Desalination in California, and why did Al Gore Buy a $9,000,000 Mansion Just Blocks From the Beach?


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Desalination is used in many areas of the world, but why not in super-dry California.  I Own The World Report has some thoughts…

CPR: Al Gore tells us that climate change is going to melt the icebergs causing coastal regions to flood, several miles into the geography.  Gore spent $9 million on a mansion in Montecito a couple blocks from the beach. Is he a believer or a huckster? But if true, what can we do to prevent the flooding of coastal cities? We could create a series of desalinization plants—and pipe the water throughout the West—enough to end the lack of water and keep the Mojave from flooding!

“South of Los Angeles, in the city of Carlsbad, what will be the nation’s largest desalination facility is nearly ready. For roughly a billion dollars, the plant will produce 7 percent of San Diego County’s water. In Santa Barbara, a plant built amid the drought of the early 1990’s, and idled by the return of rain, could come back online soon and provide 30 percent of the community’s water.”

You can go to the link and read the rest.

Now, if I was naive as the regressives would like, I would question why Al Gore, who tells us that any minute, the oceans are going to rise and flood the coastal areas, would spend $9,000,000 on a mansion IN THE PROBABLE FLOOD AREA?

Or, does it really mean that he’s helping perpetrate a massive hoax, and he can afford a $9,000,000 mansion due to perpetrating it?

Edited for typo in the title.


First Accredited Muslim College In US Will Receive Federal Grants: Affirmative Action?


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Tammy Bruce notes that the first accredited Muslim college, in the U.S., was founded by three “jihadists,” and she asks if Zaytuna College, in where else–wait for it–Berkley, will offer courses in Advanced Stoning. I’m asking if affirmative action will be required, and adhered to? Well, yes it will according to the guidelines of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Any “minority” wanting to study with Jew-haters, male or female (yes, female) may apply, and within whatever the affirmative action guidelines are for schools receiving taxpayer’s dollars, an applicant should have a reasonable expectation of admission.

The National Conference of State Legislatures states:

Affirmative action policies are those in which an institution or organization actively engages in efforts to improve opportunities for historically excluded groups in American society…In institutions of higher education, affirmative action refers to admission policies that provide equal access to education for those groups that have been historically excluded or underrepresented, such as women and minorities. Source: NCSL

The founders are Imam/Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian.


Hamza Yusuf

1) Hamza Yusuf – I wrote about him in 2009. He was teaching at the “Zaytuna,” at the time, which apparently has now been deemed a “college.” He was born Mark Hanson in Walla Walla, Washington and converted to Islam at the age of 17.

Discover the Networks:

After the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, Hamza Yusuf Hanson changed his manner, discarding his Wahhabi-style beard and Arabic dress. But he did not change his essential character–he is still a radical. He also did not abandon his penchant puffery: He was once known as Imam Hamza Yusuf; he now styles himself “Sheikh” Hamza Yusuf. Not long ago, the Saudi daily newspaper Okaz published the claim that Hanson is the “mufti,” or chief Islamic jurist, for California–as if the Golden State was governed by a Muslim regime….

For those keeping score, it was just 10 years ago [as of 2006] that Hamza Yusuf issued a denunciation of democracy and the Bill of Rights as “false gods.”

More from Discover the Networks:

“[America] a country that has little to be proud of in its past and less to be proud of in the present. I am a citizen of this country not by choice but by birth. I reside in this country not by choice but by conviction in attempting to spread the message of Islam in this country. I became Muslim in part because I did not believe in the false gods of this society whether we call them Jesus or democracy or the Bill of Rights.”

On September 9, 2001, two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hamza Yusuf spoke of the sad fact that the Egyptian Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Tower bombing, was unjustly incarcerated, and was particularly bent out of shape that Rahman did not have the opportunity to carry out the plans to bomb Manhattan bridges and tunnels.

Reports say he stepped away from Wahhabbism after 9-11-01. Is he a changed man?He was in George Bush’s office two days after the towers fell, and he joined the group singing God Bless America. He had the influence to get the name of Operation Infinite Justice changed, because it was blasphemous to Muslims.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism’s paper on Yusuf concedes to his changed outer actions but put in print that he is is still “…sees the United States as an inherently hostile nation, one that ‘relishes war.’” From the same report on Yusuf says that George W. Bush’s Iraq policy was a crime and Bush should be tried for felony murder. On videotape, he has “railed” against Judaism, calling it “racist.”

Zaid Shakir

2) Zaid Shakir (Ricky D. Mitchell) was born in Berkeley, California, raised in Atlanta and New Britain, Connecticut. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976, and it was during that time that he converted to Islam. He has a BA in International Relations from American University and a Master’s in Political Science from Rutgers. He has served as the Muslim chaplain at Yale.

Shakir is known for having expressed his desire to see the United States eventually become — “not by violent means, but by persuasion” — a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law. “Every Muslim who is honest would say, I would like to see America become a Muslim country,” he said.

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In Shakir’s view, Muslims cannot accept the legitimacy of the existing American order, because it “is against the orders and ordainments of Allah.” “[T]he orientation of the Quran,” he explains, “pushes us in the exact opposite direction.”

At least there’s this:

Shakir has condemned terrorist attacks against civilians. Although he was harshly critical of the December 2008 Israeli offensive into Gaza, he warned Muslims against responding with anti-Semitic attacks on Jews. On January 8, 2009, he wrote, “…the Muslim blogosphere is filling up with angry calls for the indiscriminate murder of Jews … [S]uch calls for indiscriminate killing have nothing to do with our religion.”

But then there’s this:

Shakir’s opposition to attacking Israeli civilians did not, however, deter him from defendingHamas. Although he described Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israeli towns as “ill-conceived,” he said that the organization “was never given a chance to prove its commitment to the peace process.”

Shakir also appears to embrace 9/11 conspiracy theories. In October 2007 he described the September 11th attacks as having “occurred under dubious circumstances that have yet to be thoroughly examined.”

According to Shakir, American foreign policy has been hijacked by the military-industrial complex. In May 2009 he admonished the U.S. for its “pattern of demonization, destabilization, and the invasion of hapless Third World nations,” saying that such aggression is always carried out under the guise of national interests. Among those he listed as victims of American “demonization” were Hugo Chavez, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Manuel Noriega, Muammar Qadhafi, and the Taliban. More.

Zaid Shakir has called for Muslims in the Western World to counter the problem of racism, and “plunge into the murky waters of racial politics.”

Hatem Bazian

3) Hatem Bazian is a native of Palestine, and currently a senior lecturer in the Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley (where protests against Jewish students are appalling, and allowed by the university).

Terrorism expert and author Steven Emerson, in his book American Jihad,quotes Bazian sermonizing at a May 1999 American Muslim Allianceconference where he advocated the creation of an Islamic State of Palestine and the slaughter of Jews. Excerpts from the quote read: “In the Hadith, the Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews. They are on the west side of the river, which is the Jordan River, and you’re on the east side until the trees and stones will say, ‘oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!’ And that’s in the Hadith about this, this is a future battle before the Day of Judgment.”

In May 2002 Bazian was the sole speaker at a two-day Middle Eastern “cultural assembly” at San Francisco’s George Washington High School—an event whose rhetoric was so inflammatory that it generated formal letters of apology from the school administration to the public. The proceedings featured, for instance, a student singing a rap song that compared Zionists to Nazis while other students paraded with Palestinian flags in the background….

In 2005 Bazian founded American Muslims for Palestine, which has repeatedly accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid,” and “war crimes.”

Prior to 2006 Bazian was a fundraising speaker for KindHearts, a Hamasfront group that the U.S. government shut down in February 2006 due to the organization’s ties to Islamic terrorism. More.

Hatem Bazian has been closely involved with the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic studies from–where else–UC Berkeley.

Back to the question of affirmative action, must all females wear head gear? Are you “affirmed if you refuse head gear? The curriculum includes emphasis on key foundational texts; “an in-depth examination of critical methodological issues; a command of the Arabic language; a familiarity with the most important Islamic sciences; and grounding in law, history, philosophy, science, astronomy, literature, ethics, and politics.” And finally, what better way to recruit than offering a degree path, and changing hearts and minds?





Homofascist Tolerance In Action: CA Bars Judges From Belonging To The Boy Scouts


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You’re free to believe whatever you want, so long as you believe in the right things. So the homofascist tolerance warriors will punish the Boy Scouts in California, because “equality.” Or something.

California’s Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.

In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.

The Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics in February recommended eliminating the exception to enhance public confidence in the judiciary.

The group allows the participation of openly gay boys but continues to prohibit gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders.

The proposed rule change was sent out for public comment last year, and the change was supported by the California Judges Association, the court said.

Tell a homosexual he can’t be a scout leader? Discrimination!
Tell a judge he can’t be a scout leader? Tolerance!

Hypocrisy? Yeah, they’ve got that down pat.

So California will deprive their young men of positive role models just to push the homofascist agenda. Because in LGBT land, the only positive role model for boys is Zorro The Gay Blade. Pillars of the law enforcement community aren’t good enough.




Thanks To California’s Lefty Birdbrains, Eggs Are About To Get A Lot More Expensive


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So I’m perusing the Star-Ledger business page during lunch and what do I see? An article reprinted from Bloomberg News about an upcoming price increase for eggs. And why are a dozen eggs going to get more expensive? Well, you can thank California’s birdbrain animal rights nuts for that.

Eggs are about to get more expensive, as California moves to make sure hen houses are roomy enough to allow the birds to lay down, stand up, extend their wings and dance around.

Farmers nationwide who want to continue selling to the most populous U.S. state are moving to comply with a new law, taking effect next month, that requires the larger cages. They either must build more hen houses, or house fewer birds in the ones they have, raising their costs.

Wholesale egg prices already average a record $2.27 a dozen nationally, up 34 percent from a year earlier. With the new law, the price Californians pay may jump as much as 20 percent for shell eggs in three to six months, according to Dermot J. Hayes, an agribusiness professor at Iowa State University in Ames. The rest of the country will probably follow suit, he said.

“You’re going to see some really large spikes in the price of eggs in January,” said Scott Ramsdell, who owns Dakota Layers LLP in Flandreau, South Dakota.

California imports more than 30 percent of its eggs from other states. A California Department of Food and Agriculture rule says that an enclosure containing nine or more hens that produce eggs sold in the state needs at least 116 square inches (748 square centimeters) of floor space for each bird, a 73 percent boost over the current standard.

Voters in California approved Proposition 2 in 2008 calling for egg-laying hens to have space to move. Subsequently, Assembly Bill 1437 was signed into law, applying to all eggs sold in the shell in the state. These rules all go into effect Jan. 1.

Dancing chickens! Because our food isn’t expensive enough already, right?

Who does this idiocy hurt the most? Not the limousine liberals lounging around eating cage-free omelets, that’s for sure. Poor people. Raising the price of eggs hurts poor people.

The price disruptions have arrived just as consumption is increasing. Rising prices for beef, pork and chicken have made eggs a more popular source of protein. The average American will eat 266 eggs next year, up from 261 this year and the most since 1980, according the the Egg Industry Center in Ames, Iowa.

Hit ’em when they’re down!

Hey, the poor can always eat beans. They’re high in protein, and they’re vegan too! That’s gotta be California-approved.




Religious Liberty Dies in California, Churches are Forced to Pay for Elective Abortions


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Feminism’s holy sacrament of abortion will not be denied.

The California Department of Managed Health Care hath decreed that all employers, including churches, must pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans.

A coalition of pro-life groups is challenging the mandate.

A campaign against the state of California mandating abortion coverage in insurance plans is intensifying. Several complaints have been filed with the federal government to keep it from violating what Christian legal groups consider American’s fundamental rights and go against their religiously held beliefs and conscience.

The Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all employers, including churches and other religious organizations such as colleges and universities, to pay for elective abortions in their plans.

Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are representing seven California churches who object to the coverage, alleging the mandate violates federal law. One of the churches being represented is Dr. Jim Garlow’s Skyline Church in San Diego, which does not want be forced into funding the practice of abortion through its health care coverage.

Casey Mattox, an attorney with the Christian legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, argues that the Golden State has gone too far by trouncing the liberties that they hold dear.

“Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the most unimaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms,” Mattox asserts.

Mattox argues that there is no way California should be allowed to bypass federal law and end up getting away with forcing churches to fund a practice that the Bible specifically teaches against.

Christianity is under attack by a tyranny more insidious than anything George III could have dreamed of. Homofascists now demand church-sanctioned “weddings.” HHS mandates coverage for contraceptives, abortifascients, and sterlizations. And here the State of California goes one better, requiring their 30 pieces of silver for infanticide.

Appealing to Obama’s HHS is pointless. They’re obviously delighted with California’s regulations, and their only question is how to extend mandatory elective abortion coverage to all 57 states.

Religious liberty’s only hope lies with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alas, given SCOTUS’ recent abominable 6-3 decision against Texas abortion law in Whole Woman’s Health v Lakey, it appears that both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy have gone over to the Dark Side. They’re apparently reluctant to place any “undo burden” on a woman’s “right” to murder her unborn child.

I can easily see them agreeing that paying for her own abortion is indeed an “undo burden.”

America has lost her moral compass. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

According to this analysis, “the law” is on California’s side.

First, the California abortion mandate is a law of general applicability. This means no violation of the First Amendment: Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, religious freedom doesn’t matter.

But Hobby Lobby! Nope. HL is a limited cased based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The RFRA only applies to federal law, not state.

Since California could care less about religious freedom, we don’t have an RFRA-type law.

But Obamacare forbids states from discriminating against policies that don’t provide abortion coverage. True. Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation are on the case.

Go get them, guys, but as the story says, good luck with that.

The Obama Administration is pro-abortion. More, it has amply demonstrated it won’t enforce laws or regulations with which it disagrees. Thus, I would be very surprised if Obamacarians brought its fellow ideological travelers in California to heel.

So sue! Sure. But I have two words for you: “Ninth Circuit.”

Bottom line: California has crossed the post-Christian bridge into the anti-Christian era.

The Obama Administration has too.

So have most courts, particularly the Ninth Circuit.

I don’t expect these churches to find legal relief short of the Supreme Court. And that will take years.


So I say, “disobey.” Refuse to offer abortion coverage.

Dare California to put ministers and priests in jail.

We are all martyrs for Christ. Let us be martyrs for the unborn too.





Obama’s Potemkin Village for Illegal Alien Kids


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Hat/Tip to the Daily Caller.

Obama Admin Forbids Lawmakers From Taking Photos Of Illegal Immigrant Facility

As reported here at CH2.0, President Obama’s “Dreamer” policy of not deporting illegal aliens who are minors is wreaking havoc on our southern border.

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Tens of thousands of kids are pouring across the border, so many that our border states are having trouble housing, feeding and processing these kids. His “caring” decision to broadcast to the world his intention of NOT deporting illegal aliens, particularly children just to score a few more Hispanic votes is having the unintended consequences of these kids being housed in deplorable conditions.

So what does this administration do about it? Start closing the border? Send money to the states to help house and feed these children? Pick up his “pen and his phone” and ask the leaders of the countries south of our border to step up and do their part to fix this?


He arranges a tour for Congress, but doesn’t allow them to talk to any kids or workers at the carefully selected facility or even record their tour on their cell phones – AND – their questions they ask can ONLY be asked AFTER the tour has ended.

Nope, nothing to see here, move along, move along.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is welcoming members of Congress and their senior staff to tour a temporary shelter being used to house illegal immigrant children — but the invite comes with a list of rules, including a suggestion that members leave their cellphones in their vehicles.

The 40-minute tour will take place Friday at the Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Calif., according to the email invitation, obtained by The Daily Caller.

The tours are meant to give members and staffers an inside look at how temporary facilities are being used to house illegal immigrant children who came to the U.S. without their parents. The minors, who hail mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are being called “Unaccompanied Children,” or UACs.

The Congressmen and their staff have been issued this set of rules:

  • No recording devices will be allowed (We may ask you to leave your cellphone in our vehicle)
  • No questions will be allowed during the tour, but questions will be addressed later
  • No interacting with staff and children at the shelter
  • We will provide photos of the facility after the tour
  • During the tour, ”the tour guide will detail what goes on from room to room and the services youth are provided on a daily basis,” the email invitation reads.

What does Congress think about this Potemkin Village?

But one congressional staffer invited to tour the facility called the planned tours “a dog and pony show.”

“Don’t talk to anyone, don’t record anything you might happen to see, but come visit us and we’ll give you a sanitized story with only the photos and accounts we want you to have,” said the staffer, who requested anonymity.

“This isn’t some totalitarian closed society trying this tactic, this is our own government. They clearly wouldn’t be offering up this kind of dog and pony show if they weren’t hiding a very ugly truth somewhere.”

Read the full story here.


The Largest School of Manta Rays Ever Filmed


This amazing video captured in 2012 shows the largest school of Manta Rays ever recorded.

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At first I thought it was a bird. Then I zoomed-in closer and could not believe my eyes.What do you see in this video, is an incredibly large group of mobular rays and they do something totally unexpected. Thankfully, National Geographic filmed this event and we may be witnessing a very special natural spectacle.

More from Diego Sacramento.




Obama’s Legacy – Squalid Living Conditions for “Dreamers”


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Hat/Tip to and Breitbart.

News Reports in Central America: ‘Go to America With Your Child, You Won’t Be Turned Away’

The thing about Liberal policies is that someone, somewhere, eventually down the line has to foot the bill. Well Obama’s ineptitude and childlike view of our country’s border policy is finally coming home to roost. The cities and states on the Mexican border are left holding the bag as they try to deal with literally tens of thousands of illegals who are pouring across our southern border. And those folks who have told that they won’t be deported are finding that, while they likely have a good chance to avoid deportation, they are forced to live in horrible conditions when they get here.

The reality is that many are finding themselves living in conditions that are scarcely better than what they left. Other than not having to worry about the gang violence and dangers from the drug cartels, these people are being stacked virtually on top of one another.

Breitbart Texas obtained internal federal government photos depicting the conditions of foreign children warehoused by authorities on U.S. soil on Wednesday night. Thousands of illegal immigrants have overrun U.S. border security and their processing centers in Texas along the U.S./Mexico border. Unaccompanied minors, including young girls under the age of 12, are making the dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico, through cartel-controlled territories, and across the porous border onto U.S. soil.

The photos illuminate the conditions of the U.S. Border Patrol’s processing centers, as well as the overwhelming task Border Patrol is facing.

Breitbart Texas Border Expert and Contributing Editor Sylvia Longmire reviewed the photos.

“Given the deteriorating security and economic conditions in the Central American countries where most of these children and adult immigrants came from, it’s hard to understand how DHS didn’t see this coming,” Longmire said. “The trend towards increased cross-border movement towards south Texas and away from Arizona has been apparent; the trend of Central Americans starting to outnumber Mexican crossers has been apparent. Even worse is believing that DHS knew this was coming, but didn’t have the resources or ability to cut through bureaucratic red tape to prepare more quickly.

“Now the results of this mismanagement are thousands of individuals living in inhumane conditions for an indeterminate period of time, as well as exhausted and overwhelmed Border Patrol agents and CBP detention facilities,” Longmire continued. “The Obama administration’s band-aid fix has been to ship a good portion of these immigrants — many of whom are weak, emotionally vulnerable, sick, and confused — to other sectors as far as San Diego county in California and release them with no obligation other than to show up for a hearing in 15 days.

And the word is out, America has open borders!! Come one! Come all!!

No, really. That is what people in Mexico and other Latin American countries are being told.

Republicans argue that the problem has undoubtedly gotten worse as the word has gotten out about the administration’s lax immigration enforcement policies. And they’re right.

 McALLEN – Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to make the journey north to the United States. 

A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

The woman, Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, from Guatemala, said she endured threats from the Zetas and extortion from corrupt Mexican police. She eventually crossed the Rio Grande with her 6-year-old Delmi Griselda Paul Bercian by her side.

The woman said she wants a U.S. education for her daughter.


Bercian Diaz said she has no family in the United States. Her hope of staying here relies on her little girl. She said the message in her country is that America’s borders are open to all families.

News reports in Guatemala say mothers and small children are getting bus tickets, Bercian Diaz said.

“I said, ‘I need to act right now, because this will end and my girl won’t have a future,'” Bercian Diaz said.

If this is what the bleeding heart policies of the Left give us, how can anyone say this is humane? You cannot have open borders and a quality society. The two are just not compatible.

And for what it’s worth, I seem to remember the Left being all up in arms about people having to spend a few mere days in similar conditions, except it was in the Superdome and a Republican was in the White House. My how times have changed.

Read the full story at and Breitbart.

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The Contraception Lady wants public office


Okay, that makes sense. I mean Sandra Fluke made national headlines asking taxpayers to pay for her birth control and now she wants California taxpayers to pay her salary. She’s evidently thrown her hat into the ring in a run for the California State Senate. Is this any surprise? I mean look how Progressive/Communist California has become, she will fit right in. Much like the GOP establishment wants to “control the decline” of the country, she wants to control the nosedive that is California.

Here is her campaign ad, then scroll down for a rebuttal ad that you will WANT to watch.



Students Sue California for Public School Failures; Teacher’s Unions in Opposition


I’m frankly surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner, but students are suing California for (allow me to paraphrase) having a crappy educational system.  FOX has more…

Amidst ongoing national debate, nine public school students in California are suing the state over its laws governing teacher tenure, seniority and other protections they say keep bad educators in the classroom.

The Los Angeles Times reports the lawsuit – filed on behalf of the students and their families by a group called Students Matter – argues such laws violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection because they lead to a “gross disparity,” in the quality of education received by all students.

“It is virtually impossible to get (bad teachers) out of the system,” said Theodore J. Boutrous, who is joined on the plaintiffs’ legal team by Theodore B. Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general who argued Bush v. Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2000 presidential election.

“It is virtually impossible to get (bad teachers) out of the system.”

– Attorney Theodore J. Boutrous

Meanwhile, both teachers unions and the state are gearing up to meet the legal challenge, head-on.

You can go over to FOX for the rest.

I love the last line of my excerpt.   The unions, of course, couldn’t care less about the kids.  In fact, like in this case, the teachers unions, by protecting bad teachers, and even child molesting teachers, they have proven themselves to be perhaps the greatest enemy of children in the public schools.  I mean, so what if they can’t read?  At least they have learned that God isn’t real, and how to call planned parenthood to get an abortion!


ObamaCare Damage: 70% of California Doctors Avoiding ObamaCare



Remember when the President Obama told us that if we liked our doctors, we could keep them?  Well, we now know that this was a lie.  However, the extent of how big a lie it was is up for debate.  However, it seems that at least in California, is a 70% lie, as that is how many doctors are refusing to participate in ObamaCare plans…

This isn’t some far right wing think tank that’s making this claim. It’s the largest medical association in California:

An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.

“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

Me either.

“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.

California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.

In other states, Medicare pays doctors $76 for return-office visits. But in California, Medicare’s reimbursement is $24, according to Dr. Theodore M. Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor.

In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California, they get $160, Mazer added.

Get over to All American Blogger, and read the rest.

In reality, this shows, once again, that the true purpose of ObamaCare is to create a crisis in the healthcare industry. And, of course, when the government causes a problem, more government always solves it, right?


Is Prop 8 Still The Law?


We all thought that Prop 8 went down in flames earlier this week.  however, some are questioning if the media has the story right.  Doug, of the Daily Gator, has this, via Breitbart…

Proposition 8 is the amendment to the California Constitution that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A federal trial judge – Vaughn Walker – held that Prop 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held that only the losing defendants in that case – the governor and attorney general of California–had standing to appeal that decision. When they refused to do so, Prop 8?s official sponsors filed the appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and pursued it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Since the official sponsors lacked standing to defend Prop 8, the Supreme Court refused to rule on the merits, and also vacated (i.e., threw out) the the Ninth Circuit’s decision.

But that means Prop 8 is still the law in California. Section 3.5 of the California Constitution specifically commands:

An administrative agency… has no power:

(a) To declare a statute unenforceable, or refuse to enforce a statute, on the basis of it being unconstitutional unless an appellate court has made a determination that such statute is unconstitutional;

(b) To declare a statute unconstitutional;

(c) To declare a statute unenforceable, or to refuse to enforce a statute on the basis that federal law or federal regulations prohibit the enforcement of such statute unless an appellate court has made a determination that the enforcement of such statute is prohibited by federal law or federal regulations.

As of today, there is no appellate opinion (meaning an opinion issued by a court of appeals) against Prop 8. The Supreme Court refused to issue one, and threw out the only other one (the Ninth Circuit’s). There is only a trial court opinion. So every agency in California is legally bound to regard Prop 8 as binding law.

Perhaps a legal scholar can weigh in on this.  I’ll post the response if there is one.


California Raises Taxes, Lose Revenues…Again!


They say that they definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.  If that is indeed the case, California’s tax policies make them the official land of fruits and nuts, as they are proving the insanity axiom to be most true.

On March 15th of this year, we took a look at the fact that after yet another failed tax increase…

One of the greatest weaknesses of the statists is that their efforts at creating a fantasy world. more often than not, create the exact opposite of their stated intent.  They try to engineer unicorns that fart rainbows, and they create a stillborn jackalope.  You would think that they would learn from such infamous failures, but they seem to double-down instead.  The latest example of this comes from Califailure.   Knowing, and probably denying, the long history showing that tax increases  cause a decrease in revenues, they have stuck with the highest tax rates in the country.  Breitbart has the predictable results.  

State Controller John Chaing continues to uphold the California Great Seal Motto of “Eureka”, i.e., ‘I have found it’. But what Chaing is finding as Controller is that California’s economy as measured by tax revenues is still tanking. Compared to last year, State tax collections for February shriveled by $1.2 billion or 22%. The deterioration is more than double the shocking $535 million reported decline for last month. The cumulative fiscal year decline is $6.1 billion or down 11% versus this period in 2011.

While California Governor Brown promises strong economic growth is just around the corner, Chaing proves that the best way for Sacramento politicians to hurt the economy and thereby generate lower tax revenue, is to have the highest tax rates in the nation.

California politicians seem delusional in their continued delusion that high taxes have not savaged the State’s economy. Each month’s disappointment is written off as due to some one-time event.

So then, they raised taxes, and lost revenue.  If one did something and it hurt, you’d think that they’d stop, or at least never go back for a repeat hurting.  However, the electorate in California hasn’t shown that very basic level of what the rest of us would call “common sense,” or more simply…Duh!  Since they don’t possess the sense of “duh,”  they chose to double down on stupid, with the same results.  Breitbart has the totally unshocking and completely predictable aftermath…

California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget. 

Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already “voted with their feet” by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis.   

Passage of Proposition 30 set off euphoria and expectations of higher spending for public employees. The California Teachers’ Association (CTA) trumpeted: “California students and working families won a clear victory today as voters clearly demonstrated their willingness to invest in our public schools and colleges and also rejected a deceptive ballot measure aimed at silencing educators, other workers and their unions.” 

This one is funny, because the results were instantaneous.  However, the reality remains-you tax something, and you usually end up with less of it to tax.

But don’t worry, it’ll be someone else’s fault, I’m sure.

 H/T:  Doug Ross


California on the Brink: 144,000 Pay 50% of Income Taxes


Imagine the situation in which California finds itself.  Out of all the income taxes collected by that state, 50% of it is paid by by only 144,000 people.  Far less than one percent of the population.  Doug Ross has more on the issue…

California residents already contend with one of the most progressive tax codes in the country. Not only does California have high marginal rates, those high rates kick in at relatively modest income levels. California’s middle class residents earning $48,000 a year, for example, pay a state tax rate of 9.3%. Millionaires in 47 other states don’t even pay that high of a marginal rate. However, one of the state tax code’s greatest flaws is it’s over-reliance on upper income households and the revenue volatility it creates, and that is a problem that Prop. 30 would further exacerbate.

As of 2010, the state relied upon 144,000 households, 1 percent of taxpayers, for 50 percent of total state income tax… [With Proposition 30’s passage,] the top 10 percent of earners would be responsible for over 80% of the projected income generated – a fact that Gov. Brown and other advocates of the bill readily acknowledge.

Um. we’ve documented that businesses, both large and small, are exiting California at an accelerating  rate.  What exactly is California going to do when a large percentage of these people leave?  Where will the money come from then? Or, as Thatcher would suggest, what are they going to do when they run out of other people’s money?

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California Raises Taxes and Revenues Decrease: Who Saw That Coming?


One of the greatest weaknesses of the statists is that their efforts at creating a fantasy world. more often than not, create the exact opposite of their stated intent.  They try to engineer unicorns that fart rainbows, and they create a stillborn jackalope.  You would think that they would learn from such infamous failures, but they seem to double-down instead.  The latest example of this comes from Califailure.   Knowing, and probably denying, the long history showing that tax increases  cause a decrease in revenues, they have stuck with the highest tax rates in the country.  Breitbart has the predictable results.  

State Controller John Chaing continues to uphold the California Great Seal Motto of “Eureka”, i.e., ‘I have found it’. But what Chaing is finding as Controller is that California’s economy as measured by tax revenues is still tanking. Compared to last year, State tax collections for February shriveled by $1.2 billion or 22%. The deterioration is more than double the shocking $535 million reported decline for last month. The cumulative fiscal year decline is $6.1 billion or down 11% versus this period in 2011.

While California Governor Brown promises strong economic growth is just around the corner, Chaing proves that the best way for Sacramento politicians to hurt the economy and thereby generate lower tax revenue, is to have the highest tax rates in the nation.

California politicians seem delusional in their continued delusion that high taxes have not savaged the State’s economy. Each month’s disappointment is written off as due to some one-time event.

During the last three years, how many times did we hear “unexpected” when confronted with negative economic news?  It got to the point where the message went out to stop using the word “unexpected.” Of course, the only people caught by surprise were government stooges and the MSM-we knew it was coming.  Just as it is with California.

But, the problems for Califailure continue.

Spectrum Locations Consultants recorded 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state in 2011, 26% more than in 2010 and five times as many as in 2009. According SLC President, Joe Vranich: the “top ten reasons companies are leaving California: 1) Poor rankings in surveys 2) More adversarial toward business 3) Uncontrollable public spending 4) Unfriendly business climate 5) Provable savings elsewhere 6) Most expensive business locations 7) Unfriendly legal environment for business 8) Worst regulatory burden 9) Severe tax treatment 10) Unprecedented energy costs.

Vranich considers California the worst state in the nation to locate a business and Los Angeles is considered the worst city to start a business. Leaving Los Angeles for another surrounding county can save businesses 20% of costs. Leaving the state for Texas can save up to 40% of costs. This probably explains why California lost 120,000 jobs last year and Texas gained 130,000 jobs.

So, part of the decrease is caused by people leaving…due to the causes  mentioned above.  Of course, even though this type of thing happens very consistently, do they learn?

Not so much.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s answer to the State’s failing economy and crumbling tax revenue is to place a $6 billion tax increase initiative on the ballot to support K-12 public schools. He promises to only “temporarily” raise personal income rates by 25% on any of the rich folk who haven’t already left.

Thereby chasing even more of them away.

Of course, for the moonbats that consistently induce failure, the downfall is always someone else’s fault.  Even though it’s predicted, and even when it comes to pass as predicted, there is always some other factor that caused the doom.  No matter what, it’s never their policies, and if you point out the truth, you’re a racist, or something like that.