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  • Stunning before and after images of California's drought

    08/27/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | August 27, 2014 | Brad Plumer
    California is currently suffering through its worst drought in at least a century, with 82 percent of the state facing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. The before-and-after photos below offer a visual look at just how staggering the change has been.
  • Gov. Brown to Illegals: You're All Welcome In Caliornia (America the other Mexico)

    08/27/2014 6:29:06 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    agenda21radio.com ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Preston
    On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto, who said America is “the other Mexico,” Brown “spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California.” He “nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn’t matter if they had permission to be in the United States.”
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 14 Lineup Announced

    08/26/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies
    My favorite weekend of the year.....lots to choose from. It's all free. Great for lovers of all types of Americana music. 2014 Lineup.
  • GOV. JERRY BROWN TO MEXICAN ILLEGALS: 'YOU'RE ALL WELCOME IN CALIFORNIA'

    08/26/2014 9:58:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/26/2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States." "You're all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said. Brown has made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust Act, giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He has also expanded financial...
  • Calif. Lawmaker To Protest Mexican President's Visit Because Of U.S. Marine Jailed In Mexico

    08/25/2014 9:14:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/22/2014 | Fox News Latino
    A California state assemblyman plans to stage a protest outside the governor’s mansion next week to demand that Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto, who is to be honored at luncheon there Aug. 26, ensure the release of a U.S. Marine held captive in Mexico. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who recently lost in a bid to become the Republican nominee in the gubernatorial election in November, declined an invitation to the luncheon and assailed Gov. Jerry Brown for hosting the luncheon in honor of the Mexican president. "I am writing to decline your luncheon invitation,” read the letter Donnelly sent Brown, which...
  • New York and California Migration to Other States is Helping Liberals Take Over America

    08/24/2014 7:30:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    America is suffering from two failed state colonization problems.One is migration from failed states in the Third World. The second is migration from failed liberal cities and states like California and New York City to more traditional and less densely populated parts of the country.The pattern is simple for both. Carry on the same destructive behavior that wrecked your country/city/state after you moved to get away from it.The same people fleeing high taxes, high crime and poor services are exporting the same problem by voting for liberal politicians. That helped make it possible for Obama to win nationally and for...
  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

    08/24/2014 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2014 12:54 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. […] As California faces an historic drought, more residents are following in Blankenship’s footsteps and tearing out thirsty lawns to cut down on water use. Water agencies across the state have been encouraging the change by offering thousands of dollars in rebates to help homeowners make the switch to a drought-friendly landscape with better odds of surviving dry spells common to the local climate. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which covers 19 million...
  • Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

    08/24/2014 9:48:41 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 46 replies
    AP, Town Hall ^ | August 24, 2014 | unknown
    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just before 3:30 a.m. miles from Napa in California wine country was felt widely, breaking water mains, causing more than 100 gas leaks, leaving two adults and a child critically injured, damaging some of Napa Valley's famed wineries, and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. Dazed residents too fearful of aftershocks to...
  • California's Drought Is So Bad, Its Mountains Rose Half an Inch

    08/24/2014 5:02:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 8-23-2014 | Robert Sorokanich
    Just how massive is that water loss? In a paper published this week in Science, the team estimates the deficit at nearly 240 gigatons, or 63 trillion gallons of water. That much water spread across the entire western United States would run four inches deep. If there's one piece of good news here, it's that the uplift of the tectonic plates in the drought zone shouldn't change the likelihood of earthquakes or other seismic events. "This will change the stress on faults, but by an amount that's really small," Agnew told Popular Science. That's probably small solace to the people...
  • Oakland Marchers Hold Up Mirrors To Officers In Protest Over Ferguson, Police Shootings

    08/21/2014 3:06:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KPIX-TV ^ | August 20, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters against the police actions in Ferguson, Mo. as well as police killings of other suspects in California and other states gathered in Oakland on Wednesday. A couple of hundred demonstrators gathered at Oakland Police headquarters on 7th and Broadway and faced off with officers in riot gear. Some protesters unveiled a new tactic, by holding up mirrors in the faces of officers. “I was holding up the mirror because I wanted the police to just look at themselves. Especially if they were about to take some kind of action just so they had to acknowledge what they were doing,”...
  • The "Brad Pitt" Housing Recovery: Existing Home Sales Up 5% For Million Dollar Homes

    08/21/2014 1:56:39 PM PDT · by MRourke85 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/21/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The “Brad Pitt” housing recovery is doing well, if you can afford a million dollar home like Brad Pitt. Or like many households in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Washington DC and other expensive housing markets. NAR Housing Market July Of course, mere mortals (known as America’s middle class) are not qualifying for a mortgage as they used to due to stagnant labor markets. rmincavh Especially when The Fed is helping only the million dollar housing market. It must be wonderful to be a part of the million dollar housing club, like Brad Pitt.
  • Sacramento Kaiser Treating Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Virus

    08/20/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    www.nbcbayarea.com ^ | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 • Updated at 10:40 AM PDT | By NBC Bay Area staff
    A patient admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, health officials said Tuesday. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient. "In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of hospital operations for...
  • California's Economic Collision Course: Immigration and Water

    08/20/2014 12:54:15 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 19, 2014 | Thomas Del Beccaro
    You have heard it before: “As California goes, so goes the nation.” If that is the case, the national economy will be harmed for decades to come because of California’s misplaced priorities today. Indeed, by emphasizing high-speed rail over water and failing to deal with its debt crisis, California poses a long-term threat to our national economy and is on an economic collision course of increased immigration and lack of water. California has more than 38 million residents. Despite net losses of millions of residents to other states, California continues to grow through immigration. Latinos now equal the number of...
  • November ballot won’t ask Californians about yanking pay of suspended lawmakers (Yee's missiles)

    08/19/2014 3:29:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/18/14 | Laurel Rosenhall
    **SNIP** “The pro tem still wishes the bill to be considered before the end of session, and that would put the constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot,” said Steinberg spokesman Rhys Williams. Steinberg proposed the measure after the upper house took the unprecedented step in March of suspending three of its members while maintaining their pay. Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Ron Calderon of Montebello face federal bribery charges in separate cases resulting from undercover FBI stings. Sen. Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills was found guilty of perjury and voter fraud by a Los Angeles jury in...
  • The Wheels Are Coming Off California's Ballyhooed Comeback

    08/19/2014 2:16:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/19/2014
    Stop the music. All the merriment over the California recovery may have been a bit premature. Tax revenues are way down this year in the Golden State, and this could throw the books back into the red. Not so Golden State Here is the sobering analysis released last week from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, which monitors state spending and revenues: "After four years of uninterrupted growth, states' tax collections saw a decline in the first quarter of 2014. Preliminary figures for the second quarter of 2014 indicate further declines in personal income-tax collections and possibly in overall state taxes."...
  • California Assembly Votes To Change Washington Redskins' Name

    08/19/2014 9:40:50 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 50 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 19, 2014 | Joel B Pollak
    Though the Washington Redskins play for a city on the opposite coast, California lawmakers voted Monday to urge that the National Football League change its name because it is "believed by some to be a racial slur and to promote discrimination against Native Americans."
  • Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

    08/18/2014 9:12:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Matt Hamilton
    Students at the nation’s second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform to the way school police respond to bad behavior. Zoe Rawson of the Community Rights Campaign says students caught fighting or possessing alcohol or marijuana will receive interventions by a guidance counselor or school administrator, a shift that will prevent students, especially minorities, from becoming mired in the criminal justice system. …
  • Marc Lamont Hill: Rioters are from Oakland

    08/18/2014 2:25:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 22. I want you to hear this not from me, even though you can totally trust me, but I want you to hear it from the source. This is last night, CNN's Newsroom, the anchor, Poppy Harlow. That sounds like somebody that ought to be in a film noir movie about LA from the forties. But she's an infobabe at CNN, Poppy Harlow, and she spoke with Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill. Wait a minute. I thought he was at Columbia. Well, he must have moved on. Morehouse College professor Marc...
  • Operation BlueStar --- Is this another Greenie Scheme?

    08/17/2014 6:49:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    http://dailytwocents.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | UberGeekgirl1
    Any one else heard of this....???**************************************************** Technology Latest posts by UberGeekgirl1 (see all) Safety in MMA - July 28, 2014R2-D2 USB Car Charger - July 27, 2014Minecraft Pocket Edition - July 26, 2014 Brown (governor of California) and Perry (governer of Texas) along with Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada are in a heated battle over a secret project known as “Operation Bluestar”. Alongside them are several members of Congress, international technology conglomerates across Asia, and several Silicon Valley heavyweights. All wanting to partner with Straubel on Operation Bluestar.Being called the new area 51, the stakes are high as the project will...
  • Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland [Blockading Israel Ship]

    08/17/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August17, 2014 | Rebecca Bowe
    Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day Rebecca Bowe at the Port of Oakland 17 August 2014 Pro-Palestinian protesters at the port of Oakland attempt to prevent an Israeli ship from docking. Photograph: Justin Benttinen/The Guardian An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags....
  • 2 arrested, Oakland officer assaulted after anti-police march

    08/17/2014 6:50:28 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 11 replies
    ktvu.com ^ | Aug. 16, 2014 | No Attribution
    Two men were arrested and an officer was sent to a hospital during an anti-police march through downtown Oakland streets Friday night, police said. The planned march was part of nationwide demonstrations in response to an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri that happened one week ago.
  • Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy Her Anti-Abortion Poster

    08/16/2014 5:13:33 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Eric Owens
    The saga of University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young has taken yet another bizarro twist after her defenders urged a judge to excuse the criminal allegations against her because of the “cultural legacy of slavery.” Miller-Young pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor counts of battery, theft and vandalism after she rallied up a small gaggle of female vigilantes and attacked abortion protesters Thrin Short, 16, and Joan Short, 21. Miller-Young, who specializes in queer theory, black film and pornography, apparently failed to mention either “racial hatred” or “right-wing political sentiment” when she speaking to police...
  • Why Los Angeles ‘could be the next Ferguson’

    08/16/2014 5:49:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Los Angeles Daily Breeze ^ | August 16, 2014 | Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
    Could Ferguson happen here? Some would say it already did — nearly five decades ago. Days of sometimes violent demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., erupted after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot dead by a police officer Aug. 9, allegedly in self-defense. At the height of the civil rights movement, the Watts riots were triggered after a young black motorist was pulled over and arrested by a white California Highway Patrolman on Aug. 11, 1965, on suspicion of drunk driving. The struggle to arrest him sparked six days of rioting that claimed the lives of 34 people, injured more...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Court: Silence Can Be Used Against Suspects

    08/15/2014 3:47:36 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 305 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | PAUL ELIAS
    The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them. Wading into a legally tangled vehicular manslaughter case, a sharply divided high court on Thursday effectively reinstated the felony conviction of a man accused in a 2007 San Francisco Bay Area crash that left an 8-year-old girl dead and her sister and mother injured. Richard Tom was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter after authorities said he was speeding and slammed into another vehicle at a Redwood City intersection. Prosecutors repeatedly told jurors during the trial that Tom's failure to ask about...
  • Ferguson Riots Spark O.C. Police to Consider Military Enforcement Tactics

    08/16/2014 3:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | August 16, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Orange County police authorities, reacting to the fuming riots in Ferguson Missouri, concluded that a militarized law enforcement response is valid in heated situations, but needs to be initiated on a case-by-case basis. The Orange County Register reported that Irvine Police Cmdr. Julia Engen claimed that “Every set of circumstances is different. I don’t think you will see anyone paint themselves into a corner with policy.” Irvine, Anaheim, and Huntington Beach police departments, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, all have armored vehicles which can be used to suppress riots as well as retrieve injured officers during chaotic insurgencies. The...
  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • Video: Hillary: When I’m ‘President Again’

    11/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PST · by rwa265 · 65 replies · 247+ views
    CNN "Situation Room" ^ | 11/7/7 | ianschwartz
    Slip of the tongue? Yesterday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Hillary Clinton spoke about what she would do about licensing illegal immigrants when she is president again. Watch:
  • California Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Measure From Ballot

    08/12/2014 10:41:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    LATimes ^ | August12, 2014 | MELANIE MASON
    California Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Measure From Ballot Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), author of a non-binding ballot measure on Citizens United, said he was disappointed by the state Supreme Court's decision to hold it from the ballot. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) By MELANIE MASON State Supreme Court asks for more time to decide validity of non-binding measure on Citizens United The court's order effectively prevents Prop. 49 from appearing on Nov. ballot, both sides say The California Supreme Court on Monday halted state action on a non-binding ballot measure seeking voter opinion about a landmark U.S. Supreme...
  • March in Oakland, Berkeley protests Missouri shooting

    08/16/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2014 | by Vivian Ho
    More than 100 people marched through the streets of Oakland on Friday evening, protesting police brutality in solidarity with those in Ferguson and calling for justice in the name of Bay Area victims of violence at the hands of law enforcement. The march was billed as a "F- the Police" action by organizers, but "FTP" meant different things to different people. Patricia Williams, 17, of Oakland said "FTP" for her and many others meant "For the People." There were windows broken and property damage during the march. One person was arrested in Berkeley. Police faced off with protesters near a...
  • Oakland protests in support of Ferguson heating up, significant police presence

    08/15/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/15/2014
    Tweeps are reporting that the Oakland protest going on now is beginning to get a little tense. Mario Sevilla ā€¸@mariosevilla 6m LIVE http://news.kron4.com/?p=75006 -- Heavy police presence in #Oakland as protesters take over downtown streets. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/7f1JvKrZ3X Ń•yndĪ¹calĪ¹Ń•Ń‚ ā€¸@syndicalisms 21m Helicopters above in #Oakland at #Ferguson solidarity march. Via @OccupyOakland pic.twitter.com/wPsLCKycQy
  • Rob Reiner Likens Tea Party to Hamas

    08/15/2014 6:56:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Hollywood director and liberal activist Rob Reiner told talk-show host Larry King that the Tea Party is like the terrorist group Hamas, because apparently both groups are extreme and cannot be negotiated with, and the only solution is to make them go away or “eliminate” them. “[Y]ou can’t negotiate with that, you have to say either Hamas goes away and the Palestinian authority takes over all that region and deal with some kind of honest broker here, and create the two-state solution,” said Reiner. Drawing a parallel with the Tea Party, he said, “anytime you’re dealing with an extreme group,...
  • Hetch Hetchy water tunnel in danger of 'catastrophic collapse'

    08/15/2014 3:24:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8-15-14 | Marisa Lagos
    Mountain Tunnel, a key part of the Hetch Hetchy water system - which supplies 2.6 million Bay Area residences and businesses - is at risk of a "catastrophic collapse" and will cost more than $100 million to repair or up to $630 million to replace, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. City officials have known for 25 years that significant work is needed on the 19-mile-long tunnel just outside Yosemite National Park in a steep, hard-to-access wilderness area. They considered making it part of the PUC's decade-old, $4.6 billion water system improvement program, which is now more than...
  • Hetchy Hetchy Water Tunnel in Danger of 'Catastrophic' Collapse ( San Francisco )

    08/13/2014 10:57:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Breitbart .. San Francisco Chronicle, ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | William Bigelow
    a debate is emerging between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency over the potential disaster if the 89-year-old Mountain Tunnel, which supplies 2.6 million Bay Area homes and businesses with water, collapses. The PUC acknowledges that the tunnel does have a chance of "catastrophic collapse," which would require repairs costing $100 million or total replacement, costing up to $630 million. But the PUC’s 10-year-old 4.6 billion water system improvement program did not include the Mountain Tunnel in its plans. ... The risk right now is that the tunnel lining could...
  • The Feline Uprising Is Upon Us

    08/15/2014 10:32:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jessica Roy
    The feline uprising is upon us, and to be fair, it's about damn time. Our cat companions have suffered for too long at the hands of the internet, as we rush to monetize their every move. Have you ever stopped and considered the fact that maybe they don't want to be internet famous? While we continue to ignore their right to privacy, cats across the nation are rising up against their owners to say: We're mad as hell, and we're not gonna take it anymore, and also, meow, please give us more dry food. Earlier this year, a 20-pound cat...
  • Panel wants L.A. to look at using prizes to boost voter turnout

    08/14/2014 9:51:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    LATimes ^ | August14, 2014 | DAVID ZAHNISER
    <p>LA's Ethics Commission votes to urge the City Council to look at using cash prizes to get more people to vote.</p> <p>Council President Herb Wesson says the idea of using prizes to boost voter turnout piques his interest Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls.</p>
  • Rob Reiner Likens HAMAS To The TEA Party

    08/14/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday on Ora TV's "PoliticKing with Larry King," left-leaning actor and director Rob Reiner compared the designated terrorist group Hamas to the American political conservative movement, the Tea Party.
  • Undercover FBI agent was removed from Leland Yee case (Democratic's shoulder fired missiles)

    08/14/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 8/15/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** As early as November 2012, an FBI wiretap request noted that the investigation team’s leader had concerns about the agent. But according to the filing, an FBI “review has not resulted in any formal findings or determinations regarding the credibility of [the agent].” In early 2013, according to the filing, the agent was no longer involved in the case, but there is no clear explanation as to why. Still, the filing said there was a “series of outrageous behavior” on the part of the agent that might explain why he was removed. That behavior included arranging $20,000 or more...
  • Chief: Police killed California robbery hostage [police shot hostage 10 times]]

    08/11/2014 8:32:33 PM PDT · by grundle · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 11, 2014
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, likely during a final gunbattle where the lone surviving suspect used her as a human shield, authorities said Monday. The results of a preliminary ballistics report show that police in the city of Stockton fired the 10 bullets that struck Misty Holt-Singh, 41, and all her wounds likely came during a final burst of gunfire, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said at a news conference.
  • Robin Williams: Bay Area made him feel normal

    08/13/2014 1:54:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 2:41 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Robin Williams was everywhere in San Francisco, it seemed, as he made a place for himself in the everyday fabric of a city where he once said he passed for normal. The comedian was there to usher a few fellow inhabitants of the Bay Area into life—visiting a pediatric ward, unheralded, each year on Christmas Day to welcome newborns to the world. He also ushered friends out of life—delivering a boisterous eulogy for an iconic local journalist known as Mr. San Francisco, musing on heaven as a nice bar in the city with a dry martini. …
  • Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state's growth

    08/08/2014 9:11:14 AM PDT · by Pelham · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Tiffany Hsu
    On the surface, California's job market is booming. The state has now recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, and done so at a faster pace than all but five states. The growth, though, belies a troubling imbalance. The fastest job creation has come in low-wage sectors, in which pay has declined. At the high end of the salary scale, a different dynamic has taken hold: rising pay and improving employment after rounds of consolidation. Most distressing, middle-wage workers are losing out on both counts. "People talk about it like an hourglass," said Tracey Grose, vice president of the...
  • California Parents Object to New Health Book That Includes Oral Sex, Bondage, Drug Use

    08/13/2014 8:13:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Parents in Fremont, California, are pushing their school district to remove a health book with sections about oral sex, bondage and drug use from local high schools, saying there is no way the publishers can adapt the adult content featured in the book. The Fremont Unified School District purchased the textbook, Your Health Today, over the summer to be taught in its six high schools. After overwhelming response from parents, Superintendent Jim Morris offered to have the books amended. However concerned parents want the books pulled from shelves because of its adult subject matter. "My thinking, and the parents were...
  • Jerry Brown: Affluent Families 'Not Producing' Children

    08/12/2014 8:49:35 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/11/2014 | Penny Starr
    “I don't know what the affluent families are doing,” Brown said. “They're not producing or something, because half the kids in schools are from low-income families.” At the conference, held in San Diego, Calif., in late June, Brown said California had addressed the fact that millions of children in the state’s school do not speak English. You have to do more to be able to create that opportunity and that pathway for those families that are not having that same skill of speaking English as others,” Brown said. “It’s pretty amazing,” Brown said. “I don't know what the affluent families...
  • Lower Benefits, Higher Jobs -- Paul Ryan Has It Right

    08/10/2014 8:22:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Co-written by Robert Sinche Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor of California, just recounted in The Wall Street Journal his week on the streets of Fresno posing as a homeless man looking for work. At the end of his op-ed, Kashkari lamented that he didn't need a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave or a health care plan. What he needed was a job. And Kashkari made the important point that all those government benefits, especially extended unemployment benefits, are work disincentives that may actually block job creation. To be sure, there are signs that employment in the country...
  • Check Out This New, Incredibly Stupid And Deadly Online Dare That’s Sweeping America

    08/10/2014 10:13:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies
    http://www.thefederalistpapers.org ^ | august 10, 2014 | steve straub
    US health officials have warned of the dangers posed by the latest deadly dare sweeping the internet: The Fire Challenge. Those taking part in the challenge douse themselves in flammable liquids and set fire to themselves, then extinguish the flames as quickly as they can, uploading the videos onto sites including YouTube and Facebook. Santa Clara county health officials in California have warned of the dangers posed by the game, and say that several taking part in it have suffered severe burns as a result. “A number of kids have suffered second- and third-degree burns across the country,” said Joy...
  • Press Mostly Ignoring Feinstein's Warning That ISIS Wants 'To Attack Us in Our Backyard'

    08/09/2014 4:31:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 9, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    Yesterday, Roll Call and The Hill both relayed Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's call, in Roll Call's words, "for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president." She believes it is needed because "It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries ... and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard." Searches at their web sites indicate that the Associated Press and New York Times have not reported Feinstein's stark warning, which directly contradicts the President's January ridicule of ISIL/ISIS as the equivalent of...
  • CA State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Teach About President Obama (Puke Tsunami)

    08/09/2014 10:25:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Minority Report ^ | August 10, 2014 | Staff
    A new, unprecedented bill passed by California’s State Senate on Thursday will encourage public schools to teach students about the historical significance surrounding Barack Obama’s status as the first African-American president of the United States of America. Assembly Bill 1921 passed with a 30-1 vote, according to the Associated Press. It was introduced by Assemblyman Dan Holden (D-Pasadena). Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says the bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission (which facilitates much of California’s Common Core framework) to consider teaching students about Obama’s election within the context of past voter discrimination, the AP notes. Sen. Joel Anderson...
  • German Shepherd, Missing Since Pit Bull Attack, Found (Video)

    08/09/2014 11:10:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, August 6 | Kale Williams
    A 3-year-old German shepherd named Max that went missing following an attack by a pit bull named Red in Sacramento is back home with his family, FOX40 reported. In footage captured by a passing motorist’s dashboard camera, Red can be seen nipping at Max as the pit bull’s owner, Mike Lindstrom, tries to pacify the dog on Sunday afternoon. Red at one point turns his aggression toward his owner, pouncing on him and knocking him to the ground.
  • Feinstein: 'It takes an army to defeat an army' [Lib Senator Beats War Drum?]

    08/09/2014 6:14:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/9/14 | Martin Matishak
    The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday said the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) must be confronted forcefully by the U.S., though she stopped short of calling for boots on the ground. “It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. The group is “operating with military expertise, advancing across Iraq and rapidly consolidating its position,” she added. “Inaction is...
  • California governor denies parole to Manson follower Davis

    08/09/2014 9:36:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2014 | AP
    LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a parole board and denied on Friday the release of a former Charles Manson follower who served more than 43 years in prison. It was the third time a California governor denied the release of Bruce Davis, 71, a member of the murderous Manson Family who was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.