Archive for October, 2012

October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Could it push back the election?

By ALEX GUILLEN | 10/29/12 3:34 PM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing for Hurricane Sandy to disrupt next week’s elections, agency Administrator Craig Fugate said Monday afternoon.

“We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,” Fugate said on a conference call with reporters.

But any potential tinkering with Election Day would bring a bevy of legal issues.

“Our chief counsel’s been working on making sure that we have the proper guidance,” he added. “We’re going through the regulatory policy and making sure all that’s in place and we can support it.”

Fugate did not address whether the election could be delayed — a question that federal officials said last week is up for states to decide.  Read More…

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October 30, 2012

Gee, Do You Think a Charter Is a Meaningful Way for California Cities to Pursue Fiscal Responsibility? $500,000 of Union Opposition Confirms It.

October 29, 2012 / Kevin Dayton /
 
Obviously a 4-1 majority on the Costa Mesa City Council has discovered a truly effective way in California to use taxpayer money wisely and responsibly. The evidence: labor unions and their allied organizations have raised almost $500,000 to convince Costa Mesa voters to reject Measure V, which would enact a city charter.

Charters currently give 121 California cities the authority to determine their own policies concerning their purely municipal affairs. It is a right given to cities in the California Constitution.

Unions hate charters because they give power to cities to circumvent costly union-backed state mandates imposed by the California State Legislature, such as government-mandated construction wage rates (so-called “prevailing wages”). See Are Charter Cities Taking Advantage of State-Mandated Construction Wage Rate (“Prevailing Wage”) Exemptions?

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October 30, 2012

CA Moving toward Number 1 in Taxes

We have just moved up from 5th to 4th in a ranking of all 50 states by the Washington, DC–based Tax Foundation but, for average folks, this is not good news. California leads 46 other states in per capita tax burden, a dubious honor that helps to explain the state’s dismal economy.

California has the highest state sales tax in the nation, we are tied for first in gasoline tax, our income tax rate is second, and even with Proposition 13, we rank closer to the top than the bottom in property taxes.  More…

October 30, 2012

The Day After the Election: What Will CA Look Like?

With the 2012 election in full swing, everyone’s focus seems to be on the candidates and ballot initiatives.

We are inundated with ludicrous, often irrelevant political advertising. But what happens after the election? What happens if President Obama gets reelected and California passes all of the tax increase ballot measures, along with the 35 local sales tax increase measures?

The presidential race

Should Obama win reelection, he will still be stuck with a Republican U.S. Congress, and possibly even a Republican Senate. Either way, expect to see more of the last four years of gridlock and executive orders.

Obama will continue to “look at how we can work around Congress.” And for that

work-around, expect to see many more executive orders. Obama signed 140 Executive Orders during his first term.

Because of the country’s $16 trillion debt, and the reckless spending habits of the Obama administration, some in the finance world expect that the entire U.S. economy will crash if President Obama is reelected. Read More…

October 30, 2012

Romney Keeps Momentum

October 29, 2012

California’s Self-Destruction

October 27, 2012

Feinstein Finally Debates Emken!

Emken Uses Hollywood Technology To ‘Create’ Debate

 
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:30 am | Updated: 9:31 am, Thu Oct 25, 2012.

Feinstein Finally Debates Emken! This article was adapted from a press release issued by Elizabeth Emken for US Senate Mission Publishing Group, LLC

After weeks of Dianne Feinstein refusing to participate in a public debate with her opponent for U.S. Senate. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken has turned to Hollywood for a solution. Using the same technology that made Forrest Gump a household name, the Emken campaign is releasing a YouTube video that puts Emken in a “debate” with Feinstein – a debate that the 79-year old three term Senator had sought to deny the public as well as her opponent.

“Hi, I’m Elizabeth Emken and I’m challenging Dianne Feinstein for California’s seat in the U.S. Senate,” begins the 2-minute web video.  Video plus more . . .

October 26, 2012

California jobless claims shoot up by nearly 27,000

Sacramento Business Journal by Melissa Wiese, 10/25/12

California saw an increase in new jobless claims of 26,935. It attributed the change to layoffs in all sectors, with the largest share in the service industry.

The number of people filing new jobless claims across the country dropped significantly by 23,000 to 368,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. California, on the other hand, reported a huge number of new claims.

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October 26, 2012

Support plunges for Prop 30, Gov. Gerry Brown’s tax initiative

October 25, 2012

How Texas Pays the Bills–CA Can Learn Something

Texas is a State on the move—jobs, low cost housing (compared to California), business friendly and a government that believes in people not control of people.

“My impression after many conversations with business and political leaders in Texas is that what is most attractive and effective about its tax climate is not the lack of an income tax or anything else about its particular structure, but the fact that it is predictable and stable. Nobody invests in Texas expecting to accidentally wake up in Connecticut or New Jersey two years later.

That goes double for the regulatory and legal environment, which is in my view probably more important than the tax burden.” Read More…

October 24, 2012

Judge Jeanine asks White House ‘How do you sleep at night’ (video)

October 23, 2012

Double California Taxes!

Monday, October 22, 2012

California taxpayers are simply not taxed enough, so Governor Jerry Brown is asking Californians to vote for higher taxes on November 6, and why not?

We need to pay double taxes statewide immediately.  Let’s look into our hearts, reach deep inside our wallets, and start throwing huge wads of cash toward Sacramento!

Let’s finally end the battles over the California budget and state economy once and for all by doubling our taxes.  It’s only money, right?  Just green pieces of paper.   Read More…

October 23, 2012

No on Prop. 37: Prop. 37 Will Trigger Flood of Lawsuits, Law Firms Warn Grocer, Food Company and Ag Clients

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012 — /PRNewswire

 — At least three major law firms, with offices in California and worldwide, are warning their grocer, food company, and farmer clients that if Prop 37 passes it will set off a flood of lawsuits to the benefit of trial lawyers, much like Prop 65.

“Prop 65 has led to 16,000 lawsuits and close to $500 million in settlements, much of which has gone directly to plaintiffs’ lawyers for fees and costs,” the firm Alston + Bird warned its clients.  “Similarly, Prop 37 will likely impact many California businesses and may create an atmosphere favorable to private enforcers, leading to frequent litigation and settlements,” the firm said in a website posting “Is California set to pass another Proposition 65?”  Read more …

October 23, 2012

‘No Blacks Allowed’: Atheists Launch Billboard Targeting Romney’s Mormon Faith

American Atheists (AA), a non-profit devoted to advancing a secular cause, has, once again, launched an anti-Mormon campaign. The organization’s new billboard in southern Florida takes specific and pointed aim at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s faith. The message, which is intended to negatively frame The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, invokes both homosexuality and race.

The billboard reads, “No Blacks Allowed. No Gays Allowed. Shame on Mormonism.” AA President David Silverman claims that the mobile ad (it’s on wheels) is an opportunity to expose what he believes is “intolerance” and “bigotry” on the part of the Mormon church (at least when it comes to the issue of homosexuality).   Read More…

October 23, 2012

International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups

By Alexander Bolton – 10/20/12 12:00 PM ET

 United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. It’s part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.  Read More…

October 22, 2012

Christians, Jews Leave Democratic Party

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Christians and Jews are heeding the call of a nationally-prominent black pastor, Bishop E.W. Jackson, to “come out from among them” and leave the Democratic Party that minority voters have been aligned with since the 1960s.

Bishop Jackson’s EXODUS NOW! movement is creating a stir in synagogues, Catholic churches and black churches across the nation, even in California, ahead of the November presidential election.

The Democratic Party establishment, who are counting on black, Latino and Jewish voters for an Obama re-election victory, certainly did not count on religious voters abandoning the party in 2012.  Read More…

 

October 21, 2012

More On Benghazi

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The murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was part of a larger strategy to drive all western influence out of Libya.  An earlier attack on an International Red Cross facility and an RPG attack on the British Ambassador’s vehicle drove the British out of Benghazi. Feeling emboldened, the extremists felt that they could force the Americans to leave. Earlier, probing attacks yielded little results; but the lack of a response from the Americans sent a clear message: the United States or the Libyan government would not respond to future attacks.  Read More . . .

October 21, 2012

Released Docs Show Amb. Chris Stevens Asked For More Security (video)

October 21, 2012 By

Reposted from WesternJournalism.com

 

October 21, 2012

Could this be true???? (video)

Muslim Brotherhood Behind Benghazi Attack With Link To Obama

October 20, 2012 By

On September 10, 2012, the amateurish, anti-Muslim YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims” had been on the Internet for three months with exactly seventeen views.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and an army of Obama surrogates conducted a media blitz blaming this obscure video no one had seen for the entire Middle East exploding on 9/11, including a “protest turned violent” at the Libyan consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

We later learned that there was no protest.

We later learned that intelligence on the ground linked it to a terrorist group within twenty-four hours.

We later learned that the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, was behind the attack.

We now know it was not initially an attack, but an attempted kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens to use him as a pawn to get their beloved Blind Sheik back.

What is most shocking, however, is that a source within the White House states that it was arranged as an October surprise by Barack Obama. Obama, in order to make the release of the Blind Sheik more palatable to the American people, and to boost his sagging approval ratings, arranged with the Muslim Brotherhood to kidnap Ambassador Stevens. Then, days before the election, acting the part of the hero, planned to release the Blind Sheik in exchange for Ambassador Stevens.

The plan was for security to be minimal at the consulate, protected by only Libyan security guards who would melt away into the night at the appointed time.

The plan fell apart as two former SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, fought the kidnappers, leading to a firefight and subsequent fire, killing Stevens, Woods, Doherty, and also Sean Smith, a communications specialist.

Obama then had to create a cover-up so massive that it will go down in the history books until the end of time.

Reposted from WesternJournalism.com

October 21, 2012

Mukasey: Obama to Release the Blind Sheik? (video)

October 19, 2012

Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth

Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.  More…

 

On September 13, 2012, the Dept of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps youth, aka the Homeland Youth. Image courtesy of DHS.gov.

October 19, 2012

“Only in America” Wild Bill Video

October 19, 2012

Online voter registration continues to surge

More than 544,000 Californians submitted voter registration applications online in the new system’s first month, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said today. “Given all of the important issues on the November ballot, I am delighted so many Californians want to make their voices heard,” Bowen said in a news release. “Since registering to vote is easier than ever with the quick online option, there is no excuse for not being ready to vote on Election Day!”

Californians must register to vote by October 22 if they want to participate in the November 6 election. Postmarks count for paper applications, but online applications must be submitted – not started – by midnight that day. Many more Californians have submitted paper applications in recent weeks, but county elections officials still must verify eligibility and check for duplicate records before adding someone to the official voter roll. And many of the online applications are registration updates and not first-time registrants, so this doesn’t mean there’ll be 544,000 new voters.

Final, official statistics for all registrations will be available Nov. 2. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov; paper applications are available at post offices, public libraries, many government offices, and other locations.

October 19, 2012

UC Merced Spends $80,000 Promoting Socialism

Did you really think the purpose of education was to create the mentality of “social justice” instead of academic achievement?

“According to the school’s official website, UCM aims to create a “society in which the distribution of resources is equitable” and promote “cultural awareness.”

The University of California – Merced spent $80,000 to advance ideas of “economic justice.”

To bring these goals to term, the university created a special “Social Justice” department which hosts annual events such as the “National Coming Out Awareness” week and a “Multicultural Odyssey in San Francisco.”

In their own words—UC Merced is about culture and equity—what happened to education?  Do we really need another propaganda mill paid for by taxpayers?  More…

October 19, 2012

Will California Become a Right-to-Give State?

How the Golden State may unshackle workers from their union overlords.  

 

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “is sinful and tyrannical.” If the sage of Monticello is correct, then California’s powerful labor unions—along with the state government that both empowers and is empowered by them—are sinful and tyrannical indeed. In the Golden State, as, alas, in several other states, unions automatically deduct employee wages and funnel them to political campaigns—without the consent of the employee. Although it’s hard to imagine California ever becoming a right-to-work state—given labor’s tremendous clout in Sacramento—a dedicated alliance of good government reformers, fiscal conservatives, and just plain sensible folks are working to make it a right-to-give state.  More…