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  • California is No. 1 haven for hate groups, report says

    08/16/2017 12:47:39 PM PDT · by Hadean · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 16, 2017 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The states with the highest number of hate groups may not be the areas of the country that many people would assume. California ranks highest among the 50 states, with nearly 80 different hate groups calling the Golden State home, says a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most of the groups are concentrated in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area and the Sacramento region, the report says. Data show the western half of the U.S. has significantly fewer hate groups than the East Coast, the report says, but California -- the nation's most populous state -- easily...
  • Jackie Speier calls for Trump’s removal from office under 25th Amendment

    08/16/2017 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | August 16, 2017 | By CASEY TOLAN
    A Bay Area congresswoman is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from the presidency under a never-before-used constitutional provision. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, said on Tuesday that Trump should be removed from office with the 25th Amendment, following his latest comments blaming “many sides” for violence after white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va. “POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger,” Speier tweeted Tuesday night. “Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.” Speier also quoted from Voltaire in a tweet: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make...
  • Dodgers rally to 50 games over .500

    08/16/2017 12:12:08 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    Major League Baseball ^ | August 16, 2017 | Ryan Posner and Joshua Thornton
    LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued their historic 2017 run, using a five-run eighth inning to beat the White Sox, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, becoming the first team since the 2004 Cardinals to be 50 games over .500. The Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball at 84-34, reached 50 wins at home for the third straight season. They are on pace to win 117 games, one more than the Major League record shared by the 2001 Seattle Mariners and the 1906 Chicago Cubs.
  • California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme

    08/16/2017 10:10:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Nature.com ^ | August 16, 2017 | by Jeff Tollefson
    California has a history of going it alone to protect the environment. Now, as US President Donald Trump pulls back on climate science and policy, scientists in the Golden State are sketching plans for a home-grown climate-research institute — to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The initiative, which is backed by California’s flagship universities, is in the early stages of development. If it succeeds, it will represent one of the largest US investments in climate research in years. The nascent ‘California Climate Science and Solutions Institute’ would fund basic- and applied-research projects designed to help...
  • Sometimes the Good Guys Win

    08/16/2017 4:32:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    I am writing this column to inform readers of some good news. The sustained efforts of individuals, organizations and the media who oppose everything people like me stand for -- America as an exceptional nation among the nations of the world; the unique contribution of the Judeo-Christian value system in shaping America and the best of Western civilization; sustaining Western civilization as a moral imperative; preserving the American Trinity of liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum; promulgating the American and Judeo-Christian belief that race is insignificant; and an openness to all points of view -- to shut...
  • California right-winger behind Charlottesville violence

    08/15/2017 1:10:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | August 15, 2017 | by Patrick May
    It turns out last weekend’s violent white-power protest in Virginia was spurred in part by an ex-con and one-time Silicon Valley resident who’s about to bring his bare-knuckled activism back to the Bay Area. Nathan Damigo is not a techie. But the former Marine infantryman and convicted armed robber who founded the Oakdale-based white-nationalist group Identity Evropa grew up and went to school in San Jose before following a path into alt-right power politics. Damigo, who made the news after he was arrested for punching a woman in the face during the so-called “Battle for Berkeley” on April 15, now...
  • Pelosi asks if White House had hand in approving SF right-wing rally

    08/15/2017 12:34:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 15, 2017 | By Matier & Ross
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called Tuesday for the National Park Service to reconsider its decision to grant a permit to a right-wing group planning a rally at San Francisco’s Crissy Field, and asked whether the gathering had been approved “under guidance from the White House.” Pelosi was reacting to plans by a group called Patriot Prayer to rally Aug. 26 at Crissy Field, which is part of Presidio National Park. The group’s permit was tentatively approved before violence broke out Saturday at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.
  • White nationalists planning rallies in SF, Berkeley

    08/15/2017 8:37:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 15, 2017 | By Peter Fimrite and Joe Garofoli
    With violence sparked by neo-Nazis in Virginia raising tensions across the U.S., white nationalists are planning rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley later this month. A permit has been issued for a “Patriot Prayer” group to gather Aug. 26 at Crissy Field in San Francisco, said Sonja Hanson, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said another group, No Marxism in America, is planning an event on Aug. 27 at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley. The park was the site of two other gatherings of far-right protesters this year, including one...
  • How to Break Silicon Valley’s Anti-Free-Speech Monopoly

    08/15/2017 5:33:32 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/17 | Jeremy Carl
    It’s time to treat Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter like public utilities.... Yes, they are private companies, just as many utilities are. And yes, these Internet monopolies do not have the same physical-infrastructure advantages that electric-utility monopolies have. But because of their network effects, their dominance and monopoly power are in many ways even starker. If I don’t like my utility I can put solar panels on my roof and an inverter and battery in my garage, and I can still get power. But if I can’t get access to the 2 billion people on Facebook because Facebook doesn’t like...
  • Sun’s eclipse a celestial marvel, but a downer for solar power plants

    08/14/2017 6:15:33 PM PDT · by rey · 30 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 14 Aug 2017
    Turn off the lights during next Monday morning’s solar eclipse, and while you’re at it go after the “vampires” that may be sucking $100 worth of electricity a year from your home. That’s the advice from state utility regulators regarding the astronomical event that will darken skies across a broad swath of the United States as the moon passes between sun and Earth, disturbing animals, drawing crowds to the darkest areas where the eclipse will be total and temporarily curbing output from solar power facilities. To offset the loss, the California Public Utilities Commission is urging people, businesses and institutions...
  • 5 Things That Will Happen When California Secedes from the U.S.

    08/13/2017 9:34:51 PM PDT · by Mafe · 85 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jared Whitley
    Any statistician or economist will tell you there is a huge world of difference between the improbable and the impossible. Brexit and the Trump presidency were both thought to be impossible, but they were proven to simply have been improbable. And whenever I see an article about the move for California to secede from the United States (the so-called “Cal-exit”), the more I think that a vote to split is inevitable rather than improbable. As a member of the California Freedom Coalition recently told the Sacramento Bee, collecting signatures for the 2018 ballot, “We feel like this current initiative is...
  • Time to show rape victims matter

    08/13/2017 4:35:33 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/13/2017 | Helena Lazaro
    LAW-ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY Time to show rape victims matter By Helena Lazaro I’d just turned 17 when I was abducted from a car wash by a stranger near my Los Angeles home and repeatedly raped at knife-point. I begged the attacker to spare my life and release me, and he did — but not before he took my driver’s license swearing to kill everyone in my home if I ever told police what happened. That cold night in 1996, I risked my life and the safety of my family by reporting what happened. I underwent the deeply traumatic evidence collection process...
  • Marshawn Lynch sits during the national anthem in Raiders preseason opener

    08/13/2017 9:09:49 AM PDT · by Textide · 63 replies
    SFGate ^ | 08/12/2017 | Vic Tafur
    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Raiders weren’t going to take any chances, so coach Jack Del Rio only used two offensive starters in Saturday night’s preseason-opening 20-10 loss to the Cardinals. Not only did quarterback Derek Carr, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch sit this one out, but Lynch sat on the bench during the national anthem.....
  • 'Meet a Muslim' events hope to dispel misconceptions [Fremont CA]

    08/13/2017 8:54:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2017 10:31 AM EDT | Kristin J. Bender (and Noreen Nasir)
    When Moina Shaiq realized even her own friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: “Questions and answers about being Muslim.” […] With an uptick in anti-Muslim crimes in the U.S., Shaiq said she started the “Meet a Muslim” talks to educate people about her faith and culture while addressing people’s misconceptions and stereotypes. …
  • Raiders sit stars; Marshawn Lynch sits during anthem in loss to Cardinals

    08/13/2017 7:07:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 13, 2017
    The Oakland Raiders did not figure to risk injury to any of their star or front-line players in their preseason opener Saturday night, and they stayed true to that summation. It did not exactly go well for them in a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. Even if the erstwhile Beast Mode suited up but did not play, he may have made the most news. In his return to the NFL, Lynch sat during the national anthem. In an apparent protest reminiscent of Colin Kaepernick’s last season to bring attention to racism and police brutality, Lynch remained...
  • California Court Orders Venture Capitalist To Reopen Disputed Beach

    08/12/2017 6:48:58 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | August 11, 2017 | staff
    Siding with surfers and other backers of the public's access to beaches, a California appeals court is ordering a Silicon Valley billionaire to reopen public access to Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems who has invested in renewable energy, closed the beach to the public in 2009...On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal rejected Khosla's appeal. "This is not simply a win for surfers in San Mateo County," said Surfrider Legal Director Angela Howe. "This is a win for all of the beachgoing public...
  • Michelle Obama's 'nasty, rotty' school lunch guru busted for corruption

    08/12/2017 2:24:56 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/9/2017 | Monica Showalter
    The man who brought us the phrase "nasty, rotty" food has unsurprisingly been busted for corruption. That's one David Binkle, a former chef who bit and clawed his way to the top of the Los Angeles Unified School District's $354-million food operation, running the Michelle Obama-ordained school lunch reform that was so bad in Los Angeles that the students set up a black market in Flamin' Hot Cheetos as a substitute. His horrible operation gave us that evocative descriptor, "nasty rotty stuff," which got around. Turns out he was overpaying contractors, taking kickbacks, and billing it all to the taxpayer....
  • James Damore has an 'above decent' chance of winning his legal case against Google

    08/11/2017 4:06:30 PM PDT · by ptsal · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug 11, 2017 | Jim Edwards
    An expert in California labor law tells Business Insider that Damore has a better chance of winning his case than people may think. That's because Damore's case is NOT about free speech, discrimination, or his rights as an "at-will" worker. Damore filed under a section of the law that deals with protecting statements made by workers' rights activists who have questions about wages and conditions.
  • ACLU: Feds using bogus gang accusations to deport illegal immigrants

    08/11/2017 3:01:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2017 | Stephan Dinan
    The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit Friday charging that the Trump administration is wrongly accusing young illegal immigrants of gang affiliations as a way to short-circuit their rights and force them into speedy deportations. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in California, opens yet another legal front against President Trump’s goal of stepped-up immigration enforcement, with advocates hoping to blunt a new effort by Homeland Security to find and deport some of the Central Americans who jumped the border during the Obama era. Immigrant-rights advocates said the government has started to fabricate broad accusations of gang membership or...
  • Rebellious California lawmakers get banished to ‘The Dog House,’ a tiny office [Opposed cap 7 trade]

    08/11/2017 12:12:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | August 11, 2017 at 6:34 am
    The move comes about a month after Melendez resigned as assistant leader of the Assembly Republican Caucus. Melendez said she could no longer work with Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley after he voted in favor of extending California’s Cap-and-Trade Program to 2030. Mayes’ vote outraged conservatives who argue that cap-and-trade boosts already-high gas prices. He is facing calls from two Republican National Committee members and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, among others, to step down as leader of the Assembly’s GOP minority.