Tag Archives: California

California secession? How it could happen in practice

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by James R Rogers

“Rumblings of secession talk in California, as in Texas a few years back, raises the question of how, if ever, a state might secede from the Union without war. The legal issue surrounding secession in the Civil War era concerned whether states might unilaterally secede from the Union under the Constitution. The answer, underscored by force of arms and the U.S. Supreme Court, was a definitive ‘no.’ That states may not unilaterally secede from the Union, however, does not mean there is no route by which a state might secede peacefully, and even legally.” (02/13/17)


CA: Evacuees stranded with no end in sight to Lake Oroville crisis

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The crisis at Lake Oroville may grind on for weeks or longer — leaving the nearly 200,000 people ordered to evacuate on Sunday in limbo as crews work to flush water out of the reservoir and shore up a badly eroded emergency spillway, officials said Monday. State water officials have been purging nearly 100,000 cubic feet of water per second out of the reservoir’s damaged but functioning primary spillway, an effort that brought the level down below the lip of the emergency spillway Sunday night, averting catastrophe. … More rain is forecast to soak Lake Oroville and the surrounding mountains beginning Wednesday night, increasing the urgency of the work being done at the reservoir.” (02/13/17)


CA: LAPD police union whines over settlement for family of man its members killed

Source: Los Angeles Times

“The union representing Los Angeles police officers says it’s ‘unfortunate’ the city council approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot by police during a[n alleged] struggle over an officer’s gun. Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally says Wednesday the settlement with Ezell Ford’s family sends the wrong message. … A police oversight board had found the officers had no reason to stop Ford, violating department policy.” [editor’s note: I agree it’s the wrong message for the taxpayers to foot the settlement bill. If the killers were required to cover the check — perhaps with help from their union — it would encourage more responsible behavior – TLK] (02/08/17)


Calexit will never happen

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“It’s almost always an issue when people get excited and get their hopes up. This is an idea deeply rooted in Buddhism, and basically stems from the notion that, if you do not expect any particular thing to happen, then you cannot be disappointed. The contention — one I agree with — is that this discord between a person’s expectations and reality (how things actually turn out) is the root of unhappiness. … So when I see lots of people eager to see #CalExit, it worries me. Mass expectations can be particularly dangerous, as we’ve seen post-election with how people who firmly expected Hillary’s victory have reacted to President Trump. There’s a reason that ‘the masses’ came to be a pejorative, after all.” (02/08/17)



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‚Äôs 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)