“Activism” has become a word and a concept co-opted by the left to represent their various missions. Environmental activists, LGBT activists, and pro-choice activists feel that they are the true activists in America while conservatives are often given different titles such as “Tea Party patriots” or “religious freedom defenders.” Yesterday, true conservative activism won a victory despite three major obstacles: time, momentum, and California.

Liberal politicians have attempted to push their sense of fairness onto religious schools in California in an effort to make them choose between betraying their beliefs or facing financial penalties. Senate Bill 1146, the Equity in Higher Education Act, had passed the state Senate in May and would have exposed faith-based schools to lawsuits if they didn’t comply with the state’s anti-discrimination laws. Housing for same-sex married couples and transgender bathroom choices were the biggest anti-faith requirements made by the state.

To fight this, the Association of Faith-Based Institutions was formed. They had very little time to act after forming in the middle of last month. They were fighting against the nationwide momentum of the LGBT community that is being pushed by the left and accepted by many on the right, including the GOP and Libertarian candidates for President. Most surprisingly, they were trying to do all of this in the liberal bastion of California.

With everything stacked against them, they won.

State Senator Ricardo Lara retreated to a position that was acceptable to the activists and the schools they represented. Essentially, SB1146 will require these schools to post their exemption status from the anti-discrimination laws and report on students who are expelled for violating the school’s moral code of conduct. Both of these provisions are acceptable; none of the schools are interested in hiding their positions from prospective students. Still, the left will play this as a minor victory.

What’s important to understand from all of this is that conservative activism is alive and well. It’s what gives hope to those of us who see the expansion of leftist ideas into the mainstream. It stands as a beacon for those who are losing hope in a system that is lurching to the left. It’s even encouraging to those of us who are worried that the Republican Party is becoming more liberal for the sake of populism while conservative politicians are shafted. This is another example of the need for a new conservative party that works with portions of the GOP, but that stands alone as a tangible entity in the same vein as the Tea Party without the limitations of being strictly a movement.

All that it takes for conservative activism to succeed is for enough people to suspend disbelief. We’re being hammered all the time with leftist propaganda that tells us leaning further to the left is the only way to achieve victory. That’s simply not the case. We can defend the Constitution and expand our reach with young people because our values and ideas are right. If we stay true to those values and ideas, nothing the left does can stop us.

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Can you reconcile the left’s image of California as a green progressive state that cares for the environment and the animals within it with this description of reality from VDH:

If I find a dead dog dumped on the alleyway (as I have three or four times over the last 12 months), with a rope around his neck and his insides exposed from dog fighting, I bury him and pass on calling the animal-control people. In fairness to them, what would they do, run an investigation into rural dog fighting—in a state in which felons are routinely released from prisons and jails, and sanctuary cities offer amnesties? I suppose a Queensland with his face ripped off is small potatoes. (Does multiculturalism trump the ASPCA or PETA?)

Nor do I ever contact the state EPA or the county when monthly I collect baby carriages, car seats, tires, used paint cans, old Christmas trees, mattresses, and dirty diapers dumped on the side of the road—despite occasional junk mail signifying the address of the polluter. About 50 pounds of coils of old worn-out drip hoses are out in front of my house today, a huge pile of plastic junk dumped as if my roadside was a free waste site. (Is the theory that my house qualifies for public service waste removal and thus someone poorer, in our spread-the-wealth society, has a right to dump his trash there?) How can such a green state that refuses to sell plastic bags at the coastal grocery markets prove indifferent to the spoliation of its rural hinterland?

The answer to Mr. Hanson’s question is simple, to not be indifferent to this would be to admit to realities that the liberals in the state find inconvenient.

This is going to end badly for the state but I suspect when it does the media will still not report it.

Who could have seen this coming:

Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs. The company still employs about 4,000 workers in Southern California.

and it’s not just the big manufacturers who are getting hit

Felix Seo has been making clothes for wholesale in downtown for 30 years. His company, Joompy, used to count giant retailers like Forever 21 among its clients. But as prices have gone up in recent years, he said, those fast-fashion peddlers are no longer giving him orders.

“I used to pay $5 to get this sewn, and now it costs $6.50,” Seo said, holding up a patterned dress. “But my customer doesn’t want to pay that, so I can’t sell it anymore.”

To survive, Seo, 59, said Joompy may have to start importing goods instead of producing them locally. “It will be impossible to make clothes in Los Angeles,” he said.

The Unions of course are saying it’s all greed

“It’s always, ‘Oh woe is me, If I pay minimum wage at this rate I can’t turn a profit,'” said Nativo Lopez, a senior adviser with Hermandad Mexicana, which is helping American Apparel workers unionize.

Of course that would be more believable if the Unions didn’t get exemptions from the minimum wage:

Martinez, a 53-year-old bellhop, has hauled tourists’ luggage across the flagstone plaza of the Sheraton Universal in Studio City for two decades. He said he was excited after the council’s vote to raise the minimum hourly wage at large hotels to $15.37, which he expected to boost his paycheck by 71%.

He soon found out he wouldn’t be getting a raise after all. Under an obscure provision of the city’s wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less. The result is that Martinez, who pays $56.50 every month for membership in the hotel workers union Unite Here, now makes less than those doing the same job in non-union workplaces.

“That’s what really makes me mad,” Martinez said. “I just wanted to be treated equal. Don’t exempt us, because we’re the ones paying union dues.”

I’m old enough to remember when Unions didn’t fight for the right to treat their members as 2nd class citizens.

But either way the working poor in LA are discovering that the real minimum wage is always zero.

I wonder if anyone will mention this to Hillary or Bernie?


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There is a new fast food chain that is opening up in San Francisco per this report at KQED:

San Francisco’s Newest Fast Food: Healthy, Cheap and Served by Robots

Do tell:

Across the country, restaurants are looking for innovative ways to keep humans out of the picture. But what’s unique about Eatsa is the focus on health and taste. It’s a fully-automated experience, so Eatsa can afford to offer high-quality food for less. Workers’ salaries account for about 30 percent of the restaurant industry’s costs.

The team spent over two years rigorously testing the texture of the sauces and the grain to optimize the taste. Eatsa will also offer a range of beverages, which are sugar-free or low in sugar. Eatsa plans to open two more locations in the coming months, including a restaurant in Los Angeles.

This story is likely no surprise for our regular readers but for our friends on the left it must come as quite a shock that they have made this alternative cost effective:

Yup, technology will serve the meals, not unskilled, inexperienced, $15 an hour, coffee break and maternity/paternity leave humans. Thanks to unions and Leftists, the poor will get poorer, those in poverty will have fewer opportunities to get out from under and the techies will continue to take over the world.

And given the situation already in California before this happened:

The latest figures, for 2013, show California’s housing cost adjusted poverty rate to be 23.4 percent, nearly half again as high as the national average of 15.9 percent.

Back in the years when the nation had a “California Dream,” it would have been inconceivable for things to have gotten so bad — particularly amidst what is widely hailed as a spectacular recovery. The 2013 data shows California to have the worst housing cost adjusted poverty rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. But it gets worse. California’s poverty rate is now more than 50 percent higher than Mississippi, which long has set the standard for extreme poverty in the United States (Figure 1).

And the migration of those still able to leave that began long before

How bad are things in California? California’s domestic migration has been negative every year since at least 1990. In fact, since 1990, according to the U.S. Census, 3,642,490 people, net, have left California. If they were in one city, it would be the third largest city in America, with a population 800,000 more than Chicago and within 200,000 of Los Angeles’ population.

It’s very likely that we will see California revert to the old feudal days of powerful rich landowners and peons with nothing who will have only the state and the church to sustain them.  That is of course if the feudal lords of the left allow the church to remain.


Two closing thoughts:

1.   As this chain expands how long will it take for other chains needing to compete with them to also go the robot route?

2.  How much longer will it be before the cooks are replaced by machines too?



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By Steve Eggleston

After the high-profile failures of Oregon’s and Massachusetts’ state-run health-care exchanges, and the near-failures of several other state-run exchanges this time last year, the proponents of ObamaCare were hoping that the blood-letting of the remaining state-run exchanges was at an end. Indeed, there hadn’t been any further failures. According to an editorial in The Orange County Register, that’s about to change, with the biggest domino, Covered California, poised to fail.

Up until this year, Covered California had been using $1.1 billion in federal grant money as its major source of money to finance its operations. There will be no more federal money going into Covered California, or any other state-run exchange, as that spigot was shut off on January 1. Meanwhile, in accordance with ObamaCare dictates that the exchanges be “self-sufficient”, California’s legislature has prohibited the use of general state funds on Covered California.

According to The Register, Covered California currently says it expects to lose $78 million in Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016). It seems people haven’t been signing up as expected. As of the original deadline for 2015 coverage, February 15, Covered California was 300,000 short of its planned goal. Two extensions of that deadline, to April 30, have not, at least so far, appeared to come close to closing that gap. According to a study by Alavare Health, Covered California had the 3rd-worst enrollment growth, at 1%, and the 4th-worst re-enrollment rate, 65%.

After looking over the presentation given to the Covered California board at its March meeting, I’d say that $78 million projected loss looks to be a bit “optimistic”. Under what it termed the “medium” scenario, the expected FY2016 loss is $104 million, which would bring the cash reserves down to $184 million. Supposedly expenditures will drop and revenues increase, but given the combination of the First Rule of Government Expenditures (spending never actually decreases) and the overly-optimistic nature of revenue projections, Covered California isn’t long for this world.

Of course, the Congressional “Republicans” have the “fix” – explicitly allow the federal exchange to offer subsidies if the Supreme Court strikes down the executive-based version. They claim it would be “temporary” and would come with the repeal of the individual and employer mandates regarding health insurance, but given their other hard turns to the left (including approving Loretta Lynch as Attorney General), it will neither be “temporary” nor come with the repeal of any mandates.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  I noted with some interest this week the suit between a California teacher and her union; Rebecca Friedrichs and ten of her colleagues are suing the NEA and its affiliate, the California Teachers Association to “obtain freedom from compelled support for unionism.”  Alec Torres wrote about this suit in December:

Over the past 26 years, Rebecca Friedrichs has been forced, as a condition of her employment, to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a private organization whose actions she largely does not support. As an elementary-school teacher in the Savanna School District of Buena Park, Calif., she has more than $1,000 automatically taken out of her salary every year and given to teachers’ unions. Faced with year after year of compulsory payments, Friedrichs is now on a path to end this union coercion.

California is not a “right to work” state and so Ms. Friedrichs and other teachers in her state are compelled to join a union.

A California teacher has filed a lawsuit against her union that claims she was cut off from benefits and from having a vote on the contract because she did not want her dues spent on political causes she did not support.

“There’s this undercurrent of fear and intimidation,” said Rebecca Friedrichs, whose suit seeks an exemption from union financial obligations since she is receiving no benefits from the union–political or non-political. “If you’re not in step with what the union’s doing, if you stand against it, you’re not a part of the club. You’re bullied. It’s very intimidating.”

In addition, she objects to the union’s involvement in political activities such as lobbying:

“What troubles me is the union is so involved in politics that they use our money to put a lot of those government officials into their jobs. Now the union is bargaining with officials who have been put in their spot by union money, and they’re union-friendly,” she said. “You have union-friendly officials on the other side, and taxpayers aren’t represented, and they’re bargaining with taxpayer money. I think that’s political.”

The suit, which you can read here,  hopes to overturn the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

For my part, I’m very sympathetic with Ms. Friendrichs.  I live in Louisiana and I have the right in my state to be a member of no union whatsoever if that’s my choice.

When I started teaching 18 years ago, I was young and stupid and joined NEA because my principal at the time said it was a good idea and that everyone should be a member of a “professional organization.”  I signed right on up and paid hefty dues that were drafted right out of my check every month.

I never thought much about it after that.

But in 2011 I saw the light; I got an email from NEA saying that not only were they endorsing Obama in 2012 (again) but that individual member donations to their PAC would be doubled to ensure his re-election.  I literally got nauseous and got on the phone to drop my membership as fast as I could.

I moved my membership to a non-political professional organization that focuses on education and teacher support rather than funding charlatan politicians.

Friedrichs believes that most teachers are apolitical and that the unions have lost focus:

Friedrichs said that the union might have an easier time recruiting teachers if it served the interests of the students, rather than its own coffers.

I don’t know about the apolitical part, but I agree with her that the purpose of the NEA should not be to handpick candidates or coerce affairs outside of the needs of the teachers and students.  As I said, they lost me when they took my dues to fund their own candidate choice, one to whom I was totally opposed.

I hope Friedrichs and her colleagues win their suit and that forced union membership dies.  It’s an infringement against one’s very basic right of free speech and choice.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

by baldilocks

baldilocksOriginally posted at Ace of Spades HQ on August 26, 2013, so excuse anything which seems or is dated. Re-edited. And, do me a favor: please check out the links.

A few weekends back [sic], I made my way from my home in South Central Los Angeles to Albuquerque–where my parents and the vast majority of my family reside–for the wedding of my oldest nephew. During the twelve-hour drive, I contemplated the personalities of my nephew, his brother, his sisters, his male and female first-, second-, and third-cousins and his male cousins by marriage. All–18 to 26–are great young people.

Something that remains perennially in the news is the rate of unemployment for black teens, just over 40%. But here’s a thing about my family: my five nephews and my six first- and second-male cousins are all employed! (My nieces are all under sixteen and my three female cousins are over thirty. An additional male cousin–married, degreed and employed–is over thirty as well.) How could that be?

Well here’s one thing: only one of them lives in a blue state. So much for the alleged racism of Republicans. But their states of residence–New Mexico*, Texas, and Oklahoma–aren’t the only factors; the others are more personal.

  • All are high school graduates.
  • Three are attending two-year colleges, two attend a four-year university, one attends a technical college, and two are four-year university graduates.
  • All are literate, well-mannered and well-spoken They don’t even speak patois to their friends.
  • None have criminal or misdemeanor records.
  • All are prompt and know how to dress for employment. None have adopted the saggy-pants style.
  • Only one has a child and he is in his mid-twenties.

So what is this about? Only four of the young men have been raised by political conservatives. Two are illegitimate. Several are children of divorce–like me. All of them, however, have been raised by actual conservatives. So it is that they would not shame their families by failing to be responsible men.

My oldest nephew–the one who just married–is probably the most taciturn of the group. But he’s not so shy that he was unable to woo, win, and marry a smart, accomplished, and very beautiful young woman to be his wife. And here’s something about the two, my nephew, and my niece-in-law: both of their sets of parents are married to each other. And one thing about my nephew’s parents–my sister and my brother-in-law: both of their parents are still married to each other. (My mom and stepdad have been married for 42 years and my brother-in-law’s parents have been married for over 60 years.) And each generation consists of hard workers who have always wanted more for their children than what they had. This is what is known as a pattern.

But illegitimacy need not be a factor in producing children of poor character. Several months ago, I posited that illegitimacy by itself isn’t what has caused the breakdown of the black family and the consequent breakdown of black moral character. The cause? Government subsidy of illegitimacy. When a child, especially a boy, grows up without a father, he will often run wild if there is no other male authority to which he is answerable–an uncle or grandfather, for example. But when children grow up in communities in which there are no male authority figures, when they grow up in communities in which there are few to no married couples, a people run wild.

The widespread (over 70%) illegitimacy among black Americans can be likened to the biblical fall in the Garden of Eden. Satan talked Eve into eating the fruit that God had forbidden and she talked Adam into eating it. This original sin will destroy most of humankind. The government talked black women into having babies without benefit of marriage and this phenomenon has nearly destroyed black Americans. Yet another pattern.

But just as there is redemption to be had in the heavenly realm, there is a way for black Americans to keep themselves from been destroyed here on earth.

Recently, CNN’s Don Lemon–no political conservative, to be sure–was called a “turncoat mofo” for agreeing with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that black people need to clean up their act with respect to being ‘good citizens’–a phrase used because that is what I was exhorted to be when I was growing up in the much-maligned 1960s.

Mr. Lemon’s seemingly simple prescription is powerful.

You want to break the cycle of poverty? Stop telling kids they’re acting white because they go to school or they speak proper English. A high school dropout makes on average $19,000 a year, a high school graduate makes $28,000 a year, a college graduate makes $51,000 a year. Over the course of a career, a college grad will make nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate. That’s a lot of money.

And number one, and probably the most important, just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.

And there was this on Twitter:

For his trouble, Lemon was excoriated–which included being labeled a “turncoat mofo” by MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor.

“Turncoat mofo?” No. The turncoats are those who urge other black Americans to keep doing the same things over and over again while, each time, expecting a different result. The turncoats are those who exhort black Americans to keep riding that express train to poverty, illiteracy, prison and ruin. Like the feral teens that are a plague on our society, pattern-recognition is foreign to those who screech ‘turncoat mofo’ to a man who imparts the tried-and-true wisdom that black Americans used to impart to their progeny.

* * *

I have been called a conspiracy theorist–not to mention the equivalent of a ‘turncoat mofo’– a number of times. However, if most political and social conservatives can acknowledge that there are forces consisting of more than a single individual which conspire to destroy America-as-founded and the ideals on which she was founded, then it is plausible that such forces have used and are using strategies—by definition, long-term plans–to achieve their aims. It is for this reason—and for the vision of my lying eyes—that I put forth the following ‘conspiracy theory.’

For many decades, black Americans hoped and prayed to be considered equal to other Americans under the law–federal, state, and local. Well that goal has been achieved. It has been long past time for black Americans, as a whole, to do their part. What happened there? It’s this: too large a number of us have become prey to those who have always wanted to keep us down, keep us enslaved, and, ultimately, destroy us.

I submit that the Organized Left and the Democrat Party—now one and the same–have long been trying to rid our country of her black citizens. That goal is now almost reached. Think about it: blacks are vastly outnumbered by whites, Hispanics, and others. And blacks have been purposefully splintered in this way: we have been duped into nearly destroying the one earthly and seemingly unshakable foundation we had. That foundation is known as the family.

The feral teens we see today are the fruit of the splintering; they are angry and they know not why. They never learned fatherly discipline–and the compromised education system never bothered to inculcate in them the desire to think through their existential situation or any other situation. Often the only “men” in their lives are other mindlessly angry little boys wearing the bodies of men. Multiply this by millions.

So now, they are beating and killing innocents of all races out of boredom or avarice or whatever excuse they want to give. But the real problem is mindless and pointless anger, stemming from the lack of proper parenting by both mother and father.

But here’s the thing. Non-black people are already tired of their loved ones being raped, shot, beaten, etc. for merely walking around, for the crimes of others or simply for not being black.

And when some set of white or other non-black persons begin to retaliate; it will go badly for the splintered minority—both the guilty and the innocent–for numerical reasons alone. As a result, the Leftist-infiltrated government will come in and “save” however many black people are left, but goal will be reached: black people will be almost exterminated in the USA and whites and other non-blacks will be the slaves.

That’s been the plan all along…to kill all of us and to enslave all of you.

I am grateful to God that the young men in my family are fine, upstanding citizens. But I tremble for my peopleAmericans–as I watch the fruit of the rotten and satanic tree called Leftism poison us all, one way or another.

That’s why I pray to Lord who provided us with the Lamb who took away all of our sins. It’s our only hope, and I submit that it always has been.

*Yes I know. NM isn’s all that red. But, to this Californian, red is relative. One can open-carry in NM.

(Thanks to Monty and Ace)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!


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Central Valley orchard in 2009

By John Ruberry

Al Gore brought his multi-media global warming circus to Kansas City last night. With photos and videos, Gore showed the folks of the City of Fountains downpours, dust storms, wildfires, drought, and rising sea levels that the so-called “settled science” of anthropogenic global warming will bring.

You’ve heard–or heard about it–again and again.

But in a Kansas City Star article about Gore’s speech, this Gore-acle about California’s drought-stricken Central Valley pounced at me like a wounded polar bear: “Think about that, the Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act.”

The original Dust Bowl, which devastated the Great Plains from southern Canada to the Texas panhandle in the 1930s, was brought about by drought conditions that humans made worse by a few decades of reckless agricultural practices on marginal land.

Californians, on the other hand, have been farming the fertile soil of the Central Valley since the end of the Mexican War. The region is blessed by warm, but not hot, summers and cool winters–it has everything but steady rain. But irrigation from the reservoirs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta remedied that problem–until 2007, when environmentalist Luddites won a court ruling that diverts water to the ocean to protect the tiny Delta Smelt. The ruling decreed that no more than 305 of them can be killed by water diversion. In National Review last month, Charles C.W. Cooke wrote that there are anywhere from 35,000 to 100,000 of the “little buggers.”

Central Valley strawberry field in 2009
Central Valley strawberry field in 2009

What Gore surely omitted from his KC speech, that unlike global warming, the Central Valley drought is truly man-caused.

All kinds of food is produced in the Valley–grapes, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, nuts, and corn are just some. In fact, about 12 percent of the food we grow comes from there.

If the Central Valley does become a Dust Bowl, we can blame environmentalists like Gore and fellow global-warming believer President Obama.

But the disaster can be prevented if we quickly act: Open the gates and let the water in.


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This morning when advising the Speaker of the House on how to talk to the people who are needed to win elections for the GOP I invoked Gabriel Gomez.  A name some of you might not know.

Mr. Gomez was the candidate for the Senate Seat vacated by John Kerry.  He has a great personal story and was absolutely loved by the national party due to this ancestry. However his positions on everything from amnesty to guns didn’t inspire the base and when it came to be election day Mr. Gomez not only failed to rally the base, but didn’t draw any of the Hispanic vote against the whiter than white bread a nice enough fellow, but whose positions neither inspired the base nor attracted Hispanic voters when the time care.

Right now a similar situation is going on in California in the race for Governor.

In California’s primary system the two candidates finishing 1st & 2nd run for the office regardless of party.

In the latest PPIC poll there are two GOP candidates who draw support in the Polling Former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado and State Rep Tim Donnelly.

Maldonado is running a campaign that might sound familiar to people who remember the Gomez race:

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, unveiling his new campaign for California governor Saturday, will challenge Democrat Jerry Brown as a pro-gay marriage, pro-choice and pro-growth Republican who vows to reach millions of Hispanic voters “who come from where I come from.”

and on Illegal immigration it will sound REALLY familiar

  “I’m upset that we can’t get it done. Because I’m the son of a field worker who came here with a temporary work permit looking for a better life…his son became the Lt. Governor of California. How can I not support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship?”

*On a new law permitting driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants: “It had to be done, because Washington couldn’t get the job done. The right way to do it is comprehensive immigration reform, then no state has to go out there with piecemeal (laws).”

Meanwhile Tim Donnelly is taking a different path not running from either his 100% pro-life rating saying he is “proudly pro-life”  or his 0% rating from Equality California saying on Gay Marriage:

Marriage is not in the Constitution…I don’t believe the government should have anything to do with it.”

“I personally believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between one man and one woman, ordained by God. And it belongs in the church.”

He is not shy about his positions and expressed them forcibly in a conference call this week:  Strongly pro-2nd Amendment, opposes illegal immigration and rather than race focusing instead on issues like the budget “The mythical budget surplus hasn’t produced anything for the average person.” and financial issues that have stuck him and millions of voters “My 401 k turned into a 201k then a 101k then a zero k
So we pretty much have two different republicans directions in California, Donnelly  not shy about taking positions consistent with the GOP base, Maldonado on the path suggested by the MSM by taking positions more consistent with Democrats in a blue state.

Let’s see how that’s working out:

The latest PPIC poll is out and Governor Jerry Brown has 49% of likely voters approving his job performance with 38% disapproving with 13% undecided. As far as his personal fallibility of 46% with an unfavorable rating of 40%.

Of those likely voters 47% will vote for him in the primary including 50% of Latinos.

While it isn’t a good sign for a sitting governor and a man with decades of the name recognition that he has to be under 50%. 47% is more than enough to secure one of the two top spots in a primary.

How about that other spot?  Well California being as blue a state as it is, the pundits in the MSM and everyone else would expect Mr Maldonado to be easily outpolling Mr Donnelly particularly among the 50% of Latinos still up for grabs.

You would be wrong:

As you might guess for a state rep 15% of the voters have never heard of him and 70% have yet to form an opinion. but among those who know him his rating is pretty much a wash 7% favorable vs 8% unfavorable. Interestingly when broken down by party Donnelly is +3 among Republicans and only at a net -1 among Democrats.

He is currently getting 16%  of the primary vote.

Well that certainly can’t compare with a former Lt. Gov who is Hispanic , supports gay marriage, immigration reform and drivers licenses for illegal aliens in a blue state, can it?

Apparently it can:

Maldonado is only drawing 7% of the vote a full 9 points behind Donnally but when you break it down it gets worse for him.

Maldonado draws a full 14% less of the White Vote than Donnally and 9% less of the independent vote but the greatest embarrassment is that among Latinos Donnally out polls him by a 2-1 margin!

Mind you the only Latino who has held a higher office in the state is José Antonio Romualdo Pacheco who was governor in 1875.

How can this be? Maldonado as you might guess is better known, a full 14% more voters have an opinion on him than Donnelly unfortunately for him it appears familiarity breeds contempt.

Only 10% of voters have a favorable opinion of him against 19% who have an unfavorable one.

Among Republicans the gap is 9% favorable vs 23% unfavorable (a net -14 a full 17 pts. worse than Donnelly).  His more liberal positions aren’t helping among Democrats with a rating of 9% favorable vs 12% (-3).  Among independents it’s worse only 5% of independents view him favorable light vs 26% who don’t (-21 rating)! and democrats.

Amazingly Maldonado is known by almost twice as many independents that Donnelly yet the percentage of overall independents who view him favorable is two points lower. That’s a gigantic embarrassment,

at least it would be if he didn’t have a -7 rating among Latinos 10% favorable vs 17% unfavorable.

So what has Tim Donnelly a figure that has been attacked by some in the party figured out that the GOP Establishment and his critics have not?  Easy:

Running as Democrat light doesn’t win over voters!  If voters want a democrat or a liberal there is a perfectly passable specimen of the real thing on the ballot.

But if you advance conservative principles that everyone can relate to:  The economy, the 2nd amendment,  the rule of law, business regulations, issues that cut across lines of race, creed or sexual orientation, you can not only win elections but change minds.

That’s how a party change the direction of a state.  I hope someday we learn that lesson in Massachusetts…yet.

FYI Tim will be a guest on my radio show tomorrow at 12:15 PM if you want to find out more.

Wednesday my friends at Four Tier Strategies arranged for a conference call between bloggers and GOP candidate for Governor of California Tim Donnelly.

Donnelly is an assemblyman out of the 59th district who has gotten some notoriety as a member of the Minuteman movement but two weeks ago his candidacy got support from an unexpected source (via Politichicks):

While Rob Schneider’s endorsement & statements have produced attacks on him the decline of California and the migration of business are very much real.

Mr. Donnelly spoke to us about his background, he elected to run when the assemblyman “sold out to raise taxes” and talked of the culture of the legislature where bringing your actual promises to the floor is not the way things are done.

He bluntly stated the Democrats in California have evolved, no longer democrats but Marxist progressives and said his advantage is a strong position on issues.

During the Q & A he talked bout his background as a small business owner (a supplier of specialized machine parts) and noted that he approaches and talks to the people nobody talks to.

When asked about if the open primary law would just mean a field of democrats he said the system can be taken advantage of by the GOP when they understood it, stressing the first task before all others is to Turn out the Base.

That in itself is a huge statement for a republican when many are busy running away from them.

He continued: “Once you do you have to reach out to others without selling out.

In other words you don’t have to reject your base to make your case to people outside of it.


He talked about the taxes on the working poor being the single biggest issue in the next election and discussed how you make the case giving the example of Obamacare.

When he the case against it he makes it a point to refer to the law by its name the “Affordable Care Act”. The idea is to play on that noting it simply is not affordable.

I asked about his statement concerning Democrats , noting while the media had no problem going after the GOP as “extremists” they were not so anxious to note Democrats move to the left.

He bluntly noted: “The media is never going to carry the water vs the left but they will if they think they are damaging us. So we have to give them something they can’t help but cover and gave the following example:

There was a day when millions of illegals took to the streets, prior to that I went to the border told them I would fix the fence and dared the government to stop them. We managed to get a ton of publicity out of that position.

He also noted a fight between farmworkers who don’t want to be unionized who were apparently were unionized in the 70’s but never told but they were. The unions want the dough out of the checks but they are resisting noting the fair treatment they have received operating non-union. As Mr. Donnelly put it:


It’s a great fight for us. Work not welfare, we’ll have Hispanics standing behind us talking about work and not wanting a union fighting against us. Media will have to tell that story.


He also pointed to the strong 2nd amendment base in the state that crosses party lines but also noted that while he will work to help efforts to recall efforts targeting senators & legislatures who voted vs 2nd amendment but also noted the efforts must be strategic in districts where success is possible.

This seems to be exactly what the GOP needs a person who:

1. Doesn’t reject the base
2. Reaches out beyond it
3. Thinks Strategically

It’s a promising start, Let’s hope Mr Donnelly is able for California’s sake take this campaign has an equally promising finish.

BTW his blog is here.

This week has been a difficult one for religious freedom and liberty. Freedoms have taken a beating from all sides of the country. The week against liberty started off with MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Parry saying that our kids “belonged” to the community. (A funny reply on Facebook had a picture of Sarah Palin with the quote “Dear MSNBC, if our kids belong to you, do your kids belong to us? If so, can we take them hunting after church in our big pickup truck?” Awesome.)

By Tuesday, there was media blackout about the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who murdered babies AFTER birth. That’s right, he killed babies…after they had been born. Main stream media has ignored this man’s atrocious behaviors. By turning a blind eye, the violation of the children’s rights is being ignored.

By the time Wednesday came around, California lawmakers had proposed SB-323, a bill that would remove the Boy Scouts tax exempt status if they did not allow openly gay men and boys to join their organization. Regardless of your belief about same-sex marriage, this removes the freedom of an organization to set restrictions around its membership. The government’s place is not to dictate to organizations that they must violate their religious liberty and extend membership to those outside the limits their beliefs dictate.

Another unfortunate assault came from the military. A United States Army officer sent a 14 page email labeling Christian groups as “domestic hate groups.”

“The message, apparently sent by Lt. Col. Jack Rich at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, also instructed those who received the e-mail to be on the look-out for fellow soldiers who might be supporters of the organizations (or who, at the least, aren’t upholding “Army Values”).” 

(It should be noted that this comes only a week after Foxnews’ Todd Starnes reported that a training instructor in the Army labeled evangelical Christianity “religious extremism.”)

The Attorney General in Washington also decided to sue a florist who opted out of providing flowers for a gay wedding. The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, stated it was against her faith to provide arrangements for the wedding. The government is now suing her and threatening a $2,000 fine for each violation.

This week, Americans have had their freedoms challenged from state governments, the U.S. military, and the media. And this is just 1 week of a sampling of what was reported…a subsection of all of instances it occurs.

When people argue that gay marriage should be legalized or promote the ideal of “live and let live,” it’s important to realize that when the government promotes one entity, it can be robbing Constitution-protected freedoms from another. Marriage is not a “right” defined in any of the founding documents. Freedom of religion is protected.

Rebecca @ AmericaIsConservative.org


One of the basic rules of economics is supply and demand.

If there is an excessive quantity of an item its relative value drops, this applies not just to basic products and services, but to things such as the money supply.

Likewise if you have an item in short supply, it because more valuable and the holder of that valuable item, commodity or service can pick and choose among offers to their advantage.

This is true of jobs. Jobs are a valuable commodity, employers produce tax revenue, pay for infrastructure and allow produces to be produced in an area but most of all they attract the most valuable commodity of all, people.

Now I’ve been led to understand that there has been a shortage of jobs around this country over the last 4 years, but apparently I’ve been mistaken. Because in state after state we see the elected governments deciding they are a commodity that doesn’t need to be attracted.


Shrugging off the fiscal caution of recent years, Governor Deval Patrick proposed a $1.9 billion tax increase tonight in his State of the Commonwealth address, saying it was necessary for the state to invest more in education and the state’s transportation network to “accelerate growth and expand opportunity.”

Who knew Massachusetts was doing so well they didn’t need to attract jobs? Who knew that people like my oldest son, about to graduate from College in May after 4 solid years on the deans list, with decades of earning potential ahead of him is so common we can tax him by the mile.

And the good times are not restricted to the bay state.


P.A.T. Products, an international distributor of specialty chemicals, plastic and raw materials, has been based in Bangor for 39 years.

Leo Coyle, the company’s founder and president, told the Bangor Daily News he is moving the company’s corporate headquarters to the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H., because of that state’s more attractive tax structure and to be closer to his markets.

39 years in Maine, why move now?

“I’m not trying to bash Maine,” he said, adding that it’s a great place to raise children. But during his 40 years living in the state, he said he has become frustrated by what he sees as Maine’s attitude toward business and industry.

“Until the state of Maine gets their act together, there’ll be more and more and more people leaving. I’ve been watching it for 40-plus years. What do I see? I see people saying they can’t take it anymore. I’m not alone,”

Who knew Maine was doing so well they could spare him? Lets be fair, the legislature has done all it can to keep him in Maine, however that legislature has been the newly elected Democrat legislature of…

…New Hampshire:

Lately they have been doing their best to keep companies there in all kinds of ways…

Tobacco Taxes

So the New Hampshire House just passed a bill to tack on another 0.20 cents a pack.

This ‘revenue’ will be extracted from predominantly middle and lower income people, but the left has an excuse.

Boat Taxes

With the lessened taxes: Based on the rates scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015, the Department states revenue produced per fiscal year would be $1,529,580. Yes, this is the Republican law
With the Democrat tax hike: Based on the current number of vessel registrations, the Department states the fees in effect produce $3,059,160 of revenue per fiscal year.

Fuel Oil:

By vote of 186 to 165 the Democrat controlled New Hampshire House passed a 25% increase in New Hampshire’s fuel oil tax.

A “county income tax

Tomorrow there is a hearing (10am – LOB 301) for HB 330. HB 330 would allow any county delegation in New Hampshire to adopt a ‘County Income tax’ to be administered by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration

And of course a gas tax

All of us are, or should be, concerned over the necessity of the $1 billion gas tax increase in HB 617. Many of us are looking for an alternative that will address the requirement that we maintain our highways and bridges while avoiding what apparently would be the biggest tax increase in New Hampshire history.

And all of that is after only 5 months of Democrat control!

Who knew that in this short period of time New Hampshire has become such a strong state that they don’t need all those business and people from Maine Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New York to consider relocating in New Hampshire in the future?

And such prosperity isn’t limited to the east. Let’s look west to…


Colorado is in such good shape Gov Hickenlooper he can afford to sign this

Colorado’s governor signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms, signaling a change for Democrats who have traditionally shied away from gun control in a state with a pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance

even though it leads to this

Ammunition magazine manufacturer Magpul Industries said it plans to begin leaving Colorado “almost immediately,” and other firms may follow suit in the wake of a new law that limits ammunition magazine capacities.

“Our moving efforts are underway,” Magpul chief operating officer Doug Smith said Wednesday. “Within the next 30 days we will manufacture our first magazine outside the state of Colorado.”

Who knew Colorado was doing so well they could spare businesses like Magpul and Lawrence Tool & Molding…

“We’re basically going to follow Magpul and do our best to continue being a supplier for them,” said Lloyd Lawrence, owner of Denver-based Lawrence Tool & Molding. “It will probably be out of state.”

Lawrence said about 50 to 60 percent of his business comes from supplying magazine parts to Magpul.

and Alfred Manufacturing…

Denver-based Alfred Manufacturing Co., employs 150 residents. It, too, will “relocate part or all of our operations out of state” if Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper enacts the stringent gun-control regime pushed by Biden and company. The company has already put expansion plans on hold.

And of course we can’t leave out the state doing the absolute best of them all, California, which is doing so well it can spare the rich:

With the new year, big earners are confronting a 51.9 percent federal-state income tax hit on earnings over $1 million, the result of a confluence of new tax-the-rich levies imposed by California and Congress in the closing days of 2012. That is officially the highest in the nation.

small businesses

Campbell Soup announced in September that it was closing its 65-year-old plant in Sacramento, which employed 700 workers, and shifting production to North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Chevron is moving 800 technical positions—in other words, jobs that aren’t physically stationed on California rigs—to Houston.

Non-manufacturing businesses are also moving or expanding operations where labor, land, energy and capital are cheaper. Comcast announced in the fall that it is moving 1,000 call-center jobs out of California because of the “high cost of doing business.” Facebook, eBay EBAY and LegalZoom have opened up Texas offices in the past few years, while PayPal, Yelp and Maxwell Technologies MXWL have pushed into Phoenix.

and of course the average person

Even while California’s Hispanic population has grown by more than 1.5 million since 2005, thanks to high birth rates and foreign immigration, two Hispanics have moved out for every one that has moved in from another state. By contrast, four Hispanics from other states have settled in Texas and Arizona for every three that have left.

It’s not unusual for immigrants or their descendants to move in pursuit of a better life. That’s the history of America. But it is ironic that many of the intended beneficiaries of California’s liberal government are running for the state line—and that progressive policies appear to be what’s driving them away.

It’s gratifying to see that these states and others are so prosperous they can spare not only the jobs, but the workers who these companies employ that fuel economic growth, and in the fashion of true Christian charity they are giving other states a chance to get those jobs they can spare

lawmakers from Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Carolina are now courting Remington away from New York and Magpul away from Colorado.

So if anyone tells you that New England, Colorado, California and all those blue states are doing bad, don’t buy it, they’re just doing so well they simply don’t need the jobs and the revenue they bring and what to share it with their less fortunate Red State neighbors

Now that’s what I call neighborly!


Olimometer 2.52

I’d like to say I’m doing as good as the state of Massachusetts and able to spare the tip jar hits, but while my total for the week rose 10% that added up to a $2 move from $20 to $22 out of the $300 weekly paycheck I hope to draw.

If you, unlike the GOP think conservative bloggers are worth the investment consider being one of the 14 people who can kick in $20 this week for that weekly $300 paycheck. If you think it’s worth your money and can spare that $20 feel free to hit DaTipJar below.

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how many people fall for the “Tax the Rich” business in the form of higher taxes.

However the women at PolitiChicks aren’t among them:

But wouldn’t these same celebrities be worried about the impending tax hikes? Aren’t they worried that they could be impacted? Not a chance. Because when it comes to actually paying taxes, these celebrities don’t want to pay their “fair share.” And, guess what? They don’t have to.

Hollywood’s elites are using a whole array of methods to escape paying their “fair share.” They use of offshore trusts, tax havens and the transferring funds to wives or civil partners as tax dodges.

Hey that can’t be right! Celebs like Kimberlin funder Barbra Streisand supported all these big tax hikes what could they possibly get out of it?

Well shortly after Proposition 30 was passed, Governor Brown signed legislation extending the state’s $100 million tax-credit fund for two more years. This measure allows California film producers a 20 percent or 25 percent credit against income and sales and use taxes.

There’s even more good news for Hollywood’s elite. California Assembly member Felipe Fuentes (D) has introduced Bill AB 2026. This measure would extend the State’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program by an additional five years, for an estimated tax break of $500 million dollars ($100 million per year). The program has already saved the Hollywood industry over $400 million in tax credits to date.

I wonder how much of that $400 mill went to democrat pols urging the rich to pay their “fair share”?

And that’s just the credits passed in daylight. For example while it’s axiomatic that you could consider using Henry C Frye for your accounting and financial planning needs, it’s also axiomatic the very rich have an army of Henry Frye’s on payroll ready to find the necessary credits and deductions to offset any increase in rates but the avg small businessman like say Walter from Aaron Pallet doesn’t.

Any person who doesn’t understand this just doesn’t get it.

That’s what I take away from this line via Glenn from the Wall street Journal:

“What I find reprehensible beyond belief is that the people pushing [high-density housing] themselves live in single-family homes and often drive very fancy cars, but want everyone else to live like my grandmother did in Brownsville in Brooklyn in the 1920s,”

That’s Joel Kotkin a demographer interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, he sees the following endgame:

Mr. Kotkin also notes that demographic changes are playing a role. As progressive policies drive out moderate and conservative members of the middle class, California’s politics become even more left-wing. It’s a classic case of natural selection, and increasingly the only ones fit to survive in California are the very rich and those who rely on government spending. In a nutshell, “the state is run for the very rich, the very poor, and the public employees.”

So it will be the Lords, the Serfs and the servants in the castle. Feudalism is alive and well!

Our progressive friends leading the people back to the 11th century!