ACADECABack row (left to right):Sage Houshmand, Daniel Barber, Jamie Madill, Coach Angela Stegall, and Zoe Rosales Front row (left to right): Sean Simeroth, Viviana Gonzalez, Haim Hernandez, Alex Scheive, Jasmine Norton-Smythe and Courtney Page


Marysville, Ca.


 The Yuba County Academic Decathlon was held on Saturday, February 1st at Marysville High School. Teams from Lindhurst, Marysville, Wheatland and Yuba City Charter High School tested their knowledge on the 2020 Academic Decathlon theme: In Sickness and In Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.  The Academic Decathlon is an academic competition for students in grades 9 through 12.  Students compete as team members in a series of academic tests and demonstrations.  Each team consists of three “A” (Honor), three “B” (Scholastic), and three “C” or below (Varsity) students.  Awards are presented to the top teams as well as the top individual students in each event. Marysville High School came out on top with the highest overall points per school totaling 33,117.  Zoe Rosales from Marysville High School who competed in the Honor Division won gold medals in Speech, Interview, Science, Essay, Economics, Language & Literature. Sean Simeroth from Marysville High School who competed in the Scholastic Division won medals in Speech, Math, Science, Art, Economics, Social Science, Language & Literature. Sage Houshmand from Marysville High School competing in the Varsity Division won medals in Speech, Art, Economics, Essay, Social Science, Language & Literature. Marysville High School will compete at the California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento on March 26th – 29th. 

by Lou Binninger


It was a good time Sunday talking to some incarcerated youth about the importance of honesty. God drafted the Ten Commandments. Since people cannot follow them California politicians alone make-up a thousand or so new laws every year to keep people in line.


            Number 8 on God’s list is ‘Don’t Lie’ which includes not being deceptive, twisting the truth, mis-speaking, ‘white lies’ and exaggerating. That’s why when it comes to giving testimony the court asks for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.


            Just when you’ve lost all hope thinking nearly every politician, government employee and even the FBI lies, ‘Honest Abe’ comes to mind. In fact, a young inmate got it right when asked what President’s character was noted by people in referring to him.


If the shoe fit, Lincoln could have been called Liar Abe, Swinger Abe, Adulterer Abe, Cheater Abe, Pervert Abe, Rapist Abe, Inside-Trader Abe, Horse-Thief Abe and so on. Amazingly, he is ‘Honest Abe.’


Leonard Swett, a close friend of the former President said, “He believed in the great laws of truth, the right discharge of duty, his accountability to God, the ultimate triumph of the right, and the overthrow of wrong.”

Lincoln observed, “Resolve to be honest at all events; and if, in your own judgment, you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.” That’s a mouthful when most lawyers are liars.


Our government has become so massive and invasive that politicians, citizens and business people have all learned to buy influence to get their way. That makes politicians and some citizens rich at the expense of taxpayers.


Wealthy developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, based in Sacramento who owns thousands of Yuba County acres donated $5000 to judge candidate Melanie Bendorf. Is he losing sleep over justice in backwoods Yuba County?

Angelo’s gift is suspicious knowing that Melanie’s husband Robert Bendorf is the County Administrative Officer (CAO) and directs the Board of Supervisors in its decision-making. A gift to Robert would be considered a bribe or at least blatant favor-seeking.


Permission is required of the board and county bureaucracy for all developments. In this case, Angelo’s money to the wife is money to the husband.


Also in 2016, Yuba Water Agency (YWA) gave the Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe a utility truck. Photos were taken at the time with then supervisorial candidate Randy Fletcher handing over the keys.  Enterprise Rancheria (Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe) that owns the casino in south Yuba County recently donated $7,000 to Supervisor Gary Bradford’s 2020 re-election campaign.


All five supervisors sit on the YWA seven member board as well as make decisions governing Yuba County. Their votes and gifts spend Yuba citizens’ tax dollars along with water and power revenue produced from Yuba County’s Bullards Bar Dam, a project launched by the citizens of Yuba County following the 1955 flood.


Peter Schweizer's book ‘Throw Them All Out” explains how millions are made by congress from insider stock trading. Though the book’s revelations led to the Stock Act (2012) forbidding this unethical and criminal behavior, the ACT was gutted in 2013 by the same Congress. Schweizer’s work also exposed politicians using campaign revenue for personal use.


There are numerous examples of local officials benefitting from their positions and influence buying with tax dollars.


In 2007, businessman Dan Flores, now a Sutter County Supervisor, and Campaign Manager Crystal Martin applied for a loan of $150,000 from the Yuba – Sutter Economic Development Corporation (EDC) while serving as EDC board members. When they were informed it was a conflict of interest to get loans as board members they resigned to get the money.


Once off the board they applied for two more loans $144,200 for Martin and $113,500 for Flores at 3% interest rate. However, the loan requests were eventually withdrawn by Flores and Martin after state attorneys said that Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development conflict-of-interest rules require board members to be off the board for one year to participate in the funding program.


Insiders know how to get tax dollars for personal gain.


The recent pitch at election eve to rename 5th Street in Maryville for Martin Luther King Jr. is a blatant whoring for votes by those seeking election. Liberals can’t resist hustling minority groups for personal benefit.


If you can get elected, politics will make you wealthy via favoritism and by acquiring connections. In 2012, the top 20 profiting officials averaged a 422% net worth increase per year. The average net worth spike of the top 21-40 was 68% per year, and for those ranked 41-60 it was 42% annually.


Could ‘Honest’ be added before the names of politicians today when referring to them?


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by Lou Binninger


                Sutter County Supervisor candidate John Buckland’s arrest January 10, 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino raised some questions.


Buckland was taken to jail and held until he sobered-up, a common practice in Yuba County. No charges were filed by the District Attorney.


It is assumed Buckland did not assault the arresting deputy since there were no charges filed. However, Buckland appeared scuffed-up and was belligerent to jail correctional officers. What happened at Hard Rock remains unclear.


            Buckland was released Saturday January 11 and since few people knew, it was no big deal politically for him. Buckland has been drunk in public before. Those aware of that behavior either are bothered or they aren’t, done deal.


            However, Buckland then issued a strange news release saying he traveled from Sutter County to the casino parking lot “to meet a business client to exchange business-related items.” What were the business-related items and why travel all the way to South Yuba County?


Was Buckland selling Mary Kay, Tupperware, was it a gun deal, cannabis? Some suggest he was meeting a lady. Is the casino property an enforcement-free zone as long as you don’t disrupt the gaming? Why even bring the business meeting up in the statement? Buckland is an adult and can drink and gamble.


Buckland’s straining to appear transparent actually creates disbelief and appears to construct a ruse.


            Chico News and Review ran an article about drug and other illicit exchanges at Butte County casinos in 2005 causing the Measure G advisory vote to go against the Yuba Co. casino proposal. The article influenced voters to think that more criminal activity might be coming to Yuba County.


Buckland’s statement says, “At the conclusion of the meeting I entered the casino. The duration of the stay was relatively short. Upon exiting…I encountered an unprecedented response to an incident in the parking lot. I was taken into custody for public intoxication of alcohol or drugs. I was released without criminal charges filed. I’m currently working with a civil attorney to investigate and recover evidence. He, and only he will release information…at the conclusion of his investigation.”


Why would Buckland need a civil attorney? Will he sue the tribe and/or the county? Buckland talks as if he was not personally involved in the incident. He portrays himself as the victim.


Nontribal people like Buckland have little success suing tribes. And most attorneys are unfamiliar with tribal law. Buckland said he hired an attorney with experience in activities on tribal lands.


In the ‘Atlantic,’ Sierra Crane-Murdoch wrote an article February 23, 2013 titled “On Indian Land, Criminals Can Get Away With Almost Anything.” Enterprise Rancheria and Casino is “Indian land.” Different rules apply there than elsewhere in Yuba County.


            At the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota (Bakken Oil Fields), where an oil boom is occurring Crane-Murdoch found there were different rules of enforcement depending on who was the perpetrator and the victim.


            “Basically,” a mechanic told me (Crane-Murdoch), “you can do anything short of killing somebody.”


            Crane-Murdoch says, “In 1978, the Supreme Court case Oliphant v. Suquamish stripped tribes of the right to arrest and prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes on Indian land. If both victim and perpetrator are non-Indian, a county or state officer must make the arrest. If the perpetrator is non-Indian and the victim an enrolled member, only a federally certified agent has that right. If the opposite is true, a tribal officer can make the arrest, but the case still goes to federal court.”


            “Even if both parties are tribal members, a U.S. attorney often assumes the case, since tribal courts lack the authority to sentence defendants to more than three years in prison. The harshest enforcement tool a tribal officer can legally wield over a non-Indian is a traffic ticket.”


“The result has been a jurisdictional tangle that often makes prosecuting crimes committed in Indian Country prohibitively difficult. In 2011, the U.S. Justice Department did not prosecute 65 percent of rape cases reported on reservations. According to department records, one in three Native American women are raped during their lifetimes—two-and-a-half times the likelihood for an average American woman—and in 86 percent of these cases, the assailant is non-Indian.”


The Buckland case reminds us that due to Federal Indian Law patron’s rights end at the reservation property line just like a foreign country and who has jurisdiction if trouble starts could get confusing.


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Yuba and Sutter Ca.


 The World Health Organization tracking the novel Coronavirus last Friday declared a “public health emergency of international concern,” but Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu notes the overall risk to the general public in the bi-county region is low.


“Currently, there are no persons under investigation for suspected or confirmed novel Coronavirus in the bi-county Yuba and Sutter region,” Dr. Luu said. “The overall risk to the general public in the bi-county region remains low.”


The novel Coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China in late December 2019 also resulted in a declared public health emergency for the United States, in an effort to aid the healthcare community in responding efficiently to the emerging risk.


Currently, all US citizen travelers and their close family members returning from Hubei Province, China, will be re-routed to 11 designated airports in the US to undergo screening and are required to participate in a 14-day mandatory quarantine. US citizens and their close family members who are returning from all other parts of mainland China will undergo proactive screening and are advised to undergo self-quarantine.


Dr. Luu said both the Yuba County and Sutter County Health Departments are in close contact with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be notified if any returning travelers from the bi-county region qualify for mandatory or self-quarantine.


The novel Coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, similar to the common cold and flu. The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions:


  • *Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • *Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • *Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • *Stay home from work and school when you are sick
  • *Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and disinfect your hands after
  • *Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces


Anyone who has recently traveled to mainland China or been in close contact with a person who has should contact his or her doctor for further guidance. Do NOT go into a clinic or Emergency Room without first consulting a medical doctor.


Dr. Luu said there are a number of online rumors cropping up that contain inaccurate information about the novel Coronavirus. She said residents looking for verified information can go to or

Nevada City, Ca.


Lunar new year


The Ninth Annual Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Rat, 4718, on Sunday, February 9, 2020, on Commercial Street and at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center from 12:00- 5:00 p.m. Chinese New Year festivals are unique in rural communities, and Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, along with the Miners Foundry, are proud to present this family-friendly celebration, honoring the early Chinese Gold Rush pioneers and railroad workers of the Sierra. The mini-community parade begins on Commercial Street at 12:00 noon, near the giant Pelton wheel, at the intersections of Commercial, Coyote, and Union streets, and ends at the Miners Foundry, for an afternoon of entertainment, food, and fun! Admission at the Foundry is free, and donations are gladly accepted.


Our parade Grand Marshals are Erin Thiem and Dan Thiem of Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground. They will be riding in a vintage convertible driven by Kathy Hillis. Other parade units include Chinese ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72' Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento, Grass Valley Taiko drummers, Bell Hill Academy students, and other community entries. They will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment at the Foundry from 12:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entertainment include Lion Dancing by Eastern Ways, Japanese Taiko Drumming by Grass Valley Taiko, traditional hula dancing by Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo, martial arts by Body Balance Academy, classical Chinese dance by Lily Zhu Emmolo, and qigong and tai-chi demonstrations by Fa Lun Dafa. Special features include food for sale by the ever-popular Horn of the Bull Taqueria, serving up delicious Asian-style tacos; Lily Emmolo, a trained Chinese Tea Master, demonstrating the art of enjoying Chinese tea; arts and crafts for kids offered by the CATS youth group, Xiao Mao (Little CATS); and filmmaker and author Bill George showing his film, Chinese Builders of Gold Mountain. There will be "rat-inspired" arts and gifts by Jackie McDaniel and Karen Kelly, face-painting and tattoos by Lincoln Easley, California Gold Kettle Corn, Chinese culture, Gold Rush history, and the promotion of CATS' spring production of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club at the Nevada Theatre. (See We are seeking parade entries, sponsors, and volunteers. Contact Jeannie Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by Lou Binninger


This month we acknowledge the birth of scientist Charles Darwin. Born February 12, 1809 (died April 19, 1882) Darwin proposed the theory that all creatures evolved from something else rather than being created by God as explained in the Book of Genesis.


Darwin’s theory is called transmutation or the changing or transformation of one species into another species. This is not referring to changing from a finch of one color to another color, but rather a finch to a cat.


In other words, while in Biology at Marysville High School (California) and then at Cal State University Sacramento - Anthropology 1, it was taught that humans evolved or transmuted from primates or apes. This was not offered as a hypothesis along with other beliefs like Biblical Creation.


Therefore, it came across as fact though Darwin never purposed it as such. Students were taught what to think rather than provided information and how to process it.


In fact, Darwin said if a fossil link could not eventually be discovered connecting one species to another then his theory was false and should be given a decent burial. Instead, though no link has ever been found Darwin’s transmutation is pounded into the fertile thinking of youngsters in every government school in the nation.


The teaching is so rigid that biology teachers have been fired for even offering the current understanding of many in the scientific community that there is evidence of ‘Intelligent Design’ (ID) in the earth and the universe. And no ID proponent ever dares mention the G-word as the Designer.


To understand the hardcore stance of government school evolution doctrine, it must be remembered that the entire system is based on a socialist and humanist construct that has declared the school room a God-free zone. In fact, students that are God-followers are often mocked, derided and cautioned by teachers about bringing Him up at school when students ask for evidence of evolution. This violates their Constitutional rights.


Since Darwin’s death, there have been a number of science frauds desperate to save Darwin’s theory leading to over a hundred years of teaching students nonsense. Professor Reiner Protsch von Zieten was a professor of Anthropology at Frankfurt University for 30 years before he was forced to resign. It was found that he falsified dates on many ‘stone age’ fossils which included a skull fragment named Hahnhöfersand Man which supposedly linked humans and Neanderthals.


The Piltdown Man was a notorious hoax early in 20th century Great Britain, in which a medieval human skull was combined with the lower jaw of an orangutan and subsequently ‘found’ (was planted) in a gravel pit near the village of Piltdown, England. For decades Piltdown Man was hailed as the ‘missing link’ between man and ape-like species by charlatans of evolution.


However, Piltdown Man was exposed as a fraud only through later scientific testing and simple observation. The refusal of the discoverer to allow independent scrutiny of his claims enabled this fraud to live for over forty years.

Other examples of bad judgement or outright fraud to shore-up evolution have been the Nebraska Man, Java Man, Ocre Man, and Flores Man.


However, another clue to the mistaken thinking of Darwin, humanists of his time and socialists is in the original title of Darwin’s famous book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”


Though the title accurately portrays the racist mindset of many humanist intellectuals at the time the title was too toxic and needed to be cleaned-up to read “On the Origin of Species” in later printings. Darwin and his peers commonly considered there to be races and not just one human race. Further, they believed blacks and other minority peoples to be slower or less evolved.


This racist view is still a part of the Darwinist dogma that fits nicely with today’s government education rubbish. This propaganda includes global warming, multiplicity of genders, endorsing of transsexuals, undermining the spiritual influence in the founding of America, considering the Constitution irrelevant, an attitude that America is evil, and the widespread effort to revise American history.


It is ironic that February is both Black History Month and honors Darwin’s scientific contributions while Charles and his peers believed blacks were just a couple steps ahead of their primate cousins. Blacks were less ‘favoured.’

Antifa activists enjoy destroying statues and paintings of American heroes of the past that did not live a perfect life in Antifa degenerate’s egocentric view. However, Darwin’s best 1800’s thoughts were racist and he gets a pass in the socialist schools of America.  (See for what to do.)


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by Lou Binninger


America has been uniquely known as a cultural ‘melting pot’ where millions came to embrace the ideals of equal opportunity, freedom and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. New arrivals learned English often taught by employers and embraced the immigration process to learn the basics of the nation’s history while adding their uniqueness to the ‘pot.’


            At first, if you could just get here from abroad and pass immigration health screening and such then you could stay if you could survive. There were no attractive government entitlements.


Any charity for those struggling was provided by churches, nonprofits, family and friends. If people could not survive here financially then they returned to their countries of origin.


            The exception was the transporting of captured people from Africa and other countries and sold as slave labor both in America and throughout the world. Once the Civil War freed the slaves here then there was an offer of passage to Liberia, West Africa but few responded. Nearly all former slaves born and raised here now considered this country home.


            Successive generations descending from immigrants referred to themselves as Americans, not Russian-Americans, Italian-Americans or any other hyphenated title. Even those who came here first, being incorrectly labelled ‘Indians’ by future arrivals, eventually called themselves Americans or Native Americans (a misnomer since they merely migrated here before the others).


            During the 1960’s, the government forced integration, forbidding segregation of blacks from others whether in restaurants, bathrooms, housing, transportation, schools etc. However, after spending billions in enforcement efforts, liberals today beginning with university lefty intellectuals are undermining the idea of America as a melting pot and are igniting a movement to return to a nation of tribes now referred to as multiculturalism.


            Segregation lives on. This February is Black History Month while of course there is no White History Month. There is Black Entertainment Television (BET) and BET Awards where only blacks perform and win. There is the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and NAACP Image Awards where only Blacks compete and win.


            Some universities and colleges now offer black-only housing and graduation ceremonies. Students no longer reside and graduate together. If whites requested the same segregation there would be a firestorm of racism charges.


            University quotas are still in place today offering entry to low performing students of favored minorities, while rejecting higher grade-point applicants of other ethnicities. It’s the same in some work environments. However, there are different cultural rules for professional sports.


            For 2018, ‘People of Color’ made up 80.7% of the National Basketball Association (NBA), more than 70% in the National Football League (NFL) and 42.5% in Major League Baseball (MLB). When it comes to profit-making there are no laws insisting that 5’6” white guys play for the NBA or awkward 125 lb. Asians for the NFL. Basketball icon Jerry West now working for the LA Clippers says most new white prospects just can’t compete so they don’t.

            Another example of our cultural rules, several years back a college intramural volleyball team called the “White Guys” was prohibited from campus competition for using the ‘provocative’ name. Of course, “Black Guys or Girls” would have worked just fine.


            So, due to the left’s push for multiculturalism we return to segregation along with titles like African-American and Mexican-American where many of the minorities mock and snipe about the country they prosper in though no one is holding them here against their will. We are trending toward looking more like multi-lingual India as we now compensate for people not learning English.


            Multi-culturalism calls for re-education programs where diversity managers indoctrinate students, faculty members, employees, managers and executives on what's politically correct thinking. Part of that lesson is non-judgmentalism, teaching that one lifestyle is just as worthy as another and that all cultures and their values are morally equivalent.


            However, all cultures, beliefs, and ways are not equally worthy or moral. Western values are superior to other norms regardless of who employs them. Values of reason and individual rights have produced unprecedented health, life expectancy, wealth and comfort for the ordinary person. There's an indisputable positive connection between liberty and standards of living.


            American multiculturalism is an evil that produces intolerance, restricted speech and expression, and leads to every type of oppression currently employed in repressive countries.


            When President Obama spoke about ‘his people’ he was always referring to black-Americans rather than all Americans. Historically however, the President’s ‘people’ were all the citizens of the ‘United’ States of America not some divisive tribe or sub-group.


            America will have made progress when Black History Month and the NAACP come to pass.


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by Rod Hisken



It is that time of year again for the fabulous Colusa Farm Show  to be the center of attention for the agricultural business. February 4, 5, and 6 th at the Colusa County Fairgrounds  in Colusa will be abuzz with activity. In the past attendees have come from all over the United States and  many from around the world.


The Colusa Farm Show claims to be the oldest in California . While the Turlock Show is larger , it takes all three days to visit all the wide variety of vendors Many locals may not get to the show because of some illusionary reasons  but  they are  making a big mistake. Modern machinery, GPS farming , pesticides, gopher control, home saw mills, irrigation, pruning, waste management and other various exposures are there. The Show is fascinating and is a great learning experience that can be a fabulous and stimulating exposure.


I will be there with two vintage tractors .Stop by and say hello.


One tractor is my favorite and it has been in a number of local parades and shows. It is a 1946 John Deere Model A that was delivered to the Colusa agency on December 6th 1946.I found the A in a logging operation near McCloud  California .It was fairly beat up and had a front loader on which was used for lifting and moving logs. The engine was rebuilt and a lot of sheet metal work was performed. I have since added an air horn and an oogha unit . The chrome straight pipe makes a sound that for those who know what a John Deere sounds like will come running. The term nothing runs like a Deere is so very true . Once  you have heard popping away at a slow rpm, you will never forget it!


A few years back a gentleman introduced himself and invited me to his farm. Near Meridian to see his A. I never miss an opportunity to open a barn door. When I first saw the old Deere , I was astonished at what I saw . It was the nicest original I have ever had the pleasure to observe. It is always a tough decision to make to restore such a machine as they are only original once. However , Alan Jasche decided to go through the tractor and apply a fresh coat of paint. He also has provided some extra touches including a wide seat so his lovely local girl (wife Cheryl) of many years can join him on the parades and drives .The Model A was sold by the Colusa store ,driven to the farm near Meridian , and never left the farm until it was restored. He and his helpers did a great job! It brought a smile to my face to see Alan and his Cheryl on the A enjoying the Vets Day Parade.


The Colusa Farm Show has been a great learning experience for me . A couple of things I did not know. As a retired principal I am always interested in learning activities for young people. Valley Truck and Tractor started in 1948 and is now one of the larger dealers for John Deere in the west. Their new office complex includes a modern hi-tech classroom .They have monitors measuring many aspects of machines in the field. Many times they know what is wrong before the tech gets to the field. The company provides a two year program for technicians . At the end of the program , graduates earn an equivalent of an AA degree and a guarantee of a job!


46 A Colusa


I probably cannot tell you how many times I have driven by OMC and never paid much attention. I can only assume that there are many who do not realize that this company has a worldwide reputation. The design and quality of their machines are sought after from such faraway places as Australia, Argentina, and several European sites. One of their programmers for the hi tech machines is performed by a young man who went to Wheatland High School not too many years ago.


The Colusa Farm Show is fun and interesting. The vendors are diverse and cutting edge. The food provided by local clubs is good and fairly priced. If you want to know what a “Johnny Popper “ sounded like to your Grandpa years ago working in the field of the Sutter Basin come and listen. Now is the time to plan on being in Colusa  on February 4, 5, and 6th.


See ya!

by Lou Bininger


Did Yuba County Supervisors declare that no tax dollars were used to promote Measure K to increase sale taxes by 1%? That’s what citizens are claiming was said at a Yuba Supervisor candidates’ forum recently.


Supervisors Gary Bradford, Doug Lofton and Mike Leahy were adamant that no public funds were used for the political campaign. If the supervisors were right then who paid hundreds of thousands to hire public relations agencies ($7,000 each month), print and send mailers, produce signs and buy media ads?


The county was spending money to groom voters long before a Measure K Campaign Committee was even formed with the Elections Clerk of the County. Monies contributed by businesses and unions to the Committee were a pittance compared to the overall campaign budget.


            A Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) disclosure early in the campaign revealed that the supervisors’ assurance is completely false. And, the state constitution prohibits the use of tax dollars to solicit more revenue in an election from citizens. It is a violation of people’s civil rights to use their own funds to persuade them to pay even more.


            The county has never disclosed how much they have spent in total to illegally promote Measure K and it took months to obtain information via the FOIA request referenced above.  A  Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) staff report said that from 2015 through 2018, when local tax measures began wildly increasing statewide, the agency received 34 complaints about taxpayer funds being used for campaigns to raise taxes. 


 The FPPC says it has no enforcement power but District Attorneys (DA) do.  It says DAs should file an action against civil rights violations but former Yuba Co. DA Pat McGrath compromised his role as an independent and unbiased prosecutor by campaigning for and endorsing the legally flawed Measure K.

            Last week, a You Tube video was posted of an interview with Supervisor Michael Leahy.  Leahy said that he voted along with other Supervisors to put Measure K on the ballot thinking it would be a general fund request. However, Leahy said, “When it (the campaign) went out it wasn’t done the way I would have done it, but we (the supervisors) went along with it (the campaign).” The campaign was coordinated by County Administrator Robert Bendorf.


            Leahy explained that he thought the campaign would make clear to the public that the monies would be dispersed proportionally for various departments and needs as a general fund tax going into the county coffers. It was pitched as a Public Safety measure instead to win over the voters.


For these reasons Leahy was the only supervisor voting against appealing Superior Court Judge Steven Berrier’s ruling that Measure K violated Proposition 218’s requirement that a “special tax” needs more than a 2/3s approval of voters to be victorious. Measure K passed with only 53%. Berrier agreed that Measure K was promoted as a Public Safety tax rather than a General Fund tax.


            The additional 1% tax continues taking about $10,000 each month during the appeal from citizens, amounting to more than $3.6 million so far that people would have had in their bank accounts if the county accepted Berrier’s ruling.  And, additional monies are coming from the people’s tax dollars to pay a Nevada County law firm to counter Berrier’s decision.


            Leahy added, “Right now I believe it (Measure K) is dead.” Leahy said there were other ways to fund government rather than increase taxes and the Supervisors have proven that.


            The County’s Measure K appeal will likely not be heard until mid-2020 allowing the county to continue making $10,000 a month off their deceptive ploy. From the very beginning Yuba County people have been hustled and scammed by a measure that now even if the citizens prevail in court all the money illegally taken by the county it keeps.


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Sacramento. Ca.


Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represent the area devastated by last year’s Camp Fire, introduced legislation that will help prevent future wildfires and utility power shutoff events.  AB 1941 and AB 1942 would direct additional funding into utility infrastructure upgrades and forest fuel reduction projects – two of the primary factors of catastrophic wildfires and power shutoff events.


“PG&E needs to get back to the basics of providing safe and reliable power,” said Gallagher. “There is no doubt that PG&E’s mismanagement is the primary culprit in these devastating fires and PSPS events. But policies coming out of the State Capitol that distract from these primary objectives only make matters worse.”


Senator Nielsen said, “Power shutoffs are unacceptable. Too many lives were interrupted; many people went without pay. PG&E executives need to be held accountable.”


PG&E is currently spending roughly $2.4 billion annually to uphold a legislative mandate to buy renewable power. At the same time, the company spent only $1.5 billion to update its century old infrastructure in 2017.  A century-old transmission tower was cited as the ignition source of the Camp Fire, and a utility tower reportedly may also be the source of the Kincade Fire.


 AB 1941 will temporarily pause the state’s renewable power mandates until infrastructure and vegetation management conditions are improved. The legislation will require that savings from this temporary relief may only be used by Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to harden the grid and update decaying infrastructure. Also during this time, and any proposed bonuses and salary increases for executives would be prohibited.


 AB 1942 will appropriate $330 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for forest and fire prevention programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by uncontrolled wildfires. Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley estimates that 20% to 25% of the wildfire damage resulted from climate change, and "75% is the way we manage lands and develop our landscape."


 The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) determined that forestry management is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce carbon emissions . In addition to the LAO, the San Francisco Chronicle recently opined this would be a better use of cap and trade funds.

California IOUs have already met their goals of reaching 33% renewable solar and wind energy and PG&E is already producing 85% of its power from renewable and carbon-free sources. The lawmakers noted that every dollar spent on the additional cost of renewable energy is one dollar that is not available to be spent on vegetation management, line insulation, undergrounding, and The North State lawmakers noted that California is moving backward on its carbon reduction due to recent wildfires. Last year’s fires generated 45 million metric tons of carbon - more than nine times California’s combined reductions achieved in 2016 and 2017.

“California must get smarter about its climate goals. Century-old infrastructure, tinderbox forests and PSPS events are unacceptable. Renewable energy mandates that take away from addressing these issues while fires continue to burn are intolerable. With our plan, we can do better on carbon reduction and combating catastrophic fire,” Gallagher concluded.

by Lou Binninger


If you’re an unborn child, a senior citizen or are terminally ill, California can be deadly. Abortions are free everywhere, even accessible on public college campuses. And since 2015, assisted suicide is legal, as well.

However, creatures will be safe. Governor Gavin Newsom is spending $50 million to make the Left Coast State a “no-kill zone.” People beware, dogs and cats rejoice. To enviro-fascists like Newsom animals belong here and humans not so much.


People have a duty to care for animals, but the thirst for killing humans is satanic. People have value because they bear the image of the Creator. Only humans are made in His image and likeness.

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 132,680 abortions occurred in California during 2017. This number also includes abortions performed in CA. on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on CA. residents in other states. (CA. did not provide abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control for the last reporting period.)


An estimated 22% of pregnancies in the “Golden State” are aborted in spite of thousands of families waiting to adopt babies. CA performed 15.4% of all America’s abortions in 2017.


Newsom’s California continues its lawless ways whether by establishing a Sanctuary State for illegal alien criminals, undermining border security, sanctifying homosexual marriage, or mandating free abortions, to name just a few examples.


The Federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is issuing a Notice of Violation to the State of California, formally notifying the state that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates on health insurance plans and issuers in violation of federal conscience laws.  California has deprived over 28,000 people of plans that did not cover elective abortion.


OCR investigated two California complaints from the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit, an order of Catholic religious sisters, and Skyline Wesleyan Church, a non-profit Christian church – both of which abide by faith beliefs that conflict with the abortion coverage mandate.


Newsom’s stance is clear and CA. legislators have never met a baby they would not pay to poison, chop to pieces or stab in the base of the skull. Furthermore, they force those taxpayers that disagree to pay to kill children as well.


Been feeling like the government is coming after you with infinite money and power rather than protecting you? You are right.


Governor Brown, Newsom, Senator Kamala Harris, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been waging a coordinated attack on the First Amendment rights of Pro-Life Americans.


Obama pal and Planned Parenthood (PP) friend, Judge William Orrick III has been protecting PP and its baby parts business by banning from the courtroom and the public’s view “almost 200 hours of unreleased undercover footage” revealing the methodical butchering of babies for profit.


David Daleiden, project lead at Center for Medical Progress (CMP), said that in addition to one civil case and one criminal case against him, his legal team is about to appeal a third case from the National Abortion Federation.


            “Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation and Kamala Harris and the California Attorney General’s office,” Daleiden explained are “all violating our First Amendment civil rights.”


            Daleiden has been targeted both in criminal and civil court for doing what any investigative journalist does every day in the US -- expose wrong-doing using undercover reporting. But, that isn’t allowed when touching abortion and baby parts sales, the Religion of the Left. Daleiden dared to tread into the Left’s ‘holy of the holies’ and must be destroyed.


            Daleiden says the video footage is “some of the most damning and incriminating stuff that’s ever been recorded, and we intend to release it as soon as we can. We’re going to continue to fight to liberate that footage so that it can be entered into the record of public opinion.”


Corrupt liberal officials and the deep state are skilled at ruining the lives of those exposing wrong-doing particularly when those in power are benefiting personally and financially.


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by Lou Binninger


The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

‘Militia’ did not refer to the military or law enforcement. The founders’ ‘militia’ meant every man, woman and child should both have a weapon and know how to use it to repel and defeat an over-zealous and power-hungry state.


The right to protect the person and property was God-given, not government-granted. The removal of God-given rights was to be over the dead bodies of patriots. (Throughout the course of the Revolutionary War, an estimated 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner. Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war.)


 Founders believed the citizen was primarily responsible to safeguard his family and property, not the government. No society can afford to hire enough police or military to insure personal safety or liberty. It takes seconds to shoot an intruder versus 10-15 minutes or more for a law enforcement response.

Concealed weapon permits, gun type limitations, registration of guns and background checks for purchasing ammunition are all glaring violations of the 2nd amendment. Again, the amendment was written to remind government to not infringe upon the people’s right to keep and bear arms.


The Sheriff is the local official with the greatest authority. Rather than go along to get along with an undermining of the Second Amendment he should honor his oath of office to ‘Defend the Constitution’ and declare the jurisdiction a Second Amendment Sanctuary County as originally written and intended.

County Supervisors offer no leadership if they cannot join the Sheriffs to stand with the same Constitution they took an oath to defend. Their passivity shows they are pawns of the state rather than representatives of the people.


Assemblyman James Gallagher’s recent video exposing the harassment endured by citizens to purchase ammunition actually concedes the more serious usurping of the authority of the citizens by the state.  Though Gallagher is with the minority party he should proclaim the God-given rights wrought with patriots’ blood to be free from government intrusion and not be content to rightfully mock the state’s troubling of the citizens.


Patrick Henry in his speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention on June 5, 1778, said "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."


Joseph Story wrote in ‘Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833’ that "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."


Samuel Adams at the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention in 1788 said, "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."


William Pitt in his speech in the House of Commons on November 18, 1783 said, "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."

This week, Virginians are confronting tyranny in their state. It is time to stand with the Constitution and oppose the flood of regulations robbing us of our rights. It is time to buy as many guns and as much ammunition as possible from sources off the grid while you still are able. It is time to remove representatives who violate their oath of office.


It’s your republic should you desire to keep it.


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by Lou Binninger


You probably didn’t notice particularly if you haven’t been checked lately but sexually transmitted infections (STI) are booming. The myth is that you can live a sexually promiscuous lifestyle and if you notice no symptoms then you are well.


However, health officials say people are infected but may not be experiencing symptoms yet. People in one-night stands and affairs may be comforted by partner assurances of no infections on board but often they haven’t been examined. They just aren’t aware of any symptoms.


Other myths abound in the STI world. People in some African nations believe that intercourse with a virgin female or a monkey could cure HIV and other STIs.  What you don’t know can kill you in the STI world.

Unfortunately, politicians and even medical people often play sexual Russian roulette by not telling the whole truth about what is primarily spreading disease. To protect the image of groups with high risk behavior social engineers toss in ‘indirect causes’ like poverty, unstable housing, and insufficient funding. Though there are many contributing factors in spreading STIs including ignorance and the lack of transparency regarding sexual practices, the root problem is risky behavior.


Intravenous drug use, sex with many partners, and sex among homosexual and bisexual men are driving the spike in diseases. Add to the risky behavior the decreased or improper use of condoms, the lack of follow-through on treatment and not properly informing a network of sex partners about being infected.

If you had multiple partners over the years or injected drugs medical people advise telling your doctor and getting tested. Then remain sexually monogamous with someone that has also been tested, treated and cleared. For addicts, use a clean needle, get on suboxone or seek a rehab.


If sticking with one partner is impossible then use a latex condom, always. For the risk takers continue reading to learn about your STI world.


A report shows that from 2017 to 2018, there were increases in the three most commonly reported STIs --- syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. There were more than 115,000 syphilis cases. 


The number of primary and secondary syphilis cases – the most infectious stages of syphilis – increased 14 percent to more than 35,000 cases, the highest number reported since 1991. Among newborns, syphilis cases increased 40 percent to more than 1,300 cases.


Gonorrhea increased 5 percent to more than 580,000 cases – also the highest number reported since 1991. Chlamydia increased 3 percent to more than 1.7 million cases – the most ever reported to the Center for Disease Control.


Antibiotics can cure syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. However, left untreated, STIs can be transmitted to others and produce dangerous consequences such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, increased HIV risk and death. Congenital syphilis – syphilis passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy – can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death, and severe lifelong physical and neurological problems.


An estimated 38,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year. HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed across states and regions. More than 50 percent of new diagnoses occurred in just 48 counties (of 3,142); Washington, DC; and San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2016 and 2017.


California had the most counties, with 8 leading the way in new cases – Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco.


America has an estimated 1.1 million people infected with HIV and is spending $20 billion annually to treat and stop the spread of the disease.


French-Canadian airline employee Gaetan Dugas, was once vilified for spreading HIV to North America. Dugas told researchers that he had 750 sexual partners the previous three years before being diagnosed with HIV. Dugas recalled the names of just 72 partners.


That wasn’t an unusual number of sexual hook-ups for members of the homosexual community. Researchers said 65 percent of men in a Los Angeles cluster study at the time reported having more than 1,000 sexual partners in their lifetimes. Most of that sexual activity was with anonymous people thereby prohibiting HIV patients from giving medical officials any names for treatment.


No amount of effective medicine and care will curb STIs where people’s habits spread the disease and their ignorance and lack of transparency inhibits treatment. HIV is believed to have come from diseased monkeys in Leopoldville (Republic of the Congo) during the 1970s. The other three STIs have been noted throughout history.


California’s Senate Bill 859 is the latest attempt to pour more resources into education, treatment and care to stop this epidemic in spite of the tendency of the at-risk population to ignore facts and caution.


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Following the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the U.S. Senate, the California Farm Bureau Federation said the trade pact will help farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses throughout the state.


 “Passage of the USMCA has been a top priority for Farm Bureau and other farm organizations, and we’re excited to have achieved the milestone of congressional passage,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “Today’s Senate vote brings us closer to realizing the agreement’s benefits to California.”


 President Trump’s signature on the USMCA will finalize its ratification by the United States. Mexico has also ratified the agreement. The Canadian House of Commons is expected to vote on the pact in coming weeks.

 “We’re grateful to the many California farmers and ranchers who contacted their elected representatives on behalf of USMCA, and we thank Senator Feinstein for her vote to approve the agreement,” Johansson said. “The USMCA will further open markets for California-grown food and agricultural products, and will benefit the tens of thousands of Californians whose jobs rely on farm exports to Canada and Mexico.


 “This has been a big week for trade developments, considering the signing of a Phase 1 agreement between the U.S. and China,” Johansson said. “We’re hopeful the Phase 1 agreement will ultimately lead to further easing of trade between the two nations, and that the United States will continue to pursue trade policies that open markets for high-quality California farm products.”

Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots Served 1,985 Children in Yuba-Sutter During December

2019 was an incredible time for Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots as they celebrated a record year.

Here are the Yuba-Sutter numbers:


-1,985 Low income children served

-3,964 gifts went to local children, plus:

-398 books

-2,388 stocking stuffers


“We are so blessed to have such a giving community!” said Bob Harlan, local Toys for Tots coordinator.

They received 1,624 gifts from more than 60 local drop-off participating businesses and through a special event with the Yuba City Fire Department, which was a one-day appearance at Target in Yuba City collecting toys and money.


Local cash donations exceeded $12,000 to purchase gifts, which included $5,000 from our local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.


In addition to the 462 low income children served through the two-day "family distribution event" on the weekend before Christmas, they also provided gifts to 13 other local organizations, churches and schools.

Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots has virtually no overhead this year. We received free storage space from Results Radio, incredible family distribution assistance from Yuba-Sutter Salvation Army, free family distribution and sorting facilities through Hilber's Inc. and Reason Farms, and various free services from Grocery Outlet!


Toys for Tots also received more than $15,000 in gifts at no charge from the Toys for Tots Foundation!

“Donations to Toys for Tots is a VERY pure form of giving as funds received are turned into gifts for families in need of providing Christmas for their youngsters,” Harlan said.


The local Toys for Tots organization has a nucleus of eight volunteers who run this program annually between mid-October and Christmas.

by John Mistler




Charles “Charlie” Leon McNiff was born on June 27, 1934 in Utica, Nebraska and passed away in Marysville on January 6, 2020.


Charlie is survived by Pat McNiff, mother of their five children: Katherine Everett from San Jose, Christine McNiff, (Steve Sheeran) Longmont, Co, Annette Martinez (Ernie) Santa Maria, Ca., Kevin McNiff Green Bay WI., Tim McNiff, Santa Maria and close friend Sharon Moffett, as well as twelve grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and one great, great, grandchild.


An athlete, Charlie lettered in three sports (football, baseball, and track) at Gridley High School from 1948 to 1950. He then transferred to Marysville High and lettered in those sports there too.











































Charlie was very proud of his tour on the USS Renshaw and wrote a story in the Territorial Dispatch about his memories of Nuclear Bomb Tests.










From 1951-1956, he served in the Navy on a destroyer, the USS Renshaw, during Operation Castle. Operation Castle Bravo remains to this day, the largest detonation ever carried out anywhere by the United States, and the fifth largest H-bomb detonation in the world. The ship Charlie was on was 20 miles away when the bomb detonated. Charlie played on his squadron’s all-star softball team as a catcher.


After the Navy, Charlie went to Yuba College and later earned a full ride scholarship to Fresno State University which was the top baseball school in the country.


In 1958, he set a Yuba College record in the 220-yard dash (:21.5) which stood until 1982, and in the 440-yard dash (:47.7) which still stands 43 years later. In 1959, he broke the San Jose State 440 record (:47.2) at the Modesto Relays, this was the tenth fastest in the world that year.

In 2001 Charlie was inducted into the Yuba College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charlie at the Territorial Dispatch Charlie at the Territorial Dispatch


















Charlie worked for the Appeal Democrat Newspaper as a sportswriter and also sold advertising. In 1984 Charlie founded the Territorial Dispatch Newspaper in Meadow Vista, California. He moved the paper to Auburn Ca. and eventually to Marysville, Ca.  He sold the paper in 2001 but continued to write articles in his "Think About It" column until January 1,2020.  Charlie had a sense of humor and enjoyed wearing his trench coat and hat as an investigative reporter.


In the early 70s Charlie was an announcer for the stock car races in Marysville at the Triple M Raceway which was owned by his sister Delores Francis and her husband Cy Francis. He created the Sierra Mesa National Raceway, the first paved oval race track on the west coast off Highway 20 in Browns Valley.


In a recent interview by his granddaughter, Sarah Snyder, Charlie said, "If you believe in something hard enough, and passionately enough, it can happen."


He wants to remind his high school graduating class that he is proud to have lived through over a third of our nation’s history.


There will be a "Celebration of  Life" to be announced at a later date.



by Lou Binninger


A video posted on Facebook showed Third District Assemblyman James Gallagher attempting to purchase two cartons of shotgun shells at Sutter Orchard Supply, the popular farm and sporting goods store in Yuba City. Gallagher, a hunter, is no novice at purchasing ammo, but now in Commifornia he was rejected.


            The store employee asked for Gallagher’s identification (ID) so a mandatory background check could be run which of course the customer must pay for. However, the address on the driver’s license was a P O Box, unacceptable to satisfy the Ammo Nazis in Sacramento. They have to know where to apprehend you, the criminal.


            Gallagher left the store to return with his birth certificate, passport and other evidence illustrating who he was and where he lived. He then purchased his shells. However, if the assemblyman did not have a shotgun registered with the government he would have been denied as well.


            While Virginian’s are preparing to go at it over gun rights Commifornians are yawning, picking their teeth and surrendering their God-given rights to the weapons and ammo needed to defend against or overthrow government authorities.


There are reports of law enforcement lurking around Nevada ammo and gun outlets taking photos of CA license plates after people make purchases and return home with their contraband.  Those buying weapons and ammo out of state should pay attention.


The Yuba County Supervisors think alike. Maybe we could get by with just one representative and save some money. They unanimously put the illegal Measure K 1% sales tax increase on the ballot. Then, they unanimously chose to ignore the free advice of election law attorneys at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) that the Yuba Co measure was not legal.

County Administrator Robert Bendorf said the county was not interested in advice from third parties. However, Bendorf and supervisors had no problem unanimously hiring third-party consultants to scheme voters to promote Measure K while using tax dollars and violating the Constitutional rights of taxpayers.


Then, when HJTA, farmer Charles Mathews and newspaperman John Mistler contested the legality of Measure K in Yuba County Superior Court Bendorf and supervisors again unanimously used tax dollars to hire “third party” lawyers to defend the flawed ballot measure rather than use their county counsel.


When Judge Stephen Berrier decided in favor of HJTA, Mathews and Mistler, rather than the county accepting the decision, supervisors instead chose to appeal the Berrier decision with taxpayer money. That move costs the taxpayers more than $10,000 each day plus legal fees until the county gives up the fight. Adding insult to injury, the county gets to keep the tax revenue win or lose. That sounds more like a scheme concocted by Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff.


According to Yuba Co spokesperson Russ Brown the County has scooped $3,480,000 since April 1, 2019 from hard-working citizens. Appeal Democrat writer David Wilson quotes Brown as saying, “That money, which was supposed to enhance the county revenue stream, is being held in trust until the legality of the measure’s passage is decided in court.”

It has taken years for county officials to admit what Measure K was all about ---“enhance the county revenue stream.” Maybe the public safety bait and switch argument is finally wearing thin.


No mention is made in Wilson’s article that the Measure K legal fight is a heads the county wins and tails the taxpayer loses. Thank state legislatures for that unjust outcome. Revenue from taxes eventually found to be illegal becomes a cash cow for government. Anyone get refunds for the illegal state “fire tax?”


If the county loses their appeal of Measure K and quits the fight they keep all the money and then can put another “revenue enhancing” tax scam on the ballot.


Lastly, Yuba County Supervisors have unanimously endorsed Melanie Bendorf for Superior Court Judge. Figures, but it sounds politically incestuous. Melanie is County Administrator Robert Bendorf’s wife. Robert Bendorf takes care of the supervisors including advising them that they deserve more money. In turn, the supervisors set the pay for Robert Bendorf.  It’s a great gig if you can get it.


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by Lou Binninger


Many Western and other industrialized nations have done their best to abort themselves out of existence. Social engineers, the supposed ‘best and brightest,’ have touted that the earth is running out of fill-in-the-blank…space, water, oil, food, normal weather and so on. They persuade that it is merciful to murder the smallest and most vulnerable, sterilize women, and spread abortifacient pills far and wide to thin the herd.


It just seems more reasonable to kill the old, fat and ugly if the goal is to maximize the best use of “limited” resources and preserve the beautiful people. But that is another topic.

The fact is that the intellectuals have been off, way off in their predictions and it is too easy to kill those they dislike, like blacks and other minorities. This has been a mission of liberals, intellectuals and abortion icons like Margaret Sanger that strategically locate abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods to root-out the ‘human weeds.’ They also sterilized minority women and created the Ku Klux Klan to kill, intimidate and keep minority folks in their place.


Government has rarely been the friend of babies. A paranoid Pharaoh killed Hebrew males in Egypt, a threatened Herod killed baby boys in Israel, the Nazis killed Jewish children in Europe and liberals have mastered the murder of black babies and other children in America, all to save someone’s world.


Republican and Democrat officials have been complicit in funding the baby blood bath for decades. The recent funding vote for the U.S. government included money for Planned Parenthood again.


            The 2018-19 report for Planned Parenthood (PP) showed that 95% of pregnant women entering a PP clinic had an abortion. Cancer screening/prevention dropped 69%. Breast exams were down 68%. Pap tests decreased by 72% and contraceptive services shrank by 34%.


PP performed 345,672 abortions, their highest number ever reported or 81 abortions for each adoption referral. PP rhetoric claims that women’s health is its top priority but the report seems contradictory. Meanwhile, public funding for PP is up 27% since 2010.


It’s been 40 years since China started its “One Child Policy” in 1979 to boost its standard of living and feed a growing population. People were starving due to the state controlling all agriculture production. For decades the policy was strictly enforced by using punishing fines for an extra child, confiscating property, and demolishing homes of rebels.


Women were forcefully implanted with contraceptive intrauterine devices (IUD) and suffered sterilization and abortions. It is estimated that 324 million had IUDs implanted and 108 million underwent sterilization from 1980 to 2014. As the “One Child Policy” ended in 2014 some 500 million births were “prevented,” the majority being female.


In 1992, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) allowed international adoptions to occur. Just like the thriving organ transplant market using the parts of living criminals and political prisoners today, a baby market erupted with millions of infants being taken from their parents and sold to foreigners for $10,000-30,000 cash,  lining the pockets of CCP officials.


And just like the Communists informed families and recipients that their loved ones / donors died while incarcerated, adoptive parents were told these infants were abandoned. The CCP was running organ peddling and baby-selling schemes.


Thousands of Chinese families today have no idea what became of the children taken from them and sold. A new documentary “One Child Nation” reveals the horrors of the one-child policy as a symptom of the central-planning schemes of communist and socialist governance.

The shocking and sad part of the film is that the people were convinced via indoctrination and propaganda that this horrific sacrifice of their children and their family dreams was necessary for the “good of the nation.” With communism, individual freedom bows to the will of state planners and their collectivist ideology.


The “One Child Policy” created two problems for the government – too few young people to manage the nation and too few females to join with males. To solve these disasters Frankenstein-thinking social engineers have launched the “Two Child Policy” and females are being bought and abducted from neighboring nations to mate with lonely males.


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A first-generation rancher from Yuba County earned the Grand Prize in the 38th annual California Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest. Kathy Brimmer won $1,000 for a photo of her husband feeding cattle on their property near Smartsville, as the sun set behind the Sutter Buttes.


 The 2019 CFBF Photo Contest attracted hundreds of images from amateur photographers who are members of county Farm Bureaus or supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation. Nine of the 12 top finishers were first-time contest winners.


 Cindy Lohse of Orland garnered First Place and $500 for a photo of a red barn in a field of bright-yellow sunflowers; Second Place and $250 went to Angels Camp resident Mindy Rasmussen, who submitted a photo of water trickling down an irrigation canal. Andrea Traphagan of Ravendale won Third Place and $100 for a sepia-tone image of her husband inspecting test plantings of grain.


 Six photographers earned Honorable Mentions and $50 each: Amy Blagg of Lodi, Melissa Laney of Live Oak, Marti Hubbell of Tres Pinos, Kevin Robertson of Corcoran, Marilyn Ferrante of Napa and Samantha Francis of Napa.


 In the Budding Artists category for photographers ages 13 and younger, 11-year-old Dottie Davis repeated last year’s contest performance by earning First Place and $250. Her winning photo for 2019: a still life of hay hooks and gloves on her family’s farm near Orland. A close-up of an almond blossom earned the Second Place prize of $100 for 12-year-old Mylee Decroix of Orland. Both prizes were presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.


 All 12 prize-winning photos will be published this week in the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper, Ag Alert®, as well as the organization’s bimonthly magazine, California Bountiful®, and will appear on the organization’s websites—, and—and social media pages. 

by Lou Binninger


One of the most remembered lines in American cinema is from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. After Captain (Strother Martin), the sadistic prison warden beats to the ground petty criminal Luke played by Paul Newman Captain says, “What we've got here is failure to communicate."


            That line describes current interaction between voters and the administration of Yuba Community College District (YCCD). Citizens and a Sutter County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) representative have submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain facts about the upcoming ballot Measure C authorizing $228.4 million more in loans.


            SCTA President Pat Miller asked for electronic links to current CalSTRS and CalPERS reports disclosing pension liabilities for instructors and other employees. Her requests were described by YCCD as “unclear.”


            Questions asked by others were for the number of students – full and part time, the number of students attending various district locations and how many receive tuition assistance. (One online review said 86% of students get some form of aid.)


This FOIA request was described by YCCD as “unintelligible.” An inquiry as to the number of empty classrooms was considered “vague and unclear.”(An online Yuba College Master Plan reports lecture instructional space as under-utilized.)


            The back and forth or ‘stone-walling’ is reminiscent of the Yuba County Measure K Sale Tax Increase when a Wheatland resident’s FOIA request asking about the amount of tax dollars spent promoting Measure K went unanswered for months.


            With the election fast approaching on March 3, 2020, FOIA foot-dragging undermines efforts to properly inform voters who are being asked to burden future generations with nearly $700 million (2006 and 2020 bonds) in debt. Only 55% percent of the voters need to agree to more borrowing.


            Government sarcasm and disdain for citizens have created the FOIA process that requires an attorney-like linguistically precise request worthy of even an evasive response from bureaucrats. The average hard-working taxpayer is unworthy of a swift answer by phone and is instead dismissed as “unclear” and “unintelligible.”


            What local school campus office manager could not tell a caller what attendance is? Do college people really not know or just don’t want to say -- ignorant or irritable?


            Searching elsewhere, voters say that YCCD attendance is down by about 1,000 students from 2012 to 2018. If true, then that aligns with other news reports that as costs to run California Community Colleges are booming students’ use of the schools is dropping.


            The attendance confusion comes when looking for full-time versus part time versus fulltime equivalent students. One source says there are 6,640 full and part time students, another says 5,529 and another source says 7,713 full-time equivalent attendees. One website notes fulltime attendance at just 1,535. What is clear is that the percentage of graduates from community colleges is minimal, less than 25%.


            One analysis says that the bulk of the 2006 bonds (currently still owe $191 million) were spent on the Woodland campus of YCCD.


            Pension and employee benefits debt is hush-hush at YCCD. Of 73 California Community College Districts YCCD is in the top 5 districts buried in unfunded pension liabilities surpassed only by Chabot – Las Positas, Napa Valley, Peralta, and Ventura County districts. Operating YCCD for a few thousand students is one expensive proposition.


            YCCD pension debt for fiscal year 2018 was $47,809,628 but is now more than 50 million. Bond funds can be used to pay pension liabilities.


            And, by looking at for YCCD 2018 salaries the top four administrators are being paid a total of just under $1 million. One hundred and eight-six employees make more than $100,000/yr. and 75 receive $150,000/yr. plus. In 2020, nearly 20 are each making $200,000 or more.


            Politicians today are on a borrowing binge at every level of government. Here is a way to look at it. What parents would be praised if instead of an inheritance they left their children decades of debt payments? Rather than be commended the parents would be a curse to their children.


            It is time to stop borrowing, sell what we cannot afford, and reduce the size of government. Vote No on Measure C.


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