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  • Anyone near any of the numerous wild fires in CA?

    08/01/2015 7:25:41 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Is anyone near any of the many fires in CA? I am in Sonoma County and there is a a steady stream of emergency aircraft flying. There are over 70 lightening fires in Humboldt county and a dozen in Mendocino County. Looking at the state wide map there are over 25 major fires. We have been hazed over for 2 days from the smoke from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake that has consumed 25000 acres in a little over 3 days. I understand some of the fires in Mendocino and Lake County may be arson.
  • California Lawmakers Send Defiant Message to NRA After Taking Major Action on Gun Control

    07/29/2015 8:36:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    cnmnewz.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | unknown
    Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to make it illegal to be in possession of high-capacity ammo magazines, likely setting up a new Second Amendment battle in the Golden State. After passing the measure with a 12-0 vote, Councilman Paul Krekorian reportedly challenged the National Rifle Association.
  • Police probing death in LA find 1,200 guns, 2 tons ammo

    07/21/2015 2:54:33 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 61 replies
    LOS ANGELES — Police investigating the death of a Los Angeles man uncovered an arsenal inside his home and garage — more than 1,200 guns and about two tons of ammunition, authorities said Monday. Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith called the number of rifles, pistols and shotguns staggering. Many had never been fired and some were still wrapped in boxes, with price tags still attached. "Our truck couldn't carry it all," Smith told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1HFAKVn). "We had to go back and make another trip."
  • Advocates for Immigrant Rights Brace for Backlash

    07/19/2015 10:11:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Immigrant-rights advocates predicted 2015 would be a banner year for their cause, with new breakthroughs that would make the Golden State more welcoming. For the first time in more than two decades, illegal immigrants can apply for driver's licenses. Prospects were good for a sweeping package of bills to expand protections for people in the country illegally. And Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to spend millions on free health care for low-income immigrant children -- and even create a new position in his administration: director of "immigrant integration." But all that optimism quickly dimmed July 1, when an illegal immigrant from...
  • Big 3 broadcast nets deep-six Obama's suburb-busting plan

    07/14/2015 9:55:15 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-14-15 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat-Media Complex have just told us what they fear the most as an issue in the 2016 election: President Obama’s plan to “fundamentally transform” suburbia (as explained today by Jeannie DeAngelis). This is an issue that literally hits voters where they live, by using the denial of federal funding to override local control and force communities to provide low-income housing distributed to approved minority groups. Investor’s Business Daily reports that all three broadcast networks ignored the story that affects their viewers more directly than almost any other issue. The Big Three news networks all punted on covering one of...
  • Killing roils immigration debate

    07/08/2015 5:27:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 8,2015 | Mike Lillis
    The fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman in a popular tourist district, allegedly by an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record, has intensified the debate over immigration on Capitol Hill. It has also focused attention on the issue of “sanctuary” cities that do not cooperate with federal officials on deportations.
  • How Los Angeles Is Becoming a ‘Third World’ City

    07/07/2015 5:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/07/2015 | By HÉCTOR TOBAR
    LOS ANGELES — A GENERATION ago, this West Coast metropolis became a “third world city.” At least in the rhetoric of certain East Coast thinkers. A 1991 book by David Rieff cited visitors who were stunned by “seeing nothing but brown faces, hearing nothing but Spanish on the streets.” The arrival of coffee-colored Latino masses (like me and my Guatemalan-American family), together with the spread of Mandarin and Korean logograms on street signs, led Mr. Rieff to call this the “capital of the third world.” As a native of the city, I was offended to hear it tagged with such...
  • NASCAR Cuts Ties with Donald Trump After He Calls for Securing The Border

    07/06/2015 12:28:28 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 49 replies
    Breitbart.Com ^ | July 5, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    After Kathryn Steinle was allegedly gunned down by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1, GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said the heinous act brought into focus once more the need to build a wall to seal our southern border. NASCAR responded to the policy proposal by cutting ties with Trump, saying it will no longer use “the Trump National Doral Miami resort for its postseason award banquets.” Breitbart News previously reported that Sanchez had already been deported five times and had seven felonies on his record, but the immigration stance of President Obama, Governor Jerry Brown (D), California...
  • News Crew Mugged, Cameras Stolen at San Francisco Pier

    07/04/2015 6:30:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 45 replies
    An NBC Bay Area news crew was attacked early Thursday morning while reporting a story in a mugging that injured the photographer, whose camera gear was also stolen. A second station was also robbed of its gear. -excerpt- The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer – along with several other news stations – were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before. -excerpt- As the two were about to go on air, a man pulled up to the curb in...
  • Anti-2nd Amendment gun smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, headed to prison

    07/03/2015 7:18:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | Robert Laurie
    We’re glad this criminal is off the streets, but we’ll also be honest. We were hoping this one would go to trial because an anti-2nd Amendment Democrat who also happens to be an international gun-runner is just too much fun to pass up. Have fun in the slammer, Mr. Yee.
  • [illegal alien] Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

    06/29/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 65 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6/29/2015 | Simone Pathé
    Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. “Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents,” Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship...
  • CA: Shooting Case Dismissed Second Time, Judge Rips DA Berberian

    06/24/2015 6:52:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    District Attorney Ed (the barbarian) Berberian was slapped down by another judge in the Dr. Simon self defense shooting case.  The shooting occurred in Marin County, an environment notoriously hostile to the Second Amendment. From marinij.com: Judge Andrew Sweet dismissed “in its entirety” a grand jury indictment lodged against Dr. James Simon, saying District Attorney Ed Berberian “made an inappropriate presentation to the grand jury” that failed to tell jurors relevant details about the case, or told them details that had no relevance at all. The result, said Sweet, was “substantial prejudice.” Had Berberian proceeded appropriately, “it is reasonably...
  • Couple Paints American Flag On Brown Lawn As San Jose Forces Water Cutbacks During Drought

    06/16/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | June 15, 2015 10:39 PM | Andria Borba
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose is forcing its residents to cut back on water use during the drought, so one couple found a patriotic solution to their ugly brown lawn by painting an American flag on it. Claudia Decker and her husband stopped watering their lawn in January. Tired of looking at the patchy turf and dirt, they wanted to increase their curb appeal. “People are painting their lawns green because of the drought,” Decker told KPIX 5. Instead of green, the couple painted an American flag on the lawn, in honor of Flag Day. The flag even...
  • Developers can be required to include affordable housing, California high court rules

    06/15/2015 11:16:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 15, 2015 | Maura Dolan, reporting from San Francisco
    The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that cities and counties may require developers to provide below-market-rate housing as a condition of a building permit...... Monday's decision stemmed from a constitutional challenge of an affordable housing ordinance passed in San Jose five years ago..... The law requires developers building 20 or more housing units to offer 15% at below-market rates or pay into a city fund. .........“The community as a whole should bear the burden of furthering this interest, not merely some segment of the community.”
  • CA: San Jose Gun Turn in (Buy back) gets 47 from one person

    06/09/2015 7:11:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A gun turn in (buy back) event was held in San Jose, California, on the 6th of June, 2015.   The number of firearms turned in was meager for such a large population center, with one fourth turned in by one person.  There are no photographs of the firearms turned in available yet, but it is highly probable that the 47 firearms turned in by one person were the collection of a family member who died.  That is a common source of guns turned in at these events.  From mercurynews.com : SAN JOSE -- A no-questions-asked guns buyback run by...
  • Jerry Brown: ‘I Didn’t Take a Shower This Morning’

    06/08/2015 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 8, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to implement the state’s first-ever mandatory water cutbacks, among voluntary measures, and he is leading by example: “I didn’t take a shower this morning,” he told reporters in San Jose last week. Brown also said that he has cut back on drinking water, though he continues to enjoy coffee.
  • Water Revolution in Israel Overcomes Any Threat of Drought

    05/29/2015 12:59:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    ... Today, there is plenty of water in Israel. A lighter version of an old “Israel is drying up” campaign has been dusted off to advertise baby diapers. “The fear has gone,” said Mr. Zvieli, whose customers have gone back to planting flowers. As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli...
  • Report: Deciphering California’s assault weapon ban list

    05/28/2015 7:49:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    guns.com ^ | 5/28/2015 | Chris Eger
    Guns classified by the DOJ as “assault weapons” cannot be bought, sold or transferred in the state unless it is to a licensed dealer. Indeed, even those on the lists will eventually disappear as state law only allows for their dismantling, transfer to law enforcement, or out of state sale by their current owners, forbidding even inheritance to family members.
  • Governor Brown Signs Multinational Climate Change Pact

    05/20/2015 6:16:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/20/2015 | Michelle Moons
    On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed onto a pact between 12 regions in seven countries, including four U.S. states, binding each to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically. The goal of the cuts is to keep the rise in global average surface temperatures below 2º Celsius
  • CA: How many unsolved Homicides are Self Defense?

    05/20/2015 4:27:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Benjamin Jasper Carter In a previous essay, I mentioned that we do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides.  The reason is that most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals, and that because a person is a criminal, they are reluctant to report a self defense shooting to police.  From the previous essay: In the United States, about 37.5% of the homicides are unsolved.   In Chicago in 2013, the number was 75% unsolved.   Most homicides involve criminals killing other criminals.  How many of those would be justifiable if solved is unknowable; but clearly some...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • Supreme Court Weighs Review of San Francisco Gun Control Scheme

    05/15/2015 7:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Damon Root
    <p>In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court not only struck down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban, it also struck down D.C.'s requirement that all firearms kept at home be "unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device." According to the majority opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia, the individual right secured by the Second Amendment voids such requirements because it protects the right of the people to keep a "lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."</p>
  • Hundreds Take Part In LA’s Latest Gun Buyback Program

    05/10/2015 8:55:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | 5/9/2015 | unknown
    The steady stream of cars, reported Benedict, represented the people who not only wanted to be gun-free but also people looking for the gift cards credited to the generosity of Ralphs.
  • Tuna Company, 2 Employees Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

    Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a California worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna, prosecutors said.
  • INDUSTRY: CITY OF CRONIES (City of Industry,CA)

    04/26/2015 1:52:05 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/26/2015 | Rebecca Kimitch and Steve Scauzillo Staff Writerss
    (LONG article, so this first:) ************************* BY THE NUMBERS • $107.4 million: Amount City of Industry paid to Zerep Management, owned by former Mayor Dave Perez, from 1995- 2014 for street sweeping and other city maintenance • $219.2 million: Amount Industry paid to other Perez family-owned businesses from 1995-2014 or trash collection and other services • $133,000: Average amount Industry paid to Zerep every month in 2014 or street sweeping • $20,000: Average amount Industry pays monthly now to R.F. Dickson Co. for street sweeping • 50: Equivalent of full-time employees Industry paid Zerep for, based on labor charges. •...
  • Ed Peruta to Talk in Southern California on 25 April, 2015

    04/22/2015 6:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    When I was interviewing Ed Peruta, he sent me this notice of the event in Southern California where he will be giving a talk this Saturday.  It is in Ramona, California.  Ramona is located a bit North of San Diego.  Here is a map of the location: This website gives directions from a number of locations.   Here is a link to the website of the organization sponsoring the event.  When I talked to Ed, he struck me as a dynamic and motivational speaker.   I do not know if I will be able to attend, as I am traveling and...
  • California May Be In Play For 2016 Presidential Race..

    04/14/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    CBS-8 ^ | April 14, 2015 | Emerson College Polling Society
    SOURCE Emerson College Polling Society BOSTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new poll conducted in California by the Emerson College Polling Society (ECPS) suggests that the perennially blue state, which has not been won by a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, may be in play for the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton holds a commanding 46-point lead over Senator Elizabeth Warren, her nearest potential rival for the Democratic nomination. However, in head-to-head matchups with the top two GOP contenders, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, Clinton's 53% to 47% edge is within the poll's margin of error of +/- 3.2%. California...
  • 10 New Laws Will Increase Poverty in California

    04/13/2015 11:55:56 AM PDT · by Mark · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/12/15 | Doug McIntyre
    The dominoes are toppling faster and faster. With each passing day the elites of America are pushing ahead with their plan to erase any distinction between legal and illegal immigration. The once cherished concept of citizenship continues to erode in the face of a relentless push to grant all the perks and privileges of citizenship to the uncountable millions who violated our nation’s laws when they entered the country illegally. Anyone who objects is vilified as a racist and xenophobe. While politicians of both parties conspire to turn the brilliantly inclusive American melting pot into a dystopian Tower of Babble...
  • CA: Torrance Police Settle for Illegally Destroyed Guns

    04/07/2015 5:53:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    California, especially California cities, have had a bad reputation for decades, of legally stealing firearms.  This was primarily done with police officers confiscating firearms that they came across, without any crime being committed.  Department policy was then to refuse to return the firearm unless a court ordered them to do so.  As the process of obtaining a court order would ordinarily be much more costly than the price of a firearm, most people who had their firearms stolen by police simply did not bother in attempting to obtain a court order. The situation became so notorious that a law...
  • An Engineered Drought

    04/06/2015 1:52:25 PM PDT · by SueRae · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | 4/2/15 | VictorDavis Hansen
    Shortsighted coastal elites bear most of the blame for California’s water woes. April 2, 2015 Photo by Cowgirl Jules California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography. We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water...
  • California governor on drought: Climate change not a hoax 'We're dealing with it, and it's damn srs

    04/06/2015 8:08:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 64 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 4/5/2015 | Joseph Neese
    ABC anchor Martha Raddatz pressured Brown on criticisms that the new requirements he placed on California’s agricultural industry, which uses a reported 80% of the state’s water, were soft. To put this into perspective, Raddatz reported that more water is being used for almond production than by the combined businesses and homes of Los Angeles and San Francisco. “They’re not watering their lawn or taking long showers,” Brown said in response. “They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world.”
  • California high-speed rail threatened by kit fox

    04/03/2015 8:33:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    bulletin standard ^ | 03 April 2015 | ???
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Federal authorities say California's $68 billion higher-speed rail could harm the protected kit fox.
  • California mother gunned down in front of 12-year-old son after chuckling at stranger on the road

    04/03/2015 4:19:58 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 51 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 4/3/15 | BY JASON SILVERSTEIN
    California mother gunned down in front of 12-year-old son after chuckling at stranger on the road: cops BY JASON SILVERSTEIN She chuckled, then she got killed. A California mother innocently laughed at a stranger on the road moments before the man shot her and her 12-year-old son, killing the woman, police said. "It appears to be random or misguided," Lt. Dave Coleman told the Daily Breeze about the cold-blooded killing. Denise Chiffon Berry, 44, was driving in Hawthorne Wednesday afternoon with her son when the boy made eye contact with three men driving by in a Cadillac, police said. The...
  • R.I.P. California (1850-2016): What We’ll Lose And Learn From The World’s First Major Water Collapse

    03/28/2015 9:10:54 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 68 replies
    Feelguide.com ^ | 3/22/2015 | FEELGUIDE
    Last week when NASA announced that California is on its death bed and has only 12 months of water left, the news hit like a punch to the gut. “Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir,” writes Jay Famiglietti of NASA. Famiglietti adds: “Statewide, we’ve been dropping...
  • California man facing terrorism charge writes to newspaper

    03/22/2015 2:39:52 PM PDT · by wtd · 4 replies
    WVUE New Orleans ^ | 03/22/2015
    California man facing terrorism charge writes to newspaperSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A 21-year-old Southern California man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group vowed revenge and identified with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France in a series of writings to a newspaper. Adam Dandach, who pleaded not guilty last week to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group and other charges, sent four letters and two poems from jail to the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1Ony7es ). A poem titled "The Price of Freedom of Speech" ends, "Rot in a grave of fire, right...
  • LA Public School Teaching Kids “Allah is the One True God”

    03/12/2015 6:23:52 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    Act For America ^ | 11/14/2015 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Allah is the name of the moon god of Mohammed's Quraysh Tribe in Arabia. The religion that Mohammed dictated under the influence of Allah, Islam, is a perverse totalitarian homosexual death cult. The views espoused by Muslims are virtually identical to that of modern progressive liberals. Among those victimized by Islam, besides its enemies which are routinely sodomized prior to getting their heads cut off, are women and kids who are viewed as just a necessary nuisance to make more little sodomite death cult members. Islam merely takes every vial deed that depraved men commit and codifies it. Progressive liberals...
  • Obama’s Summit of Jihad Denial

    02/19/2015 4:13:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 19, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    What is President Obama doing this week in the face of the unrelenting wave of jihadist-inspired terrorist attacks, the latest of which occurred in Copenhagen and on the bloodied Mediterranean shore of Libya while Obama played golf in California? He is holding a politically correct summit conference on “countering violent extremism,” a three-day community circles talkfest beginning on February 17.
  • Los Angeles Police Union Backs Anti-Gun Harris For Senate

    02/16/2015 8:28:12 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 2/15/2015 | RRangel
    The Los Angeles Police Protective League, supports rabidly anti-gun attorney general Kamala Harris, for Barbara Boxer’s senate seat. The union says she supports law enforcement and it’s true.
  • Lawmaker pushes to make filing false ‘gun violence restraining order’ a felony

    02/10/2015 11:21:42 AM PST · by HammerT · 14 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 2/09/15 | Chris Eger
    With California’s unique new law in place that allows for gun confiscations from those thought at risk, a state lawmaker wants to make sure it’s not abused. The law in question, which passed the state legislature as AB 1014 last year, provides a framework for the temporary seizure of guns from an individual at the request of their family or friends. It was implemented following an attack in Isla Vista, California, that gun control advocates advised could have been prevented under the new procedure, which allows firearms to be confiscated for up to a year if an order is granted....
  • SF Police Detain Person Of Interest For Questioning In Case Of Human Body Found In Suitcase

    01/31/2015 2:56:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 10:32 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police detained a person of interest Friday night in a case involving a dismembered body found stuffed into a suitcase Wednesday in the South of Market neighborhood.
  • Does Marin Prosecutor Beberian have an Unhealthy Obsession with Guns?

    01/30/2015 10:20:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    More evidence has surfaced that California's Marin County Prosecutor, Ed Berberian, has a bias, perhaps even an obsession, against gun owners and self defense.  Six months ago Dr. James Simon defended himself and his wife of 38 years from an aggressive driver who followed him to his home, drove his Mercedes part way into the Simon's garage to prevent the door from closing, and persisted in invading the home after two warning shots were fired.   Doctor Simon shot the man and called the police. Berberian prosecuted anyway.  He has a history of aggressively prosecuting self defense cases, especially those...
  • CA: Thomas Greer as example; Do not Talk to Reporters after a Shooting

    01/29/2015 5:12:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Daily Mail via Gun Watch ^ | 28 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Thomas Greer gained fame in July of this year by making some imprudent statements to reporters.   He had shot one of a pair of burglars that had assaulted him in his home.   He said that the woman that he killed, Andrea Miller, had told him that she was pregnant as a ruse to gain advantage and prevent him from shooting her.   Greer is 80 years old, and had his collar bone broken in the assault.  From the dailymail.co.uk: ‘Thomas Greer is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury,’ according to...
  • Are U.S. rivals hacking the American electoral system? Why it’s impossible to know.

    01/22/2015 3:10:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 21, 2015 | Meredith McGehee
    The Chinese government hacked into U.S. defense systems. What makes Americans think that the Chinese—or the Russians, the Iranians or other foreign interests—are not also hacking into U.S. elections? They may well be doing it on a large scale. But Americans have no way to know. We have certainly made it easy for them, especially after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, handed down five years ago. U.S. law prohibits foreign nationals from making a contribution or donation in connection with any federal, state or local election. The prohibition includes contributions to candidates and political action committees, as well...
  • When Illegals Kill Cops

    01/20/2015 4:48:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Lloyd Billingsley
    When Illegals Kill CopsPosted By Lloyd Billingsley On January 20, 2015 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Rep. Ami Bera, a northern California Democrat, has invited Susan Oliver, 46, to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech. The White House is aware of the invitation, and Mrs. Oliver has a message of her own for the chief executive.“Build unity between citizens and law enforcement,” she told Richard Chang of the Sacramento Bee. “The damage is tearing people apart.” Activists, she said, try to “excite people who don’t know all the facts” and “people will do negative things...
  • CA: Marin Prosecutor Anti-Self Defense in Doctor "road rage" case?

    01/11/2015 5:55:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Dr. Simon and presumed wife of 38 years, center. Dr. Simon had the charges against him dismissed by the judge during a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, 6 January, 2015.  He had plead not guilty and had claimed self defense.   The incident occurred about six months ago on July 17, 2014, at his home in Corte Madera, in a canyon in Marin County California. Dr. Simon and his wife, in a "Smart car" drove around business mogul William D. Ostenton, who was in a small Mercedes.   Perhaps Mr. Ostenton was on the phone or distracted.  Notice that the Doctor...
  • CA: Another Reason for a Gun at the Door

    01/09/2015 11:47:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeff Preach, above, is 63.  He believed that his days as a high school football center were long gone.   He has been a pillar of his community, town council member, a Lions Club president, president of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Violin Canyon Corporation.  He lives in a large house on a dirt road in the country near Castaic, California.   Confused motorists have often stopped and asked for directions, according to a commenter who claimed to be related.   It was about 10:30 on Sunday night when he answered the door.    From abc7.com: "I opened the...
  • Firefighters rescue naked woman trapped in ex-boyfriend's chimney

    01/05/2015 2:18:30 PM PST · by bgill · 69 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Dylan Stableford
    According to Riverside County officials, the 35-year-old woman, who was not identified, tried to enter the Woodcrest, Calif., home where her ex-boyfriend and three children live through the front door early Saturday morning, but it was locked. So she climbed on the roof, stripped off her clothes and tried to shimmy down the chimney. Shortly before 5 a.m., her estranged boyfriend, Tony Hernandez, said he heard the woman crying for help.
  • Gun sales jump locally (bc of new law requiring a firearm safety card)

    12/30/2014 3:52:38 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Impending state legislation and civil discord on the national level has equated to an uptick in firearms sales for area shops, shop owners say. Among other factors, a new state law, effective Jan. 1, will require purchasers of both long guns and handguns to obtain a firearm safety card. As with the current requirements to purchase handguns, the new rule will require a shopper to take a test and pay a one-time fee before the sale of a rifle, shotgun or handgun could be made.
  • CA: More Burglars Shot, Less Burglaries. Who Knew?

    12/20/2014 12:25:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who would suspect that when burglars are shot, the burglary rate would go down? I have seen the sentiment before, but never in quite such a succinct way.  The article was about a third burglar suspect being shot and killed in Richmond, California, this year.  From  richmondconfidential.org: Terrell Ruben, 42, became the third person shot and killed in an attempted burglary in Richmond this year. A Richmond homeowner shot Ruben in the chest after he discovered Ruben and another man attempting to steal property from his backyard last Saturday.  I think most people would see a clear connection between...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...