by baldilocks

There’s a reason that we Southern California conservatives have a hard time letting go of our failed state. It’s 78 degrees today in Los Angeles. The rest of California is difficult not to love – even the desert areas.

With California secession in the wind, Glenn Reynolds writes about one of several intrastate secessionist groups: New California.

Sweet dreams. Cite.

[A] plan to split the wealthy, coastal regions of California from the remainder, leaving the state of “New California” to be made up of most of the state’s rural areas. As CBS News reports, “unlike other separation movements in the past, the state of New California wants to do things by the book, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done, similar to the way West Virginia was formed. … The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature.” The goal is to let the rural areas govern themselves in ways more suited to their needs, while the wealthy coastal regions do the same. (The New California movement already has chapters in 34 counties, according to its website.)

I’ll have to check the site out and see what’s going on, but they definitely sound like play-by-the-rule conservatives. That’s admirable, but don’t look for them to be successful. The Organized Left would never give up all that prime farmland and road access to the other states. They want all of California and, eventually, all fifty states.

But if it were to come true, would I move there? Probably not. My long-term goal is to be near members of my family, most of whom live in the Southwest and the South.

I am keeping an eye on what happens with this, however. Nothing wrong with trying.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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I have a quick interview with old friend (and never trumper) Sarah Rumpf at CPAC 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor Maryland:

There are those who think someone like Sarah should be tossed or shunned over her opinions on the President. I disagree. I don’t throw away people in general and friends in particular because I think they’re wrong on an issue and I suggest neither should you.

I should also note this was the first CPAC interview with me in front of the camera thanks to my assistants who attended CPAC with me.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Tuesday March 6th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sarah Rumpf

Monday March 5th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Doreen from Michigan
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susan from New Mexico

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

Or you can just order it on Amazon


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Finally might I suggest my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.

Life will quickly become a bore if you sit around waiting for positive happenings to come to you. Your days will be a lot more interesting and fun when you’re challenging yourself and engaging in various activities. However, you have to initiate the events and be willing to have new experiences.

The hard part is thinking of what you could be doing differently and how to go about testing yourself on a regular basis. The good news is there are a lot of ways to do so, and you’ll soon experience for yourself all the benefits of putting yourself out there and living fully.

Learn A New Skill or Hobby

When you’re feeling bored is a good time to take up a hobby or learn a new skill. Challenge yourself by attending a jewelry making class, learning a new language or teaching yourself how to build furniture. It doesn’t matter what the activity is as long as it’s interesting to you and gets you outside your comfort zone. There’s a class out there for just about any hobby you want to start doing, so don’t feel like you’re limited in any way. Search until you find a good fit for you.

Travel & Participate in Local Activities

Challenge yourself by traveling to different destinations and seeing places you’ve never been before. Pick locations that have fun local activities you can participate in like the Indianapolis Escape Room. Here you’ll have to work your way through tough puzzles to escape the adventure of your choice. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced, and you’ll likely have such a good time you’ll want to do it again. Not only travel but make sure to engage in the local culture, foods, and activities to truly get the most out of your trips.

Take on A Project or Leadership Role at Work

One place where it’s easy to find a new challenge (if you want one!) is in the workplace. Raise your hand the next time your boss is asking for volunteers to spearhead a project or take on a leadership role. Don’t let your negative self-talk keep you from being recognized any longer. Step up and show the company what you have to offer. It’s not only good for your morale and building confidence, but you may get noticed for your hard work and your boss may choose you for the next promotion.

Do lots of Reading

One activity that has the ability always to challenge you is reading. That is if you pick publications outside of your normal routine! Read books, blogs and newspapers that make you think and break through your assumptions and judgments. If you ever want to explore new topics or get your brain going on another level then start reading. It can also be a relaxing activity when you need to unwind or reduce your stress after a long day. Make a cup of tea and sit back in a comfortable chair and find an article that gets your mind working.

Cook Your Own Meals

Cooking is not only a healthy way to eat, but it also is a challenging activity that will keep you on your toes. Cook your own meals to keep yourself engaged in life each day. Pack your own lunch and take the time to research difficult recipes for dinner that requires you to think about what you’re doing. Instead of being scared off by a tricky recipe, take your time and work your way through it with patience. When cooking for yourself you have control over portion size, calories, and the ingredients, so you’ll also be doing your mind and body a favor as you work toward challenging yourself more.

Face your Fears

A lot of what you fear is in your head, so don’t be afraid to explore those feelings further. Figure out what your fears are and then challenge yourself to face them one by one. Write each one down and make notes about how you can go about tackling them. For example, if you fear speaking in front of groups of people then volunteer to talk at a conference for work. Doing so will force you to have to prepare and work through your fear of public speaking healthily. After you’re done, you can see for yourself the benefits of taking on a challenge and that you start to gain more confidence in your abilities.

Meet People outside your Circle

Another way to challenge yourself is to meet people outside your regular friend’s group. The act of going up to a stranger and starting a conversation is scary but satisfying. Go to events alone or take a class to put yourself out there and begin interacting with others you wouldn’t typically talk to. It’s good to have a wide variety of friends and acquaintances, so you’re not always partaking in similar activities and surrounded by the same opinions. You’ll be engaging in new conversations and learning about people who are different from you which will be refreshing.

Get Physical Exercise Daily

Physical activity is a great way to challenge yourself by seeing if you can stick to working out each day, and what will help you is getting into a routine where you exercise at the same time each day. Keep it fresh by mixing up the activities and surprising your muscles daily. There is an endless number of workouts you can do so this challenge will never get old. It’s also very healthy for you to get daily exercise and the benefits of physical activity will be well worth your efforts. You’ll be in a better mood, burn calories and love the way you look after only a short time.

Conclusion

There’s no reason to ever be bored again after seeing for yourself how many different ways there are to challenge yourself. Have fun giving each of them a try and notice how much more alive and engaged in life you feel. These are just a few thoughts so continue to rack your brain and find other ways of putting yourself to the test that will deliver the same results.

A majority of Americans wants the government to regulate technology companies—a significant change after revelations that Russia used online services such as Facebook to influence the 2016 election.

According to an Axios-Survey Monkey poll, concern about government inaction is up significantly—15 percentage points—in  the past three months.

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Says Axios: “That’s a seismic shift in the public’s perception of Silicon Valley over a short period of time. It shows how worried Americans are about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but it also reflects a growing anxiety about the potentially addictive nature of some of the tech companies’ products, as well as the relentless spread of fake news on their platforms.”

In a previous Axios-Survey Monkey poll in November, just after Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before Congress, only about 40 percent of those polled were concerned that the government wouldn’t do enough to regulate the tech companies.

That number jumped to 55 percent in the latest poll. That includes 45 percent of Republicans, who are usually skeptical about government regulation. Independents showed the biggest shift with an increase of 20 percentage points.

The poll found a variety of other problems those polled see in the tech sector:

–More than eight out of 10, including significant majorities across party lines, blame the technology companies for not doing enough to safeguard their platforms against election interference.

–Fifty-five percent of those polled think social media do more to hurt democracy and free speech.

The online survey was conducted by Survey Monkey from February 21-23, 2018, among 3,574 adults in the United States. They were selected from the nearly three million people who take surveys on the Survey Monkey platform each day. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is 2.5 percentage points. Crosstabs available here.

A recent analysis in The Wall Street Journal described Facebook as “tone deaf.”

“It isn’t clear whether the Russian activity on Facebook made a difference in the election, a position some Facebook executives still privately maintain, and no evidence has emerged that it tipped the result to President Donald Trump. What is clear, however, is that the social-media giant’s months-long obliviousness to deepening public concern about its social impact has worsened a backlash against it and other Silicon Valley giants,” The Journal wrote. For more, see https://www.wsj.com/articles/tone-deaf-how-facebook-misread-americas-mood-on-russia-1520006034

Moreover, Google, Facebook, and other technology giants have a decidedly leftist tilt. Many top leaders give huge contributions to the Democrats.

A recent analysis found that “a majority of the most-engaged partisan Facebook pages are left-leaning or affiliated with Trump resistance movements, according to NewsWhip, a social analytics measurement company. The firm looked at the engagement (likes, comments, and shares) of partisan pages in Trump’s first full month as president. Even more telling is that most of the left-leaning pages are out-performing some of the most trafficked news competitors in overall engagement.”

Google, Facebook, and Twitter loomed large at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where participants squeezed into a standing-room-only ballroom for a discussion called “Suppression of Conservative Views on Social Media: A First Amendment Issue.”

Moreover, a new film by Peter Schweizer, a journalist known for his investigations into Hillary Clinton, focuses on technology companies and their role in filtering the news. Even The New York Times noted the upcoming motion picture: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/business/media/paul-schweizer-google-facebook.html

Although I am not a huge fan of government regulation, I just about have had it with the social media giants. I happy to know that I’m in the majority for a change.

Rather than write a new post I’d like to copy and paste a post I wrote during my Godaddy exile that might have been missed:

I have a message and a story for angry Democrat activist disappointed with the left on  DACA.

Back in the days when I was writing alone on this blog by design rather than because Godaddy wants to treat me as their servant rather than their customer, the majority in the house was a Democrat one led by the same Nancy Pelosi who spend hours holding the floor today.

At the same time the Senate was held by the now retired Democrat Harry Reid who while as dishonest and dishonorable as they come managed not only a majority but a filibuster-proof majority.

And the president at that time was Barack Obama who was so popular he managed to win the Nobel Peace prize just for existing.

There are many unflattering things one can honestly say about Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, some of which are not printable, even in a backup blog.   But in terms of political power and savvy  and its application both were adept Mr. Reid in my opinion more so than Ms. Pelosi as he, believe it not had less scruples than she did,particularly when dealing with fellow senators.  These two were pros who had power and were willing to use it to get what they wanted.

Yet neither of them spent as much time legislatively on legalizing illegals or DACA kids during their entire time in the majority when they could have passed any bill they wanted than Nancy Pelosi did today trying to convince you that she really gives a damn about you.

Now as a conservative I’m of course pleased that this was the case, but I think it’s important for you to remember that you are being used as a bunch of suckers and have been for years.

I suspect you know this but until you are willing to publicly acknowledge this it will continue to happen.

And let me add one more note.

Two months ago you could have had a deal where not 800k but 2 million of you could have been legal and you and your democrat allies didn’t take it.

Good luck trying to get that same deal now.