Found here. Short version: the man has a plan. More importantly, Ted Cruz has a plan and an organization. Which is… nice, for a change.
Found here. Short version: dear God, but it’s like talking to a wall. When will these people realize that minimum wage hikes cause higher unemployment? …Yes, yes, I know: bordering states hope that the answer is “Hopefully, not any time soon.” Still.
Naturally, the LA Times buried the lede: their title is “Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fracture.” Which, of course, fits the LA Times‘ preferred narrative of the election cycle: Donald Trump is poised to take the GOP down with him into a fiery crash into a dumpster fire at the goat rodeo while the clown show watches. But if you take a look at the actual numbers? Well, among registered voters that poll has it Trump 37, Cruz 30, Kasich 12. Not actually in itself bad news for Ted Cruz, because he was polling at single digits in California up to this point, and he can make up the difference. But if you look at likely voters? Then that poll gives you Trump 36, Cruz 35, Kasich 14. (more…)
Found here. Short version: nothing is ever Obamacare’s fault. Or California’s. Never ever ever.
Remind me never to take the train in California.
The monumental task of building California’s bullet train will require punching 36 miles of tunnels through the geologically complex mountains north of Los Angeles.
Crews will have to cross the tectonic boundary that separates the North American and Pacific plates, boring through a jumble of fractured rock formations and a maze of earthquake faults, some of which are not mapped.
Via Constant Reader BJM here we see something that is… well. It’s terrifying, despite the fact that nobody visibly got hurt and nobody visibly died. I would personally have been reeking of unapologetic fear-sweat by the end of the first minute:
It is literally like something out of a video game. No, seriously, there’s a place in The Secret World MMO that looks a lot like this. Fun in a game; not so much fun in real life.
If you drink wines from the Napa Valley, savor last year’s crop. You might be waiting a bit for the next one: “Two wildfires north of San Francisco forced thousands of people to flee their homes and prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, continuing a drought-fueled fire season that could be the worst the American West has ever endured.” This is happening in the Napa Valley, you see – which means that the grape harvest is likely to be affected. Or burnt to the ground. (more…)
Those dang Californians.
Portlanders have had it with those board shorts and kale smoothies, and now they’re rising up to stick it to the Californians-literally. According to the Oregonian, upset citizens are placing “No Californian” stickers on For Sale signs throughout the city. The state is currently receiving an influx of out-of-state buyers, forcing housing prices to skyrocket.
Realtor Lori Fenwick was notified of the incidents when one of her buyers sent her a photo of a defaced sign. She shared her findings with a real estate group on Facebook and quickly learned that she wasn’t the only victim. Three other realtors piped up including Quinn Irvine of M Realty. “A lot of these homes are going into bidding wars and going over ask price,” he said. “And a lot of these guys are getting outbid. And I think they’re going around to agents who have properties that have sold over ask price and putting anti-California stickers.”
(Via Hot Air, via Instapundit) Apparently, lots of the people fleeing the drought in California are going north to Oregon, which is sensible enough (Oregon is considerably wetter than California**) but not pleasing to the Oregonians who are already there. Specifically, apparently, the people in Portland. For added fun, check out comments here at the original article. There’s a certain whiff of entitlement permeating it, and I’m not entirely sure from which side. Ach, well, not really my problem.
*If you’ve never seen Scenes From The Class Struggle In Beverly Hills, I’m not surprised: it’s apparently never been released on DVD in this country. It is… an interesting film. Memorable? Yes, let’s go with ‘memorable.’
**Also, better they go north, instead of east. Although the people living to the north would probably disagree.
When you do politics, you should always read local newspaper reports whenever possible. They often tell you things that you won’t hear from the national news organizations. Case in point: Mike Honda (D, CA-17). He had a bad week, from a ‘campaign shenanigans’ point of view. This is how The Hill described it:
Shown notes from his district office’s staff retreat, Rep. Michael M. Honda allegedly acknowledged to ethics investigators that what he was seeing was “open to a lot of interpretation, but it doesn’t look good.”
The California Democrat’s former campaign manager presented official staff with a strategy in which district office events would be used to raise money, according to Office of Congressional Ethics documents released Thursday.
See if you can spot the problem.
A three-month-old tiger cub was found roaming neighborhoods in the Inland Empire on Thursday and has been taken to an animal shelter, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The two-foot-long tiger was turned into the Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto by a woman who found it in her neighborhood in Hemet. It was not immediately clear where the tiger had come from. (more…)
Raise your hand, everybody who’s surprised: “Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean-energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.”
…What? I was surprised. I would have personally bet that California wouldn’t manage to get past one-twentieth. To get a whole one-tenth must have involved people with whips. Or possibly cattle prods.
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that all computer models are predicting a strong El Niño to peak in the late fall or early winter. A host of observations have led scientists to conclude that “collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic features reflect a significant and strengthening El Niño.”
Certainly California needs it. On the other hand, apparently even a mega-El Nino won’t fix California’s drought problem, but every little bit helps, you know? And on the gripping hand… the researchers and people quoted in that article left themselves a lot of wiggle room. So I guess we’ll see if it rains.