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  • Fights erupt at pro-Trump rally on California beach

    03/26/2017 11:51:14 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 63 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | March 26, 2017 | Patrick T. Fallon
    Supporters of President Donald Trump holding a rally on a popular southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally.
  • CA Gov Brown: Not ‘Christian’ to Build Wall to Keep Out Illegal Immigrants

    03/26/2017 8:32:10 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 96 replies ^ | 26 March 2017 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said it was not a “Christian thing” to build a border wall to stop undocumented immigrants from coming into the United States because he said they were “children of God” and, “They should be treated that way.” Brown said, “The wall to me is ominous. It reminds me too much of the Berlin wall. When I see that 30-foot wall I worry somehow are they trying to keep me in or keep them out? I really think people ought to be careful because there’s a lot of odor here of...
  • Protesters Clash At Violent Pro-Trump Rally In California

    03/26/2017 1:25:15 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 54 replies ^ | March 25, 2017
    Violence erupted at a “Make America Great Again” rally in California Saturday when supporters of President Trump clashed with a group of counter-protesters. Multiple skirmishes broke out after a group of black-clad Trump haters confronted dozens of the President’s supporters as they marched through Huntington Beach. At least two Trump fans were hit with pepper-spray — setting in motion a wild fracas that saw the President’s supporters attacking a masked man with their fists, feet and flags. Jennifer Sterling, who organized the rally, was among those struck by pepper spray. “It was a quick reaction,” she said. “There was about...
  • Los Angeles blocks airport police and firefighters from co-operating with federal immigration

    03/25/2017 12:58:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2017 | Ekin Karasin
    Los Angeles has blocked airport police and firefighters from co-operating with federal immigration agents. The latest directive is the city's most aggressive bid yet to oppose President Trump's tough crackdown and protect illegal immigrants from immigration officials. Mayor Eric Garcetti declared it was 'un-American' to 'demonize' their neighbors simply because they are foreign, as the city beefed up its 'sanctuary city' status. The Los Angeles Police Department already prohibits police from asking for the legal status of a suspect even if they have probable cause. 'In Los Angeles, we don't separate people from their families because it's inhumane,' Eric Garcetti...
  • Active Shooter in Cherry Valley: Beaumont Police Warn to Steer Clear (CA)

    03/25/2017 12:08:12 PM PDT · by granite · 14 replies ^ | March 25, 2017 3:01 pm ET | By Renee Schiavone (Patch Staff)
    CHERRY VALLEY, CA — Police are warning of an active shooter situation in the Cherry Valley/Beaumont area this morning. "There is an active shooter in the area of Cherry Valley Blvd in between Nancy and Beaumont Ave. RSO and BPD have set up a perimeter," Beaumont police wrote on Twitter. "Stay out of the area. We will update with more info as it becomes available."
  • President Trump: The First 100 Days

    03/25/2017 9:21:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
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  • California may divest from companies building Trump’s wall

    03/25/2017 5:30:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3/25/17 | Leslie Eastman
    While California’s Governor Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C., asking for the Trump administration for funding to help pay for storm damage repair and train construction, the state’s legislators have been busy working against the American President.The border wall is the cornerstone of President Trump’s campaign platform. This week, Sacramento politicians proposed a bill that that would divest its pension funds from companies engaged in the building of that wall.(video at link) Assembly Bill 946 would give CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state’s massive public employee and teacher retirement systems, one year to identify and liquidate any holdings in companies working...
  • Pro-Trump march in Huntington Beach expected to draw thousands, including protesters

    03/24/2017 8:50:47 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 24, 2017 | Greg Mellen
    The organizers of the Make America Great Again march and rally, Saturday, at Bolsa Chica State Beach are crossing their fingers and hoping for a peaceful event. The march – in support of the president, military, first responders and certain causes – is being billed as a kid-friendly family-oriented event. But it takes place in climate where stark divisions in the public have led to a number of high-profile confrontations when supporters and detractors of the president collide. March organizer Jennifer Sterling said she expects at least 3,000 participants many of whom, she says, will be women, children and elderly....
  • When Democrat Adam Schiff Sold His Soul To Obama And The Democratic Party

    03/24/2017 8:24:30 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Capitol Review ^ | March 21, 2017 | Stephen Frank
    Yesterday we did a story about the Torrance area political hack, Congressman Ted Lieu—he wanted you NOT to watch Fake news—so he recommended you watch MSNBC—the funniest news operation this side of Saturday Night Live news at midnight.  Now we find Congressman Adam Schiff, of the Burbank area, who has sold out Israel, the United States, the Constitution and freedom. Iran wants to bomb Israel out of existence—and Schiff wants to give them NUCLEAR weapons, to do the job.
  • California files brief supporting challenge to Trump's threat

    03/24/2017 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Regulator · 13 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | March 22 2017 | Patrick McGreevy
    State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Wednesday filed a brief in support of a Santa Clara County lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order targeting "sanctuary" cities that refuse to help federal authorities enforce immigration laws. The amicus brief cites Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities and counties as well as the state's interest in protecting state laws and policies that promote public safety and protect the constitutional rights of residents, Becerra said.
  • California and its struggling relationship with Trump

    03/24/2017 8:03:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 23, 2017 | by Dan Zak
    Californians wake up every day delighted to be in California, and then they remember that they are also in the United States. The bougainvillea catches the rising sun in San Clemente, the sapphire tide heaves into Big Sur - and three time zones to the East, President Donald Trump has been up and tweeting for hours. "I don't want to look at my phone in the morning," said Cynthia Blatt. "Some people are in shock. Some are angry. They don't know quite what to do." Blatt can't defend America from Trump anymore, but they can defend West Hollywood from Trump-like...
  • Report: California's Oroville dam’s main spillway must be repaired by November

    03/23/2017 7:48:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2017 | John Sexton
    The Oroville dam has largely faded out of the news in the past few weeks but the crisis is not over yet. A report on the safety of the dam concluded: “A very significant risk would be incurred if the Gated Spillway is not operational by November 1.” November 1 is the start of the next rainy season. From the Associated Press: Officials with the state Department of Water Resources, which operates the dam, fear a huge rupture that opened in the main spillway could expand to cripple the flood gates that send out controlled releases of water and...
  • 1st sex reassignment inmate says women's prison is 'torture'

    03/23/2017 4:56:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/22/2017 | Dno Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she's been mistreated since being transferred to a California women's prison, where she now has a beard and mustache because officials have denied her a razor. In a hand-written federal court filing, convicted killer Shiloh Heavenly Quine called her new housing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla a "torture unit." She said she's unnecessarily isolated from other inmates and denied basic items. (snip) Quine, 57, had the surgery she had long sought in January and was moved from a men's prison last month. She...
  • Orange Coast College honors anti-Trump instructor Olga Cox, but she turns it down

    03/22/2017 5:33:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 22, 2017 | Roxana Kopetman
    COSTA MESA – The community college instructor who called Trump’s election “an act of terrorism” during class was named faculty Colleague of the Year – but she turned down the honor. Orange Coast College’s Olga Perez Stable Cox, 66, wants to avoid the national attention that hounded her after videos of her lambasting the new administration went viral in December, school officials said Wednesday. “She didn’t want the same level of attention and scrutiny,” said Doug Bennett, Orange Coast’s executive director of college advancement.
  • Border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project

    03/22/2017 9:01:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 03/22/17 | Katy Murphy
    Three California Democrats have a warning for contractors who sign up for President Donald Trump’s border-wall construction project between the U.S. and Mexico: Build it, and we will divest from your company. In the latest act of resistance against the Trump administration, the state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the state to drop its pension investments in any companies involved in the project. “This is a wall of shame and we don’t want any part of it,” Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, said in a statement. “Immigrant stories are the history of America and this is a...
  • Maxine Waters isn't in any position to lecture on ethics

    03/22/2017 7:38:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 3/21/17 | Philip Wegmann
    During the height of the 2008 fiscal crisis, Waters helped arrange a meeting between the Treasury Department and top executives of a bank where her husband was a shareholder. Using her post on the House Financial Committee as leverage, she called Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson personally, asking him to meet with minority-owned banks. When Treasury followed through, there was only one financial institution present: OneUnited. Had that bank gone under, the New York Times reported, Waters' husband would've lost as much as $350,000. Luckily for the Waters family, OneUnited received a cool $12 million in bailout funds. After three years...
  • San Francisco Beyond Sanctuary

    03/21/2017 2:38:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 19 March 2017 | Jed Babbin
    For one big reason San Francisco stands out among the 500 cities that have declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens. Others content themselves by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies. About a month ago San Francisco took a big step farther by withdrawing its police from cooperation with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The city’s decision was apparently the result of pressure from civil rights groups and Muslim activists. One newspaper quoted John Crew, formerly a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, who was consulted by the city and the FBI on the issue. Mr....
  • Larry Schweikart - FReeper "LS" - will be appearing in Southern California in May

    03/21/2017 1:56:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Larry Schweikart - FReeper "LS" - will be appearing in Southern California in May. Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 PM Address: Rush Park Auditorium 3001 Blume Dr Los Alamitos CA 90720 Map The event is being promoted by the 405-605 Patriots. Here is their website and here is their contact information. FReeper Loud Mime is a member and if you plan on attending you may contact him for further information not listed at the website.
  • CW's 'Supergirl' Equates 'Make America Great Again' Phrase to Slavery

    03/21/2017 1:13:04 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | | March 20, 2017 | 11:30 PM EDT | By Lindsay Kornick
    Even when it comes to alien politics, CW’s Supergirl can’t help but insert its liberal thoughts into everything. This time, in an episode focusing on another planet on an entirely different galaxy, the writers felt the need to add a “Make America Great Again” dig. And it's just as forced as you’d think. In the March 20th episode “Star-Crossed,” Mon-El (Chris Wood) is reunited with his parents Rhea and Lar-Gand (Teri Hatcher and Kevin Sorbo) who have come to Earth to return him to their home planet of Daxam. Since they are the rulers of the once-destroyed planet, they hope...
  • Heavy California rains par for the course for climate change

    03/21/2017 11:37:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Stanford University News ^ | March 21, 2017 | BY KER THAN
    Here’s a question that Stanford climatologist Noah Diffenbaugh gets asked a lot lately: “Why did California receive so much rain lately if we’re supposed to be in the middle of a record-setting drought?” When answering, he will often refer the questioner to a Discover magazine story published in 1988, when Diffenbaugh was still in middle school. The article, written by veteran science writer Andrew Revkin, detailed how a persistent rise in global temperatures would affect California’s water system. It predicted that as California warmed, more precipitation would fall as rain rather than snow, and more of the snow that did...
  • Council votes to declare Malibu a sanctuary city

    03/21/2017 8:58:17 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 3/21/17 | ap
    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Taking a stand in the national debate over illegal immigration, Malibu has joined the ranks of sanctuary cities. The City Council of the celebrity enclave voted 3-2 this month to approve a resolution prohibiting use of city funds and resources to enforce federal civil immigration law. Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal introduced the resolution after Malibu resident and actor Martin Sheen appeared before the council in December to urge a sanctuary designation.
  • California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

    03/21/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/21/2017
    State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state's voters...
  • The Issa (and Blue State Republican) Dilemma Stand Right or Get Left

    03/21/2017 5:12:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 21, 2017 | Arthur Shaper
    Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) faced the closest race of his career in 2016. I was not completely surprised. In 2013, one article polled public attitudes about the congressman, who had a net negative, just 43 percent. IssaÂ’s standing with Republicans in general had wavered as well, since many people see him as more of an Establishment get-along/go-along type. But all of that startling negative polling was just hot air, at least for that year. Election 2014 was beyond any kind of outlier that I had ever seen. The turnout was so low, that long-standing Democratic lawmakers like Lucille Roybal-Allard won...
  • Driver Intentionally Hits People With Car in Union City Wal-Mart Parking Lot: Police (video)

    03/21/2017 4:53:54 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies ^ | 3/20/2017 | Cheryl Hurd and Bay City News
    Police are looking for a woman who they say intentionally struck pedestrians with her vehicle while leaving the parking lot of a Union City Wal-Mart after trying to return some batteries Sunday evening. The suspect entered the Wal-Mart at 30600 Dyer St. around 6 p.m. Sunday, and left the store agitated after employees declined to accept the returned batteries, police said. She got into a silver two-door Honda Accord, model year 1998 to 2000, and backed out of her parking space - nearly striking a woman and a young child walking behind the car. As she continued to back up,...
  • 4 Social Workers Ordered by Judge to Stand Trial in Horrific Death of Gabriel Fernandez

    03/20/2017 1:30:51 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 3/20/17 | LAT
    A Los Angeles County judge ruled Monday that four social workers accused of criminal negligence in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were charged with protecting should stand trial, allowing prosecutors to push ahead with a case that has sent a chill through the ranks of child protection workers nationwide.
  • Calexit? Jerry Brown Asks Trump for Aid — for the 4th Time

    03/20/2017 10:46:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 3/20/2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Sunday for federal emergency assistance for the fourth time in just two months since the new administration took office, putting the nascent “CalExit” movement in a difficult position.
  • Ending homelessness just got more complicated

    03/20/2017 5:27:20 AM PDT · by ISTHISONETAKEN · 20 replies
    Mayor Darrell Steinberg was just getting off a plane Wednesday evening, capping an encouraging trip to Washington, D.C., to discuss his innovative plan to use federal dollars to reduce homelessness, when President Donald Trump’s so-called “skinny budget” landed with a big, fat thud.
  • California chief justice to ICE: Stop ‘stalking’ immigrants at courthouses

    03/19/2017 3:51:23 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/17/17 | Kristine Phillips
    California’s top judge criticized federal immigration agents for using courthouses as “bait” — a place for “stalking” immigrants who “pose no risk to public safety.” Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly amid reports of federal agents going to courthouses and scouting for immigrants who are not in the country legally. Such incidents have been reported in California, Texas, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. In the letter, Cantil-Sakauye requested that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stop arresting immigrants at courthouses.
  • Conservative Darrell Issa turns to the left

    03/19/2017 10:08:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Martin Wisckol
    Darrell Issa, who built a reputation in Congress as an imposing conservative attack dog, has got a brand new bag. With Democrats closing in on his seat last fall, Issa mailed a campaign ad praising President Barack Obama for signing a victims rights bill Issa supported -- the same Obama he unrelentingly criticized while serving as the high-profile chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The pro-life congressman, who squeaked out reelection to a ninth term by 0.7 percentage points, told constituents at a town hall March 11 that he opposed fellow Republicans’ call to defund Planned Parenthood. Despite a lifetime...
  • How California Came to Make a Mess of a Law

    03/19/2017 5:49:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 19, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    I recently wrote a column about a law that California put into force on January 1, 2017, that requires certain small business owners to acquire workers’ compensation insurance that most or all will never use. This is an added cost for the small businesses that will only inure to insurance companies and in the end drive up costs to consumers. After publication of this column, I learned more about the passing of the law which was fascinating to me and hopefully will be fascinating to you.The bill, AB 2883, sailed through the legislature with virtually no discussions and near unanimous...
  • California wants to hire EPA staffers who are sick of Trump ( schadenfreude alert )

    03/19/2017 2:56:35 AM PDT · by vooch · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 10, 2017 | Rebecca Leber
    Michael Picker stood in the freezing cold outside of the Environmental Protection Agency early Thursday morning passing out fliers that read, “Come work for California. Fight climate change.” Picker was far away from his home in Sacramento, where he is the president of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), for meetings with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He decided to try to recruit demoralized EPA staffers, who are facing deep program cuts and controversial new leadership. The EPA's new administrator, Scott Pruitt, has a long record of opposing the agency's work. Picker hopes to entice them to work for...
  • Harvard-educated lawyer gets 40 years for bizarre kidnapping

    03/18/2017 2:40:05 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | March 17, 2017 6:56 pm | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and outlandish that investigators first thought his victims were carrying out a bizarre hoax. The Harvard University-trained lawyer and former Marine who meticulously planned his attack was tripped up months later by a stupid mistake: He dropped his cellphone at a burglary scene. Here’s how it all went down: ___ THE ATTACK AND THE VICTIMS Denise Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn told police they awoke about 3 a.m. March 23, 2015, in their Vallejo home northeast of San Francisco to find...
  • Anti-Trump 9th Circuit blasts back, says isn't nation's most reversed court

    03/18/2017 7:28:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 17, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    The chief judge of the huge, San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, under President Trump's assault for stopping his travel ban, is pushing back on charges that it is the most overturned court in the land. . . . Critics of the court regularly cite years of statistics showing that the court, which covers 11 states and territories and is often the subject of break up calls, is reversed by the Supreme Court more than any, especially in the era of more conservative Supreme Courts. It is the court that liberals turn to to challenge conservative lower court rulings.
  • The New Gender Battle: Tampons v. Whiskey

    03/18/2017 6:12:46 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 16, 2017 | Steven Greenhut
    It’s getting increasingly difficult to mock the California Legislature given the fusillade of nearly unbelievable legislation that makes its way through the Capitol’s hallowed halls. In the old days, when California had enough legislative Republicans and moderate Democrats to temper things, zany bills would be introduced only to die in committee. These days, the crazy stuff almost always makes it to the governor’s desk. With the introduction of a new tax bill last week, the Legislature has officially gone beyond parody. Seriously, I had to double check the quotations in the official press release to make sure someone wasn’t pulling...
  • Bill would make abortion pill available at state college campuses

    03/17/2017 8:09:34 PM PDT · by thecodont · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 7:04 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017 | by Kimberly Veklerov
    The abortion pill would be on hand at virtually every public college in California under legislation introduced Friday in the state Senate. The bill’s inception comes amid renewed attempts to slash funding for Planned Parenthood, which would no longer receive Medicaid reimbursements under the Republican-backed American Health Care Act. If the health care plan were passed in its current form, $174 million would be slashed from the budget of California’s Planned Parenthood clinics. Although Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the country, it does not use federal money to provide the procedure. “If those cuts are...
  • With California's 'sanctuary cities,' Trump might be starting a fight he can't win

    03/17/2017 5:58:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 116 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 17, 2017 | Evan Halper and Melanie Mason
    President Trump wasted no time inviting a showdown with California and other liberal states with his threat this week against so-called sanctuary cities, setting off a frenzy of resistance that will test the president’s power to carry out his vision to deport millions of people here illegally.The executive order Trump issued Wednesday putting cities and counties on notice that they would lose federal funding if they didn’t start cooperating with immigration agents has broad implications for California, a state that aggressively protects its undocumented population from deportation. But while the order allowed Trump to boast that he is fulfilling a...
  • Colin Kaepernick update: some teams ‘genuinely hate him’

    03/17/2017 5:06:01 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 68 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | March 17, 2017 | Cam Inman
    “First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent. “Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or (President) Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings. “Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a...
  • Paramount Metal Processing Company Ordered To Shut Down Fourth Time This Year

    03/17/2017 2:34:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 03/17/2017
    The company won’t be permitted “to resume operations of any equipment with the potential to emit hexavalent chromium until SCAQMD determines that the average of the three most recent samples, collected over about one week, are below 1.0 nanograms per cubic meter,” Atwood said. Along with the California Air Resources Board, SCAQMD also has, since Dec. 23, monitored air quality at six Paramount schools, where recorded average levels have been below 0.3 nanograms per cubic meter. ... Hexavalent chromium is associated with lung cancer when inhaled over long periods, “typically years to decades,” according to Atwood.
  • Dem Congressman: ‘Best Way to Oppose Fake News Is to Watch Outlets Like MSNBC’

    03/17/2017 2:19:01 PM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 17, 2017 | Cameron Cawthorne
    MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked Lieu about recently cosponsoring a resolution that calls for "opposing fake news and alternative facts." "The best way to oppose fake news is for people to watch outlets like MSNBC, where you report real news all the time," Lieu said. "And keep in mind, the president is scared that people will watch MSNBC, so you must be doing something right."
  • US seeks to seize 4 mosques, tower linked to Iran

    11/13/2009 4:57:53 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 532+ views
    hosted ^ | Nov 13 | ADAM GOLDMAN
    In what could be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, federal prosecutors sought to take over four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a Muslim organization suspected of being controlled by the Iranian government. Prosecutors on Thursday filed a civil complaint in federal court against the Alavi Foundation, seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets. The assets include bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story Manhattan office tower. Confiscating the properties would...
  • Disbarred lawyer faces sentencing in kidnap once called hoax

    03/16/2017 2:16:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 3/16/17 | ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney faces decades in prison during his sentencing Thursday for a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax. Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year sentence for Matthew Muller, who pleaded guilty in September to holding a San Francisco Bay Area woman for ransom.
  • Calif. Justice to Trump Admin: Stop Stalking Courts for Illegals

    03/16/2017 2:15:23 PM PDT · by kevcol · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 16, 2017 | Jason Devane
    California's top judge has written a letter to the Trump administration asking to have immigration agents refrain from hanging around courthouses in order to make arrests. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye addressed her letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. "As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery of justice in our state, I am deeply concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests," she wrote.
  • Fiance of woman killed in crash with undocumented immigrant says President Trump called him

    03/16/2017 1:04:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies [L.A.] ^ | Posted: 03/15/17, 9:44 PM PDT | Staff writers Brenda Gazzar and Elizabeth Chou
    An Arleta man whose fiancee was killed in a car crash last month allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times said he has received words of encouragement from President Donald Trump. Rodrigo Macias appeared on the television news program “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning to discuss the death of his fiancee, Sandra Duran, 42. After appearing on the program, Macias said he received a telephone call from Trump, who offered him and the family his condolences and urged them to “stay strong.” Trump also said he’s fighting hard to secure the nation’s borders and to...
  • Parts of Los Angeles ethnically cleansed of white people have a new look

    03/16/2017 11:48:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/16/2017 | Ed Straker
    The heavily Hispanic neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles declared victory recently when they managed to drive a "white" art gallery from the neighborhood.  Community groups have been battling to drive out art galleries out of fear of "gentrification," the code word for white people.  Almost from the moment it opened its doors last year Pssst, a nonprofit gallery, and its creators, have been the focus of protests and criticism on social media. Last month, they announced they could not tolerate it. They were closing up shop. "This persistent targeting, which was often highly personal in nature, was made all the...
  • Judges warn lawmakers against splitting 9th Circuit

    03/16/2017 11:11:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 16, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit warned a House Judiciary subcommittee Thursday that their jurisdiction should not be split in two. "Circuit division would have a devastating effect on the administration of justice in the western United States," Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas said in prepared remarks to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
  • ICE Agents Now Going To Courthouses To Arrest Undocumented Immigrants

    03/16/2017 10:22:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 76 replies
    CBS ^ | 03/16/17
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been going to courthouses and arresting people in America illegally, sparking outrage from prosecutors and attorneys. They worry such tactic will discourage undocumented immigrants from appearing in court to testify as witnesses for prosecutors. Criminal defense lawyer Octavio Chaidez said his client is among those taken into custody by ICE agents, who arrested him at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena. He said he had just finished a criminal court appearance with his client when four agents swooped in, confirmed his name and took his client away. “It was very shocking because...
  • California’s Teacher Tax Break (exemption from state income tax)

    03/16/2017 6:55:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 15, 2017
    California schools have many problems, but a teacher shortage isn’t one of them. Democrats in Sacramento nonetheless want to throw millions of dollars at this fake problem by exempting veteran teachers from state income tax while ignoring the real systemic inequities in education. Unions promote the conceit of a teacher shortage whenever they’re seeking more money, which is basically all the time. Over the last six years—that is, since California voters approved a tax hike on the wealthy—state spending on education and the per pupil allotment have increased by 55%. Yet many school districts are now threatening layoffs. Santa Ana...
  • Former LA County sheriff guilty of obstructing FBI probe

    03/16/2017 5:19:06 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 16 replies ^ | 3/15/17 | ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of obstructing an FBI investigation into corrupt and violent guards who took bribes to smuggle contraband into the jails he ran and savagely beat inmates.

    03/15/2017 11:29:47 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 123 replies
    TMZ ^ | March 15, 2017 | TMZ
    Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage was attacked in a Bay area restaurant Tuesday night, and it sure seems there's a Trump connection. We're told Savage was eating dinner at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon at around 8:30 PM, when a guy started mocking Savage's legal last name, screaming, "weener, weener." We're told the guy threw Savage to the ground, after allegedly shoving Savage's poodle, Teddy, out of the way.
  • Legislators in California introduce bill to exempt teachers from state income tax

    03/15/2017 11:12:10 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 29 replies ^ | 3/15/17 |
    Legislators in California recently introduced a bill that would offer educators major tax breaks in an effort to keep them in the classroom and combat the state’s growing teacher shortage. The measure quickly drew fire from taxpayer advocates who criticized it as politically inspired favoritism. Democratic senators Henry Stern of Los Angeles and Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton earlier this month introduced Senate Bill 807, which would exempt teachers from paying the state income tax – which would be the equivalent of a 4 percent to 6 percent salary increase – after five years in the classroom.