THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CALIFORNIA - This site is dedicated to exposing the continuing Marxist Revolution in California and the all around massive stupidity of Socialists, Luddites, Communists, Fellow Travelers and of Liberalism in all of its ugly forms.

"It was a splendid population - for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home - you never find that sort of people among pioneers - you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day - and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, "Well, that is California all over."

- - - - Mark Twain (Roughing It)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Poll: Voters Turn Against California Bullet Train

Buyer's Regret
A small majority of California's voters wake up against
the corrupt bullet train gravy train.

A new poll finds a small majority of voters in the People's Republic of California want the  boondoggle bullet train project stopped and consider it a waste of money.

The bi-partisan government created $68 billion price tag for the train is as phony as a $3 bill to fool the gullible voters.  Some estimates say the train will run over $250 billion and never, ever run at the "high speed" required by law.

Voters are starting to realized that the train is a bottomless pit of spending to pay back the business and union backers of the Sacramento politicians.

A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey published Saturday found that 52 percent of voters say the project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by high-speed trains should be halted. Only 43 percent said it should go forward reports CBS News.

The findings mirror a poll last year. At the time state rail officials argued that public support would increase as improvements were made to the plan. But the support hasn’t materialized.

Instead, many voters want the project put back on the ballot to hopefully kill it, according to Dan Schnur, who heads the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

“When Californians voted to pass the ballot measure, they were promised that it would cost a certain amount of money and not take that long a time to get implemented. Now the state is struggling out of a recession and Californians are saying, ‘Wait a minute. We want a second chance to vote on this,’” Schnur told KNX 1070′s Bob Brill.

The project has fallen a year behind schedule and is facing multiple lawsuits.

California High Speed Rail is a SCAM!!!
 Pt. 2 John and Ken Show KFI 640AM

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Oil companies fund trip to Sweden for legislators.

Stockholm, Sweden

"Corruptus in Extremis"
Oil companies fly lawmakers to Stockholm
to "study" energy policy. 

The People's Republic of California  -  Both Democrats and Republicans have thrust their snouts deep in the corrupt trough of "free" goodies offered by special interest groups.

A delegation of nine California state lawmakers has left on a trip to Sweden and Norway to study how the Scandinavians have advanced environmental and energy policies.

The trip is one of several largely paid for over the years by the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, a nonprofit group funded by business and labor groups, including the oil and energy industries.

Weee . . . a "free" trip.
Democrat Senator Kevin de Leon

“With last year’s inauguration of the AB32--initiated Cap and Trade Program, and a number of deadlines on the horizon, there is an urgent need to establish a baseline of common knowledge about the complex mechanics of policy implementation and the technologies we have or will require to meet these goals,” the foundation said in a statement reports the Los Angeles Times.

State Senators scheduled to go on the trip from Sept. 19 to 30 include Democrats Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, as well as Republicans Anthony Cannella of Ceres and William Emmerson of Hemet.

Assembly members on the trip include Republicans Travis Allen of Huntington Beach and Kristin Olsen of Modesto, as well as Democrats Steven C. Bradford of Gardena, Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens and Shirley Weber of San Diego.

Others on the trip include executives with:
  • Chevron Corp.
  • Shell Energy North America
  • Southern California Edison
  • the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • Southern California Pipe Trades
  • the Nature Conservancy

The California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy's "goal is to provide policymakers with a first-hand look at best practices around the world and to facilitate a productive, nonpartisan discussion of the environmental and infrastructure issues facing the state of California,” said P.J. Johnston, a spokesman for the foundation.

Stockholm, Sweden: Top Attractions

Kern County, California oil fields.
If legislators were really interested in learning about energy they could drive a few hours to Bakersfield.  Kern County is California's top oil-producing county, with 81% of the state's 52,144 active oil wells.  But we all know the trip to beautiful Sweden is not about energy.  It is a bribe by the oil industry.


Speaker Perez, Delegation Visits Armenia
Corrupt legislators take free trips to Armenia,
Poland, Taiwan and Cuba.

Welcome to Armenia
Members of the California delegation at
Dzidzernagapert with Speaker Perez at far right.

Separately, Assembly Spekaer John Perez (D-Los Angeles) is leading a delegation of lawmakers on a trip to the Republic of Armenia.

Summer may be over, but the California Legislature’s travel season is just getting started.

This week, a group of current and former state lawmakers, led by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez, D-Los Angeles, returns to the state following a 10-day trip to Armenia. According to multiple Armenian news outlets, the trip is intended to strengthen ties between the country and California, the “motherland” of the largest Armenian diaspora community in the United States reports Cal Watchdog.

“We are hopeful that this first in kind mission would leave a lasting impact and contribute to strengthening political contacts between the Republic of Armenia and the great State of California – home to hundreds of thousands of compatriots,” Grigor Hovhannissian, the former Consul General of Armenia, said in advance of the trip.

In addition to Perez, the legislative delegation to Armenia includes Assembly members Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo; Cheryl R. Brown, D-San Bernardino; Adrin Nazarian, D-Sherman Oaks; Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita; and Nazarian’s chief of staff, Dan Savage. Former state lawmakers and current Los Angeles City Councilmen Bob Blumenfield and Paul Krekorian, along with several of Krekorian’s staff members, also joined the delegation that was organized in conjunction with the Armenian National Committee of America, Western Region.

Bullshit  -  Trip to strengthen "diplomatic" ties

The trip, which began on September 15, included meetings with the President of Armenia, dinner with the Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial and several festivities in conjunction with the Armenian Independence Day celebration. “The President of Armenia noted with satisfaction that the Armenian-American relations are currently at the highest level,” reports the Times.am, an Armenian news site.

Nazarian echoed the Armenian president’s sentiments. “I look forward to continue working with the ANCA in building a greater relationship between the Republic of Armenia, the California State Assembly and the Armenian American Diaspora,” said Nazarian, who was the only legislator to be accompanied by staff. “Promoting further awareness of issues pertinent to Armenia is an integral part of my responsibility as both a State Assemblyman and as an Armenian-American.”

California officials won’t talk publicly about Armenian trip.

 Yet, if the trip’s purpose was to strengthen ties between government officials, the California delegation has a funny way of showing it. Neither Speaker Perez’s office nor Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, the most senior Republican lawmaker on the trip, would respond to repeated requests for comment about the trip.

It’s not clear why the Speaker’s office did not respond to press inquiries about the trip. Perhaps the speaker felt the Armenian press, which ranks 74th in Reporters Without Borders 2013 World Press Freedom Index, was up to the task. One report in the Armenian press described the delegation’s visit to the Dzidzernagapert memorial monument, which honors the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Perez, according to Yerkir Media, said it was a “very emotional” experience. “This trip, especially this pilgrimage to Dzidzernagapert is very emotional for me,”

Perez said. “My colleague is Armenian and his family is from Kharpert. When we saw the Kharpert emblem (on the map in the museum), we became very emotional. It is important for the all countries of the world to recognize the Genocide and find the way to justice.” Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Hovik Abrahamyan awarded Perez the National Assembly’s Medal of Honor “for the development of the inter-parliamentary relations … as well as for big contribution in strengthening of Armenian-American relations.” Perez pledged to continue “fighting for historic justice and truth, revealing them to the world.”

GOP Assemblyman Scott Wilk
went on the "secret" trip to Armenia.

Public Radio of Armenia reports, “He presented his impressions of the meetings and visits conducted in the framework of his pretty heavy agenda and underscored that the California State Assembly is faithful to its values and pledges to continue its efforts in fighting for historic justice and truth, revealing them to the world and promoting peace and stability, strengthening and developing also our biliateral relations. Just don’t expect the speaker to reveal much to the world about the trip itself.

Wilk open about trip Not every legislator on the trip has declined to share information about the trip. Wilk, whose district includes a large Armenian-American community, has openly shared updates about the trip on his Facebook page.

Wilk’s frequent updates referred to his visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial, dinner with government officials and the Armenian Independence Day celebration in Republic Square. “What a night Vanessa and I had tonight in the Capitol of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic,” Wilk posted in a Facebook status update about a dinner with the president and members of parliament.

“Vanessa kept insisting that the gentleman at the other table was Seal,” a singer. “I pooh poohed her until he was introduced!” “What an incredible trip we’ve been on,” Wilk wrote. The fall trip to Armenia is the fourth international junket by California lawmakers this year.

During the legislature’s spring break, 15 legislators participated in fact-finding trips to Poland and Taiwan, according to the Los Angeles Times. CalWatchdog.com first reported on an eight-member legislative trip to Cuba with Sacramento lobbyist Darius Anderson. One legislator that participated in the Cuba junket remains unidentified.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vandals torch statue of Ronald Reagan

Take a Guess
Republicans would not burn a statue of Reagan.  So a process
of elimination gives us (fill in the blank).

TEMECULA – A bronze statue and marble-tile monument in honor of President Ronald Reagan and his belief in American’s can-do spirit has been hit by vandals, who torched the tribute, which destroyed tiles touting Reagan’s words of wisdom and left the likeness of the president tarnished and defaced.

“Whoever did this, they are obviously not in their right minds, and that pun is not intended,” said Perry Peters, president of the nonprofit Friends of the Ronald Reagan Sports Park, whose 75 or so members spent nearly a decade raising private donations to install the $100,000 monument.

The 1-year-old structure is located in a Southern California park named after the president – Ronald Reagan Sports Park – which earned the esteemed moniker because Reagan touted the park as an example of how Americans can accomplish great things without government handouts. When Temecula residents in the early 1980s needed a park in their town they didn’t look to the government, but their own initiative. The park was built with volunteerism, fundraising, private enterprise and positive attitudes reports College Fix.

Reagan, in a 1983 speech before the United States Olympic Committee, praised that effort, saying:

“The folks in a rather small town, Temecula…got together and built themselves a sports park, held fund-raising barbecues and dinners. And those that didn’t have money, volunteered the time and energy. And now the young people of that community have baseball diamonds for Little League and other sports events, just due to what’s traditional Americanism.”

It was those words that were memorialized in the marble-tile wall of the Temecula park monument, but the inscriptional tiles are trashed, destroyed by the blaze’s intense heat. The bronze statue – a figure of Reagan smiling, donning a yellow shirt and blue jeans and holding a shovel – is discolored and scraped up.

The Riverside County Fire Department is investigating the apparent arson, which took place Friday.

Peters, in an interview with The College Fix, said raising $100,000 in the midst of the Great Recession was no easy feat, but no government money paid for the park, and ditto for the monument.
“It was $1,000 here, $100 there, $25 here,” he said. “It was very tough.”

Some larger donations – including from several local businesses and private residents, and even $3,000 from Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) – and it finally came together. The groundbreaking was in 2011, and the monument was dedicated in February 2012.

Members of the nonprofit – and many others in the community – are upset over the vandalism. Peters, 81, has talked to many of those folks, and described people as angry, dismayed, indignant and shocked.

“I don’t think this was random vandalism by kids,” Peters said, adding a few months ago the Reagan statue had been pelted with raw eggs as well. “It may have been done by kids, but it was motivated by people who don’t like Reagan and don’t like his message.”

The monument aims to teach local schoolchildren about the legacy of Reagan and the volunteers who built the park, to tout individual initiative and the can-do spirit of Americans, as the nonprofit likes to point to Reagan’s words that “there is no way to better establish hope for the future than to enlighten young minds.”

To that end, the nonprofit also sponsors school field trips to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, has hosted a slab of the Berlin Wall, and organizes can-do essay contests for local elementary schools.

Peters said the group plans to raise money to repair the damage, as well as buy a few security cameras.

Ronald Reagan Sports Park

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sacramento Delta Tunnels - "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"

Signs removed by Jerry Brown
State transportation officials have emboldened a protest movement in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by removing yard signs objecting to Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels.  The signs, proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!", have proliferated in yards fronting state highways in the region in recent weeks. It is an effort by residents and activists to make their voices heard on the controversial issue.
  "They have removed all the signs in Walnut Grove … plus everything north of there to Clarksburg," said Debbie Elliot, a Delta resident along Highway 160 whose own sign is still standing. "This is unfortunate but revealing in terms of how they want to silence us."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/11/5559193/caltrans-yanks-anti-tunnel-signs.html#storylink=cpy
(Sacramento Bee)

"Corruptus in Extremis"
The liars in Sacramento are moving heaven and earth to rape the Sacramento Delta in
order to repay the huge campaign contributions to the politicians from business and
labor looking to profit from the building contracts.

By Gray;

As a Conservative John Muir conservationist, I am disgusted at both parties in their drive to rape the beautiful Sacramento River Delta.

The bipartisan political liars and whores are doing their best to confuse everyone with their "Lies, damned lies, and statistics".

California’s biggest water users claim they are preparing to invest $25 billion in a water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that may not deliver one drop of “new” water supply.  Anyone who believes that statement is a fucking idiot.

The Southern California water agencies backing the project say the answer is clear-cut. They say the tunnels are essential to their economic future. 

“We’ve kind of come to the conclusion that we’re near the limits of what we can do to cope,” said Jason Peltier, chief deputy general manager at Westlands Water District, the massive farm irrigation agency in the San Joaquin Valley reports the Sacramento Bee.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/22/5756636/southern-california-water-users.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/22/5756636/southern-california-water-users.html#storylink=cpy

The big money water interests want to confuse everyone, but some numbers published by the Sacramento Bee show the truth of the matter.  They want to drain the Delta.

  • Westlands had its 2013 allocation of Delta water cut to just 20% of what its contract allows. If the coming winter also proves dry, Westlands estimates its 2014 allocation could be worse: zero to 10%.
  • Other major water diverters south of the Delta got a 35% allocation this year, including those in Silicon Valley, Kern County, San Diego and Los Angeles.
  • The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 18million people in the sprawling Los Angeles-San Diego region, got only 35% of its Delta water allocation this year.  Roger Patterson, assistant general manager at Metropolitan, said a reliable supply would mean 65% to 75% of the agency’s full contract water deliveries is available every year.

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/22/5756636/southern-california-water-users.html#storylink=cpy

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/22/5756636/southern-california-water-users.html#storylink=cpy
BOTTOM LINE  -  The water districts want to take more water than they are currently taking.  And the Delta is in massive danger today from sea water intrusion caused by shipping fresh water south.

BDCP has no answers for residents regarding the Delta tunnels
This video shows how BDCP is an entity that is funded by So Cal water agencies and is designed to confuse people regarding the Delta tunnels.

Their goal is to get this approved by making it sound as if the project is for the environment when in fact it will be used to ensure the water agencies make more money by sucking the Sacramento river dry at the mouth of the Sacramento Delta. This $25B-$50B dollar project they say will be done without resident or voter approval using tax payer money.

Just say no to the tunnels.
Sacramento County has joined other Delta region cities and counties, family farmers, fishermen, Indian Tribes, environmentalists and Southern California ratepayers in the battle to stop the Governor’s plan to build peripheral tunnels to divert more water to corporate agribusiness and southern California.
On July 24, 2012, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the currently proposed draft.

The liars are coming for the Delta water

The tunnel plan is a boondoggle that will hasten the Delta's demise, while raising water bills for millions of Californians because much of the plan will be paid for through higher water rates.

The ultimate way to restore the Delta is to pump less water from it and provide new water sources around the state through more underground storage, expanded use of recycled water and better conservation -- particularly from agriculture, which uses 80 percent of the water that people consume in California reports the San Jose Mercury News.

"I think that Gov. Brown, between the high-speed rail and this big water project, sees these things as his legacies," said Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations in San Francisco. "They are big monuments. If he wants to have a good legacy, he should be less concerned with monuments and more concerned with long-term workable solutions."

Eight Northern California members of Congress issued a statement opposing the project.
"Draining more water from the region is not a sustainable policy and will jeopardize local fisheries, endangered species, and the livelihoods of thousands of farmers, fishermen and business owners who all depend on a healthy ecosystem," said Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.

Under Brown's plan, two side-by-side underground tunnels, each 33 feet in diameter, would carry fresh water 35 miles from the state's largest river, the Sacramento, under the Delta to giant federal and state pumps near Tracy.
There it would flow into canals run by the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, which deliver Delta water to 25 million Californians, from the Bay Area to San Diego, and to irrigate 3 million acres of farmland.

Construction would start in 2017, and the project would be completed by 2026.

Liar, liar, pants on fire.
Without a public vote, the Southern California water interests claim they want to build these massive water tunnels under the Sacramento Delta and not take any additional water
Come on now.  You want to build new tunnels in order NOT to take more water. 
Do you think we are all fucking stupid?

The Bessie Brady steamship on Owens Lake.
Before Los Angeles sucked it into a dry dust bowl, Owens Lake served the communities of the eastern Sierras.  Now the L.A. water interests say they need the Sacramento Delta water.  They say "Don't worry about a thing."
In Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range, desert steamers once served the silver mining boom of the 1870’s. This curious maritime history began in 1872 when the first steamboat was christened on the saline waters of Owens Lake. The pioneer steamer, the Bessie Brady, proudly proclaimed to be "The Pioneer inland steamer of the Pacific Coast.” Though this was untrue, as steamers had already been used in Lake Tahoe in 1864, in Meadow Lake in 1866, and Donner Lake a few years later, the sight of a steamboat in the midst of Death Valley must have been a strange site.   

Owens "Lake" Today.
Los Angeles drained the Eastern Sierra Nevada lake dry and created a dust bowl environmental disaster as part the city's endless quest to suck down every drop of water.  Now the political hacks are leering at the beautiful Sacramento River Delta.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

California high-speed-rail groundbreaking pushed back

"Corruptus in Extremis"
The corrupt political hacks are lining their pockets with billions in bullet train money and construction costs have doubled.

Corruption  -  The hacks have spent billions of dollars on the so-called "high-speed" rail and not one inch of track has been built.  They promise that somewhere around 2029 or later the rail system will be finished.  Sure it will.
All year, the state billed the summer of 2013 as the season when California's biggest-ever public works project -- a $69 billion high-speed rail line -- would finally leave the station with a groundbreaking that has been decades in the making.
But with autumn arriving this weekend and no bulldozers in sight, rail officials for the first time have acknowledged it will be another "few months" before construction, which has already been delayed a year, begins.

The state still needs to buy more land and equipment, finish designs and hire workers, while a pair of lawsuits set to be decided in the coming months could even force more delays reports the San Jose Mercury News.

A date still hasn't been set for the formal ceremony marking the first shovel in the ground -- the moment when the project should finally seem more real for many dubious Californians, as billions of tax dollars begin flowing and steel starts going up.

Critics say Californians won't see hammer-wielding workers in the field unless the state wins two civil cases -- one to be heard next week, the other in November.

"The future of this plan is in doubt," said former longtime project Chairman Quentin Kopp, a former state legislator and judge who now opposes the bullet train. "I don't know how (the state) could even mention starting construction with pending litigation. It's irresponsible."

the "starting gun" really went off 14 months ago, when the Legislature and Brown approved the $6 billion bill authorizing construction on the first 130 miles of tracks between Merced and Bakersfield.

Since then, officials have more than tripled the rail authority staff to 80 employees, signed the first construction contract with developer consortium Tutor Perini, obtained various government approvals, and reached key deals with private companies such as Union Pacific and PG&E. The state has also reached agreements to buy 50 of the 375 rural properties it needs along the first route.

But they've also been unable to swat away a 2011 lawsuit brought by Kings County and Bay Area opponents who want to invalidate the bond funds, arguing that construction costs have doubled and service delayed a decade since voters approved the train line in 2008.

A Sacramento judge last month ruled that the rail authority had violated two aspects of the ballot measure but set a November court date for both sides to argue over whether any punishment should be doled out. The plaintiffs formally filed a motion in court this week seeking to block construction, but the judge has repeatedly denied such attempts in various civil cases against the bullet train over the past half-decade.

California High Speed Rail is a SCAM!!!! 
John and Ken Show KFI 640AM

Amtrak rail lines in California.
Nothing to Steal
An intelligent person would simply connect the Amtrak line that dead ends in San Luis Obispo with the Amtrak line at San Jose.  For a tiny fraction of the cost of the insane "high speed" rail fraud most of the state from Mexico to Sacramento would be connected by rail.
Instead countless billions will be pissed away as payback to the businesses and unions that fund the campaigns of the Sacramento hacks.  All the special interests have their snouts in the trough of corruption. 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner at Del Mar, CA
Simply connect San Jose and San Luis Obispo and you have a statewide rail system.  But easy and cheap are words the liar politicians have never heard.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

$650 million in welfare to illegals in Los Angeles

Sucking on the Government Teat
Open borders and illegal aliens sucking on the
government welfare teat are killing the taxpayers and
driving up unemployment for American citizens.

LOS ANGELES   —  The insane Marxist re-distribution of the California wealth goes on and on.  The Socialists take money from those who earn it and pay illegal aliens for breaking the law and then giving birth in the state.

A projected $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced the latest figures from the Department of Public Social Services, which showed more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps combined have been distributed through July to illegal alien parents for their native-born children.

Approximately $54 million in welfare payments are issued each month, consisting of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamp issuances, according to the data.

An estimated 100,000 children of 60,000 illegal alien parents receive aid in Los Angeles County, according to Antonovich, who said this year’s projections — up about $1 million from the nearly $53 million in total benefits issued in July 2012 — underscore the economic impact of the nation’s immigration debate.

“When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion a year,” Antonovich said in a statement. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”

(CBS NEWS Los Angeles)

Black Americans sold out by Democrats.
There is massive under and unemployment in the Black community. But African Americans keep voting for the party that wants the unlimited importation/and legalization of tens of millions of foreigners to compete directly against African Americans for jobs. 
But while we are on that subject, American citizens of Hispanic, Asian or European heritage are also being fucked by Democratic immigration policy.  And the brain-dead voters of California keep voting for a Democrat one-party state. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

3,000 schools spy on their own students

Big Brother is Watching You
Glendale Unified hired a company to secretly spy
on all students.  This neo-Fascist company plans to
be in 3,000 schools by December.

1984 is Here  -  The insane education industry claims they never, ever have enough money.  But they appear to have lots of extra money to hire outside companies to conduct 1984 Police State spying on students in their homes.

Glendale Unified is using the firm Geo Listening in a bid against so-called "cyberbullying", suicides, drugs and other ills. Critics say it infringes on privacy and steps beyond schools' jurisdiction.

As for the dumb ass cyberbulling, anyone ever hear to the fucking delete button?  or has society become so retarded that people want Big Brother to police our written words so no one is ever offended by anything?

The district last year hired Hermosa Beach-based Geo Listening to piece together the cyber tidbits of its 14,000 or so middle and high school students. The effort, for which the district is paying $40,500, is aimed at unearthing the earliest signs of bullying and self-harm.

The company's computers scour an untold number of public posts by students on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, for example. Analysts are alerted to terms that suggest suicidal thoughts, bullying, vandalism and even the use of obscenities, among other things. When they find posts they think should spur an intervention or anything that violates schools' student codes of conduct, the company alerts the campus reports Los Angeles Times.

While acknowledging some of the benefits, critics of the program contend that the monitoring could also have a chilling effect on students' free speech. And, they contend, it opens the possibility that students could be disciplined for comments made outside of school.

Students say the policing of their posts has stirred debate on campuses. Some are angry about what they see as an intrusion.

"They have a good purpose for what they're trying to do — stopping cyberbullying," Christopher Chung said. "Nobody really understands what it is about or what the main objectives are of the program."

The Glendale district began a pilot program to monitor students online last year at its three high schools, Glendale, Hoover and Crescenta Valley.

"We think it's been working very well," Sheehan said. "It's designed around student safety and making sure kids are protected."

The district does not provide a list of students to the company. Instead, it uses "deductive reasoning" to link public accounts to students, said Chris Frydrych, founder and chief executive of Geo Listening. He declined to be more specific.

Frydrych would not comment on how many school districts he has contracts with but said he expects the company to be monitoring about 3,000 schools worldwide by the end of the year.

Such programs must balance safe and supportive schools with student privacy and free speech, said Brendan Hamme, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

"But this program is sweeping and far afield of what is necessary to ensure student safety and intrudes deeply into students' privacy and conduct outside of school," he said.

The list of issues the company looks for is extensive. It includes:

  • controlled substances
  • self-harm
  • disruption of class or school activities
  • hazing
  • sexual harassment of peers or teachers
  • threats or acts of physical violence
  • use of fake identification
  • hate speech
  • racism
  • weapons
  • suicide or despair.

Daily reports to school administrators include a screen capture of the flagged posts, along with details of whether they were made on or off campus, the time and date, the user's name, if available, and a description of why the post caught the attention of analysts, Frydrych said.

It's up to administrators to decide whether the posts warrant action, Sheehan said.

Sales Of Orwell Classic 1984 Soar After NSA Spying Exposed

“The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police. It was a device by means of which everyone could be surrounded night and day by informers who knew him intimately.”
George Orwell, 1984    

Friday, September 13, 2013

YES! - Illegal aliens can be California lawyers

Lawyers occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Crime  -  The scumbag, neo-criminal lawyers who run the People's Legislature have agreed among themselves.  Simply, people who break the law and enter the U. S. illegally have special skills and early training in bending the law and truth. 

The Legislature thinks criminals with such skills would make great lawyers.  So let's bring on the law breakers let them into the legal "profession".  Can making bank robbers and thieves lawyers be far behind?

A bill in the People's Legislature to let illegal aliens become lawyers passed its last legislative hurdle on Thursday and will be sent to Comrade Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

The legislation was prompted by the case of an illegal alien Mexican immigrant, Sergio Garcia, who was brought to the United States as a baby, left and came back again (illegally) as a teenager.  Later he graduated from a California law school.

He broke the law twice making him especially qualified to be a lawyer.

He has won the support of the State Bar of California and state Attorney General Kamala Harris in his quest to be admitted to practice law, over the objections of the U.S. Justice Department reports Breitbart News.

The bill passed the state Assembly on Thursday in the waning hours of the legislative session. It would authorize the California Supreme Court, which finalizes applications to become licensed as a lawyer in the state, to admit qualified applicants regardless of their immigration status.

"By the grace of God, I was born on this side of the border," said Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who introduced the bill in the Assembly. Were it not for that accident of fate, Gonzalez said, she might have been prevented from becoming a lawyer.

Q: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 100?
A: Your Honor.
Q: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 50
A: Senator.

Q: What's the difference between a vacuum cleaner and a lawyer on a motorcycle?
A: The vacuum cleaner has the dirt bag on the inside.

Q: What's the difference between a lawyer and a leech?
A: After you die, a leech stops sucking your blood.

Q: How are an apple and a lawyer alike?
A: They both look good hanging from a tree.

Q: Why did God make snakes just before lawyers?
A: To practice.

Q: Why does the law society prohibit sex between lawyers and their clients?
A: To prevent clients from being billed twice for essentially the same service.

Q: What do lawyers and sperm have in common?
A: One in 3,000,000 has a chance of becoming a human being.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Designed in California but made in Texas

“Designed By Apple in California,”
meet “Made By Motorola in Texas.”

(Editor  -  An interesting article about why businesses move jobs out of the People's Republic of California or never even consider California in the first place when opening a new business.  What the big government Democrat Socialists do not understand is a business can set up anywhere on earth.  California does not have to race to the bottom for the lowest tax rate, but we can streamline government to make us far more business friendly.)

“Designed By Apple in California,” meet “Made By Motorola in Texas.” Motorola Mobility, which is these days a division of Google, has begun turning out its new Moto X smartphone in its Fort Worth, Texas, factory. It is the only smartphone manufactured in the United States.

“Made in the USA” is a great marketing label, but it is almost meaningless. Like any other sophisticated product, the Moto X is the result of a global effort. In this case, a California-based company has contracted with scores of components suppliers.  Most of them are based in Asia and Europe, to provide the makings of a new smartphone, assembled in Texas by American workers at a factory operated by a Singapore-based concern called Flextronics, one of those ubiquitous contract-manufacturers that are the quiet titans of the new global economy reports the National Review.

The location was chosen for many reasons, one of them being that it is reasonably convenient to the design operations, based in California and Illinois, and to the service center, located in Mexico. But actually manufacturing the Moto X in California or Illinois apparently didn’t make sense.

Building new factories or, as in this case, retrofitting existing plants, requires serious investment. Making those investments in areas that are economically unstable must make sensible people nervous.

More American Workers Outsourcing Own Jobs Overseas
A new Department of Labor report finds personal outsourcing is revolutionizing how Americans dont do their own work.


Texas offers economic incentives to manufacturers and high-tech firms, but Motorola says that those were not a factor in this decision. Final assembly is a relatively small part of the cost of manufacturing a smartphone, and manufacturing in Texas adds only marginally to the expense of each handset, 100,000 of which the factory will ship out each week, a relatively small number in that handset market.

“Manufacturing employment in Texas has grown by 7.2 percent since 2010,” says Texas governor Rick Perry’s office. “The state leads the nation in the total value of shipments manufactured goods and comes in second for the total number of manufacturing jobs. In addition, computer and electronic product manufacturing is a top exporting industry in Texas, which has contributed to the Lone Star State being ranked as the number one exporting state for 11 years in a row by the U.S. Department of Commerce.”

So, another economy victory for Texas — nothing new in that. But it is worth considering: There is no such thing as an American smartphone, just as there is no such thing as an American car. Each is made out of components that come from far corners of the world, which are themselves made out of raw materials that come from producers that are still more dispersed.

In the case of Google, Apple, General Motors, or Ford, any profits derived from those global operations accrue to shareholders who also are distributed around the world. Chrysler, like Apple, has tried to capitalize on patriotic feelings with its “Imported from Detroit” campaign. But its flagship sedan is imported from Brampton, Canada. The word “imported” used to designate high quality, especially in things like food, wine, and textiles.

What it meant, in practice, was “European.” (Nobody in the 1960s bragged about owning a suit imported from Korea.) But Chrysler is a European firm, too, a subsidiary of Fiat that had previously been part of the Mercedes-Benz family. While those “Imported from Detroit” sedans are the Canadian work of a European company, Mercedes-Benz SUVs are made in Alabama by a company based in Stuttgart, Germany. Which one is the “American car”?

Too often, the “Made in the USA” tendency expresses an us-vs.-them view of the world economy — can’t have those nefarious Chinese stealing our jobs, etc. Politicians make that worse: The Democratic National Convention in 2012 was an anti-Asian hatefest, a shameful exercise in cheap jingoism.

As the California-Singapore-Illinois-Mexico-Texas project creating 2,500 new jobs in and around Fort Worth shows, it’s not us-vs.-them, it’s us-and-them, all of us in it together. Texas enjoys the benefits of those relationships, thanks largely to an economic edge that consists mainly of not punishing people for doing business in the state.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

RIP - Cal Worthington (1920 – 2013)

Cal Worthington.  Anyone who grew up in Southern California grew up watching Cal and his dog Spot.  TV almost made him an uncle to us. 

The iconic California car dealer has passed away at the age of 92.

Cal was best known for his TV ads which proclaimed "Cal Worthington and his dog Spot", only, it was never a dog. It was a tiger or a lion or a bear or an elephant...anything but a dog!
Worthington, who estimated that he sold a million cars of various makes during a 65-year career that made him an icon of Southern California auto culture, died Sunday while watching football at his ranch in Orland, north of Sacramento, said his attorney, Larry Miles. He was 92. The cause has not been determined.

Worthington grew up in a family of nine children and dropped out of school at the age of 13. His first job was as a water boy on a road construction crew for 15 cents an hour. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 15.

A little known fact about Cal is that he joined the Air Force at age 21 to fly B-17s in WWII.  He was discharged after the war as a captain. Worthington was awarded the Air Medal five times, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was presented to him by General Jimmy Doolittle.

According to a profile published in the Sacramento Bee in 1990, Worthington's car dealership grossed $316.8 million in 1988.

 Rest in peace, sir. And thank you for your service to our country!

(Cal Worthington)

Cal with his many "dogs spot"

Cal Worthington stands in front of one of his barns on his ranch in Orland, Calif. on
Thursday, May 2, 2013. Worthington, 92, made millions selling cars in California
making a name for himself with his witty car commercials which were live on
television starting in the 1950's.
He continued to produce his own television commercials for his car lots in Alaska and
Long Beach. He spent most of his time on his 24,000 acre ranch in Orland where he
grew olives, almonds and grazes 1,000 head of cattle. He still owned and flew his
Lear jet with his son Rod.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/06/5399352/92-year-old-cal-worthington-still.html#storylink=cpy

Cal Worthington checks over a small herd of cattle.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/06/5399352/92-year-old-cal-worthington-still.html#storylink=cpy

Cal Worthington drives his all terrain vehicle - a gift from his family -
which he used to check out his olive and almond trees on his ranch.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/06/5399352/92-year-old-cal-worthington-still.html#storylink=cpy

Cal Worthington is contrasted by a 'W' etched into a glass
door at his ranch in Orland, Calif.
(Sacramento Bee)

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/06/5399352/92-year-old-cal-worthington-still.html#storylink=cpy

Sunday, September 8, 2013

San Francisco to Outlaw Detaining Illegal Immigrants

San Francisco - Loon Central
With massive under and unemployment you can always count
on liberals supporting illegals taking American jobs.

San Francisco is once again leading the way - this time with a proposal that would appear to make it the first county in the nation to unequivocally refuse to detain illegal immigrants.

After all, with food stamps out of control and massive under and unemployment why would we deport illegals.  Liberals feels they should stay and compete with American citizens for the limited number of available jobs.

The insane proposal is authored by Supervisor John Avalos and supported by a supermajority of his colleagues, would make it illegal for San Francisco law enforcement officials to detain someone solely on the basis of immigration status.

Currently, the Sheriff Department's policy states that only people suspected of serious or violent felonies, or those with a serious or violent felony in their past, will be held for immigration authorities. In 2012, 542 people were handed over to federal authorities by San Francisco officials; another 176 were transferred in the first six months of 2013 reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The proposed law will be considered by a board committee made up of its supporters Thursday, where it is expected to be approved.

"The legislation is about due process against the arbitrary loss of liberty," Avalos said, arguing that the current situation has created a "dragnet" that is wrongfully sweeping up innocent people. "Right now ... there is no basic standard of proof to show that someone is undocumented and deserves to be detained."

While some other cities, including Berkeley and Richmond, have approved similar policies, they are largely symbolic, as county sheriffs handle the detentions of criminal suspects. Counties that have restricted their participation, including Santa Clara, have done so on the basis of money - that the federal government isn't reimbursing them for the cost of keeping such immigrants in jail.

And proposed statewide legislation, which is more similar to the city's current policy, was vetoed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown; a more limited version is now working its way through the legislative process.

While supporters currently have a veto-proof majority and support of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, concerns over the proposed law's broad brush strokes are being raised. Supervisor Katy Tang is considering amendments to the law, and Police Chief Greg Suhr said Wednesday that he wants to see convicted violent felons, sex offenders and those with prior weapons possession convictions exempted from the law.

If those people are exempted, Suhr said, he supports the legislation.

"The sheriff's office has discretion to report such people already, and I think that's important that he retain that discretion, because we certainly don't want to become a safe haven for everybody else's convicted violent felons, sex offenders or firearm possessors," he said.

"Black Americans need not apply."
The youth unemployment rate for African Americans is 28.2%.  But liberals ignore Blacks in favor of Hispanics who are citizens of foreign nations.
Looks like pro-Hispanic and anti-Black racism.