Jan
26
2015
13

Witness the awesome power of the Blue State model in Democratic-controlled California!

To wit: they’re creating actual nomad clans over there.

Over the last two years, street encampments have jumped their historic boundaries in downtown Los Angeles, lining freeways and filling underpasses from Echo Park to South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a city-county agency, received 767 calls about street encampments in 2014, up 60% from the 479 in 2013.

Some residents believe the city is exporting its downtown homeless problem to their neighborhoods. But social service agencies and volunteers say it isn’t that simple. They say that although downtown development and skid row cleanups are squeezing out some homeless people, many camps are filled with locals.

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Jan
26
2015
14

Can you really trust your wine now, California? REALLY?

This is horrible, in that specialized and frankly pro-forma way that comes from being told about a poor situation that doesn’t really affect me: “Cabernet sauvignon grapes from California’s Napa Valley have been among the most prized on earth for fine wine, justifying the cost per bottle of $100 or more. But it seems that one of the area’s top master blenders for elite brands has been fooling gourmets into paying top dollar for bottles that might really be jug quality wine.” …I mean: I generally don’t drink cabs. And I don’t buy $100 bottles of wine, because I can’t tell the difference between them and a $30 bottle.

…Apparently I’m not the only one, huh?

Via

Jan
09
2015
7

Quote of the Day, Actually, Dude, It’s Not A Stunning Fact At All edition.

I mean, I get that Ronald Brownstein of the National Journal has a narrative to feed, but come on.

It’s a stunning fact that a Republican Party that still depends on whites for 90 percent of its votes has more viable minority leaders to consider for its 2016 presidential ticket than do Democrats.

It’s only stunning if you assume that white people will not vote for minorities. Now, I grant that this is true for Democrats, historically speaking: and before you say ‘Barack Obama’ let me just note that the President typically comes across as the reincarnation of Woodrow Wilson*. At any rate, getting a white Democrat to vote for a minority in a statewide race or better is like pulling teeth with a pair of pliers.  It can be done, but not gently. (more…)

Jan
09
2015
4

Tom Steyer reportedly mulling California Senate run.

Or, as I would put itTom Steyer thinking of eliminating middleman by signing up to directly lose a Senate seat: “Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is mulling a run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat, according to a person close to the former hedge fund trader.” …and there’s the trouble, right there for Mr. Steyer: all those adjectives. ‘Billionaire’ is at best, neutral. ‘Environmentalist’ is not really all that helpful, even in California. And ‘hedge fund trader’ is going to be a really fun club with which to beat the prospective candidate. (more…)

Jan
08
2015
4

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D, California) cuts and runs.

“Prepare the viands, prepare the foods, prepare the strange wines, for tonight is indeed a great night!” – The Martian Chronicles.

Barbara Boxer is retiring.  If you listen, you can hear the faint sounds of Democratic politicians all across California as they get up from their breakfasts and calmly go to open up their weapons caches. For there will be a Democratic war in the primaries over this.  A California Senator’s seat?  Oh, my, yes, but there will be a Time Of Troubles.  Lots of people want that job, and they won’t be shy about trying for it.  I cannot wait to see how far the Democrats involved will go…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: The Republican party of California needs to do precisely two things, here.  One: it must limit the viable candidates for this seat to two, no more, no less, and I don’t care if the CA GOP has to enforce this with a club with a nail in it.  Two: those two candidates must absolutely resolutely ignore each other before the jungle primary.  If they can’t say anything nice about each other, they shouldn’t say anything at all. I do not say that following this advice will ensure victory: but I will say that following this advice could not hurt.

Dec
20
2014
9

Again: Mountain lions do not belong in human-settled areas.

Oy: “A mountain lion creeping alongside a Southern California woman’s backyard wall forced road closures as wildlife officials tried to capture it.” For apparently 90 minutes. Do Ventura County police not carry guns? …because if this was a large dog causing this much trouble they’d have simply shot it*. A mountain lion, on the other hand… sure, isolate it, catch it, and release it out in the wild.  Whereupon it will simply come back to where all he tasty, slow-moving food is.

Shoot the lion.  Keep shooting them.  They’ll eventually take the hint.  Heck, it’s not like they’re even endangered in California.

Via @MelissaTweets.

Moe Lane

PS: I know that the cops are prohibited from shooting them, sure.  But they shouldn’t be.

*Local cops actually did shoot a dog in my town house complex a while back.  Something like five, six times. And no, I’m not sure why actual wild predators get more consideration than somebody’s ill-tempered, yet theoretically domesticated, pet.

Dec
02
2014
3

I believe that Southern California will be all right with the flash flood risk.

Because they really need the rain.

Drenching rain will fall on much of California through Tuesday night, bringing some relief to the ongoing drought and raising the risk of flash flooding.

While a series of storms have brought rain to parts of northern and central California over the past few weeks, Tuesday’s storm will bring the first significant rain event for Southern California since the spring.

They’d accept half the state being covered with mud if it meant that the reservoirs were full of rainwater…

Via Drudge.

Nov
16
2014
7

Quote of the Day, …And Nobody In California Thinks About It edition.

Look, the basic problem for California right now is that it hasn’t rained enough for the last few years.  It’d still wouldn’t have rained enough if the state had been run on free-market libertarian principles for that time, either.  But let’s not pretend that government can’t ever make things worse:

Property owners have long sought to divert more water from streams and build new wells, but efforts have been slow. Concern about promoting development or taking water from wildlife often got in the way, along with the sheer expense of new construction.

“People will throw a foot valve into a stream rather than fix a well,” said Steve Simms, a lifetime San Mateo County resident who runs a Pescadero plumbing business and consults on water. “It becomes this whole layer of bureaucracy and costs that they have to deal with.”

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Oct
11
2014
7

NIMBY watch: Deep-blue California town upset Barack Obama visited, messed up their commutes.

I do have a reaction to this:

As gossip websites buzzed about Gwyneth Paltrow and President Obama — her “you’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly” is already being mocked unmercifully — her Los Angeles neighbors lashed out Friday that the Paltrow-hosted presidential fund-raiser had come at their expense.

Traffic stood still, children were stranded at school, residents could not leave their own driveways. That’s not the way life is supposed to be lived in Mandeville Canyon.

It’s only two words, though. Second word? ‘You.’ If the citizens of Mandeville Canyon didn’t want Barack Obama personally making their lives difficult, maybe they shouldn’t have voted for the man in 2008 and 2012. 61% percent of the vote in 2012 for CA-33, I believe.

Moe Lane

PS: No, you should have no sympathy.  These people looked at Henry Waxman for decades and said to themselves Gee, we gotta keep that guy in office.  Harden your hearts.

Sep
02
2014
1

Field Poll: Barack Obama’s appeal going sharply downward in California.

45/42 favorable ratings. In California.  This is not good news for Democrats, going into the formal 2014 election season: I mean, imagine how Obama’s doing elsewhere.

Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said the trend is ominous for Obama, because the latest declines come from his base.

Support among California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months. Approval was down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area, usually liberal strongholds.

“These are constituencies that have been strong followers,” DiCamillo said. But there’s “frustration in the president not getting his way in affecting policy in Washington.”

…and the word I bolded there is interesting. At first I thought that either DiCamillo or the reporter who wrote the article got the word wrong: it should be ‘effecting.’  But then I remembered: when a Democratic President is weak* it’s never his fault.  There are a lot of people out there with a vested interest in pretending that Barack Obama is a mere hapless spectator in the legislative process, mostly because then they don’t have to deal with the actual truth.  Which is, of course, that Barack Obama wants to direct the process; he’s just stunningly incompetent at it**. (more…)

Aug
22
2014
--

R.L. Miller and the California Democratic Establishment’s #waronwomen. #ca26

If you are wondering how it is that Jeff Gorell (R CAND, California-26) is managing to put Julia Brownley in such electoral fear – in California, forsooth! – well, it’s because Brownley is an awful candidate, of course. And she has awful friends, too. Let’s go to the Twitter, shall we?

First off, meet some of Jeff’s supporters.

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Aug
04
2014
4

Julia Brownley’s (D, CA-26) new campaign slogan: “Erreichen über den Gang für echte Ergebnisse!”

Oh, I’m sorry: I temporarily forgot there for a moment that the official language of this country isn’t German*. As apparently so do did current Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley… at least, that’s the charitable possibility. The more accurate one? Well, let Republican challenger Jeff Gorell explain. Or perhaps just wax wroth:

Statement by Jeff Gorell, candidate for California’s 26th Congressional District, regarding use of foreign or fake military officer photographs in Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s taxpayer-funded government mailers:

“It’s been brought to my attention by concerned local veterans in the 26th Congressional District that Congresswoman Julia Brownley recently sent district voters a mass-mailing funded at taxpayer expense designed to imply that Brownley has the support of local military veterans.”

“Sadly, the overtly political franking mailer proudly portrays an image – next to Brownley’s photo – of an officer in uniform that is NOT a military uniform of any branch of the armed forces of the United States. The emblem in this photo appears to be that of the German Luftwaffe, a German military branch from the mid-1930’s.” (See below)

“The photograph is likely a purchased stock photo of a model in a costume contrived from various emblems to look like an official naval uniform. However it is clearly not an American Navy Uniform, or that of any U.S. military branch.”

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