Tag Archives: California


Source: Ayn R Key
by Ayn R Key

"An independent California would be no libertarian paradise. Unrestrained by the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, the first thing to be eliminated would be any and all firearm rights. Still, if this were to go forward, the prospect for liberty as a whole look promising due to the ramifications outside of California. The first thing to notice is the electoral balance. It is possible for Democrats to be elected to the presidency due to the 55 electoral votes provided by California, just as it is possible for Republicans to be elected due to the 34 electoral votes provided by Texas. Absent California, the Democratic Party would be at a serious loss …. This would swing the rest of the country strongly Republican. That is not necessarily good for liberty in itself, but the eventual result could become a cascade of secession from other heavily Democrat states finding themselves in a country that has just swung strongly Republican." (02/07/17)


CA: Violence at UC Berkeley prompts Trump funding threat

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"President Trump threatened to eliminate federal funds from UC Berkeley, prompting an outcry from city and university officials, the morning after police shut down an event featuring the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos when destructive demonstrations erupted at the campus. 'If UC Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?' the president tweeted early Thursday morning. UC Berkeley received $370 million in federal grants from 2014 to 2015. The federal dollars went toward funding multiyear research projects and other expenditures, according to the university’s website." (02/02/17)


The Free Speech Movement in flames

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

"Last night, Sproul Plaza was in flames. Students amassed outside the Martin Luther King Jr Student Union to protest the appearance of Trump cheerleader and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Protesters held up placards saying 'We REFUSE to accept fascist America' and 'BASH THE FASH.' Then a mob of black-clad 'anti-fascists' broke through police barricades, smashed windows, threw fireworks and set a light pole on fire. The event was cancelled and the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement became the site of its spiritual death. Where Berkeley radicals 50 years ago put themselves on the line for unfettered free speech, for the right of students to listen and speak and reason, their pimpled heirs are practising the must ugly, irrational form of censorship: censorship of the mob." (02/02/17)


CA: Violent fascist protesters shut down Milo Yiannopoulos talk at birthplace of Free Speech Movement

Source: NBC News

"A scheduled speech by controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley led to violent protests that caused the event to be called off, the university said. The university said fires were set, including one caused by a firebomb that ignited a generator-powered spotlight, and commercial-grade fireworks were thrown at police. NBC Bay Area showed a group of people grab a metal barricade and smash it against a door. 'The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest,' UC Berkeley said in a statement. Some people were attacked and police treated six people for injuries, the university said." [editor's note: Likely the work of "Antifa," a fascist group which markets/brands itself as anti-fascist; pretty much a bunch of mini-Milos minus the sense of humor – TLK] (02/02/17)


Calexit 2018? The movement is beginning

Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

"Although I have little sympathy for most policies that come out of California, this campaign has many upsides even if it does not achieve independence. The first is to show Americans that Secession is Not a Dirty Word. The U.S. was created by a secessionist movement from the British empire, and it is amazing that the idea of self-determination is held in such low esteem today. What a great educational opportunity for Californians and all Americans to learn about our forgotten and suppressed history. Second, all too often secession is simply associated with the War Between the States and is dismissed as being part and parcel of racism. Secession and state sovereignty, however, are not Southern, states' rights doctrines, but have been appealed to by states from all parts of the Union: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin, and others." (01/29/17)


CA: Bill would require teaching students about Russian interference for Trump

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Unwilling to wait for history to become, well, history, a Marin County legislator wants to make sure state schools teach students about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, requiring the topic in history classes. Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, said he is introducing a bill to require the State Board of Education to develop curriculum to ensure 'all California students will learn how the Russian government conspired to influence the United States Presidential Election to elect Donald Trump,' according to his office. 'The work of 17 intelligence agencies including the FBI and CIA confirmed Russian interference in our election,' he said." [editor's note: "fake news" ensconced in school propaganda; all is now lost, and if I hear that bogus crap about "17 intelligence agencies" one more time … – SAT] (01/19/17)


Report: Country's highest-paid big-city mayor is in San Francisco

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"San Francisco isn't the biggest city in the world, but its mayor makes the biggest salary in the United States. Mayor Ed Lee is the highest-paid mayor of a major U.S. city, according to a report from the American City Business Journal. Lee, who is serving a second term, makes $289,000. By comparison, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio brings in $225,000 as the fourth highest-paid mayor. While San Francisco is the 12th largest city by population in the U.S., New York is first. It also has the biggest city budget and often ranks as the most expensive city for living expenses in the country. San Francisco, along with Honolulu and Los Angeles, are also among the most expensive places to live in the country." (01/17/17)


CA: Authoritarian police statist, malicious litigator Peter Thiel allegedly considering run for governor

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is considering a run for California governor, according to Politico. The publication cites three Republicans sources stating that the Silicon Valley billionaire has been discussing the prospective bid with a small circle of advisers which include Rob Morrow. The speculation comes just a few days after Thiel granted a rare interview with the New York Times' Maureen Dowd, in which he outlined his political perspective as well as his support for President-elect Donald Trump." [editor's note: In the past, Thiel has tried to pass himself off as a "libertarian" – TLK] (01/15/17)


Why California's secession scheme can’t succeed

Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

"America’s dopey adolescent California is sulking because Hillary lost, so now it’s talking big about moving out of Mom’s house. According to one local bison, who presumably speaks for much of the proggy herd, the rest of America is unworthy of the Golden State’s glorious presence anyway. I’m a resident of California, and I say, 'Great — pack your crap and get out.' As tempting as it is to keep you in the Union as a cautionary example of what happens when liberals run everything, the pain you would suffer running away from home would be so overwhelming that it might even teach you hapless denizens of this ridiculous state a much-needed lesson. So, go for it." [editor's note: Although the author calls this "silly," secession has always been an option … though he makes a good case for why Californication might not work – SAT] (01/12/17)


Trump's deportation vow spurs California farmers into action

Source: Fox News

"Days after Donald Trump won the White House vowing to deport millions of people in the country illegally and fortify the Mexican border, California farmer Kevin Herman ordered nearly $600,000 in new equipment, cutting the number of workers he'll need starting with the next harvest. Herman, who grows figs, persimmons and almonds in the nation's most productive farming state, said Trump's comments pushed him to make the purchase, larger than he would have otherwise. 'No doubt about it,' Herman said. 'I probably wouldn't have spent as much or bought as much machinery as I did.' Others in California's farming industry say Trump's tough campaign talk targeting immigrants in the country illegally (including a vast number of farmworkers) spurred them into action, too." (01/05/17)