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A Native Son Recounts His Tale…

July 21, 2017

CA bill to make criminals out of those refusing to use transgender pronouns

According to the text of SB 219, titled the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights, “it shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to…. willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”

Last month, Canada passed a law that threatens anyone refusing to use transgender pronouns with fines and jail time. Not to be outdone, a state senator from San Francisco has a similar proposal, SB 219, here in California nearing final approval that is getting almost no attention.

Greg Burt, with the California Family Council, testified against SB 219 last Tuesday, a bill that will inflict fines and jail time on any long-term care employee who refuses to use transgender pronouns. Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1000, with a jail term of up to a year.

“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others,” Burt asked members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee during his testimony. “Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?”

According to the text of SB 219, titled the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights, “it shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to…. willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”


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July 19, 2017

A Toxic Invasion in Southern CA Threatens National Security

Politichicks reporter Michelle Mears took a tour of the border with Christopher Harris, along with radio host Don Dix from AM590, to see first-hand the situation brewing at the border. This is the first in a series of articles on the toxic sludge invading the United States, and literally threatening national security.

Border agents gear melted, surfers and children infected, military training diverted, wildlife poisoned

A brewing environmental disaster that has been percolating for decades may now threaten our national security. The threat is so large, it is affecting endangered species, protected wetlands, and local beach communities in California.

Border Patrol agents fear government officials and legislatures are ignoring the issue because of the grand scale of the problem. The expense to fix could be astronomical and it is easier to ignore than address the situation.

Media reports describe the millions of gallons of contaminated water flowing into the United States from Tijuana over the years and in recent months to be “sewage”.

However, during a tour of the border with Director-Legislative and Political Affairs for Local 1613 National Border Patrol Council, Christopher Harris, the sight and stench of something other than human waste and household garbage was permeating the air.

Harris exposed a riverbed along the Tijuana River that flows through Goat Canyon, littered with plastic bottles, tires, couches and other garbage on the U.S. side. The water was a glowing green, the sand around the water separated like an old tar roof and this strange chemical stench hung in the air mixed with the smell of human waste.


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July 16, 2017

While homelessness surges in Disneyland’s shadow, Anaheim removes bus benches

Anaheim is Orange County’s largest city and home to Disneyland, one of the region’s biggest draws and tax generators. The city has spent more than two decades trying to clean up the area around the park.

Sweat rolled down Ron Jackson’s face as he pondered, as he does every day just steps from “the Happiest Place on Earth,” where he would sleep.

The homeless man’s hangout in Anaheim had until recently been a grimy bus bench across the street from Disneyland.

Then, one day, the benches around the amusement park — including his regular spot outside of a 7-Eleven at Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue — disappeared.

Soon, people were competing for pavement.

“No more sleeping spot. Just concrete,” Jackson, 47, said on a sweltering day. “There were already people claiming the space.”

The vanishing benches were Anaheim’s response to complaints about the homeless population around Disneyland. Public work crews removed 20 benches from bus shelters after callers alerted City Hall to reports of vagrants drinking, defecating or smoking pot in the neighborhood near the amusement park’s entrance, officials said.

The situation is part of a larger struggle by Orange County to deal with a rising homeless population. A survey last year placed the number of those without shelter at 15,300 people, compared with 12,700 two years earlier.


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July 13, 2017

San Fran Transit: We Refuse To Release Crime Surveillance Videos Because It Will Make People Racist

Releasing videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

Video surveillance footage of crimes committed on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service by minority youths is being withheld by San Francisco authorities due to their concern that the videos might perpetuate racial bias and stereotyping.

In three months time, at least three robberies have transpired at the San Francisco station by groups of teenagers. One such attack, on April 22, was committed by some 40-60 teens, reports KPXI-TV.

“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” explained a member of the BART board of directors, Debora Allen.

Yet, authorities are refusing to release footage of the crimes.

So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”


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July 11, 2017

Victor Davis Hanson: Will California Ever Thrive Again?

Elites need to go back and restudy the state’s can-do confidence of the 1950s and 1960s to rediscover good state government — at least if everyday Californians are ever again to have affordable gas, electricity and homes, safe roads and competitive schools.

There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62% of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail — before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon.

Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason.

The basket of California state taxes — sales, income and gasoline — rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.

After years of drought, California has not built a single new reservoir. Instead, scarce fresh aqueduct water is still being diverted to sea. Thousands of rural central California homes, in Dust Bowl fashion, have been abandoned due to a sinking aquifer and dry wells.

One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter of the state population lives below or near the poverty line. Yet the state’s gas and electricity prices are among the nation’s highest.

One in four state residents was not born in the U.S. Current state-funded pension programs are not sustainable.


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July 8, 2017

Stockton program would pay men not to shoot each other

The second option out of the Bay Area is more controversial. Richmond’s Advance Peace uses taxpayer dollars to pay men with firearm history to not shoot guns.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs condemned the violence in the city over the weekend and is considering a couple different ways to combat crime, including one that pays people not to commit crimes.

There were four homicides in Stockton between Monday and Wednesday night, bringing the total number of killings in the city to more than 24.

Tubbs released a statement Wednesday night after the string of violence.

“All life is sacred and even one homicide is too many … overall, crime continues to trend downward but we must remain vigilant,” Tubbs said.

The city is exploring a couple options in the hopes of curbing the number of violent crimes in the city.

The first option is out of Detroit called Project Greenlight. In this situation, live cameras would be set up inside and outside of businesses in Stockton, and the cameras would be monitored in real-time from the police headquarters.


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July 6, 2017

When the Civil War Came to San Diego

As for San Diego County, in 1859, by a vote of 207-24, voters overwhelmingly supported the idea of splitting the state into two, with Southern California becoming the Territory of Colorado. There was talk that the new territory might cozy up to the slave states, but the war snipped the plan in the bud.

Union troops were more than a little suspicious when they ran into a group of 16 men traveling east through San Diego’s backcountry in the early days of the Civil War. The men declared they were peaceful miners, but they each packed a rifle and a pair of revolvers instead of shovels and picks.

Most of them were Southerners, and their leader, a red-headed Confederate sympathizer named Dan Showalter, was famous. A few months earlier, this “fascinating and baffling character” had fired a bullet straight into a fellow state legislator’s mouth at 40 paces. Now, he was heading east to slaughter Yankees.

This confrontation — near the landmark Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel where modern-day drivers grab loaves of date nut raisin bread on the way home from Julian — wasn’t destined to be bloody. Showalter’s gory end was still to come, just not that day in 1861. But the story of his collusion with the enemy shines a light on how the Golden State was mightily divided over the Civil War, so much so that the Union sought to derail the “underground railroad” of Confederate sympathizers heading east to fight the North.


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California’s Rise and Fall, From One Gov. Brown to Another

Jerry Brown is the opposite of his father, who made the Golden State the most livable in the country.

On a recent drive from the East Coast back home to California, I found myself thinking about four men. The first was President Dwight Eisenhower, who championed the notion of continental superhighways before signing, in 1956, the law that authorized the Interstate Highway System. It reflected an American passion for the open road, as symbolized in popular culture by the ad jingle “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet” and Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” written in 1951.

The second man was Wallace Libby Hardison. In 1870s Pennsylvania, he and a partner, Lyman Stewart, successfully wildcatted for oil until John D. Rockefeller put everyone like them out of business. Undaunted, the pair left for the land of opportunity—California—where ambition and industry were all a man needed to succeed. They struck oil in what is today Ventura County and founded the Union Oil Co., later known as Unocal. A few years on, Hardison and another Maine transplant, Nathan Weston Blanchard, gambled big by buying 400 acres and planting citrus. Thus was born the Limoneira Company, now one of North America’s largest growers of lemons and avocados.


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June 23, 2017

Nevada Slams California’s Sanctuary City Stance: ‘Reckless’ And ‘Outrageous Assault’ On Nevadans

“The unlawful actions of these California cities cannot be allowed to stand,” Laxalt said. “They pose a clear and direct threat to public safety here in Nevada, and that’s why it was so important that my office take action on this crucial issue.”

Nevada’s attorney general has accused California of “launching a direct and outrageous assault” on Nevadans by promoting a sanctuary city position that allows criminal “illegal aliens” to run free and threaten the safety of the Silver State.

The lengthy statement by Attorney General Adam Laxalt was emailed to Nevada Republican Party supporters after he filed a brief in federal court Friday seeking to undo an April 25 stay that blocked President Trump’s executive order barring funding for sanctuary jurisdictions. Nevada joins nine other states in this effort, including Texas.

In his statement, Laxalt bemoaned the fact that California shares a border, presumably allowing illegal immigrants easy access to Nevada.

“Because California is right next door, its sanctuary cities pose a genuine danger to Nevadans — particularly given those cities’ refusal on some occasions to detain illegal aliens with violent criminal histories, releasing them instead into communities where they have no right to be,” Laxalt wrote.


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June 20, 2017

Breaking: American Children First Files UUT Repeal Initiative in Huntington Park (Corrupt City Clerk Tries to Stop Filing!)

Turner has targeted sanctuary cities for their disregard in the best way possible: take away their money.

Joseph Turner, Founder of American Children First, is on a mission. He wants to help defund sanctuary cities, jurisdictions which refuse to recognize and comply with our nation’s federal immigration laws.

The first city in his target, Cudahy, had initially rebuffed the filing because Turner did not qualify as an elector in the city–at least per the opinion of city attorney Rick “Roybal” Olivarez. Unwilling to waste any time, Turner reached out to determined Cudahy residents, men and women who want to starve Cudahy’s corrupt government. The first step of the process has beeh achieved.

Now, Turner is filing the same initiative in de facto sanctuary city Huntington Park with the help of residents like Nick Iaoniddis, aka Nick the Greek. This move is a success and a media victory in itself, since Nick the Greek, the founder of Immigrants Day, has endured so much anti-American abuse at the hands of the corrupt, and some would allege Brown Supremacist city council.

The Huntington Park City Council and police department continue to flout, to defy federal law, especially with the appointment of two illegal aliens to their city commissions. This behavior is beyond outrageous.

And now they are going to feel the pain.


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