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  • [illegal alien] Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

    06/29/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 60 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 2ş 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...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CALIFORNIA MISSIONS, 12-10-14

    12/10/2014 9:22:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CALIFORNIA MISSIONS The parish centers established among the American Indians by Catholic missionaries from Spain. Three sets of missions were founded, in sequence, by the Jesuits and Dominicans in Lower California (now Mexico), and by the Franciscans in Upper California (now the United States). The Jesuit missions and the years of their foundation, beginning from south to north, were: San José del Cabo (1730); Santiago de las Coras (1721); San Juan de Ligní (1705); Nuestra Seńora de los Dolores del Sur (1721); Nuestra Seńora del Pilar (1720); Santa Rosa or Todos Santos (1733); San Luis Gonzaga...
  • High-Speed Rail Strategy: Build Now, Hope for Money Later

    12/07/2014 9:33:35 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 7 Dec 2014 | William Bigelow
    Advocates for the projected bullet train running from San Francisco to Los Angeles argued at the Public Policy Institute’s all-day State of Change conference last week that simply getting the project started would catalyze the federal government to pour more money into the $67.6 billion boondoggle. The California High-Speed Rail Authority offered the $67.6 million figure in February 2014 ... As Reason Magazine recently reported, “The CHSRA April 2012 Business Plan is so deficient that it is inconceivable that policymakers would continue to rely on its assertions to evaluate the program.”
  • Judge on Ninth Circuit calls for vote on en banc review of Peruta

    12/07/2014 7:31:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the ongoing saga of Peruta v. County of San Diego, another procedural turn; a judge on the Ninth Circuit has called for a vote to determine if the Circuit will hear the case en banc.   This is a call for a vote to review the original decision, not to hear the appeal of the denial of the request to intervene by Attorney General Kamala Harris of California.  Here is the Order, from the pdf: Before: O’SCANNLAIN, THOMAS, and CALLAHAN, Circuit Judges.A judge of this Court having made a sua sponte call for a vote on whether this case...
  • CA: AG Kamala Harris Requests en banc Review of the Denial of her Request to Intervene in Peruta

    11/29/2014 12:25:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On November 26, Kamala Harris, the AG of California, filed a request for an en banc review of the decision on 12 November to deny her request to intervene in the case.  From campaign-archive1.com  (Michel & Associates): The AG’s latest request to the court comes after the court denied the AG’s and several gun ban advocacy groups’ requests to join the case once they learned Sheriff Gore had decided not to appeal the case any further.  The anti-gun rights groups have also filed a similar request for en banc review of the Ninth Circuit's denial of their requests to...
  • Catholic Bishops: Shut Down Government to Stop Obamacare’s Abortion Funding

    11/22/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Life News ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The nation’s Catholic bishops are so upset about taxpayer funding of abortions in Obamacare they are urging a shutdown of the federal government so the issue can be addressed.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a letter to members of Congress advocating adding language to the “must-pass funding legislation” such as the continuing resolution Congress is expected to approve soon to fund the federal government until the next session of Congress that would stop abortion funding under Obamacare. If such language is not approve, the bishops say members of Congress should balk at approving the continuing resolution and...
  • Brit Hume’s loud silence reveals the ugly secret about Obama’s immigration amnesty announcement

    11/20/2014 3:47:45 PM PST · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 11-20-2014 | Bookworm
    There are some words that, as a writer, I’ve always wanted to use. One of those words is “cadaverous,” which I think is just a lovely, almost Dickensian word. Having attended last night’s delightful PRI Gala dinner, I finally have that chance. But let me start at the beginning….I don’t usually attend galas. Indeed, I don’t ever attend galas, since I am almost pathologically cheap and, no matter how much I admire the speaker or expect the company to be delightful, I simply cannot make myself pay several hundred dollars for a dinner and speech. Add to that the fact...
  • Jim Costa keeps House seat, edging out Johnny Tacherra in another late-vote rally (CA-16)

    11/20/2014 5:12:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | November 20, 2014 | John Ellis
    "..For Tacherra to have a chance of winning, the rural Fresno County dairyman needed an overwhelming victory margin in the remaining votes from Merced and Madera counties—which to date had been his strongest parts of the district. Both counties finished their vote counts, and Tacherra, 39, actually lost ground to Costa, 62. To have even had a chance of catching Costa, Tacherra would have had to win more than 80% of those votes........When Fresno County’s count came out, Costa won 1,056 votes to Tacherra’s 447.Costa ended up winning 63.9% of the Fresno County votes to Tacherra’s 36.1%. In Madera, Tacherra...
  • NY: Delayed Enforcement: A Common Strategy

    11/19/2014 1:24:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns seized decades after implementation of firearms law in Britain It has been a common tactic of disarmists, statists, leftists or whatever name you wish to apply to those who desire the concentration of power, to incrementally acrete more and more power to the government.  The founding fathers of the American republic knew that there was a natural tendency to do this, as laws, once passed, are extremely difficult to repeal. One of the reasons this is so is that it is easy for authorities to simply not enforce unpopular laws.  This removes the incentive to repeal them, but...
  • Two weeks after the election, five house seats remain undecided.

    11/19/2014 9:52:29 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | 19 November 2014 | Election Command Center
    Five congressional seats in three states remain too close to call or undecided. They are: Arizona 2nd: GOP Challenger Martha McSally leads incumbent Ron Barber by 179 votes. California 7th: GOP Challenger Doug Ose leads incumbent Ami Bera by 530 votes. California 16th: GOP Challenger Johnny Tacherra leads incumbent Jim Costa by 741 votes. Louisiana 5th: Single Democrat candidate Jamie Mayo leads with 28% of the total, but has an uphill climb against a crowded GOP field who garnered 69%. The leader was Ralph Abraham with 23%, who seems all but certain to win the December 2nd run-off. Louisiana 6th:...
  • Rep. Jim Costa takes slim lead over Johnny Tacherra in 16th District race

    11/12/2014 3:44:14 PM PST · by vbmoneyspender · 16 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | November 12, 2014 | John Ellis
    Republican Johnny Tacherra is in Washington, D.C. at the orientation for new members of Congress, but he’s no longer in the lead for the 16th Congressional District seat. Fresno County updated its vote count Wednesday afternoon, and incumbent Fresno Democrat Jim Costa — behind in his reelection bid since election night more than a week ago — took a slim, 86-vote lead over Tacherra.