Under the Fedora Thoughts not on Twitter for 12/6/18

Every time I see a blog comment generated via facebook which starts I am making a real GOOD MONEY... I get a slightly smug feeling of satisfaction knowing that. I'm not on facebook I still approve comments by hand  Yeah it shortens the conversation and likely costs me hits as you don't get the instant … Continue reading Under the Fedora Thoughts not on Twitter for 12/6/18

Movement

by baldilocks I plan on coming back to California after my upcoming Odyssey, but it's easy to understand why this is happening. Richer Americans are moving to the coasts while poorer families are relocating to the Rust Belt as part of a national gentrification trend that is dividing the haves and have-nots geographically, according to … Continue reading Movement

Making a Break For It

by baldilocks It's tough to write much today especially since I don't feel like talking about Brett Kavanaugh -- President Trump's SCOTUS pick -- or the Left's nationwide and 20-month long temper tantrum over losing the 2016 presidential election. What I feel like talking about is escaping -- yes, from California, if only temporarily. In … Continue reading Making a Break For It

Justice Kennedy Leaves With a Flourish

Anthony Kennedy has announced that he will step down from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31, after 30 years of service. He assured himself a place in history two years ago, for good or ill, with the Obergefell decision. Aside from that, he earned a reputation as a swing (i.e. unpredictable) vote on various issues. One … Continue reading Justice Kennedy Leaves With a Flourish

Trains Not on Time in California

by baldilocks When depredation after depredation mandated promote and allowed by California's government, this should barely register in the Sweepstakes of Surprise. Trains along the popular Capitol Corridor are running later than before, and homeless camps are partly to blame. Rail officials say more people have trespassed on train tracks in the last year, forcing … Continue reading Trains Not on Time in California

A Sensible Partitioning of California

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 … Continue reading A Sensible Partitioning of California

The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

By John Ruberry While I'm watching snow fall outdoors at Marathon Pundit world headquarters in Morton Grove, Illinois, the rest of my family is vacationing in southern California. When they drove into California at Needles, just as the Joads did in The Grapes of Wrath, they were also greeted by more desert, as well as … Continue reading The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

Bicoastal Challenges to Pro-life Pregnancy Centers

Related stories come to us from Connecticut and California, where "anti-abortion" centers (in the parlance of the Hartford Courant) are getting some pushback. From the Courant, 11/10/17: The city is looking to crack down on faith-driven crisis pregnancy centers, which critics say sometimes pose as clinics to lure women and hand out misleading information about … Continue reading Bicoastal Challenges to Pro-life Pregnancy Centers

Noisome Pestilence, Etc.

by baldilocks California regression Home, sweet, home. Wine country is burning, no doubt exacerbated because of laws against underbrush removal --the fuel of forest fires. There's a Hepatitis A outbreak, mostly among the homeless. California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency Friday because of a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in … Continue reading Noisome Pestilence, Etc.

The Great American Pension Swindle

By John Ruberry I hate to interrupt your day by veering away from such issues, well, issues to some, such as the Donald Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia or that nation's reputed hacking of the 2016 presidential election, but there is something more important that the mainstream media is only nibbling at the edges … Continue reading The Great American Pension Swindle

The Lovely And Violent Hills

This past weekend, the mysterious yet not mythical Mrs. Dude and I took some much needed time away from our respective workplaces to visit the mice, ducks, dogs, chipmunks, and other critters. In other words, Disneyland. Given how we had an extra day, rather than take the quicker, fiercely duller I-5 freeway we opted for … Continue reading The Lovely And Violent Hills

Puerto Rico a dire warning for blue states

By John Ruberry If you believe that states--and commonwealths--cannot declare bankruptcy, you are technically correct. But last week a commonwealth, Puerto Rico, filed for bankruptcy in all but name, utilizing the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2016. That bill of course was written for Puerto … Continue reading Puerto Rico a dire warning for blue states

Of Fender Guitars and Uninformed Media

A couple of days ago, Breitbart published a story concerning how, in recent months, some Oreo cookie devotees have complained the flavor has changed, and not for the better. Said story insinuated the reason behind this, if in fact this be truth, is Mondelez, parent company of Nabisco (maker of Oreos) having moved production of … Continue reading Of Fender Guitars and Uninformed Media

Cause and Effect California Law Enforcement Edition

Malone: You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson. The Untouchables 1987 Leonard: ...Sheldon, you can’t train my girlfriend like a lab rat. Sheldon: Actually, it turns out I can. Leonard: Well, you shouldn’t. Sheldon: There’s just no pleasing … Continue reading Cause and Effect California Law Enforcement Edition

California Prepares Its Final Blunder (UPDATE)

by baldilocks Incensed by Hillary Clinton's second unsuccessful presidential bid, California secession advocates are riled up and ready to go. Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general’s office in the hopes of a statewide … Continue reading California Prepares Its Final Blunder (UPDATE)

Proof: Conservative Activism can Work, Even in California

"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 … Continue reading Proof: Conservative Activism can Work, Even in California

Green Liberal California my …

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 … Continue reading Green Liberal California my …

The Real Minimum Wage is Zero LA Garment Edition

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 … Continue reading The Real Minimum Wage is Zero LA Garment Edition

The $15 hr Cause meets the Robot Effect in San Francisco

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 … Continue reading The $15 hr Cause meets the Robot Effect in San Francisco

Covered California about to be the latest failed state ObamaCare exchange

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 … Continue reading Covered California about to be the latest failed state ObamaCare exchange