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California Suffers Mass Exodus – For The First Time In A Decade, More Are Leaving Than Coming


Reported By Adam Casalino | September 14, 2020

California Suffers Mass Exodus – For The First Time In A Decade, More Are Leaving Than Coming

California has had a bad year. The liberal blue state has struggled with numerous crises over the course of 2020. Their governor slammed residents with heavy COVID restrictions. Riots spread across blue cities (and suburban neighborhoods). And now, massive wildfires are scorching millions of acres. The smoke has covered regions in an eerie orange fog.

On top of all that, residents have been putting up with out-of-control taxes and a homeless crisis. It’s no wonder they’re reporting a very shocking new statistic:

California has become a warming, burning, epidemic-challenged and expensive state, with many who live in sophisticated cities, idyllic oceanfront towns and windblown mountain communities thinking hard about the viability of a place many have called home forever. For the first time in a decade, more people left California last year for other states than arrived.

Thanks to the blue state’s many problems, for the first time in ten years, more people are leaving California than coming. Many problems have been plaguing California. Conservative pundits have pointed out that much of it is the result of the Democrat-majority in the state government. The rolling blackouts are a direct result of their left-wing “green” energy policy. The USDOE had to step in, on California’s request, to share the burden.

That’s only the start of the many problems facing residents of CA. They get to enjoy the highest costs for gasoline and other necessities. Higher taxes and rents are the norm in most California cities. Then there is the homeless crisis that is turning once-beautiful cities into literal wastelands.

But despite the mounting problems, their leadership refuses to acknowledge their role in all of it. While it’s reasonable to think that some residents are fleeing, we have to ask some obvious questions. Those leaving, are you responsible for CA’s current mess? Did you vote Democrat for years, only to cut and run when things got bad?

And do you intend to keep voting Democrat, even in the new state you reach? Do you think the same thing won’t happen in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and beyond?

What about the people who can’t leave? Most folks just can’t pack up and move to an entirely new state.

Will those that stick around bother to realize why this is happening in CA? Will you begin to rethink who you keep putting into office?

Key Takeaways:

  • California is suffering a mass exodus as more people leave than enter.
  • Many point to numerous problems, including lockdowns, riots, and wildfires.
  • The Democratic-majority in the state government appears unwilling to acknowledge their role in the crises.
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Adam Casalino is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal. Find his other work: http://www.talesofmaora.com

Jerry Brown Mocks People Who Want to Leave California: ‘Where Are You Going to Go?’

Reported by JOEL B. POLLAK |

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/15/jerry-brown-mocks-people-who-want-to-leave-california-where-are-you-going-to-go/

Jerry Brown (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Brown, 82, left office in 2019 after his fourth term. He made climate change his focus throughout his last two terms, often making alarmist claims — such as falsely claiming the ocean would flood LAX, or blaming climate change for wildfires.

From his family ranch, Brown spoke with the Times:

“You might say, ‘We are getting out of here — we are going someplace else,’” Mr. Brown, 82, said. “No. There are going to be problems everywhere in the United States. This is the new normal. It’s been predicted and it’s happening. This is part of the new long-term experience.”

“Tell me: Where are you going to go?” Mr. Brown continued. “What’s your alternative? Maybe Canada. You’re going to go to places like Iowa, where you have intensifying tornadoes? The fact is, we have a global crisis that has been mounting and the scientists have been telling us about. For the most part, it’s been ignored. Now we have a graphic example.”

Scientists have warned that climate change could lead to longer fire seasons, but also say that the major factor in recent forest has been the overabundance of fuel, the result of a century of poor forest management.

The Times noted: “Mr. Brown acknowledged that the devastating fires were partly the result of the failure of the state and the federal government to thin forests, which are now filled with trees that died in the drought — fuel for the fires.”

As governor, Brown also mocked those who left California to find more favorable economic conditions in states with lower taxes and fewer regulations. “We’ve got a few problems, we have lots of little burdens and regulations and taxes,” he said in 2014. “But smart people figure out how to make it.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

California Legislature Passes Bill Reducing Penalties for Oral, Anal Sex with Willing Children


Reported by DR. SUSAN BERRY | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/03/california-legislature-passes-bill-reduce-penalties-oral-anal-sex-willing-children/

San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Scott Weiner (R) looks on as celebrations ensue in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, California, June 26, 2012, after the US Supreme Court struck down The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to …Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

 

According to SB 145, the legislation “would exempt from mandatory registration” as a sex offender “a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register.”

The measure would allow a judge to decide if an adult who engages in oral or anal sex with a child must register as a sex offender if that person is within ten years of the age of the victim.

 

In January 2019, the San Francisco Examiner reported on the introduction of the bill by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D), who claimed the current law, which states oral and anal sex between an adult within ten years of the age of a willing minor requires the adult to be registered as a sex offender, discriminates against LGBT individuals.

The bill would put an end to “blatant discrimination against young LGBT people engaged in consensual activity,” Wiener said:

This bill is about treating everyone equally under the law. Discrimination against LGBT people is simply not the California way. These laws were put in place during a more conservative and anti-LGBT time in California’s history. They have ruined people’s lives and made it harder for them to get jobs, secure housing, and live productive lives. It is time we update these laws and treat everyone equally.

Currently in California, judges may decide whether adults who have “penile-vaginal intercourse” with minors close to their age must register as a sex offender. Wiener said the current law targets LGBT individuals because they do not engage in penile-vaginal intercourse.

“This is such horrific homophobia,” Wiener said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s irrational, and it ruins people’s lives.”

The Chronicle‘s report stated that, in 1975, California decriminalized oral and anal sex between consenting adults, but adults who engaged in these practices with minors were treated as sex offenders.

In a tweet, Wiener urged his followers to read an Associated Press “fact check” story about the controversial bill that minimizes its impact with the headline, “Bill Would Not Legalize Pedophilia in California.”

“The bill is the subject of a massive misinformation campaign by MAGA/QAnon,”Wiener posted.

Today’s THREE politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Bye Bye Biden

Kamala Harris can’t wait to put Biden in a home so she can take power. Kamala or Joe isn’t the real power behind the throne.

Biden RetiredPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Burning for Unity

John Thompson doesn’t want Unity with Mayor Walz or the Democrats, he wants to burn it all down.

Minnesota UnityPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.

A.F. Branco Cartoon – Wait Until Dark

California goes dark after years of left-wing green policies, while Dems try to blame Trump.

Darkness on the LandPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.
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California Town Scrubbs Away their “Black Lives Matter’ Street Sign After Local Attorney Asked for Permission for a MAGA 2020 Sign on Same Street (VIDEO)


Reported By Jim Hoft | Published July 21, 2020 at 7:20am

Redwood City, California scrubbed their “Black Lives Matter” mural on Broadway Street for the 4th of July celebration. But the city scrubbed the street sign away but only after a local attorney asked to put her own sign on the street since it was an open forum.

Hero Maria Rutenberg told local officials she wanted to paint MAGA 2020 on the street. City officials then scrubbed away the BLM sign in the middle of the night.

CBS Local reported:

Many communities across the country are displaying “Black Lives Matter”street murals. Redwood City was one of them until last week when the city quietly removed it.

Redwood City resident Dan Pease got permission from city officials to paint the “Black Lives Matter” sign on Broadway as part of a Fourth of July public art celebration. The city even supplied him with yellow poster board paint to do it.

“Because we were using the poster board paint that would eventually deteriorate over time, my understanding from them was that the mural would last as long as the paint lasted,” Pease explained.

But, last Thursday, the city washed the sign away after being contacted by local real estate attorney Maria Rutenburg, who said that if the street was now a public forum, she wanted a sign of her own reading “MAGA 2020.”

“I saw “Black Lives Matter” sign appearing on Broadway Street on the asphalt and I figured that’s gonna be a new public space, open for discussion, and I wanted to get my message out, too.” Rutenburg said.

Newsom Shuts Down California Churches Indefinitely


Reported By Mary Margaret Olohan | Published July 14, 2020 at 2:05pm

URL of the originating web site: https://www.westernjournal.com/newsom-shuts-california-churches-indefinitely/

“We’re going back into modification mode of our original stay at home order,” Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said, according to The New York Times. “This continues to be a deadly disease.”

The DCNF pressed both the governor’s office and the California Department of Health on when Californians may attend indoor religious services again, and what punishments Californians face if they do attempt to attend banned services. Newsom’s office referred the DCNF to the California Department of Health. CDPH referred the DCNF to a news release on the matter, noting that the order went into effect immediately and that it will remain in effect indefinitely until the State Public Health Officer decides to lift it.

CDPH did not provide an end date.

CDPH would not directly address what punishments Californians might face if they continue to gather for indoor religious services.

“The Governor has consistently said that asking people to do the right thing is the most powerful enforcement tool we have,” spokeswoman Ali Bay told the DCNF.

“We all have a shared responsibility to do the right thing to not only protect ourselves, but those around us.”

“This is a statewide requirement and flows from the same legal authority as all of the other state orders,” she added.

“Californians have done incredible work following those orders — saving lives in the process. We expect that will continue to be the case.”

The new guidance comes after months of outrage from Californians who have been prevented from attending religious services. The Department of Justice intervened in May, warning the governor that California’s reopening plan discriminates against houses of worship.

“Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights,” Eric S. Dreiband, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in May.

Dreiband also reminded Newsom that Attorney General William Barr recently issued a statement in which Barr emphasized that “even in times of emergency … federal statutory law prohibits discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers.”

“Government may not impose special restrictions on religious activity that do not also apply to similar nonreligious activity,” Barr said.

“For example, if a government allows movie theaters, restaurants, concert halls, and other comparable places of assembly to remain open and unrestricted, it may not order houses of worship to close, limit their congregation size, or otherwise impede religious gatherings.”

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

Teachers Union Holds Schools Hostage Until Police Are Defunded, Charter Schools Shut Down


Reported By Ryan Foley | Published July 13, 2020 at 12:48pm

The United Teachers Los Angeles has released a list of demands that it argues must be met before schools can reopen in America’s second-largest city. While some of the proposals might seem reasonable in light of the coronavirus pandemic, others sound like they were crafted by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Members of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s teachers union apparently have adapted Rahm Emanuel’s phrase “never let a good crisis go to waste” as their slogan. At the very least, the policy paper put together by the United Teachers Los Angeles containing its insane demands illustrates just how political teachers unions have become.

The 35,000-member teachers union sees the coronavirus as a perfect opportunity to demand the enactment of a far-left agenda that it supported long before COVID-19 arrived in America. According to the political activists at the helm of UTLA, “The Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21” include;

  • the defunding of police,

  • a federal bailout of LA schools and

  • the abolition of charter schools.

While the document acknowledged that “the CARES and HEROES Acts provided funding for K-12,” it complained that the district still needed more money. In addition, the section on the desired “Federal Support” for reopening LAUSD schools included a demand for “Medicare for All.”

As for the section on “State Support,” the document calls on the state of California to implement a “millionaire’s tax” and a “wealth tax.” While the teachers seem quite confident that the massive redistribution of wealth would result in much-desired revenue, they failed to take into account the fact that many millionaires would flee the state the second the higher taxes were imposed.

UTLA Conditions by The Western Journal on Scribd

The most ridiculous demands came in the section on “Local Support.” Calling on local leaders to “defund police,” the brains behind the left-wing wish list urged elected officials to “shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”

Apparently, the people behind the UTLA paper aren’t bothered by the fact that homicides in their city rose by 250 percent in the first week of June as anti-law enforcement sentiment first swept through major American cities.

This shouldn’t come as much of a shock. Last month, Cecily Myart-Cruz, the union’s president, described the police as a symbol of “white supremacy” that needed to be dismantled.

Not surprisingly, the document had few kind words for charter schools, which teachers unions see as an enormous threat to their monopolistic power. UTLA said it wants a “charter moratorium,” but this radical list of demands should make Los Angeles parents who do not subscribe to the dictates of cultural marxism want to send their children to charter schools more than ever.

No document filled with left-wing demands would be complete without a call for “Financial Support for Undocumented Students and Families.”

It looks like President Donald Trump had it right when he declared that “the Democrats don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons.”

This document should make Americans eternally grateful for the 2018 Janus decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that “public employees will no longer be required to pay involuntary agency fees to special-interest groups.” Nothing epitomizes the phrase “special-interest group” like a teachers union, which uses those agency fees to fund far-left groups such as the Center for American Progress and Media Matters.

The release of the UTLA demands comes just weeks before school is set to resume in Los Angeles on Aug. 18.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made it clear to the nation’s governors that at the beginning of the next school year, “School must reopen, they must be fully operational.” For the most part, she is right. Schools should reopen in the fall.

However, in a place like Los Angeles, where advancing a political agenda is more important to the teachers than educating the next generation, parents should seriously consider homeschooling or sending their children to a charter or private school. Only then will liberal activists moonlighting as teachers in Los Angeles and other parts of the country get the message that many Americans do not support the push among some schools to reject “objectivity” in favor of indoctrinating America’s students with left-wing propaganda.

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Doctor Treating COVID Patients Explains Two Reasons Cases Are Spiking


Reported By Randy DeSoto | Published July 11, 2020 at 8:13am

Dr. Jeff Barke, who is treating COVID-19 patients in Southern California, says there are two reasons that cases are spiking at the moment, and they both were anticipated. California is among the states seeing the steepest increases in confirmed coronavirus cases, with nearly 10,000 new cases reported on Tuesday, a one-day high mark since tracking began in the spring Texas, the nation’s second-most-populous state, is seeing similar numbers, with over 10,000 new cases reported Thursday.

Barke, a primary care physician in Orange County, says the increased numbers were to be expected as states reopened their economies, but also pointed to the impact of the mass protests that occurred in June. The shutdown was never intended to prevent people from getting COVID-19, but to spread out the infection rate and thus flatten the curve to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed, he said.

“We’re seeing increased cases, as expected,” Barke told PragerU’s Will Witt in an interview published this week. “This is not a surprise.”

“We shut down the economy; now we opened it up, so people are going about their businesses, back to restaurants, back to retail, back to shopping, and they’re going to get exposed to the virus and that’s OK.”

Another factor contributing to the spike in cases were large-scale protests following the death of George Floyd.

“The other problem that we’ve seen is that we’ve had massive protests across the United States and rioting,” Barke said.

“Thousands and thousands of people in almost every single state, almost all of whom were in close proximity to each other.”

“Many of them were not wearing masks. So of course a few weeks after these protests, we’re going to see a spike in cases. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody.”

Fox News reported officials in Los Angeles, Seattle and Florida’s Miami-Dade County have confirmed the protests may have contributed to the spike in cases in their localities. The good news Barke observed is that most people at the mass gatherings appeared to be young and likely will recover from the coronavirus without much difficulty.

The Hill reported June 20 that young people were driving the latest spike in COVID-19 cases. The majority of new cases in Texas were people under 30 years old, according to Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott.

“In California, 44 percent of recent coronavirus cases occurred in those under the age of 35, according to a study by George Lemp, director of the University of California’s HIV/AIDS Research Program,” The Hill reported.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNBC that the average age of those contracting the coronavirus has indeed dropped by 15 years since a few months ago. The lower ages are also apparently contributing to the falling death rate due to the virus.

Overall, the United States is experiencing a relatively low case fatality rate — 4.2 percent — compared with other countries, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Antifa Terrorists Mess with Wrong California Town – Get the “Ever-Loving Snot” Beat Out of Them (VIDEO)


Reported By Jim Hoft | Published June 2, 2020 at 8:44pm

Antifa thugs messed with the wrong town. Several antifa thugs traveled to Yucaipa, California this week to try to stir up some trouble. The men in town chased the punks and beat the snot out of them.

Todd Starnes reported:

A small gang of Antifa thugs tried to stir up trouble in Yucaipa, California – but it turns out they messed with the wrong town. Video shows citizens turning out in large numbers to chase the thugs out of town.

“They just beat the ever-loving snot out of three or four guys,” said an unidentified man who was filming the beat down. “The Antifa guys are not doing well at all here. They’re getting the **** kicked out of them.”

At least one of the Antifa thugs lost his shirt and one of his shoes as he was chased around a parking lot.

“You can’t come to Yucapia with this ***,” the videographer said.

The Antifa thugs finally got the message and scampered off – but not before a local resident offered a helping hand.

“Hey homie,” the man yelled. “Here’s your shoe, dog.”

 

Today’s THREE Politically INCORRECT Cartoons by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Corn Pop Music

There’s Pop Music and then there’s Corn Pop Music by Joe Biden with “you Ain’t Black” if you don’t vote for him.

Biben, You Ain’t BlackPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2020.
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DOJ to Gavin Newsom: Start Reopening Churches in California


Reported by JOEL B. POLLAK | 

URL of the originating web site: https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2020/05/20/doj-to-gavin-newsom-start-reopening-churches/

Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday that his reopening plan discriminates against religion and must be modified to allow for religious services to reopen. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband pointed out that Newsom’s plan allows a variety of businesses to reopen in “Stage 2,” but does not allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen until “Stage 3,” for no apparent reason.

Citing Attorney General William Barr’s April memorandum warning state and local governments to respect First Amendment rights of religious freedom — “[T]he Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis,” Barr wrote — Dreiband argued that while California could determine the pace of its reopening, it could not infringe on religion:

Of course we recognize the duty that you have to protect the health and safety of Californians in the face of a pandemic that is unprecedented in our lifetimes.

Laws that do not treat religious activities equally with comparable nonreligious activities are subject to heightened scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. … Religious gatherings may not be singled out for unequal treatment compared to other nonreligious gatherings that have the same effect on the government’s public health interest, absent the most compelling reasons.

California has not shown why interactions in offices and studios of the entertainment industry, and in-person operations to facilitate nonessential ecommerce, are included on the [essential workforce] list as being allowed with social distancing where telework is not practical, while gatherings with social distancing for purposes of religious worship are forbidden, regardless of whether remote worship is practical or not.

Places of worship are not permitted to hold religious worship services until Stage 3. However, in Stage 2, schools, restaurants, factories, offices, shopping malls, swap meets, and others are permitted to operate with social distancing.

Whatever level of restrictions you adopt, these civil rights protections mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature.

Dreiband told Breitbart News Sunday recently that the DOJ had achieved results by writing to local governments to inform them that they were infringing on religious liberty, and they had backed down from draconian restrictions.

The Los Angeles Times notes that while several California churches have already challenged the state’s stay-at-home orders, none has yet been successful. Dreiband acknowledged these decisions, but argued in his letter that the decisions do not address discrimination in the reopening plan.

Politico noted that Gov. Newsom has tried to mollify religious communities: “I want to just express my deep admiration to the faith community and the need and desire to know when their congregants can once again start coming back to the pews, coming back together,” he said Monday.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, is available for pre-order. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

WATCH: California Police Officers At Anti-Lockdown Protest Appear To STAND DOWN After Marine Vet With Megaphone Challenges Their Integrity


Reported By The Scoop | Published May 3, 2020 at 8:39pm

Protesters in several California cities, including San Francisco, Huntington Beach, and Sacramento rallied on Friday, May 1st, with huge protests against Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s hyper restrictive coronavirus stay-at-home order. In Sacramento, the state’s capital, a packed crowd of thousands of protesters faced off with lines of police officers in full riot gear.

According to The Guardian, “The California Highway Patrol (CHP) had announced that it would be barring protests at the Sacramento state capitol because of a lack of social distancing by participants at a previous rally, but protesters gathered on the steps of the building regardless, chanting ‘Whose house? Our house!’”

“Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” chanted other Sacramento protesters, according to video footage recorded by California resident Joshua Coleman. In Coleman’s video, a Marine veteran named Cordie Lee Williams can be seen speaking into a megaphone, challenging California police officers to “stand down.”

“In the face of tyranny, in the face of freedom, are you going to sit there in your riot gear against peaceful protesters?” asked Williams.  “Or are you going to say, ‘you know what, it’s time to stand up for my country.  Because I took an oath of office and it said, ‘I will defend all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Williams continued, “You might lose your job, but I’d rather lose my job than lose my soul.

“What are you going to tell your little boy or your little girl tonight? That you took your baton and you crushed somebody’s skull, who was a mom? Is that what a tough guy does? That’s not what honor, courage, and commitment means in the Marine Corps.”

Williams then directly challenged the officers’ integrity, “We always have in the military, we have ‘what’s a lawful order.’  And you’ve gotta check your nutsack when you’re given an order, and you’ve gotta say, ‘is this a lawful order or is this a bullshit order?’

“When something’s a bullshit order, and it doesn’t pass the sniff test,” Williams said, “that’s when you say, ‘Sergeant,’ that’s when you say, ‘Colonel,’ that’s when you say, ‘General,’ that’s when you say, ‘Governor, I’m not doing that.  I didn’t sign up for that.”

Shortly after Williams challenged the officers to ‘stand down,’ the officers appeared to retreat and leave the location.

WATCH the viral footage of Marine Corps veteran Cordie Lee Williams challenging the California police officers’ integrity here:

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YouTube removed the viral video of frontline doctors calling for an end to quarantine and comparing COVID-19 to the flu


Last week, two frontline doctors who said they have administered more than 5,000 coronavirus tests, made headlines when they compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu and called for an end to quarantine practices.

The two physicians, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California, presented their medical advice in a video briefing with KERO-TV that the news outlet then uploaded to YouTube. The video quickly went viral, garnering more than 5.46 million views.

But on Monday, the video was taken down for “violating YouTube’s Terms of Service.”

In a follow-up report, KERO-TV confirmed that the first of two videos playing the press briefing in full was removed. The news outlet submitted an appeal to YouTube about the removal, but has not yet heard back. In a statement to the outlet following the video’s removal, Dr. Erickson said, “Anytime you push against the grain, you are going to have people who don’t like it.”

Why was it taken down?

TheBlaze reached out to YouTube’s press division for a more specific answer on why the video was taken down, but YouTube did not immediately respond.

After publication, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi responded to the TheBlaze in a statement:

We quickly remove flagged content that violate our Community Guidelines, including content that explicitly disputes the efficacy of local healthy authority recommended guidance on social distancing that may lead others to act against that guidance. However, content that provides sufficient educational, documentary, scientific or artistic (EDSA) context is allowed — for example, news coverage of this interview with additional context. From the very beginning of the pandemic, we’ve had clear policies against COVID-19 misinformation and are committed to continue providing timely and helpful information at this critical time.

Erickson and Massihi spoke to Fox News host Laura Ingraham Monday evening just before the video was removed. After the interview, when Ingraham discovered the video had been taken down, she noted relevant comments regarding censorship that YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki had recently made.

“Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy … [removal] is another really important part of of our policy,” Wojcicki reportedly said.

What did they say?

In the video briefing, Erickson and Massihi pushed back against the conventional narrative regarding the dangers of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of social distancing measures.

“Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no,” Erickson said. “Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to test them and get them back to work? Absolutely.”

Erickson went on to say that COVID-19 and the seasonal flu are “similar in their prevalence and death rates.”

“If you study the numbers in 2017 and 2018, we had 50 to 60 million with the flu,” Erickson said. “And we had a similar death rate in the deaths the United States were 43,545 — similar to the flu of 2017-2018. We always have between 37,000 and 60,000 deaths in the United States, every single year. No pandemic talk. No shelter in place. No shutting down businesses.”

He also warned that quarantining could lead to weakened immune systems.

“Sheltering in place decreases your immune system. And then as we all come out of shelter in place with a lower immune system and start trading viruses, bacteria — what do you think is going to happen? Disease is going to spike,” Erickson explained.

Though the original upload has been removed, video of the press briefing can still be seen elsewhere on YouTube:

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi’s response to our question regarding the video’s removal.

VIDEO: California’s Coronavirus Problem No One Is Talking About


Reported By  Phelim McAleer | DailyWire.com

URL of the originating web site: https://www.dailywire.com/news/video-californias-coronavirus-problem-no-one-is-talking-about

Homeless people in Los Angles’ “Skid Row.” / Courtesy The Ann and Phelim Scoop

By Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been on the “cutting edge” of local leaders who have implemented strict shutdowns in the name of fighting the coronavirus and protecting the public. Politicians like Garcetti claim that they must coerce residents to remain in their homes for weeks, or months, on end in order to ease the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers.

But is it worth it when Garcetti is refusing to “lockdown” one of the most at risk populations in Los Angeles? While millions of Los Angeles residents shelter in place, the city’s nearly 36,000 homeless residents continue to wander the streets and go about their business.

Just a few days ago I took a drive down to Skid Row in Los Angeles, where nearly 50% of the area’s inhabitants are homeless — living in tents or on the street. Whereas the rest of Los Angeles is a ghost town, Skid Row looks like it’s any other normal day.

I was shocked to see that the city had not enforced any of their social distancing laws in the neighborhood. Tents were packed tightly together. Thousands of homeless individuals were drinking, socializing, and doing drugs on the sidewalk and in crowded parks. It looked as if the city was on lockdown … except for Skid Row.

Just last week, police officers in Malibu arrested a paddle boarder for violating the county’s ordinances that closed the beaches. It appears that in Los Angeles only taxpayers are on lockdown.

As irritating as it is to a taxpayer, the failure to enforce the law against the homeless is also a massive public health crisis. If there are so few ventilators as our politicians claim, the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless community would be a public health disaster for the city and the state. In fact, the state of California has over 150,000 people who are “experiencing homelessness,” according to the federal government.

You might be thinking, “I’m not homeless. I don’t interact with homeless people. This doesn’t matter to me.” But it does. In fact, a spread of COVID-19 within California’s homeless community could occupy thousands of ventilators. Homeless individuals in California are one of the most at-risk communities to contract serious complications with COVID-19.

According to the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, homeless individuals have rates of underlying conditionsat nearly twice the rate of housed individuals in the United States. Diabetes, heart attacks, HIV, and pulmonary complications are all afflictions that greatly impact the homeless community and are disastrous when combined with COVID-19.

According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, over 60,000 homeless individuals in California could contractCOVID-19. Newsom also said California has access to only 4,252 ventilators. If the virus is truly as dangerous as our politicians have led us to believe, the math doesn’t add up and California could be in a very precarious position soon.

So when will Los Angeles act? Is it worth shutting down the city’s economy without making a concerted effort to move all homeless individuals off the streets?

Perhaps the city should focus their efforts on stopping a real major public health disaster from crippling our city instead of arresting paddle boarders and beachgoers.

California Announces First Coronavirus Death, U.S. Fatalities Reach 11


Reported by Joshua Caplan | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/04/california-announces-first-coronavirus-death-u-s-fatalities-reach-11/

Cameron Nightingale adjusts his mask and gloves, a precaution to protect himself from coronavirus, while walking by cable car in San Francisco, California on February 27, 2020. – California said it was monitoring some 8,400 people for the new coronavirus, after officials confirmed a woman had contracted the disease without … Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

California health officials on Wednesday confirmed the state’s first coronavirus death, increasing the total number of fatalities in the United States to 11.

Placer County officials said the deceased individual was an “elderly adult” who had ongoing health issues and was the second coronavirus patient in the area. It is believed the individual was infected with the deadly illness while aboard a Diamond Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco and traveled to Mexico between February 11 to February 21. The person was hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center on February 27.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient,” Dr. Aimee Sisson, a Placer County Health Officer, said in a statement. “While we have expected more cases, this death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that we never wanted to see.”

“While most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, this tragic death underscores the urgent need for us to take extra steps to protect residents who are particularly vulnerable to developing more serious illness, including elderly persons and those with underlying health conditions,” added Dr. Sisson.

Earlier Wednesday, Washington state health officials reported their tenth death from coronavirus. The development comes after congressional negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday to provide $7.76 billion in funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) hashed out the deal that will make available three times the $2.5 billion requested by the White House. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) lead the negotiations that will make available three times the $2.5 billion requested by the Trump administration.

“This should not be about politics; this is about doing our job to protect the American people from a potential pandemic,” Shelby said in a statement. “We worked together to craft an aggressive and comprehensive response that provides the resources the experts say they need to combat this crisis. I thank my colleagues for their cooperation and appreciate President Trump’s eagerness to sign this legislation and get the funding out the door without delay.”

The House of Representatives is expected to vote later today on the bill, according to NBC News.

WATCH: White straight male tells Californians ‘I’m a black gay woman.’ The responses are hilarious.


California just became the first state to mandate female directors on their boards. A biological man who identifies as a woman just became a world champion in a women’s cycling event in California. Sounds like a complicated time to be a woman, especially in the Golden State.

Perhaps that’s why YouTuber Elijah Schaffer, born a straight white male, decided to identify as black gay woman, at least for a little while.

All decked out in his new identity, Schaffer headed to the beach to ask fellow Californians for their thoughts on gender fluidity, gender identity, and gender politics.

Their answers will surprise you.

Try not to laugh as you watch the video below:

If video fails, see https://youtu.be/kjQSmtQWlVo

You can find more from Elijah Schaffer on his YouTube channel Slightly Offens*ve.

Or follow him on Twitter: @ElijahSchaffer.

VIDEO: Airline Passengers Throw Surprise Baby Shower for Adoptive Parents


Reported by Amy Furr | 

URL of the original posting site: https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/02/17/video-airline-passengers-throw-surprise-baby-shower-for-adoptive-parents/

 

A couple from Buena Park, California, got a sweet surprise when they boarded a plane to bring their adopted baby home in November.

Dustin and Caren Moore tried to have a child of their own for nine years with no success, but when they met a baby girl in need of a family, they were beyond excited to become her parents, according to ABC 7.

“She had me wrapped around her fingers instantly. … I heard her crying outside the room and I started crying,” Dustin recalled.

Following the adoption, the couple boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from Colorado to California but had no idea they were about to receive a ton of support on such a big day.

February 9, Dustin shared the entire story on his Twitter page:

On the plane, the new parents had finally settled into their seats when the baby woke up and needed her diaper changed, so a kind flight attendant named Jenny made room for them in the back, according to Today.

“After a change, Jenny and another passenger complimented my beautiful daughter and politely asked what had prompted a flight with such a young infant,” Dustin wrote, adding “I gave them the shortened adoption story, to which they hastily offered congratulations, and shared a few more kind remarks.”

A few minutes after telling the story to another flight attendant named Bobby, he heard the intercom come on as Bobby announced that the infant was the flight’s special guest.

To the couple’s surprise, all of the passengers began to clap and cheer.

The flight attendants then passed out napkins for everyone to write down any parenting advice they had for the Moore family.

At the end of the trip, Dustin and his wife were presented with 60 napkins with notes that said things like “The hard parts don’t last forever! Congratulations!!”

Dustin shared a few more on his Twitter profile:

Now, the couple keeps the napkins in a scrapbook and said many of the notes have proved helpful since they brought their little girl home.

“All those worries and those fears that we had about, ‘Can we do this? Are people going to be good to our sweet daughter even though we adopted her?’ And everybody who just basically shouted ‘yes’ in unison to each other just made us feel so good, so, so good,” he commented.

“I can’t think of any better way we could have had to bring our daughter home,” Dustin concluded.

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California Dems Show Us the Future. Run For Your Lives.


Commentary by Ann Coulter | Posted: Nov 06, 2019 4:30 PM

California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Dems Show Us the Future. Run For Your Lives. Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

In this column, I will prove that Democrats:

1) Don’t care about “Russians,” (Ukrainians?) or anyone else interfering with our democracy; and

2) they also don’t give a crap about guns.

Let’s begin by looking at the Democrats’ Platonic ideal of a democracy: California!

California is wholly controlled by the Democratic Party. The governor is a Democrat. The lieutenant governor is a Democrat. The attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer are Democrats. All these positions have been held by Democrats since the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger (who was a Democrat). The state Senate is just under two-thirds Democratic, while the assembly is more than two-thirds Democratic. Both U.S. senators are Democrats, as are 46 of 53 members of Congress.

And what a paradise they’ve created! For the last several years, with a direct pipeline to the fifth-largest treasury on the planet, California has been waging war on decent people in favor of drug addicts, the mentally ill, criminals, the homeless and transgenders.

In the last century, every great thing started in California: surfing, jeans, Disneyland, tax revolts, McDonald’s, movies, car culture, the Grateful Dead, right on red turns, Merle Haggard, skateboarding, Apple computer and the last two elected Republican presidents not named “Bush.”

Big political movements used to begin in California. Proposition 13’s cap on property taxes led to President Ronald Reagan and a nationwide tax revolt. Proposition 209’s ban on affirmative action was followed by Supreme Court rulings restricting the government’s ability to discriminate on the basis of race. California’s anti-crime rebellion, including a massive prison expansion and the voters’ removal of liberal lunatic Rose Bird from the state’s highest court, foreshadowed an anti-crime pushback across the country.

These days, the only California-originated idea to sweep the nation is: banning plastic straws. The state is a calamity. Its optimism and vigor are gone. Instead of “The Golden State,” California is now “The Human Excrement State.”

Let’s just pray that California is no longer a window into our future.

People are leaving the state in droves — and more than half of those who remain say they’d like to leave, according to a survey published in The San Francisco Gate earlier this year.

In every census but one, since California has been a state — from 1850 right up to 2010 — its population grew so much that the state added congressional seats. The only exception was in 1920, when the congressional delegation remained static, but then the state added nine new seats in 1930.

After the last census in 2010, California’s congressional delegation was unchanged. With the 2020 census, it’s expected to lose at least one seat and possibly two, according to Public Policy Institute of California. (If the federal government followed the Constitution and counted only citizens, it would lose a lot more than that.)

It takes single-minded fanaticism to wreck California. Within the borders of a single state, you can visit Yosemite, the Pacific Ocean, Death Valley, redwood forests, the snow-capped Sierras and the pastoral vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and go to the beach on Christmas Day.

But starting with Gray Davis’ refusal in 1999 to appeal an activist judge’s announcement that it was “unconstitutional” for taxpayers not to give welfare to illegal immigrants — an initiative that had passed overwhelmingly just a few years earlier — California’s elected officials began an all-out war on its own citizens.

Democrats are worried about “Russians” interfering with our elections? California Democrats simply ignore elections.

The most clear-cut evidence that Democrats do not care about democracy is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent decision to halt the death penalty (unless administered by an illegal alien, as in the case of Kate Steinle). I doubt any other state’s voters have been more emphatic about their support for the death penalty than Californians, voting for it in statewide initiatives in 1972, 1978, 2012 and again in 2016 — just three years ago. But earlier this year, Gov. Newsom flagrantly disregarded the voters’ repeated endorsement of capital sentences and single-handedly imposed a moratorium on the death penalty.

Forget Facebook ads. Who cares if Russians hack into our voting machines and change the vote totals? Democrats are going to ignore the results anyway. Their vaunted concern for the sanctity of our elections is so much horse crap.

It’s the same with guns. This September, during a fiery debate on guns, the left demanded “red-flag laws” to take guns away from citizens after having their politics, their writings, their previous exercise of free speech examined on a granular level by bureaucrats empowered to revise the Bill of Rights. In the middle of that debate, Gov. Newsom commuted the sentences of 21 convicted felons — almost all of whom were serving lengthy terms for murder or attempted murder with a gun.

And get this: Newsom specifically cited the unfairness of enhancing a criminal’s sentence merely because he used a gun when committing a crime. 

Innocent people walking the street right now — playing basketball, eating at vegan restaurants, going bowling — better enjoy themselves. Some number of them will soon have their lives snuffed out because of the governor’s willful decision to begin the process of releasing people who have already committed violence with guns. Liberals don’t care about guns in the hands of violent criminals. They’re coming after the guns of conservatives.

We’re horrified by people who commit violence with firearms. They’re horrified by people who haven’t committed any violence and never will — but who engage in speech displeasing to Democrats.

Like a magician revealing his trick, the governor of California provided the proof, making it absolutely clear that Democrats don’t give a fig for democracy and aren’t disturbed in the slightest by gun violence.

Today’s TWO Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – SJP University of Minnesota Hate Summit

Despite ties to terror and promotion of #antisemitism, hate group SJP is allowed to have a Jew-Hatred summit at the Univ. of Minnesota @UMNews and to be privileged by a rally this Sunday by Bernie Sanders @SenSanders and Ilhan Omar @IlhanMN.
Minnesota SJP Hate SummitPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

How the Mighty Hath Fallen: Obama Attracts 750 To Rally VS Trump’s Massive Numbers


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URL of the original posting site: https://steadfastandloyal.com/celebrities/how-the-mighty-hath-fallen-obama-attracts-750-to-rally-vs-trumps-massive-numbers/

Democrats could rue the day they convinced Barack Obama to hit the campaign trail. Obama held a rally in California, our largest state heavily Democratic state at that and only drew 750 people. That is not a good omen.

But considering how poorly candidates he endorsed in the past have done, you just have to ask the DNC one question. “What in the hell were you thinking?”  In fact, his results have been so bad, it’s a surprise that the RNC isn’t willing to pick up his expenses. It will be interesting to see who draws the biggest crowds, President Trump or Barack Obama.

Think Progress reported over the weekend about former President Obama’s event in Anaheim, California –

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA — Former President Obama made his first campaign stop of the midterm elections in Orange County, California Saturday to stump for seven Democratic House candidates running in districts currently held by Republicans but that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

About 750 people attended the event at Anaheim Convention Center, where Obama delivered a short speech centered on unity and the “politics of hope.” And, after a story about getting kicked out of Disneyland when he was caught smoking in the Magic Kingdom after a concert as a teenager, Obama issued an impassioned critique of Trump and the state of American democracy and encouraged the crowd to back the candidates he came to support.

It went on to point out… “Obama is wilding out, sharing an anecdote about how he and his friends smoked cigarettes while they were getting kicked out of Disneyland during a trip to California to see Kool and the Gang”
“Obama campaign rally in leftist California had a grand attendance of: 750 PEOPLE. @realDonaldTrump regularly fills massive arenas. MT got 12,000! Indiana got 11,000! West Virginia got 13,600! Obama could only get 750. Muh Blue Wave.”
https://twitter.com/ABPatriotWriter/status/1038550358987956224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

If Obama can only pull in 750 people in California, where is the blue wave at?

Parents OUTRAGED As California School Forced Elementary Girls To Play Sex Game


Posted by Freedom Headlines | October 11, 2019

URL of the original posting site: https://freedomheadlines.com/the-latest/parents-outraged-as-california-school-forced-elementary-girls-to-play-sex-game/

California has hit a new low when it comes to public education.

One school has caused a shocking situation in which they are requiring 10 and 11-year-old girls to perform races for putting condoms on an adult erect penis.

According to  The Christian Post,

California’s controversial new sex ed guidance contains medically risky advice that reads like it was written by a college fraternity, says a former public school teacher who’s been helping parents mobilize against the curriculum.
“It’s shocking,” Rebecca Friedrichs, the founder of For Kids & Country, said in an interview with The Christian Post when describing the condom relay races 10- and 11-year-old girls have been participating in at schools where, in front of boys, they’re taught how to put a condom on a model of an erect adult male penis.
Students as young as 11, she warned, are also being taught to engage in risky sexual acts, such as experimenting with oral and anal sex with their “partner.”

First of all, what is a school doing teaching a bunch of 10-year-old girls about sex in the first place? Girls this young have no need to be learning about sex already. Not to mind you that it shouldn’t even be the school’s responsibility to teach them about it. This is a task that should be in the hand of the parents.

News 24 reported,

Concerns center around changes approved by the California Board of Education in May. The programs are supposed to comply with the 2015 California Healthy Youth Act, “which mandates the teaching of ‘medically accurate’ and ‘age appropriate’ comprehensive sex education at least once in middle school and once in high school,” according to the report.

Here’s more from the report:

The new framework encourages but does not mandate classroom conversations in sixth grade about masturbation and kindergarten discussions on gender identity.
“[T]he goal is not to cause confusion about the gender of the child but to develop an awareness that other expressions exist,” read the newly approved document. …
Several units cover human sexual and reproductive “body parts.” A lesson on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) notes the selling points of sexual abstinence, but also encourages condom use and regular, confidential testing for sexually active middle-school students and, in doing so, endorsing Planned Parenthood [the largest abortion business in America].

From My Email Inbox: A Spoof on California’s Draconian New Gun Laws


The Lone Ranger – under CA Laws

You probably were wondering what happened to The Lone Ranger……The Lone Ranger No Longer Rides – in California.

The Lone Ranger was arrested in Lone Pine, California for the crime of illegally transferring silver bullets. The famed masked man had just apprehended an armed felon after shooting the gun out of his hand. As was his practice for the last eighty years, he gave a silver bullet to the outlaw’s victim.

She was a kindly old widow who was robbed and held captive by the desperado. This lady, grateful that her life and property were restored, treasured the silver bullet as a symbol that justice was done.

The trouble started when she showed the bullet to her weekly garden club. Upon seeing the gleaming memento, one lady fainted. Another lady gasped that they were all going to die. A third lady, who was also a member of CHA (California Hysterics Anonymous), warned that where there was a bullet, there had to be a gun.

During the shocked silence an attendee desperately summoned the Sheriff on her cell phone.

When the Sheriff heard their story he struggled to stifle a laugh. He knew the old gentleman on the big white horse. He also appreciated how many criminals the Lone Ranger had captured over the years. However, since California voters passed Proposition 63, he had to uphold the law.

Predictably, he found the masked man enjoying a beer at the Dry Gulch Saloon back in town.

“Thanks for helping old widow Smith,” he said, “but did you really give her a silver bullet?”

“Yes,” replied the Lone Ranger, “after all that’s my trademark. Got a problem with that?”

“Well, yes,” hesitated the sheriff. “Ya see – under Proposition 63, you’ve got to be a licensed firearms dealer to give anyone a bullet.”

“Are you kidding?” asked the Lone Ranger.

“Wish I was,” said the embarrassed sheriff, “and to boot whoever receives the bullet has to be registered with the Department of Justice.”

“Holy guacamole!” exclaimed the masked man. “Did I do anything else wrong?”

“Well,” said the sheriff, looking even more sheepish now, “there’s the little matter of you shooting a gun out of the outlaw’s hand.”

“What!” said the Lone Ranger. “If I hadn’t done that, the skunk would have plugged me for sure.”

“I know that,” admitted the Sheriff, “but he’ll probably sue you for failing to retreat and using unnecessary force. If they convict you, they’ll take your six-shooters away for good. Which reminds me, according to California law, your pistols have too large a capacity. If I were you, I’d convert those six-shooters into five-shooters as quick as you can.”

“Jumpin’ Junipers!” exclaimed the Lone Ranger. “I’d better tell this to my faithful Indian companion, Tonto.”

“Hold on,” said the Sheriff. “I need to remind you that Indians are now referred to as Native Americans. We privileged male palefaces have got to remember that.”

As the Lone Ranger sat in shocked silence, the sheriff explained his rights and proceeded to take him in.

Postscript: Upon being provided an attorney at state expense, the outlaw successfully sued the Lone Ranger. He claimed that he could no longer work since he had suffered the permanent loss of his trigger finger.

Governor Gavin Newsom urged imposing the maximum sentence for possession of illegal ammunition and a firearm that exceeds lawful capacity. He received a huge monetary award, forcing the Lone Ranger to sell the silver mine.
Tonto was deemed innocent, but victimized by virtue of being a member of an oppressed minority. He was given land by the state and now operates a very profitable casino.

After getting out of jail, the Lone Ranger could not find a job since he was now an ex-con. Fortunately, Tonto lets him do light janitorial work at the casino and sleep in the basement.

California Puts A Travel Ban On Another State For Refusing To Fund Cosmetic Surgery


Posted by  September 17, 2019

URL of the original posting site: https://thepatriotchronicles.com/news-for-you/california-puts-a-travel-ban-on-another-state-for-refusing-to-fund-cosmetic-surgery/

California has added another state to their ever-growing blacklist. This time it is Iowa. So what is it that Iowa has done to deserve the honor of being reviled by California? Well, they decided that to stop funding cosmetic surgery for people on Medicaid. By cosmetic surgery, I mean gender transition surgery as it is not life-saving and only changes your outward appearance. California, of course, became unhinged over the news.

The announcement by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra means that as of Oct. 4, California will no longer offer taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa for any public employee or student at a state-run university. Becerra’s authority came from a 2016 California law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown that bars state-funded travel to other states that undercut LGBT rights. The blacklist already included Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Conservatives have called the law ineffective, inconveniencing, possibly unconstitutional and hypocritical. The state’s sports teams have turned to private funding to get around the restrictions, according to The Los Angeles Times.”

The law also prohibits using public resources to send academics and sports teams from California universities to the 10 states, but travel has continued as teams turn to private financing, including donations from boosters and corporate sponsors, to keep their schedules.

When the Cal State Long Beach men’s basketball team was invited in November to play in a tournament in Starkville, Miss., it asked the company that staged the tournament to cover its travel and hotel costs. Track stars were able to participate in the NCAA Track and Field National Championships this year because of private funds raised from supporters, said Andy Fee, the university’s athletic director.

“It’s extra work,” Fee said. “We’ve been lucky that we do have folks who understand the need to fundraise private dollars.”

So refusing to have taxpayers cover cosmetic surgery is discrimination? Seems like making the list is almost like an honor.

Church Vandalized In An Attempt To Silence Their Complaints


Posted by | September 10, 2019

URL of the original posting site: https://thepatriotchronicles.com/news-for-you/church-vandalized-in-an-attempt-to-silence-their-complaints/

A California church found out the hard way that the LGBTQ community does not take kindly to an opposing view. South Bay Pentecostal Church was vandalized after a pastor complained that “Drag Queen Storytime” with children is inappropriate.

A Los Angeles area church was vandalized over the weekend after opposing city-run events where men dressed in drag read books to children at public libraries.
A pastor of the South Bay Pentecostal Church said he believes “there is no doubt” the crime was committed against the house of worship for their opposition to “Drag Queen Storytime,” according to ABC 10 News San Diego.
The incident is being investigated by police as a possible hate crime.
“Sure enough, at every corner, there were phrases, hateful words, and graffiti on the walls of our church,” said pastor Amado Huizar. The messages were reportedly “associated with Satan,” according to the ABC affiliate.
“Huizar said the church’s surveillance system captured two men parking their sedan in the church parking lot at around 3:00 a.m. Sunday and walking toward the building,” the report detailed. “Fifteen minutes later, they are seen jumping back into the car with what looked to be spray cans in their hands.”

Huizer has been vocal in his opposition to taxpayer-funded drag queen events for children, deeming them age-inappropriate.”

“If the people want to make that happen, do it at a private setting, at a book store or at a home, but not at the Chula Vista Public Library,” Huizar said.
“I’m all about diversity. I am all about inclusiveness,” Huizar said. “When you do something like a ‘drag queen story hour,’ you are excluding a segment of the populous who are not in favor of this because of what we experienced today or scared to speak out.”

Despite what happened, Huizar said he will not back down.

“I’m very sad,” Huizar said. “I’m heartbroken, but I am going to continue to speak.”

The LGBTQ and Liberals are supposedly all about the rights of people but when someone makes one complaint or speaks a concern, they are targetted. This is just another example of the left and their divisive nature, where it is their way or the highway. But this is only natural for a true blue state like California.

Woman Sues California After She Catches A Medieval Disease


Reported by | August 22, 2019

You can’t make this stuff up. California used to be known for its beautiful beaches and the movie stars in Hollywood, but now here we are again talking about disease and filth. Former Deputy City Atty. Elizabeth Greenwood called in OSHA after she found herself stricken with Typhus, a disease that can be spread by flea-ridden rats. She is suing for 5 million dollars claiming the city is endangering the public by not doing something about the rats, trash, filth, or homeless.

Deputy City Atty. Elizabeth Greenwood said in her claim that Garcetti, City Atty. Mike Feuer and the City Council allowed garbage and human feces to accumulate on the streets outside City Hall East, “recklessly endangering the public” by allowing rats and fleas to thrive.

Greenwood worked at City Hall East until October, when she went out on sick leave. She was diagnosed in November with typhus, a flea-borne illness that can spread when fleas bite rats and later pass the bacteria on to humans. Its symptoms include a rash, fever and fatigue.

The San Pedro resident said she has faced retaliation from her bosses for contacting the news media and Cal/OSHA, a state agency that monitors workplace safety, about the dangers posted by rats, fleas and typhus. She also contends that L.A. officials failed in their obligation to ensure that sidewalks in the Civic Center, many of them occupied by homeless residents, are safe and sanitary.”

“The people that live and do business in the city of Los Angeles expect the city of Los Angeles to not casually allow them to catch a medieval disease as they walk into City Hall,” Greenwood says.

“It’s a crisis that puts the general public at risk and the city attorney’s response to me was “well, golly, how do we know you’re really sick?’” Greenwood says. “Made me feel horrible.”

A spokesperson sent a statement saying they are complying with state regulations.

“We are appealing OSHA’s tentative citation of our office because the citation addresses conditions on the exterior grounds of City Hall East, our office clearly has no role in maintaining the building’s exterior grounds.”

Apparently, this is all Texas’s fault…The Governor and it seems any real leadership in the area refuse to accept any blame. Good on her she should sue them. More Californians should be demanding their leaders do something. This is just pathetic.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Vaporizing Crime

Human feces and needles litter the streets of San Francisco yet they feel banning e-cigarettes is a priority.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – A Red Flag

Once one of the most beautiful productive states in the nation, The Democrats have turned California into a crap-hole or wastebin, rather. Overrun with illegal aliens, drugs, a shrinking middle class, and a huge ever-growing shameful homeless problem.

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America Needs To Hear Judge’s Words in Pro-High Capacity Magazine Decision


Reported By Ben Marquis | Published April 4, 2019 at 3:51pm

A federal district judge in California recently knocked down that state’s ban on firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition as being an unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment. The liberal media hasn’t really said too much about the ramifications of this ruling, and for good reason, as it undermines a major argument put forward by the anti-gun crowd in support of their confiscatory gun control schemes.

NBC News reported U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez struck down the ban on possession of “large capacity magazines” that hold more than 10 rounds, in large part due to the commonality of such ammunition feeding devices. Benitez also slammed the lawmakers who think they know what citizens need to defend themselves and their families or protect their homes and property from common armed criminals.

The judge’s 86-page ruling began by declaring “Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” and compared three stories of home invasions in which a woman used a firearm to defend against her assailants. In two of those cases, the victim ran out of ammunition prior to the end of the criminal assault against them, while in the third case, a woman dressed in only pajamas with a large capacity magazine managed to fend off three attackers because she had the extra ammunition in the large capacity magazine.

Benitez wrote that the woman “held a phone in one hand and took up her pistol in the other and began shooting. She fired numerous shots. She had no place to carry an extra magazine and no way to reload because her left hand held the phone with which she was still trying to call 911. After the shooting was over and two of the armed suspects got away and one lay dead, she did get through to the police.”

California first instituted a ban on so-called large capacity magazines in 2000 but allowed those who already possessed such magazines to keep them. However, the law was changed in 2016 to no longer grandfather those previously possessed magazines. Benitez had issued an injunction in 2017 to block the implementation of that law, which would have required all such magazines be turned in or else risk a felony charge for unlawful possession. The reasoning behind the added confiscation and penalties for possession was to reduce death counts in mass shootings. However, Benitez noted that while incredibly tragic, mass shootings were also “extremely rare,” and the law-abiding citizenry shouldn’t be infringed upon with a “solution” to a relatively small problem.

Citing the prevalence of common crimes versus mass shootings — and the fact that it wholly depends on each individual incident to know how many rounds will be needed to defend oneself — the judge decried the limit of 10 rounds to be a significant burden on the Second Amendment-protected right of all law-abiding Americans to possess “arms” necessary for self-defense. The ruling cited the Supreme Court’s monumental District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008, as well as other cases similarly couched on that precedent, which guaranteed the right of Americans to possess “common” arms. Benitez ruled that standard magazines that hold more than 10 rounds fell into the category of being arms in common use. He also gave a nod to the “militia” clause in the Second Amendment later in the ruling by noting that, in the unlikely but still possible event a citizen militia would need to defend the country in the future, they would likely have to do so with firearms and magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

“Constitutional rights stand through time holding fast through the ebb and flow of current controversy. Needing a solution to a current law enforcement difficulty cannot be justification for ignoring the Bill of Rights as bad policy. Bad political ideas cannot be stopped by criminalizing bad political speech,” Benitez wrote.

“Crime waves cannot be broken with warrantless searches and unreasonable seizures. Neither can the government response to a few mad men with guns and ammunition be a law that turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals. Yet, this is the effect of California’s large-capacity magazine law,”he added.

The judge also took on the leftist trope that firearms holding more than 10 rounds were “too lethal” for the average citizen to possess. After noting that all firearms of any capacity are “dangerous” and “lethal,” he followed the faulty logic to conclude that, if the 10-round limit were allowed to stand, it could eventually be reduced by the state to as few as one allowable round — a ridiculous notion that would completely undermine the entire premise of armed self-defense.

Judge Benitez concluded that California’s ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds could not survive any level of legal scrutiny, nor was it historically acceptable prohibition, and thus was unconstitutional as it placed an unfair and severe burden on law-abiding citizens.

This judge is exactly right. Nobody knows how many rounds will be necessary to defend against an unknown number of assailants, and arbitrary limits imposed by the state — with criminal liability for non-compliance — only serve to burden law-abiding citizens while having no effect on criminals who are already violating existing laws.

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Nadler Announces House Committee Investigation Underway After Mueller Report Shows No Collusion


Reported By Jack Davis | Published March 25, 2019 at 7:38pm

House Democrats are not letting the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report impede them from further investigations of President Donald Trump. “We’re going to move forward with our investigations of obstruction of justice, abuses of power, corruption, to defend the rule of law, which is our job,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said Sunday, according to Bloomberg.

Nadler insisted his wide-ranging probe, which he has already begun, is not a rehash of the Mueller report.

“It’s a broader mandate than the special prosecutor had,” he said.

Mueller was initially charged with investigating allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in 2016. As noted by Attorney General William Barr in a note to Congress, those allegations have been proven false.

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election,” Barr said in a letter to Congress.

But Nadler is now digging into the gray area in the Mueller report — whether Trump obstructed justice.

Barr’s letter said the report “leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”

Nadler said that he wants to put Barr in the hot seat to determine how Barr decided not to pursue an obstruction case against Trump.

“Attorney General Barr, who auditioned for his role with a memo saying that it was almost impossible for any president to commit obstruction, made a decision in under 48 hours,” Nadler said Sunday, according to CBS.

He referenced a 2018 memo Barr wrote that said “Mueller’s obstruction theory is fatally misconceived” and based “on a novel and insupportable reading of the law.”

Mueller said Barr needs to better explain himself.

“Given what Barr found on obstruction of justice, I think all of us should be very concerned about the even-handedness,” Nadler said Monday. “The American public needs to know how exactly did he conclude there is no obstruction of justice.”

Nadler issued a statement co-authored with fellow Democrats House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California and House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland that gave Barr a zinger for not charging Trump.

“It is unacceptable that, after Special Counsel Mueller spent 22 months meticulously uncovering this evidence, Attorney General Barr made a decision not to charge the President in under 48 hours. The Attorney General did so without even interviewing the President. His unsolicited, open memorandum to the Department of Justice, suggesting that the obstruction investigation was ‘fatally misconceived,’ calls into question his objectivity on this point in particular,”the statement said.

The three Democrats maligned Barr’s impartiality.

“The only information the Congress and the American people have received regarding this investigation is the Attorney General’s own work product,” the chairmen said.

“The Special Counsel’s Report should be allowed to speak for itself, and Congress must have the opportunity to evaluate the underlying evidence,” the statement said.

It is unclear yet whether the full Mueller report will ever be released. Both Trump and his Democratic critics, however, have said it should be released in full.

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Medieval Diseases Running Rampant Throughout California’s Homeless Population


Reported By Jack Davis | Published March 11, 2019 at 11:28am

Diseases once linked to the squalor of medieval living are back with a vengeance in California and other states with experts linking the diseases’ rise to an increase in the homeless population.

“In major cities in the U.S., we hear about increasing numbers of encampments and people living in squalor,” said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Those conditions are ideal for increase in vermin like rats.”

Fleas on rats are key to the spread of typhus. A typhus outbreak recently led to the closing of City Hall in Los Angeles amid concerns of rats in the building, the Atlantic reported.

“With increased rat density, diseases like typhus are very likely to occur,” said Dr. Lee W. Riley, an infectious disease researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

Typhus cases in Los Angeles have risen from 13 in 2008 to 167 from January 1, 2018, through February 1, 2019. Meanwhile, as reported by The Western Journal, homelessness has also been on the rise.

The danger is not limited to typhus. Washington state has been dealing with a rare diarrheal disease called shigella, spread by feces, and with trench fever, spread by body lice.

“It’s a public-health disaster,” said Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle.

Squalid conditions are cited as the root causes of disease outbreaks.

“You have constant activity that serves as a breeding ground for rats,”Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association, near Skid Row in Los Angeles, told NBC.

She said “illegally dumping, food being discarded, accumulation of blankets and pillows, and human waste” is creating “Third World conditions.”

One expert said that the more streets are laden with garbage, the more rats thrive.

“Homeless populations increase and the amount of garbage that’s available on the street is increasing — the ability to transmit all this other stuff also increases,” said Stuart Cohen, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UC Davis.

But as the homeless population swells, containing the garbage piles becomes difficult. The Los Angeles Daily News recently reported that city officials lost a round in court in their efforts to clean out homeless encampments.

“The hygiene situation is just horrendous”for people living on the streets, says Glenn Lopez, a physician with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center. “It becomes just like a Third World environment, where their human feces contaminate the areas where they are eating and sleeping.”

Lopez said the danger is not only to the homeless populations, but anyone in the vicinity.

“Even someone who believes they are protected from these infections (is) not,”he said.

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San Francisco Has More Drug Addicts Than Public High School Students, Health Dept Survey finds


Posted by    Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 6:00pm

“There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools”

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The Left Coast of this great nation is often held up as a blueprint for progressive policy successes by its politicians, such as Democratic Party presidential hopeful Kamala Harris. However, just how close to utopia are these progressive paradises? A look at the public health conditions show that the only “wealth” that seems to be readily spread through these regions is viral load.

Late last year, I reported that the Los Angeles area was battling a typhus epidemic.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/11/typhus-spreads-through-los-angeles-over-100-cases-reported/

Now, a Los Angeles City Hall official is one of the latest victims of typhus, and the disease continues to spread across Los Angeles County.

For months, LA County public health officials have said typhus is mainly hitting the homeless population. But Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, a veteran prosecutor, tells NBC4 she was diagnosed with typhus in November, after experiencing high fevers and excruciating headaches.

“It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck,” Greenwood told the I-Team. “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”

Greenwood believes she contracted typhus from fleas in her office at City Hall East. Fleas often live on rats, which congregate in the many heaps of trash that are visible across the city of LA, and are a breeding ground for typhus.

The California Department of Public Health reports a 55% increase in reported cases of typhus for 2018, with over 160 cases reported across the state. A bit farther North, the blue bastion of San Francisco has a fun, new statistic about which it can boast.

San Francisco has more drug addicts than it has students enrolled in its public high schools, the city Health Department’s latest estimates conclude.

There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools and illustrates the scope of the problem on the city’s streets. It’s also an increase of about 2,000 serious drug users since 2012, the last time a study was done….

The problem is particularly visible in the Tenderloin, where police reported more than 600 arrests for drug dealing last year. And where 27 suspects were booked into County Jail for dealing drugs in the first 20 days of the new year.

The out-in-the-open use of drugs on city sidewalks and at the Civic Center BART Station was a huge embarrassment for the city and triggered more police patrols and crackdowns in the past year. The BART station has been cleaned up, but the problem continues in the Tenderloin.

To be fair, who would really want to live in the Bay Area completely sober?

As the final item in our review of social justice citadels, let’s look at Washington state. A few weeks ago, I reported that the section of the state close to Portland, Oregon (an officially designated anti-vaccine hot spot) was experiencing a measles emergency.

Early last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee Friday a state of emergency related to the measles outbreak.

State agencies will work with local health departments and emergency management teams to help respond to any needs, including epidemiology to verify suspected cases, technical assistance to educate the public on measles outbreaks and guidance on how to protect vulnerable populations, according to Tara Lee, spokeswoman for the governor.

As public health officials review the escalating number of measles outbreaks, some indicate that social media may be a contributing factor to the anti-vaccination movement that is leading to the spread of contagion.

Dawn Nolt, an assistant professor of pediatric diseases at Doernbecher children’s hospital in Portland, said that while measles is only rarely deadly, “it has high consequences” for the short-term health of its victims. She said measles is also highly contagious, and will spread to 90% of unvaccinated people who are exposed to a carrier of the disease.

She has seen an increase in what practitioners call “vaccine hesitancy”, and she added: “I do wonder whether the advent of social media has empowered that anti-vaccine movement.”

Clearly, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington State show that social justice demands conflict with public health needs and common sense.

State lawmakers forcing pro-LGBTQ material on schools


Reported by Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com) | Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Celebrate Diversity" bannerNew Jersey could soon become the second state requiring public schools to include in their curricula the societal contributions of LGBTQ individuals.

In 2012, California became the first state mandating that public schools recognize the contributions of homosexuals. New Jersey could be next if Governor Phil Murphy signs into law a bill requiring school districts include instruction on the contributions of people with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ community. If signed into law, S-1569 would apply to the curriculum of middle school and high school students beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Len Deo, president and executive director of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, describes the bill as ludicrous legislation that could alter history.

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“It’s a ridiculous piece of legislation,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It should not be redoing history, no matter what a person’s gender identity or sexuality was in the past.”

The bill’s sponsor is Democratic Senator Loretta Weinberg of Bergen. However, Deo says there was no notable clamor for such a bill.

“This has not been a mandate from the New Jersey Department of Education,” he points out. “This legislation is forcing local school boards individually to have to address this issue and change their current curriculum.”

In December, the legislation passed both the State Assembly (52-10-15) and the State Senate (27-5).

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


A.F. Branco Cartoon – Preventative Medicine

Governor Jerry Brown and the left are trying to blame the fires in California on climate change when it’s their very own environmental policies to blame.

Forest Fires Blamed on Left-wing Environmental PoliciesPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.
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Barbies, Tonkas, and transgender transitioning


Reported by Denise Shick – Guest Columnist | Tuesday,

October 2, 2018

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A new law in California that’s aimed specifically at foster children ostensibly seeks to protect vulnerable children. But allowing 12-year-olds to choose their gender – which that law permits – isn’t protection: it’s abuse.


Caution: This article contains descriptions that some may find offensive.

Most 12-year-olds are just beginning to move past the stage of playing with dolls or Tonka trucks. They are entering – gradually and sometimes grudgingly – a new phase of life: adolescence. Typically they’re are on the cusp of some dramatic physical, mental, and sociological changes. They are just beginning to comprehend that they can be individuals, apart from their parents. But don’t throw away those dolls or Tonka trucks just yet – the transition can be long and complex.

However, if you are a 12-year-old foster child in California, forget the Barbies and the Tonkas, because you are about to enter the world of adult decision-making. Thanks to AB 2119 – a bill recently passed into law by California’s majority Democratic policymakers – children as young as 12 will now be able to “privately seek and consent to outpatient mental health counseling and treatment” that includes treatment for gender transitioning.

In other words, little 12-year-old Billie, who was playing with her dollies yesterday, now has the unencumbered authority to choose for herself to begin the process of becoming “William.” The state of California has granted Billie – and all other 12-year-old kids within its jurisdiction – nearly utter autonomy in their gender choices. Any adolescent need only convince a licensed medical practitioner that he or she is she or he, so to speak.

In broader terms, the new law – aimed specifically at foster children – ostensibly seeks to protect vulnerable children. It states, in part, “It is the policy of the state that all minors and non-minors in foster care shall have the following rights:

(1) To live in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home where he or she is treated with respect.

(2) To be free from physical, sexual, emotional, or other abuse, or corporal punishment.”

Who would argue against the rights of foster children to be safe and free from abuse? The problem is not in the law’s fundamental provisions: to keep foster kids safe. The problem is in the sub-provisions. Liberals assume that a key element in keeping these kids safe is allowing them to choose their own gender. But is an adolescent who still keeps his Teddy bear named Jimmy in his closet because he’s still transitioning from child to adult ready to make an irreversible, life-changing decision about transitioning from his birth gender?

Yes, these decisions are often irreversible. As stated in Protect Children: Vote NOon AB 2119, by the American College of Pediatricians: “The vast majority of gender dysphoric children affirmed as the opposite sex go on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are permanently sterilized as a result.”

Should a 12-year-old be allowed to make a decision that might cause him or her to be permanently sterilized?

Granted, some foster homes are less than ideal, and kids living in them need to be protected. But allowing those kids to choose for themselves – apart from the counsel of a legal guardian – goes beyond protection. And remember: this autonomy for adolescents is in a state where the public-school sex-education curricula offers lessons on “Improving Female Satisfaction”and “Postponing Male Ejaculation,”includes specifics on which lubricants to use for intercourse, and recommends the transgender-promoting book called I Am Jazz.

Coupling graphic lessons on “safe-sex” and transgenderism with laws allowing children to choose their gender – an often irreversible procedure – is not protection: it’s abuse.Children who are still transitioning from childhood to the adult world are not ready to discuss transitioning from their God-chosen birth gender to the opposite sex.

It’s high time that we – responsible adult voters – transition from office the “progressive” lawmakers who authored this bill and made it law.


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Denise Shick is the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families, a Christian ministry that compassionately reaches out to family members and brings understanding of the emotional and spiritual issues that families face when a loved one is gender-confused.  She is the author of several books, including “My Daddy’s Secret,” “When Hope Seems Lost,” and “Understanding Gender Confusion – A Faith Based Perspective.”

Ford Polygraph Results Released. Did They Just Blow a Huge Hole in Her Story?



Reported By Benjamin Arie | September 26, 2018 at

3:37pm

The narrative that liberals have hung their hopes on to stop Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is falling apart. There are now so many holes in the story, it’s incredible Democrats are still running with it.

Christine Blasey Ford is the woman who accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly groping her at a party way back when he was 17 years old, but she has been largely unable to produce solid evidence or witnesses to back up her serious claims.

One of the only points in her favor was that she took a “lie detector” polygraph test, which was widely reported by the media as supporting her story by showing that she wasn’t lying.

That is, until now. On Wednesday, the actual details from that polygraph were released to the public — and they make her already-flimsy story seem downright unbelievable.

The biggest problem with the so-called “lie detector” results are that the examiner never actually asked questions about Kavanaugh during the polygraph test.

Bizarrely, the person conducting the polygraph — who was a third-party examiner and not a law enforcement official — had Ford scribble down her nearly 40-year-old memory of the drunken party, and then asked her two vague questions.

Those two questions were: “Is any part of your statement false?” and “Did you make up any part of your statement?”

This is absolutely important to understand: Again, the polygraph test didn’t actually ask the main accuser any questions about Kavanaugh. His name was never brought up by the interviewer. Instead, Ford was simply asked if she believed her own hand-written statement.

It gets even more strange, as nowhere in that written statement does the name “Kavanaugh” appear, either.

And, to make matters worse, the statement from Ford that she was then asked about by the polygraph examiner directly contradicts different versions of the alleged event that the accuser has also given.

“Ford’s polygraph letter contradicts letter she sent to Feinstein,” pointed out Charles C. W. Cooke, the editor of The National Review.

“Polygraph letter says ‘4 boys and a couple of girls’ were at party. Letter to Feinstein says ‘me and four others,’” he continued. “No way to reconcile the two — irrespective of whether she’s counting herself in polygraph letter.”

It’s important to remember that fundamental facts such as how many people witnessed the alleged incident and what their genders were have been up in the air already. Even journalists from the left-leaning Washington Post are seemingly unable to keep the details straight.

“July 30 (to Dianne Feinstein): It was me and four other people. August 7 (to polygraph examiner): There were four boys and a couple of girls. September 16 (to Washington Post reporter): There were three boys and one girl,” The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis posted to Twitter, summarizing the inconsistencies.

Here’s another huge point: The fact that Ford “passed” the polygraph based on a statement that she later herself contradicted while telling the story to other people shows how unreliable this “evidence” truly is.

Contrary to how it’s shown in the movies, a polygraph can’t actually determine if a person is lying or not. All it can do is indicate how calm or stressed somebody is compared to a baseline. It can be used to indicate deception, but a completely delusional person can also “pass” a polygraph.

In other words, Ford may believe that something happened at a party four decades ago, and she may be confident that some version of her story is true, but the vagueness and unscientific nature of this process proves absolutely nothing. The problems with this accuser’s story don’t stop there. Buried in the release of the weak polygraph results was the fact that Ford was in Maryland — on the other side of the country from her home in California — to take that test.

But the supposed reason she couldn’t appear to testify in front of the Senate and answer questions about her accusations was that she’s afraid of confined spaces, which means she won’t travel by plane.

“The GOP has been told that Ford does not want to fly from her California home to Washington … which means she may need to drive across the country,” reported Politico just five days ago. “Ford has reportedly told friends she is uncomfortable in confined spaces, indicating a physical difficulty in making the trip by plane.”

Yet the letter from Ford to Senator Feinstein made no mention of this difficulty, and casually mentioned that she planned to be back in California from the East Coast in less than three day’s time. It takes at least 42 hours of nonstop driving to go from Maryland, where the polygraph was administered, to Palo Alto, California, where Ford lives and teaches at a university.

This borders on being humanly impossible: Anybody who has done long road trips knows that a realistic daily limit is about ten hours of driving a day before exhaustion sets in. USA Today has recommended that people set aside between four and six days to do this arduous drive.

When none of the details add up or pass even the most basic sniff test, something is wrong.

This entire ordeal looks increasingly like a slimy and desperate effort to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation at any cost. But the truth always has a way of coming out, and it doesn’t even need a polygraph.

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Benjamin Arie has been a political junkie since the hotly contested 2000 election. Ben settled on journalism after realizing he could get paid to rant. He cut his teeth on car accidents and house fires as a small-town reporter in Michigan before becoming a full-time political writer.


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California ruling cuts against barbers, hair stylists 

 The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Government continues to find ways to make it harder for people to work for themselves — for their own good, of course.

The latest example comes from California.  Its Supreme Court has saved its residents from the scourge of permitting barbers, hairstylists, tattoo artists and taxi drivers to work for themselves.

Consider a barbershop.  Traditionally, barbers aren’t employees of the establishment.  They rent a chair and then set their own hours, working as independent contractors.  They are entrepreneurs.  This gives them the flexibility to work as much or as little as they want.  It’s easier for the barbershop owner too.  The owner receives an income stream without having to increase overhead or manage employees.

No more.  The California Supreme Court ruled this year that the work of an independent contractor must “fall outside the usual course” of the business’ activities.  So hiring someone as an independent contractor to clean a barbershop is OK.  It is now illegal, however, for a barbershop owner to hire a barber in the same way.

Last week, all seven barbers at Bottle & Barlow, a combination barbershop and bar, quit rather than be forced to work as traditional employees.

“They have really gutted us,” Anthony Giannotti, Bottle & Barlow’s owner, told the Sacramento Bee.  “You can’t hire and structure things the way (barbershops) have for decades.  They’ve just destroyed the pay structure for the barber and cosmetology industry.”

This is just one example of the far-reaching implications of this decision.  Another is that labor lawyers will start circling companies like sharks, trying to find businesses to sue for not following California’s numerous mandates on employees. Ironically, large employers that can afford large compliance departments are best suited to adjust to this.  It’s small employers that will have the hardest time surviving.

California law requires that companies provide overtime pay and meal and rest breaks.  You may think those things are desirable for all workers.  But they come with trade-offs. If you’re an employee, the company sets your schedule and tells you how to do your job.  Overtime pay is great, but many companies cap employee hours to avoid paying it. Some independent contractors can work as many hours as they want.  They also have the freedom not to show up when don’t feel like working.

“Conspicuously absent from the test (determining who can be classified as an independent contractor) is worker preference,” noted Amy Lessa and Megan Walker with the Fisher Phillips law firm.

That’s the significant problem with the nanny state.  Some people prefer a 9-to-5 job with set breaks.  Some people prefer the freedom that comes with being their own boss as an independent contractor.  Individuals, not government, should decide which category they join.

Getting Caught Up with A.F. Branco Politically INCORRECT Cartoons


Abracadabra

Obama mocked Trump’s promise to bring jobs back and raise the GDP up to 3.0 by asking does he have some kind of magic Wand? Yes, he does.

Trump’s Magic WandPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

Passing Wind

Some say that the Democrats and the media are exaggerating the Kavanaugh storm in Washington D.C.

Kavanaugh Sexual AssaultPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

California Dreamin’

California is broke and in a horrible mess due to years of Democrats in power. Maybe it’s time to try John Cox Republican to clean up their mess.

California Governor Election 2018Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

That’s Show Biz

At times it appears Ms. Ford is purposely dragging her feet to testify against Brett Kavanaugh in order to sabotage his confirmation.

Christine Blasey Ford Dragging FeetPolitical Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

Russian To Judgment

Democrats are so desperate they are willing to accept any accusation as fact from anywhere and anyone.

Evidence Against KavanaughPolitical cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.
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Government for Hire? Emails Show ‘Climate Industry’ Funds Jobs in Offices of Governors, Attorneys General


California Gov. Jerry Brown is welcoming climate activists to a global summit in San Francisco this week. Pictured: Brown delivers his final state of the state address Jan. 25 in Sacramento. (Photo: Fred Greaves/Reuters/ Newscom)

California Gov. Jerry Brown is host of a three-day “Global Climate Action Summit” in San Francisco organized by an “activist donor network” that has burrowed into state government agencies, a climate change skeptic says in a new report.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is the author of two reports detailing how a well-endowed “climate industry” steers donor money through nonprofit organizations into the offices of state governors and attorneys general.

The relationship between governors and environmental activists who are using governors’ offices to advance the climate change agenda of certain donors is the subject of a report by Horner released Tuesday by CEI, a libertarian think tank in Washington.

“A particular theme slated for the San Francisco event is that President Trump’s promise to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty is isolating the United States from what is otherwise and elsewhere a doable, successful, and economically beneficial adoption of this agenda,” Horner writes.

The new report highlighting Brown, a Democrat, builds on Horner’s report last month describing how these same special interests work with compliant state attorneys general.

It views the actions of Brown in California as a case study, examining how elected officials and other political figures allow their offices to be used to pursue climate change policies that conform with the international accord known as the Paris Agreement.

Government officials around the world negotiated the agreement in Paris as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2015. The agreement calls on countries to combat the perceived threat of climate change by working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which he said “disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries.”

Brown’s San Francisco summit, set for Wednesday through Friday, places a strong emphasis on opposition to Trump’s policies, Horner writes:

Trump vowed to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it is in reality a costly and ineffectual solution to the alleged climate crisis, it mostly directs resources to politically favored industries, and it harms disfavored ones. For similar reasons, the climate industry is dedicated to reversing Trump’s not yet consummated decision.

A major component of its campaign is claiming momentum toward Paris’s goals and rebutting the history of economic and social costs involved in implementing the policies that Paris demands. Implementation of the Paris agenda requires domestic policies, and implementing those policies is the principal objective of the campaign detailed in this paper.

The Daily Signal sought comment from Brown’s office on the new report, but had not received a response at publication time.

The California governor’s three-day summit comes with a budget of $10 million made possible through the support of individuals, foundations, governments and business, according to Horner’s report.

The nonprofits involved “take a handsome percentage for serving as middlemen,” it says.

Emails obtained from open-records requests indicate that politicians are making use of nonprofits and consultants as “pass-throughs for donors to support politicians with resources that the relevant legislatures will not provide and that donors cannot legally provide directly,” Horner’s report says.

The email records describe privately funded staff members placed in governor’s offices as “refugees” from the Obama administration who are working to reposition U.S. policy on climate and energy to conform with their preferred policies.

Horner, author of a 2007 book called “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism,” raises several questions in the new report in response to what he uncovered:

Are the donors going to such lengths to avoid 1) directly placing consultants in governors’ offices or 2) giving the money to do so directly to those offices, because they are barred from such placement? If so, why is this permissible? Or is the effort creating middlemen all merely due to appearances? Why do we find participants misleading or telling outright falsehoods when questioned about what we have found?

And the biggest issue of all is, does this represent government for hire?

The “off-the-book” operations detailed in the emails call out for legislative oversight to determine whether they violate state laws, Horner concludes.

Commentary: Norway’s Boardroom Gender Quota Didn’t Work. California May Try It Anyway.


California aims to experiment with a gender boardroom quota law that has been tried in countries all over Europe. (Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters/Newscom)

The latest craze is a bill that would force publicly held companies to put women on their boards by 2019. Specifically, companies would have to add at least one woman to their board by the end of 2019, and by the end of 2021 the boards must be made up by at least 40 percent women, depending on the size.

All this, under the threat of heavy fines.

The legislation passed through the California Legislature and awaits signature by Gov. Jerry Brown. If Brown signs the measure into law, it would make California the first state to have such a mandatory quota.

The legislation likely runs afoul of the California Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, but it’s also a terrible idea on its own merits.

Over the last decade, numerous European countries—France, Germany, and Italy, among others—have adopted similar laws with generally negative results.

Norway was the first country to do so, and the results have been lackluster to say the least. Norway adopted a gender boardroom quota in 2006, requiring 40 percent of publicly traded corporate boards be comprised of women.

The result, according to The Washington Times, is that numerous Norwegian companies have either left the country or changed their practices to skirt the law.

“The number of public limited firms in Norway by 2009 was less than 70 percent of the number in 2001, according to the study, while the number of privately held firms not subject to the gender quotas jumped by more than 30 percent,” according to The Washington Times.

This won’t be good for California, which already has a problem with businesses pulling up stakes and moving elsewhere.

Though proponents of the law claimed it would improve businesses by forcing them to include more women in the upper echelons of power, there is little evidence that’s the case.

A 2012 study found that the “constraint imposed by the quota caused a significant drop in the stock price at the announcement of the law.”

“The quota led to younger and less experienced boards, increases in leverage and acquisitions, and deterioration in operating performance, consistent with less capable boards,” the study found.

In a review of the gender quota laws across Europe, The Economist concluded that they have not “proved their worth.”

Among The Economist’s findings was that the law has failed to open up jobs for women in the “lower levels of the corporate hierarchy.” The women who are succeeding in this system are typically from a limited pool that now receives additional opportunities and higher pay from multiple companies that want their services.

So, the women in the thin slice at the top do great because companies need to fill their quotas.

The fact that the quotas have had either negligible or negative impact on businesses is already problematic, but it’s also worth considering the message that’s being sent to women. The policy essentially amounts to affirmative action, which can provoke doubt in the actual capabilities of those who are promoted to high positions, whether that doubt is warranted or not.

As Carrie Lukas, managing director of the nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum, argued in The New York Times, gender quota laws are a bad way to ensure more women get into corporate boardrooms, regardless of intent.

“Board quotas may seem like a convenient shortcut to workplace equality, but they are not—nor are they a long-term solution,” Lukas wrote. “A distraction at best, they may undo women’s historic gains by suggesting that we cannot succeed on our own.”

One of the things that infuriated Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in his career as a lawyer was the condescending attitude insinuating that he got to where he is only through an affirmative action boost. In some ways, he saw it as worse than open bigotry.

California’s law will create the same perception of female executives, even for those who rose on merit alone—especially if the quotas foist underqualified candidates onto boards that only increase the perception that women aren’t up to the job.

Even some feminists recognize that using government power to force companies to hire more women is counterproductive regardless of end goals.

The evidence is clear. Boardroom quotas are simply a bad idea that should be left in Europe.

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A Very Important Email I Received Today. A VERY BIG REASON FOR CELEBRATION


But, first, Please read the forwarded email that I received from Pastor Jim Domen of Church United. Assembly Bill 2943 was WITHDRAWN by it’s author, Assemblyman Evan Low, from being sent on to the govenor for signature. Mr. Low is reconsidering the merits of his bill in light of the impact of the faith community and it’s leaders throughout the state. THIS IS A VICTORY FOR GOD AND HIS CHURCH as we seek to PRAY, PARTICIPATE, and PENETRATE our culture and civic society with the truth of the gospel!! As you read Mr. Low’s statement, please pray for him and his colleagues as they wrestle with their consciences and the Spirit of God. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV).
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Dear Pastor Jim,

Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) decided not to send his bill AB 2943 to the Assembly. His statement is below:”Authoring Assembly Bill 2943 is one of the most personal decisions I have made since taking office. As an elected official, I made decisions that discriminated against my very existence in order to support the broader community I represented. I officiated at weddings but, at the time, I could not legally have one of my own. I hosted blood drives but I was prohibited from participating due to the FDA’s discriminatory ban on gay blood donors. I hosted Boy Scouts earning merit badges but as a child I was never able to earn my own.

As a young person I often found myself confused about my sexual orientation. It was hard to find any mainstream media surrounding the feelings I was having. Gay men were not depicted in movies or TV that I was exposed to. I hid myself and my feelings because I was afraid of what others would think of me. This left me feeling very lost, scared, alone, and even suicidal. I wondered if I could change. Coming out was not an easy experience. Yet, I am grateful my community embraced me as I was, a gay man. Many fellow members of the LGBT community are not as fortunate and do not have the support I did and have been subjected to the harmful and fraudulent practice of conversion therapy.

I authored Assembly Bill 2943 to ensure a remedy for those who are deceived by this deceptive practice. As the bipartisan bill progressed through the Legislature this year, opposition began to speak out against the legislation. I knew this was an emotionally charged issue, so I spent the past few months traveling up and down the state meeting with a wide variety of faith leaders.

I was heartened by the conversations. A number of religious leaders denounced conversion therapy and recognized how harmful the practice is while acknowledging it has been discredited by the medical and psychological communities. I left those productive conversations feeling hopeful. I believe every person who attended these meetings left with a greater understanding for the underlying reason and intention of this bill to create a loving and inclusive environment for all. However, I believe there is still more to learn.

The best policy is not made in a vacuum and in order to advance the strongest piece of legislation, the bill requires additional time to allow for an inclusive process not hampered by legislative deadlines. With a hopeful eye toward the future, I share with you that, despite the support the bill received in the Assembly and Senate, I will not be sending AB 2943 to the Governor this year. I am committed to continuing to work towards creating a policy that best protects and celebrates the identities of LGBT Californians and a model for the nation to look towards.”

Assemblyman Low, the Church in California knows and feels your pain. We are grateful for your decision not to continue with AB 2943. Please know as we represent Jesus Christ, His heart and blood was given for you, me and every person in this world – past, present and future.

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California’s ‘Must Stay Gay’ Bill Would Cause Severe Harm


The California Senate passed AB 2943 on Aug. 16, sending the bill to the Assembly for consideration. (Photo: nito100/Getty Images)

A groundswell of opposition from churches, pastors, and ordinary citizens in California may have delayed but ultimately could not prevent the passage of AB 2943 by the California Senate on Aug. 16.

The bill itself, dubbed by some as the “Must Stay Gay” bill, is a perfect storm of leftist political correctness that attacks free speech and freedom of religion while institutionalizing the sexual revolution. The state’s Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown have one last chance to stop it from becoming law.

On its face, AB 2943 is Round 2 of the California Legislature’s attack on sexual orientation change efforts, referred to by critics as “conversion therapy.”Sexual orientation change efforts” is an umbrella term for talk therapies or counseling practices that assist people who experience unwanted same-sex sexual attractions in overcoming those feelings, or abstaining from homosexual behavior.

The first round of attack was a 2012 bill prohibiting licensed mental health providers from giving this therapy to clients who are minors—an approach since imitated in more than a dozen other states.

AB 2943 would significantly expand this restriction, applying it to clients of any age whatsoever. The bill, which would prohibit advertising or providing sexual orientation change efforts, would also apply to any counselor who is paid a fee for their services, regardless of whether they are state-licensed (including religious or pastoral counselors).

The bill has awakened many people to the threat that such therapy bans pose to core freedoms of speech and religion. The implications of these attacks extend well beyond the limited population of people with unwanted same-sex attractions and the compassionate therapists who seek to help them achieve their client-driven goals.

For example, a prohibition on pursuing a goal in therapy amounts to a restriction on what the therapist or counselor can say in that private setting. This is legally dubious, as shown by the Supreme Court in its recent decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, which struck down another radical California law. The state had essentially tried to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the state’s free abortion program, but the Supreme Court said such a requirement violated the centers’ free speech rights.

In his majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “Some Courts of Appeals have recognized ‘profes­sional speech’ as a separate category of speech that is subject to different rules”—specifically citing the 9th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals ruling (Pickup v. Brown) that upheld California’s 2012 therapy ban. But Thomas went on to rebuke that view, declaring, “Speech is not unprotected merely because it is uttered by ‘professionals.’”

Thomas’ opinion sent a strong signal that the Supreme Court is prepared to strike down even limited therapy bans on free speech grounds.

The broader and more radical prohibition in AB 2943 almost certainly won’t survive. Even so, California legislators had the gall to vote for a bill that they now know is unconstitutional.

Ironically, the California Senate’s vote came in the same week that a new peer-reviewed medical journal article debunking the key claims made in support of therapy bans began circulating. Critics of sexual orientation change efforts routinely assert that such therapy is ineffective (arguing sexual orientation cannot be changed) and that attempting it is harmful (driving clients into depression or even suicide).

The problem with such reasoning is there is only anecdotal evidence of harm—including “victim stories” that are at times dubious or even clearly fabricated. Meanwhile, there are both personal testimonies and research to indicate that such therapy can be beneficial and effective.

The new study in The Linacre Quarterly, authored by Paul L. Santero, Neil E. Whitehead, and Dolores Ballesteros, observed 125 men who underwent sexual orientation change efforts. The study found that “most … had heterosexual shifts in sexual attraction, sexual identity, and behavior,” as well as “decreases in suicidality, depression, [and] substance abuse.”

These findings mirror those of a similar study by Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse a decade ago, which were reported to the American Psychological Association convention and exhaustively documented in a 400-page book.

AB 2943 poses a threat not only to freedom of speech, but also to freedom of religion. While some secular therapists and nonreligious clients have achieved success with sexual orientation change efforts, there is no doubt that most clients seeking such care, and most therapists and counselors providing it, have religious motivations.

AB 2943 would effectively block people from placing the teachings of their faith above the urgings and impulses of their mind or body. AB 2943 is, therefore, an attack on the religious liberty of us all.

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Drag Queen Story Hour: The Latest From Public Indoctrination Centers You Send Your Kids To


Reported by Tim Brown

I truly am wondering when parents are going to have enough and pull their kids out of the public indoctrination centers we call public schools and stop subjected their children to this depravity and insanity.  The latest attempt to indoctrinate America’s children into the bizarre and mental and sexual derangement comes by way of the Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH).  That’s right, men dressed up as women will be providing stories to America’s children.

The story hours start for kids as young as preschool, targeting ages 3-8, and is being referred to as “social and emotional learning.”  Let’s be clear, this is nothing more than non-education.  It is indoctrination.  It is setting in children’s minds that it is perfectly normal for men to dress and act like women and vice versa, which then further indoctrination will add that it’s perfectly normal for men to be with men and women with women.

The latest occurred in Pasadena, California at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PCMA).  Schools are the ones supporting and promoting this and I can only think that parents who are actually fond of this behavior would be the only ones to subject their children to it.

Take a look at this report by Sean Fitzgerald, in conjunction with the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Stop K-12 Indoctrination.

“Drag Queen reading hours don’t only take place in private book stores and rented spaces in public libraries. Many of these events take place within our public schools.”

It’s nothing more than what Communism’s goals for America are.

In the list of the “45 Goals for the Communist Takeover of America,” there are specific attacks on morality, especially regarding homosexuality.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

The idea of drag queens coincides right along with sodomites, lesbians and other mentally ill behavior in our society. And that is exactly where these people are going with things.  As Fitzgerald points out, the goal is to teach children there really is no difference between males and females.

Just see for yourself.

“DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models,” the drag queens’ website states. “In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”

Fitzgerald then goes on to point out the absurdity of the story hour.

“The taxpayer is funding adult-themed performers to come and read to our smallish children in order to indoctrinate them into a political ideology about gender while, at the same time, school districts across the country are removing any and all references to biological sex from science textbooks,” he said.

This is nothing less than social engineering and indoctrination.

Dr. Susan Berry reported:

Jane Robbins, senior fellow at the American Principles Project, based in Washington, DC, wrote in a statement sent to Breitbart News that “‘social emotional learning,’ in the hands of radical ideologues, can turn into child abuse”:


“These people apparently think children’s stability in their identities should be sacrificed to advance a political agenda,” she said and added:

These drag-queen exhibitions seem designed to create gender confusion – known as gender dysphoria, or “transgenderism” – in young children. “This condition in turn could lead to treatment that, in the words of the American College of Pediatricians, “virtually ensures they will ‘choose’ a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.”

“Sufferers from gender dysphoria have sky-high rates of suicide,” Robbins continued. “But at least they can be used to advance a political agenda.”

It’s time parents protect their children, take them out of these indoctrination centers and teach them at home.  It’s the only way for there to be true education and provide a safe environment for children to learn.  It is parents’ responsibility, even their duty to teach their own kids rather than rely on a statist school system that does nothing to educate them in the important things in life and ultimately why they are here in the first place.  Come on parents, stop being outraged, and start taking action and do all you can do for the best education you can provide for your children.  Start for free today!

Article posted with permission from Sons Of Liberty Media

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Trump Supporters Score Huge Federal Win After Being Attacked in Sanctuary City


Reported By Cillian Zeal | July 30, 2018 at 8:50am

A lawsuit by Donald Trump supporters attacked after a campaign event in San Jose, California, back in the summer of 2016 can proceed with a lawsuit against the city, under a ruling by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the lawsuit alleges that police officers in the sanctuary city deliberately exposed the Trump backers to danger as they were filing out of the building where the June 2016 rally was held.

“After the rally at the McEnery Convention Center, police directed those in attendance to leave from a single exit. There, according to the lawsuit, they were ordered to head out onto a street where hundreds of anti-Trump protesters were waiting, even though a safer route and other exits were available,” the Chronicle reported.

“Twenty plaintiffs in the suit said they were beaten or struck by objects thrown by the protesters, and one plaintiff said an officer told her that police had been instructed not to intervene. The plaintiffs said police arrested three people for allegedly assaulting officers, but no one for attacking Trump supporters.”

The judges ruled that if what the supporters allege in the lawsuit is accurate, “the officers acted with deliberate indifference to a known and obvious danger” and “violated the Trump supporters’ constitutional rights.”

San Jose’s lawyers tried to argue that police weren’t responsible for the danger created by the protesters and that police shouldn’t be second-guessed. The judges didn’t exactly buy that the case should be dismissed based on that, as evidenced by the panel’s unanimous, 3-0 ruling.

“The attendees allege the officers shepherded them into a violent crowd of protesters and actively prevented them from reaching safety,” Judge Dorothy Nelson wrote in the decision.

“The officers continued to implement this plan even while witnessing the violence firsthand” and even though they knew about the earlier attacks outside the convention center, the Chronicle reported. She also noted that if the allegations in the lawsuit were proved, it would show police bore responsibility for the attacks.

Harmeet Dhillon, the lawyer for the plaintiffs and a Republican national committeewoman, said she was happy the 9th Circuit “agreed with us that, where police put citizens into harm’s way, they can be held liable for the consequences.”

She added that the suit “seeks to vindicate important civil rights of all Americans.” San Jose City Attorney Richard Doyle, predictably, said he would be looking into an appeal and that the city disagreed with both the court’s view on police liability and “the plaintiffs’ view of the facts.”

The rally was controversial even at the time; after his officers failed to protect the rally attendees, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia praised his force “for both their effectiveness and their restraint” and posited that “additional force can incite more violence in the crowd.”

Meanwhile, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo decided to put the blame elsewhere, noting: “At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign.”

While the habit of blaming Trump for everything from racism and inequality to the War of 1812 and that really awful final Creedence Clearwater Revival album may work in the media, that doesn’t quite fly in court (and indeed, the defendants didn’t exactly fall back upon it).

Neither, however, does the argument that deliberate police negligence and inaction in the face of attacks is merely a matter of discretion. Officials in San Jose need to answer some very important questions.

Maxine Waters Panders To Millennial Voters, Shamed When Only 10 Kids Show Up For Event



disclaimerReported By Ben Marquis | June 4, 2018 at 1:25pm

 

Largely owing to her vehement and vitriolic opposition to President Donald Trump, Democratic California Rep. Maxine “Impeach 45! Waters has been heralded as something of a leader among liberals these days.

The media has even attempted to portray the 79-year-old Waters as some sort of guiding beacon for liberals of the millennial generation, granting her the nickname “Auntie Maxine” in a bid to further the notion that young people will flock to and follow her experienced wisdom.

But that image of Waters is little more than illusory, as was clearly revealed during a campaign event Sunday which was explicitly targeted toward young millennials but had an exceptionally low turnout among the desired audience, according to The American Mirror

Waters promoted the June 3 event on Twitter as a “Meet & Greet Tweet-a-thon” with the elected representative and young supporters.

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The event was intended to teach Waters’ young supporters how to “reclaim our time” and get them “energized and ready” to get out and vote on her behalf.

But judging by the comments on that post, Waters’ support among not just millennials, but voters of all ages in general, was simply not evident, nor was it evident in a short video from the event tweeted out by Waters later in the day. 

Judging by that tweet, not many more than 10-15 actual millennials showed up to meet and greet Waters, a majority of whom ended up uncomfortably arrayed at the front with a microphone shoved in their face to speak about the issues most important to them. They mostly spoke about immigration concerns and their mounting student debt, as well as the increasingly dismal homeless problem in the state.homeless numbers

Waters eventually reclaimed the microphone from her young supporters and delivered a brief campaign-style speech which proclaimed that Democrats would retake control of Congress via an energized “Blue Wave” of liberal and progressive voters in the November midterm elections.

As the camera panned around during her speech, empty tables and chairs sparsely populated by a handful of older and senior supporters were on display. 

At one point near the end of her monologue, Waters shifted her focus toward attacking her chief rival in the upcoming election, Republican candidate Omar Navarro, who she appeared to smear based on his alleged wrong way of thinking as a person of Latino heritage.

“He has a last name that is Latin. He’s Cuban and what a lot of our people don’t understand is, he supports the president building a wall,”  Waters said of her GOP opponent.

“He’s opposed to DACA, he does not support DACA, and in addition to that, he is not worried at all, has not said a word about what is happening at the border,” Waters added, a reference to the separation of families that come across the border illegally, a policy that existed under former President Barack Obama but which has now drawn fire under Trump as it is actually being enforced.

Waters does not represent the next great hope of the Democratic party among young millennial voters, but if the liberal media wants to continue to press that ludicrous narrative in spite of evidence to the contrary, let them have at it.

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School Decides Not to Play National Anthem Before Championship Game, So Crowd Starts Singing



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By Cillian Zeal | May 27, 2018 at 2:23pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/school-decides-not-to-play-national-anthem-before-championship-game-so-crowd-starts-singing/

The NFL announced last week it would require players who are on the field before the game to stand for the national anthem. The decision sparked a lot of contentious debate in the media, which made us wonder: Do Americans still believe it’s important to play the anthem before games?

flag on the fieldWell, if what happened recently in Fresno, California is any indication, fans still consider “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be an integral part of the game — so much so they were willing to sing it even though event organizers wanted to skip it.

According to the Fresno Bee, the situation in question happened when Clovis High School and Buchanan High were playing a championship game at the softball diamond at Fresno State University. 

When an announcement was made that there would be no anthem before the game, the crowd was genuinely upset. In fact, they actually started booing.

“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,’” fan Tiffany Marquez of Fowler, Calif., told the Bee. 

But instead of just booing, the crowd broke into song.

“Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building,” Marquez said. “There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”

According to David White of the Bee, it was an incredible sight.

“Hundreds of softball fans took to their feet and spangled away, singing the anthem a capella while the players on the field stood at attention toward the centerfield flag,” White said.

White said the crowd’s reaction was a powerful message of what the anthem means to people. 

“Oh say, can’t you see? The national anthem and the flag it adores still matter to a whole lot of people, and they take it personal when anyone comes between them and the star-kissed stripes. Some are obnoxious, ugly Americans, no doubt. Most of the others happen to think you can stand against social injustice (we do) and stand for the national anthem (we do, too),” White wrote. “Since when did the concepts become so mutually exclusive? Does anyone think anthem protests have started anything more than an argument that can’t be won?”

We wholeheartedly agree.

The national anthem protests in the NFL have accomplished little more than shaving a few points off the league’s TV ratings and make its partners antsy. Have the protests made us aware that some people are unhappy with certain aspects of this country? We already knew that.

Did their wholesale rejection of one of the unifying symbols of this country engender any more sympathy for them for those sitting on the fence? Not a whit. What it did was turn fans away in droves — and the free market eventually spoke. 

There are very few things that we can come together about as Americans. Our anthem ought to be one of them.

When an entire crowd can sing along when the song is omitted, we know there’s something special and unifying about “The Star-Spangled Banner” — and those who died defending it. That’s something to remember this Memorial Day.

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A look at California’s AB 2943, outlawing “sexual orientation change efforts”


Posted by   Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:00pm

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Assembly Bill 2943 is currently winding its way through California’s state legislature, and many religious leaders and free speech advocates are sounding the alarm about the possible ramifications if it should pass. The proposed legislation is entitled “Unlawful Business Practices: Sexual Orientation Change Efforts“. The bill adds “sexual orientation change efforts” to the state’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

The key passages are as follows:

(i) (1) “Sexual orientation change efforts” means any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

… (a) The following unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful…

(28) Advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.

The problem with the rules (as is so often the case with California regulations) is that the scope is so broad that materials as activities could be construed to meet the definition of “sexual orientation change efforts”. One need look no farther than our coffee houses, which are now decorated with cancer warnings, to appreciate the understandable concern religious leaders, conservatives, and those with common sense have over the proposed measure.

Fox News host Todd Starnes reviewed AB2943, and noted that Alliance Defending Freedom called the potential for censorship is “staggering”.

  • A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior;

  • A bookstore (even online bookstores) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society;

  • A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.

The measure is quietly making its way to the state senate, for the next phase in implementation. To assuage the concerns now being voiced about the potential to outlaw the Bible and other faith-based material, “fact-checkers” cite that religious texts aren’t mentioned. The Federalist contributor Robert Gagnon explains why this approach is sneaky:

Read the bill. There is no religious exemption. There is no restriction to mental health professionals. There is not even a restriction to claims about changing a person’s sexual orientation or transgender feelings in whole or part. The bill is quite clear that any “efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions” are included in the ban on attempts to change a person’s “sexual orientation.”

So you would be violating the law if you advertise that Christ can empower people not to engage in homosexual practice or not to identify as “gay” or “transgenderbecause such behaviors and self-identities are morally wrong, or if you offer to engage or actually engage in efforts to persuade people of Christ’s power to transform in this area, you will be in violation of California AB 2943, at least so long as your advertising or efforts involved in any way an exchange of money for goods or services.

Furthermore, like most progressive policies, the rules could end up hurting those it was intended to help.

The broad nature of AB 2943 also fails to consider those LGBT individuals who may seek help in their efforts to refrain from acting on certain inclinations. These individuals would be denied professional and personal help under AB 2943.

The policy would also affect transgender persons who later cease identifying with the opposite sex and wish to transition back to their biological gender. Under AB 2943, such individuals would be categorically denied the help and support they desire.

Should this bill be signed into law, there is a little hope that the rest of the nation will be spared further California insanity. Another #CalExit proposal has now been cleared for the signature gathering process.

Forthcoming Law In California Could Ban The Sale of Bibles In The State


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It could only happen in California but they are considering a law to make any book or reading material that advocates for traditional marriage and sexuality. That would include the Bible. 

So what’s going on in California follows a familiar pattern? Indoctrinating children, using violence to shut down your opponents and to intimidate them and now they’re ready to burn books. That’s exactly what Hitler did in the 1930s and anyone who is surprised by what is going on in California just hasn’t been paying attention.

Well, somebody better start paying attention and soon.

But what if someone decided for themselves that they want to change? A priest or a pastor could face legal consequences if they were to help them. In a normal state that wouldn’t be a worry but this is California and if you believe they wouldn’t face charges, you are sadly mistaken.

They will never miss a chance to bash God and religion.

From The Conservative Tribune

Shockingly, the proposed law could even be construed to make it illegal to sell Bibles, since they include verses that the far left finds unacceptable.

Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an ‘unlawful business practice’ to engage in ‘a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer’ that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual,’” explained National Review. 

That’s a lot of legalese to digest, so let’s break it down. What the bill basically says is that anything that can be seen as trying to impact a person’s sexual orientation would be illegal to sell or offer.

“The bill then defines ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ as ‘any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex,” continued National Review (emphasis added).

California To Ban the Sale of Bibles?


Reported By Benjamin Arie | April 19, 2018 at 4:53pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/california-to-ban-sale-of-bibles/

When you think about the censorship and outright banning of books and opinions, do you imagine the United States of America? Or, more likely, does that kind of suppression strike you more as the tactics of communists or fascists that America has frequently fought against?

If liberal lawmakers in California get their way, that west coast state may be one step closer to being unrecognizable as part of the United States. A bill currently pending in the legislature would essentially ban the sale of books that include traditional Christian views on marriage and sexuality.

Shockingly, the proposed law could even be construed to make it illegal to sell Bibles, since they include verses that the far left finds unacceptable.

Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an ‘unlawful business practice’ to engage in ‘a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer’ that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual,’” explained National Review.

That’s a lot of legalese to digest, so let’s break it down. What the bill basically says is that anything that can be seen as trying to impact a person’s sexual orientation would be illegal to sell or offer. This would almost certainly include traditional Christian counseling services and books.

“The bill then defines ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ as ‘any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex,” continued National Review (emphasis added).

“Efforts to change behaviors” is where the real problem is. After all, almost all counseling and even common psychiatric care are intended to “change behaviors” in various ways.

If you think about it, that’s the entire reason people seek help in the first place: They want to stop drinking or becoming angry or, yes, having troubling thoughts about their sexuality.

It’s also worth pointing out that the bill as written would apply to people who are trying to change their own behavior. This would mean that if a person was struggling with same-sex behavior or sexual identity and they themselves wanted to change, it would be illegal for them to buy any book meant to help them with this. The problem here isn’t limited to Christian books. Bizarrely, the bill appears to put almost any counseling or psychiatric service in the cross-hairs.

For example, let’s say a man has the paraphilia of crossdressing or transvestism. For whatever reason, the person has become addicted to wearing women’s clothes and has found that showing up to work in high heels and a dress has a negative impact on his life. Setting aside any personal judgment about this lifestyle choice (how liberal of us), suppose he voluntarily seeks counseling to get a handle on this problem. Maybe he just wants to stop being addicted to cross-dressing in public. 

It’s his own choice. Yet counselors or books intended to help him would be illegal because they’re “efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions,” in the words of the proposed law.

You might consider that example silly, but this concern is rather serious: If passed, it could only be a matter of time before the law’s extremely vague wording is used against traditional Christian teachings in the Bible.

Take Romans 1:26-27, for instance. This verse calls out homosexuality as “shameful” and encourages Christians to not act in this way.

Then there are 1 Peter 1:15-17, Romans 6:1, and Ephesians 4:22-24, all of which direct followers of Christianity to abstain from homosexuality even if they have those desires.

Let’s be extremely clear: The point of this article is not to lecture about gay lifestyles. There are an increasing number of gay conservatives who have reached their own conclusions about their beliefs, and many are on the front lines of the culture war.

You don’t even have to particularly agree with the Bible verses mentioned here to see the problem. Efforts like the proposed bill represent dangerous slippery slopes that would use the legislature to attack traditional beliefs, and even mainstream views that happen to be at odds with the far-left agenda. If nothing else, it’s an affront to the free exchange of ideas — yes, even ones that someone might dislike — and a censorship of speech.

“No one doubts that (Christianity’s) teachings on sexual morality are increasingly unpopular,” summarized National Review. “But they remain constitutionally protected, and no state legislature should be permitted to ban a ‘good’ (such as a book) or a ‘service’ (like counseling) that makes these arguments and provides them to willing, consenting consumers.”

It’s amazing that the same liberals who bemoan “government in the bedroom” eagerly jump at the chance to give the same government control over sexual and moral topics the moment it helps their cause.

Even non-Christians and political moderates need to fight against the new wave of suppression before a 21st-century iron curtain appears. Free speech is everyone’s fight.

CA Lawmaker Flees State Over Liberal Lunacy, Says Trump is…


By Warner Todd Huston April 19, 2018

Chuck DeVore, a one-time member of the California State Assembly has moved away from the Golden State saying that liberals have destroyed his once beautiful and bountiful home.

Not only does DeVore say that California is a cautionary tale, but he credits President Donald Trump with saving the rest of America from the same grizzly fate.

Former State Representative Chuck DeVore, who served in the legislature until retiring in 2010, has announced that he is done with his home state and is now a proud resident of the Lonestar State of Texas.

He moved right after he left the legislature, but a recent article by a pair of foolhardy leftists brought the reason he let into sharp focus.

“The reason why this is an issue right now, is you may have seen the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey tweeted out a piece by Ruy Teixeira (contending that) California is the future and that California is this wonderful utopia,” DeVore said on Fox News. 

DeVore continued saying, “and the reason that happened (according to Teixeira and co-author Peter Leyden) is they absolutely crushed the Republicans and conservatives in California, and now liberals run the place.”

DeVore recently appeared on Fox News to note why he left California: “If you’re a member of the working poor, if you’re anyone other than the elite from Silicon Valley and Hollywood, it’s tough to make ends meet, to put food on the table and put a roof over your head in California,” he said.

As Western Journalism reported:

First, he noted the poverty rate in California is 20.4 percent versus 14.7 percent in Texas, which is the second most populous U.S. state after California and also shares an extensive border (1,900 miles) with Mexico.

In other words, the Golden State’s poverty rate is 39 percent higher than the Lone Star State’s.

Additionally, DeVore noted that California for years has experienced a net out-migration, which has accelerated recently to over 100,000 people per year.

CNBC reported that a net 138,000 people left the state in the 12 months preceding July 2017, while Texas gained 79,000 people during the same time period, and Arizona added 63,000 new residents.

One of the main reasons people gave for leaving were California’s high taxes and housing costs. 

DeVore also noted that he bought a house in Texas for $110,000 and that money got him a house many times larger than what he could have gotten for the same cost in California.

In an April 16 op-ed for Fox News, DeVore further explained why he left:

In 2011, after spending my adult life in California, working in the once-thriving aerospace industry there, serving 19 years in the state’s National Guard and six years in the legislature, I picked up my family and moved to Texas.

That home prices and rents in California average 55 percent higher than in Texas isn’t just due to the former’s good weather—the Golden State’s high taxes, capricious regulations, onerous lawsuit climate, and powerful unions all contribute to constraining the supply of new housing while jacking up the price of existing housing.

Further, California’s soaring unfunded pension liabilities to its all-powerful government labor unions are at least $477 billion with the annual shortfall to fund the pensions hitting about $5.4 billion a year by 2024—swamping rosy claims of a state budget surplus.

Lastly, California’s war on traditional and affordable domestic energy has resulted in among the highest energy costs in the nation, spurred on by high taxes and billions in greenhouse gas fees—fees earmarked to partially pay for a vastly oversold, over budget and years late high speed rail project that nervous voters are turning against. 

DeVore concluded his op-ed saying that California “isn’t the future, rather, it’s what America’s 2016 election of Donald Trump saved the nation from becoming.”

California, DeVore said ending on a hopeful note, “is not a harbinger of things to come, but it will soon be an example of the fate we narrowly avoided.” 

Of course, DeVore is exactly right. Just as he was posting his op-ed at Fox, the annual “Rich States, Poor States” study on the top performing (and bottom failing) states in the nation was released. And, probably unsurprisingly, the study finds California to be at the bottom of the heap in most metrics among our 50 states.

According to the study, California ranked at a low, low 47th among the 50 in economic outlook. The Golden State has the worst top marginal personal income tax in the country, the 40th worst corporate rate, and ranks 50th in personal income tax progressivity — meaning that the more you make the higher the rate is that they take.

It is also worst for employee freedom, is 50th in average worker’s compensation, and the worst right-to-work state of all.

A state that did even worse than California is Illinois. The Land of Lincoln ranked a dismal 48th in economic outlook — and I think that is generous. Vermont ranked in at 49th worst. And, also unsurprisingly, New York ranked dead last as 50th worse state for economic outlook.

What is the common denominator in these three worst states in the union? They are all dominated by liberals, of course.

Now that we have talked about some of the worst performers, here is the group’s video revealing the top ten best.

 

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