police are quitting, not being replaced.  Fewer arrests are being made, since cops understand if they arrest the “wrong” person, they will be killed financially and put their families life in danger.  L.A. is for crooks.

LA’s Staggering Murder Rate Linked to Gang Shootings and Violence Against Homeless

The department is reorganizing and shutting-down specialized units to absorb a $150-million defunding budget cut as it struggles to respond to street violence.

By Eric Leonard, NBC Los Angeles,  11/23/20   

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Monday the city has counted its 302nd murder in 2020 as the result of a steady increase in street violence since the summer, when long-running gang feuds reignited, leaving dozens dead and injured.

“I’m very, very concerned, it’s a 25% increase in homicides, it’s a 30% increase in shooting victims,” Moore said.

Los Angeles has ended recent years with far fewer than 300 murders, and the increase in street violence has run against an overall crime reduction during the first half of 2020.

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At least five people were shot to death over the weekend ending Nov. 22, including a 17 year old killed while riding a motorcycle in the LAPD’s Southeast Division and an 80-year-old woman murdered in the Northeast Division.

At least 25 others survived being shot, and Moore said much of the violence appears unprovoked and inexplicable.

“When we looked at people that are being shot, and those who are losing their life, they’re people within our poorest communities, the communities that are already been impacted tremendously by this pandemic,” he said.

“We’re seeing gang involvement, we’re seeing street gangs in street violence, many times over,” he said. “Little petty matters and and just the sense of chaos that is in some of these communities.”

An old gang feud in South Los Angeles was blamed by LAPD officials for a cycle of retaliatory attacks in August, September, and October. Some of the more recent shootings may be linked to those exchanges.

Gang intervention workers told NBC4’s I-Team they’ve had difficulty reaching the family and friends of shooting victims because of coronavirus access restrictions at hospitals. Interventionists said reaching families and friends in the minutes and hours after an act of violence was key to preventing an escalation.

Moore told the LA Police Commission last week that aside from the gang-related violence a growing number of murder victims this year were homeless.

“Homicides involving persons experiencing homelessness as a victim has now grown to 19%,” Moore said,

“This is a population that is gravely at risk, not only from from the criminal element, people who wish to prey on them, but also within the homeless, others within the homeless community as well.”

The city counted its 300th murder about a day after Moore finalized plans to reorganize the LAPD in order to accommodate a $150-million “defunding” budget cut ordered by the Mayor and City Council.

Moore directed that a number of investigative units be closed and others downsized, in order to put the maximum number of officers back into patrol roles at neighborhood police stations.

This Week in Leftist Violence and Intimidation Vol. 13

You are not safe in your home due to home invaders and the failure of police to protect you.  Please know you are not safe going out to dinner or taking a walk in your community.

3. California BLM Protesters Assault Passersby, Intimidate Diners

Near San Francisco, members of the Black Lives Matter movement assaulted passersby and intimidated diners, part of left-wing demonstrations that included a flag burning, vandalism, and marchers blocking traffic.”

The goal is to force people to stay home, instead of going out.  That will kill jobs and th economy.  The Socialists behind these terror attacks under that the results of their violence will harm innocent people.  Sad.  Government allows this.

This Week in Leftist Violence and Intimidation Vol. 13

Washington Free Beacon Staff,  11/22/20   

Washington, D.C., became a focal point for leftist violence this week, as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with and assaulted Trump supporters as well as bystanders following a pro-Trump rally over the weekend. Here are some examples of the latest round of political violence and intimidation from across the country.

5. Anti-Trump Protesters Shoot Fireworks at Diners

When Trump supporters organized a protest in Washington, D.C., leftist protesters who confronted them also shot fireworks at innocent bystanders who were dining.

4. Seattle Protesters Vandalize Starbucks With Anti-Police Slogan, Soviet Symbol

Protesters in Seattle vandalized a Starbucks with a communist symbol and an anti-police slogan. They spray-painted “ACAB!” (All Cops Are Bastards) next to the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle and added, “F— STARBUCKS!”

3. California BLM Protesters Assault Passersby, Intimidate Diners

Near San Francisco, members of the Black Lives Matter movement assaulted passersby and intimidated diners, part of left-wing demonstrations that included a flag burning, vandalism, and marchers blocking traffic.

2. D.C. Black Lives Matter Activists Knock Out Trump Supporter in Broad Daylight

Black Lives Matter protesters assaulted numerous Trump supporters who passed through Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., after a pro-Trump rally over the weekend. One man was sucker punched and suffered serious head injuries. 

1. Antifa and BLM Protesters Attack Trump Supporter With Mace and Flag Pole

Leftist protesters in Washington surrounded a Trump supporter and pushed him into a fence, spraying mace on him and hitting him repeatedly with a flag pole he had been using to defend himself. “What the f— did you think was going to happen?” one protester was heard saying on a loudspeaker.

Newsom Protects 10 Illegal Aliens From Deportation/Puts MURDERERS Back on Our Streets

Gavin Newsom is working hard to make you and your family crime victims.  While the crime rate is spiraling upwards due to defunding issues, lack of support of law enforcement by government officials and due to lawsuits for the arrest of almost everybody, the Guv has decided to give pardons to illegal aliens, so they cannot be deported.

“Saengsavan Choum was convicted in 1999 in California for voluntary manslaughter. He was 21 and the driver of a getaway car when his partner shot and killed a rival gang member. Choum received a sentence of four years for that offense.

Duc Nguyen was 16 when he and associates got into a fight. One of those associates stabbed and killed one of the others in that affray. Nguyen was sentenced to 14 years for voluntary manslaughter in 2003.

Somdeng Thongsy was convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder in 1997. He received a sentence of 27 years, four months to life for those convictions. At the age of 17, he and associates got into a fight with rival gang members. He shot and killed one of those rivals, and injured two others.

The pardons for the three notes that each is facing “impending deportation”, although their immigration statuses are not listed. It is safe to assume, however, that each is in a lawful status, facing removal on criminal grounds relating to their convictions.

These are killers.  Newson is protecting killers while forcing us to be locked up at home.  I hope the Recall Gavin folks use this.

California Governor Newsom Issues 22 Pardons.  10 allow the recipients to avoid deportation due to their crimes

By Andrew R. Arthur, Center for Immigration Studies,  11/16/20   

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) last week issued 22 pardons, 13 commutations of sentences, and four medical reprieves. Some were garden-variety acts of clemency, but 10 were issued to allow the recipients to avoid the immigration consequences of their criminal activity. Three of the latter variety really stand out.

Saengsavan Choum was convicted in 1999 in California for voluntary manslaughter. He was 21 and the driver of a getaway car when his partner shot and killed a rival gang member. Choum received a sentence of four years for that offense.

Duc Nguyen was 16 when he and associates got into a fight. One of those associates stabbed and killed one of the others in that affray. Nguyen was sentenced to 14 years for voluntary manslaughter in 2003.

Somdeng Thongsy was convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder in 1997. He received a sentence of 27 years, four months to life for those convictions. At the age of 17, he and associates got into a fight with rival gang members. He shot and killed one of those rivals, and injured two others.

The pardons for the three notes that each is facing “impending deportation”, although their immigration statuses are not listed. It is safe to assume, however, that each is in a lawful status, facing removal on criminal grounds relating to their convictions.

Pursuant to section 237(a)(2)(A)(vi) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the criminal grounds of removal in sections 237(a)(2)(A)(i) (for a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT)), (ii) (for two CIMTs not arising out of the same course of conduct), (iii) (for an aggravated felony or felonies), and (iv) (for high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint) do not apply to a conviction if the alien “has been granted a full and unconditional” gubernatorial pardon.

Each of the individuals described above received a full and unconditional pardon from Governor Newsom.

Murder is defined in section 187(a) of the California Penal Code as “the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought”. Under section 188(a)(1) of the California Penal Code: “Malice is express when there is manifested a deliberate intention to unlawfully take away the life of a fellow creature.”

Second degree murder is defined by section 189(b) of the California Penal Code, and is a catchall for any kind of murder that does not fall within the limited definition of first degree murder in subsection (a) therein.

Murder is an aggravated felony as defined in section 101(a)(43)(A) of the INA, and would also be a crime of violence under section 101(a)(43)(F) of the INA (if the term of imprisonment is a year of more, as in the case of Thongsy), as well as a CIMT.

Manslaughter is defined in section 192 of the California Penal Code as “the unlawful killing of a human being without malice”. Pursuant to subsection (a) therein, manslaughter is “voluntary” when it is committed “upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion”.

Voluntary manslaughter is (at least arguably) an aggravated felony crime of violence where the sentence is a year or more, and a CIMT.

Given these facts, and assuming that they do not have any other criminal convictions that would render them removable from the United States (and assuming that they are otherwise in a lawful immigration status), Newsom has, effectively, rendered Choum, Nguyen, and Thongsy not removable.

That is his right as governor, and Congress can always eliminate the implications for immigration purposes of such acts of clemency as it sees fit. I will note that the pardon power has been recognized (for CIMTs, at least, before the advent of aggravated felonies) in the INA since it was passed in 1952, and in fact was a bar to deportations for CIMTs as far back as the Immigration Act of 1917.

Immigration is an issue for the national government, but ours is a federal republic, and most crimes are punished at the state level. It is logical — if not always reasonable — for the federal government to respect the actions of the executive of the several states in pardoning criminals for the crimes committed there.

Should Newson have issued those pardons?

That is an issue for the people of California, but with due respect to them, these are serious crimes, and (I hope) Newsom thought twice before issuing those pardons. In each case, someone died, needlessly. Deportation is the ultimate punishment for immigrant criminals (except in death penalty cases, of course), and not only a strong deterrent, but also a way to ensure that such criminals do not act in that jurisdiction again.

Of course, DHS would appear to bear some responsibility in these cases. They could have acted to remove Thongsy since 1997, Choum since 1999, and Nguyen since 2003. Perhaps ICE identified each years ago, and the imminent removal of each has been pending for 23 years, 21 years, and 17 years, respectively. If not, however, it becomes easier for a governor to issue a pardon with each passing day, contending that the convictions are old and that the actors have subsequently been rehabilitated.

All of that considered, however, California has been a sanctuary state since January 2014, when the so-called TRUST Act went into effect. Such laws serve to prevent ICE from identifying and detaining criminal aliens. You really cannot blame ICE for not removing aliens for crimes that they know nothing about.

In any event, three aliens convicted of serious crimes in which someone died will likely be able to remain in the United States indefinitely. I say “the United States” because nothing prevents any of them from moving out of the Golden State, as six million others did between 2007 and 2016. If they reoffend in California, voters there can vote the governor out. If they reoffend elsewhere, however, the victims (and the community as a whole) will only have Gavin Newsom to blame.

California Pastor Temporarily Turns His Chapel Into a Strip Club to Be Deemed ‘Essential’

Pastor Rob McCoy knows how to make a point.

“Pastor McCoy, inspired by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, decided to take a chance. When he opened Sunday’s service, he chuckled and said, “I want you to know, what’s about to transpire is Gov. Mike Huckabee’s fault.” He set the scene by playing a clip from Hannity in which Gov. Huckabee said a church could announce that their pastor would remove his tie during the sermon, and since he was taking off an article of clothing, that would make the church a temporary strip club and therefore it would be legal for the parishioners to attend services.

And then, McCoy took it further. He actually danced to striptease music, and not only did he take his tie off, he threw it into the audience – in which some members were holding up dollar bills for their multi-talented pastor.

After a few good laughs, McCoy’s message focused on the increased persecution churches face during the pandemic shutdowns and the tyrannical rule being embraced by so many on both sides of the aisle.”

Importantly we need Ministers and religious leaders to start supporting the First Amendment to the Constitution and stop listening to the goofy rich, privileged, dilettante serving as Governor.  When Newsom believes that a virus is more deadly between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am, you know he has lost it.  Maybe he brain is friend from being Mayor of the drug capitol of the nation, San Fran?

California Pastor Temporarily Turns His Chapel Into a Strip Club to Be Deemed ‘Essential’

By Jennifer Van Laar, Red State,   11/24/20  

Since the time various shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, et cetera, were enacted to “slow the spread” of the Wuhan flu, the list of businesses and activities considered “essential” has been illogical at best. In California, marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores have remained open, while gyms and churches have been shut down.

Multiple churches in California have sued over the shutdown order and their “nonessential” designation, arguing that shutting down churches violates the First Amendment. Others have continued to hold indoor services despite the shutdown order, including Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Ventura County, led by Pastor Rob McCoy – who stepped down from his post as a member of the Thousand Oaks City Council before defying the health officer’s order back in April.

For the people in the back, here’s what the First Amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Strip club owners in the state have also challenged the shutdown order in court, saying that their businesses are “legally protected speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.” On November 12, a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered that county to temporarily reopen strip clubs, pending a full hearing at the end of the month, after an initial hearing in a case brought by two strip club owners.

Since being able to provide live adult entertainment is a protected right in at least one county, for at least a few weeks, might churches be able to use this ruling to their advantage?

Pastor McCoy, inspired by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, decided to take a chance. When he opened Sunday’s service, he chuckled and said, “I want you to know, what’s about to transpire is Gov. Mike Huckabee’s fault.” He set the scene by playing a clip from Hannity in which Gov. Huckabee said a church could announce that their pastor would remove his tie during the sermon, and since he was taking off an article of clothing, that would make the church a temporary strip club and therefore it would be legal for the parishioners to attend services.

And then, McCoy took it further. He actually danced to striptease music, and not only did he take his tie off, he threw it into the audience – in which some members were holding up dollar bills for their multi-talented pastor.

After a few good laughs, McCoy’s message focused on the increased persecution churches face during the pandemic shutdowns and the tyrannical rule being embraced by so many on both sides of the aisle.

As far as we know, no one was cited for breaking the “purple tier” restrictions in place in the county.

McCoy’s dance performance only lasts a minute or so; if you have time, the remainder of the sermon is very good.

Walters: Poll confirms Californians’ sour mood on higher taxes

I am confused.  On November 3, California voters approved more than 100 increases in sales tax and the sale of bonds.  If we are sour about high taxes, why did the voters approve so many more taxes?

““In addition, the poll found that an historically large proportion of voters (81%) now feels the level of state and local taxes paid by the average Californian is high, while just 19% consider taxes in the state to below or about right,” poll director Mark DiCamillo said in his analysis.

“In previous statewide surveys dating back to 1977, the only other times that greater than three in four voters described the level of state and local taxes as being high were in 1982 and 1991, both years in which the state was experiencing an economic downturn. By a nearly 5-to-1 margin (78% to 16%) voters also agreed that taxes in California were already so high that they were driving many people and businesses out of the state.”

San Fran approved a tax on the salaries of CEO’s and other high company executives.  Watch as those folks leave the city—but it was approved.  When a Mayor cries that crime will go up and a library shit down, we approve higher taxes—because we were NOT told the money is really going to keep the doors open of the incompetent and corrupt CalPERS pension system.  We need to say no to taxes until officials stop lying to us about the purpose of the new taxes.

Poll confirms Californians’ sour mood on higher taxes

by Dan Walters, CalMatters,   11/24/20   

In summary

A poll of California voters, conducted just before the election, finds a high level of resistance to new taxes.

Proposition 15 would have been the largest tax increase in California history and its defeat this month was, by any definition, a huge setback for its sponsors, primarily public employee unions.

They had been yearning for decades to crack Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot measure that limits property taxes, and convinced themselves that singling out commercial property for new taxes would be a winner, especially in a high turnout presidential election.

After Proposition 15 was defeated, its advocates tried to place a positive spin on the outcome, hinting that they would try again to persuade voters to pass new taxes of some kind on someone or something. However, the notion that Californians really want to raise taxes was destroyed last week in a new poll from the UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

The poll, conducted just before the election, found that by 53% to 19%, voters still support Proposition 13, which explains, in large measure, why Proposition 15 failed so badly. The opposition campaign’s own polling obviously found the same sentiment and used it effectively to warn voters that its passage would be only the first step toward repealing the 42-year-old property tax limit.

Thus, while California voters gave Democrat Joe Biden a nearly 2-to-1 victory over Republican President Donald Trump, they were also disinclined to accept pleas from other Democratic politicians, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, for higher taxes.

More importantly, voters’ sour attitude about taxation isn’t confined to Proposition 13 and property taxes.

“In addition, the poll found that an historically large proportion of voters (81%) now feels the level of state and local taxes paid by the average Californian is high, while just 19% consider taxes in the state to below or about right,” poll director Mark DiCamillo said in his analysis.

“In previous statewide surveys dating back to 1977, the only other times that greater than three in four voters described the level of state and local taxes as being high were in 1982 and 1991, both years in which the state was experiencing an economic downturn. By a nearly 5-to-1 margin (78% to 16%) voters also agreed that taxes in California were already so high that they were driving many people and businesses out of the state.”

Proposition 15’s defeat and the UC Berkeley poll are huge headwinds for those who earnestly believe that Californians’ tax burden, one of the nation’s highest as a percentage of personal income, should be increased. Additionally, when he endorsed Proposition 15, Newsom specifically rejected an income tax hike. And last week’s unexpected projection of a $26 billion state revenue windfall undercuts pro-tax increase advocates even more.

The UC Berkeley Poll didn’t probe further into why voters believe taxes are too high, but a contributing factor may be the seemingly endless reports of official incompetence.

The managerial debacles at the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Employment Development Department are spectacular examples, but certainly not the only ones.

Just last week, the state auditor, Elaine Howle, issued a report that said lack of coordination between the state’s four housing agencies and other administrative failures had squandered $2.7 billion in funds meant to build affordable housing.

Two days later, she issued another report that added to the employment department’s image as an agency that is failing to provide timely benefits to millions of unemployed workers. The new report said that despite warnings, the department is still putting Social Security numbers on communications with clients, putting them at risk of fraud.

If Californians believe their taxes are already being misused, they’ll never be inclined to shoulder more.

San Diego Schools: Holding Back People of Color From a Quality Education is a PRIORITY

Not since the Montgomery, Alabama schools were desegregated has a school district been as blatant in its embrace of racism as a school objective.  This district has determined that standards should be LOWERED for kids of color. 

“Would that the “changed grading practices” actually were more “equitable” and “less punitive”! Sadly, that’s not the case. Instead, it is “well-intentioned” racism, what Bush labeled “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Here’s why.

The Union-Tribune story informs us that, “starting this school year San Diego Unified will eliminate non-academic factors, such as student behavior, from academic grades, following a unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday to overhaul the district’s grading practices.” Why? The answer: “partly to address racial and other disparities in current grading practices, officials said.”

To remedy lower grades in the district reported for “Black, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander high school students” relative to white and Asian students, “experts, teachers and students have said that including non-academic factors into grades and not giving students second chances to learn or make progress can contribute to unfair disparities in grades.”

By the time that get jobs, they will fail, since government has determined that are incapable of real learning.  On the job, either you do the work or not.  San Diego schools are setting up these children for a lifetime of failure.

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In The Name Of Anti-Racism, San Diego Schools Will Teach Black And Hispanic Kids Less

Expecting less from someone based on his or her race used to be called bigotry. Condescension toward black students hardly qualifies as ‘anti-racism,’ but is instead its antithesis.

By Tom Lindsay, The Federalist,   11/25/20 

During his successful run for the presidency in 2000, George W. Bush warned against “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Then-candidate Bush delivered his remarks at the 91st annual meeting of the NAACP on July 10, 2000.

Bush  added, “A great movement of education reform has begun in this country built on clear principles: to raise the bar of standards, expect every child can learn; to give schools the flexibility to meet those standards; to measure progress and insist upon results; [and] to blow the whistle on failure. . . .”

But that was then, and this is now. Apparently soft bigotry is not only alive but thriving in San Diego—or at least among the leaders of the San Diego Unified School District. They recently took one small step for a woke administration, but one giant leap for low expectations. You wouldn’t know this from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s headline introducing the story: “San Diego Unified changes grading practices to be equitable, less punitive.”

Would that the “changed grading practices” actually were more “equitable” and “less punitive”! Sadly, that’s not the case. Instead, it is “well-intentioned” racism, what Bush labeled “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” Here’s why.

The Union-Tribune story informs us that, “starting this school year San Diego Unified will eliminate non-academic factors, such as student behavior, from academic grades, following a unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday to overhaul the district’s grading practices.” Why? The answer: “partly to address racial and other disparities in current grading practices, officials said.”

To remedy lower grades in the district reported for “Black, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander high school students” relative to white and Asian students, “experts, teachers and students have said that including non-academic factors into grades and not giving students second chances to learn or make progress can contribute to unfair disparities in grades.”

Under San Diego Unified’s just-adopted grading policy, “academic grades will only be about showing progress toward ‘mastery of standards,’ rather than rewarding students for completing a certain quantity of work.” The new policy will apply to middle- and high-school students.

The new approach is called “standards-based grading.” What exactly does this mean?

First, it means that students will no longer receive lower academic grades for turning work in late. Now, late work will be cited in a separate “citizenship” grade, because somehow the school district now considers punctuality a “non-academic factor.”

Second, students will now receive additional opportunities to revise failing work rather than simply obtaining the low grade they earned the first time they took the exam or quiz. Again, apparently the school district believes doing an assignment correctly or passing a test the first time is a “non-academic factor.”

Third, students caught cheating will now receive a second chance, including the opportunity to receive counseling. Cheating in school, too, is now deemed in San Diego to be “non-academic.”

According to media accounts, the San Diego Unified School District’s new grading policy stems from its desire to make grading more “anti-racist and equitable, partly in response to social justice protests that erupted over the summer in response to George Floyd’s death.”

Yet a 2015 Brookings Institution study raises the question whether this doubtless well-meaning “anti-racism” policy may in fact reflect “systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for the educational attainment of black students.” Which teachers’ biases? White teachers.

The study, conducted by Seth Gershenson, Stephen B. Holt, and Nicholas W. Papageorge, finds that non-black teachers “have significantly lower educational expectations for black students than black teachers do when evaluating the same students” (emphasis in original). The study’s authors find this disparity “concerning, as teachers’ expectations likely shape student outcomes and systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for student success might contribute to persistent socio-demographic gaps in educational achievement and attainment.”

The light the Brookings study sheds on the San Diego Unified School District’s new policy raises the question whether its self-styled “anti-racism” grading policy is, at bottom, less an act of compassion than of condescension. The Brookings data demonstrate that it is white teachers who believe that they know better than their black teacher counterparts just how little to expect from black students.

Expecting less from someone based on his or her race used to be called racism or bigotry. True, the San Diego School District is guided by good intentions. But the road to Hell can be paved with good intentions. And condescension toward blacks hardly qualifies as “anti-racism,” but rather, its antithesis.

What else can it be but condescension to tell black students that they need not live up to “white” standards of timeliness (late papers will no longer receive an academic penalty), quality performance (first-time failing papers will be given “do-overs”), and honesty (cheating will not be punished on the first offense)? Worse, once subjected to these lower standards, how can children—any children, of any race—not help but to internalize this negative view of their aptitude and carry this psychological dagger in their souls into adulthood?

Instead of lowering grading standards based on race, how about this novel approach? We could judge individuals as individuals, not as first and foremost members of an identity group. In so doing, the country would be living up better to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for our country: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

There may well be other reasons to support the new grading policy, but “anti-racism” clearly is not one of them. In the final count, then, the San Diego Unified School District is simply misguided—as are all those whose “wokeness” is but a sleepwalk through the moral minefield of the bigotry of low expectations.

Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president.