By Lou Binninger

Starbucks Corporation says that anyone is welcome in their outlets. That’s a utopian world away from “No shirt, no shoes, no service” or “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”

In the recent past, restaurants (along with other enterprises) had some common decency rules for patrons. The minimal standard acknowledged the fact that others had paid to enjoy the product and premises, as well. Unseemly behavior would not be allowed to rule the establishment.

Not so Starbucks. At the Marysville outlet the homeless are encouraged to use the facilities. Aware of the Starbucks everything-goes policy, folks drop-in to use the restroom, bathe and inject drugs.

Security patrol people hired by the adjacent businesses in the complex to stop aggressive behavior and theft are asked by Starbucks to leave panhandlers and hustlers alone and not enter the coffee outlet themselves.

Last week, a customer in the Marysville Starbucks posted on Facebook that two homeless folks were misbehaving. The employees were stumped for what to do, so the patron called Marysville Police. She was the only “adult” in the room.

Starbucks may need to do some de-escalation of force and verbal judo training for their baristas and then raise pay for serving on the front line.

Liberals can be business savvy, but fail miserably when managing a city, state or country. In this case, Starbucks is moving from convincing people to pay extraordinary prices for fattening drinks to social engineering – convincing patrons to feel good about getting coffee while the guy who just shot-up wets himself in the next seat.

Starbucks workers are reacting to being expected to make a Green Tea “Al Pacino” while fretting about a child or lady heading to the bathroom and wondering if it became a “shooting gallery” or one big urinal since the last time they checked.

Baristas complain that the restrooms are beset with gnarly trash, used needles and unsanitary conditions. Employees wonder if they could acquire a disease from working there.

A petition of employees on of 3,700 signatures urged Starbucks to install needle-disposal boxes in store restrooms where the population is known to have high rates of Hepatitis and HIV. The coffee conglomerate is responding by adding the boxes in some outlets. This is liberals pooling their ignorance.

If fast food outlets can’t get sober patrons to dispose of trash properly how can an addict, mindless after shooting meth, cocaine or opiates tidy-up and tuck their rig into a sharps box? And, are those cleaning-up after them now handing the coffee through the take-out window?

Of course, this is the same thinking that led to the “Crap App” on phones to navigate the piles of human feces on the streets of San Francisco (SF). “Port-a-Potties” for street people in SF are often used to shoot drugs and engage in sex, as well. Does anyone remember the SF light pole that fell across the intersection after urine eroded its metal base? The liberal solution is urine resistant light standards.

The same spirit of nonsense possessed the federal judge who found justification in the 8th Amendment to force taxpayers to either fully fund homeless people or let them violate the law. The judge does not likely live in a city ruled by the chaos created by his ruling.

Starbucks’ future depends on the quality experience it does or does not provide its customers. Businesses come and go.

The homeless phenomenon is a product of the modern welfare state. Government socialist policies are creating it and taking more and more tax dollars to manage it. It’s like fighting obesity by eating more and moving less.

Meanwhile, if cities cannot manage an unruly population the more stable folk will quietly leave for less chaotic and safer places. Many local higher paid government workers (administrators and public safety people) have already done just that. They choose to live in better-run cities elsewhere while working here.

So far in the last 12 months, local acquaintances joining the Calizuela Diaspora have moved to Nevada, Idaho, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, Oregon, Missouri and Washington.

by Lou Binninger

Those graduating from high school this year were not alive when Al Qaeda terrorists bombed the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen on October 12, 2000. Nor have students been told the truth by government schools and the main stream media that Muslims have been on a terror rampage since the Munich, Germany Summer Olympics in 1972.

In 2017, a call for assistance for a young suicidal naval veteran was a reminder that the damage on the USS Cole was not limited to 17 fatalities and 40 injured. The young man in crisis once stood guard in the ship for hours among his dead shipmates until the scene could be processed. Seventeen years later he was still struggling to survive the experience.

Four killed that day were in their early thirties while 13 of the dead were just 19-24 years old. Family members suffer to this day and search for any morsel of comfort from the lingering investigation and court proceedings.

So, President Trump’s mention that on January 1, 2019 the US military killed Jamal al-Badawi, the Yemeni terrorist accused of leading the attack, was bitter-sweet relief for those grieving their loss.

Trump’s tweet read, “Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi.”

The ship had been refueling in the Yemeni Port of Aden when attacked. A small boat carrying C4 explosives and two suicide bombers rammed the port side of the destroyer creating a huge gash. Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden celebrated the attack which occurred just one year prior to the September 11, 2001 multi-faceted terrorist strike on the US.

A U.S. Grand Jury indicted Badawi in 2003 for his part in the bombing and charged him with 50 counts of terrorism-related offenses, including the murder of American citizens and U.S. military personnel.

In April 2003, Pakistani officials arrested suspected USS Cole attack planner Walid bin Attash.

Yemeni authorities held Badawi until April 2003 when he escaped. In March 2004 he was recaptured but fled again in February 2006. The FBI offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to his capture. The January 1 strike killed him while driving alone east of the Yemeni capital of San’a.

Five men accused in Yemeni court in July 2004 were al-Badawi, Maamoun Msouh, Fahd al-Quso, Ali Mohamed Saleh and Murad al-Sirouri. Abd Al-Nashiri, mastermind of the attack, was to be tried in absentia since he was detained at Guantanamo Bay. The judge also named the two suicide bombers for the first time, Ibrahim al-Thawr and Abdullah al-Misawa. Al-Nashiri was sentenced by a Yemeni court to death though still in American custody.

On July 16, 2004, family members of the sailors killed filed a lawsuit against Sudan for more than $100 million, alleging the Sudanese government provided support that enabled the al Qaeda attack. On March 14, 2007 US District Judge Doumar found Sudan liable for the USS Cole attacks and ordered Sudan to pay $8 million to the families.

In 2010, fifteen injured sailors and three surviving spouses filed a federal lawsuit making similar claims against the Sudanese government. The plaintiffs accused the Republic of Sudan of funding, training and giving additional support to al Qaeda. They sought assets in Sudanese banks to compensate for the injuries and deaths.

On March 30, 2012, the US District Court issued a final judgment awarding $314,705,896 in compensatory and punitive damages to the plaintiffs. On September 23, 2015, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Sudanese government's appeal and ordered Sudanese bank assets to be turned over to family members.

The bitter irony is that since 1955 the U.S. has been the world’s largest source of aid to Sudan. In fiscal year 2008-2009 alone the US gave Sudan $ 901 million. That is painful for families that see their tax dollars assisting a government complicit in the murder of their loves ones.

More than $50 billion annually is spent in foreign aid including funds to many nations unfriendly to the US. This makes no sense especially when liberals say that spending $5 billion for a wall to protect Americans on our southern border is a bad value.

by Lou Binninger

There is an uptick in news about sales tax measures and bonds being promoted by government to bail-out politicians and budgets. These efforts are temporary fixes to overspending since the real problems are a corrupt state pension system and unaffordable government-run healthcare. Another seldom noted nemesis is a Calizuela state government that is adding mandates while bleeding tax money from poorer rural counties.

Read the informative article by Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in this paper and a Cal Matters Dan Walter’s piece “Finally, a crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money” in the Appeal Democrat.

Both articles address the fact that though there are laws to prevent an abuse of power by government usurping the Constitutional rights of its citizens, if there is no enforcement of the law then the law is impotent and rights are lost.

The FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) recently voted unanimously to impose a $7,500 fine on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) for not reporting its spending on a bond issue as a campaign contribution. The violation involves the pitching of a $3.5 billion bond issue to voters. The fine is chump change to BART and an encouragement to ignore the law once again.

The FPPC asked the State Attorney General and Bay Area district attorneys to prosecute BART for violating the law prohibiting the use of public funds for political campaigns. Earlier, Los Angeles County was also cited by the FPPC for misuse of taxpayer funds in an election campaign.

Locally, numerous Yuba County citizens filed complaints with the FPPC accusing County Supervisors of inappropriate use of public funds for the Measure K campaign to raise sales taxes to 8.25%. The initial FPPC response was to request evidence to support accusations of those residents filing complaints. That information has now been submitted.

If the FPPC finds Yuba County at fault in its advocacy of Measure K then who will enforce and prosecute this violation - the FPPC, The Attorney General (AG), the Yuba County District Attorney (DA)?

The FPPC can fine but in Yuba County’s case will taxpayers’ funds be used to pay the amount? That public loses again. In LA County there is a request to prosecute supervisors individually. Per capita, Yuba County spent more money on its measure than did LA.

The AG’s office has not been a factor in helping when requested in our rural counties. Would the DA’s office pursue Yuba County for misuse of public funds? Not likely, since DA Pat McGrath (now retired) was a spokesperson for Measure K.

Some have confused the lawsuit filed against the county to stop Measure K with the FPPC’s role in legally critiquing the campaign. The legal action by Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk questions the legality of the content of the Measure K ordinance. The FPPC will evaluate the “free speech” violation where government is forbidden from using public funds in a political campaign to raise taxes.

Counties, cities and jurisdictions up and down the state have been violating election laws to financially save their mismanaged ship. Will they be held accountable or will the public lose again?

Prop 218 and Prop 13 requirements on how taxes are raised may go the way of the Brown Act, being useless unless they are sincerely and honestly enforced along with deterrent- level penalties. The Ralph M. Brown Act was passed in 1953 to ensure the public’s right to openness in government and to keep politicians from avoiding public scrutiny. Since the Act has no enforcement powers it has had little to no impact.

by Lou Binninger

Each January, Calizuelans are notified that their legislators have made nearly 1,000 new laws as aspects of our lives are discovered that they don’t control. This year, 1,016 bills were signed into law of the 1,217 sent to Governor Brown.

If you think in terms of 10 years that’s about 10,000 more state laws each decade to keep us under subjection. For some reason that seems more ominous than by the year. And to think we started with just 10 rules.

You remember...Worship only God. No graven images or idols. Don’t cuss using God’s name. Honor the Sabbath day. Honor your father and mother. Don’t murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t slander your neighbor. And, don’t covet.

Lawmaking has gone downhill from there. The Supreme Court in 1857 ruled thought Black people could be owned, bought and sold like property. Dred Scott, an enslaved African American man, unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and two daughters. Nope, can’t have that.

Then after that decision was corrected another Supreme Court found that killing unborn babies was the right thing to do. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that states could not criminalize or restrict access to abortion.

In 1966, Republican Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun’s 19-year daughter Sally, a sophomore in college, became pregnant. The family was embarrassed and Sally then married the boyfriend. Three weeks after the marriage, she had a miscarriage. The couple divorced after 6 years and the ordeal delayed Sally’s pursuit of a law degree. We can’t have that.

Blackmun sought the opinion of Sally and his wife Dorothy in his effort to legalize abortion. A strategic family’s time of difficulty led to the killing of 50 million babies so far. Laws often come to us for un-Godly reasons.

Here are a few of the new state laws. Calizuela is the first state to mandate a vegan meal option in prison. This law includes hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well.

Under the category of “free enterprise,” Sacramento Socialists now forbid restaurants to offer plastic straws without a request. After a couple warnings then it’s a $25 fine per incident up to $300 a year for habitual criminals. At Lumberjacks last Sunday we requested a handful of contraband.

Also, under kids’ meals, the default drink now is water or unflavored milk. If you insist, other drinks are there for the children. Neither the business nor you are able to have it your way without a fight. A person gets elected to office and now wants to tell you what to eat.

Then, legislators just felt something was lacking. We don’t have an official state sport. Although people in the State of Jefferson would have preferred snowboarding or skiing we now have surfing. Feel better? You know, LA calls the shots for all of us.

Now, not only will the state accidently register thousands of illegal voters via the DMV but all mail-in ballots will have prepaid postage. That saves corrupt vote harvesters the time and money to come up with stamps.

Under employment law, if you ever wonder whether rookie workers are considered stupid by the nanny state this proves it. The arrogant government has nothing invested in any private enterprise but insists on managing the payroll. It cannot allow an employer and potential employee to agree on pay and working conditions. So, employers break the law by paying less than $12 an hour if they have 26 or more workers.

Employers and landlords are evil in the eyes of Calizuela judges. Try going to court on frivolous injury and compensation disputes or evictions. It’s better to pay free-loaders off rather than face a tainted judge.

Remember SB 54, the “Calizuela Values Act.” This is the new Sanctuary State law where illegal alien criminals are more “valued” than law enforcement and citizens. The problem is that the protected killers and rapists seem to target conservative victims rather than the families of Democrat lawmakers. Fourteen of 58 counties and 20 cities have rejected being a Sanctuary County / City. However, no jurisdiction in the Yuba and Sutter area has taken a stand against the insanity.

Your next driver’s license can list you as male, female or nonbinary for in-between. Let’s all go nonbinary next renewal for fun. And if you find yourself in a care home and you are a guy feeling lady-like you can use the girls’ room regardless of your God-issued plumbing.

Finally, our rulers now tell pet shops what pets they can sell. There are a thousand more new rules just like these.

by Lou Binninger

When you move into a neighborhood you don’t make friends by flipping-off the guy next door and then trying to molest his wife. That’s like what many illegal aliens, both inside and outside the US, are doing in order to win favor and a right to stay.

Screaming “F..k Trump” or “F..k ICE” and waving the Honduran or Mexican flag is not the first step to assimilation, cookies and citizenship. It looks more like a home invasion.

Liberals smile at these antics with approval while confused conservatives look for fresh underwear. One group in Tijuana actually demanded a ransom of $50,000 each from President Trump to return to their home. Thankfully Trump has “Spaldings.”

The Mexican cartels are making hundreds of millions off pushing people ($5000/ person). Their border blitz is aggressive, methodical and extremely successful. Mexicans are eager to make thousands of dollars a crossing to guide a group into the US.

Liberal organizations are funding the caravans, providing logistics and even legal aid for law-breakers. In fact, legislation signed by Governor Brown forces California taxpayers to fund attorneys for illegals as well. Feeling scammed yet?

There is a strategy to overwhelm the United States’ defenses. To increase their chances of gaining asylum, the recent wave of foreigners from Central America chose the longest possible route through Mexico to the U.S. Starting in Honduras the first caravan could have traveled half the distance to Brownsville, Texas vs. Tijuana, Mexico. Why didn’t they?

One reason was to avoid the drug cartels that control the region between southern Mexico and the Texas border. Even more relevant is that the caravan organizers were aware that California is a “sanctuary” state, and immigration judges in San Diego (border city to Tijuana) are far more likely to grant asylum than judges in Texas and nearly anywhere else in the country except New York City.

The caravan members weren’t aware of this but their organizers and financers understand the system, how to beat it and hand-held the group the whole way.

The other factor is that Tijuana is a huge city where thousands of migrants could be absorbed, and lawyers on both sides of the border are finding loopholes in the immigration system left by previous administrations. If illegals happen to skirt America’s defenses California is also safer than Texas.

Does it seem odd to Americans that so many killers, child molesters, general criminal types and gang members are in this daily onslaught? These are not your Asian whiz kids bound for college or salt-of-the-earth types with a trade seeking opportunity.

The odd aspect is that the average American would never think of violating another country’s laws, avoid the visa process and crash their border. So, why are people here so passive about being a Sanctuary City or State while watching relatives and friends get stabbed, shot, molested and run over by illegal foreigners?

The President has a Constitutional mandate to protect US citizens from illegal crossings of our border and from immigrants we don’t want here. He has kept his campaign promise to work at that.

Interestingly, the President has no support from liberals and little from conservative politicians who take a similar oath. And, judges who swear to uphold the Constitution and the law are actually blocking Trump from performing his immigration duty.

The big immigration crisis now is with asylum seekers. It is the newest strategy to clog the system, pray for a catch and release into the US and then disappear, hoping to be forgotten. Asylum seekers claim to be victims of domestic violence, former gang members, homosexuals, political activists etc. The problem is that all of these reasons are quite difficult to vet.

In 2018, the number of migrants demanding asylum at the U.S. border rose by 67% according to Homeland Security, to nearly 93,000 people. Roughly a third arrived at ports of entry without permission, and another 14% were caught crossing the border illegally before filing for asylum.

There is no country today nor has one ever existed that is as generous and welcoming as the United States. It isn’t even close. However, we have lost our senses on border control and immigration.

We need a border wall and more agents. We need to capture illegals, jail them and deport them without a court process. Those noncitizens here legally that violate laws need to be processed quickly through the courts to be deported or kept here.

Trump is on the right track to protect Americans first. That is his job.

by Lou Binninger

Religious oppression is on the rise and in particular the persecution of Jesus followers. From harassment, imprisonment, to beheading, the objective of many is to purge the world of Jesus people. That has nearly occurred in the Middle East, the birthplace of the Christian movement where it is now considered a minority faith.

Of course, that is according to official figures. Some Muslim countries do prefer to minimize the known presence of a Christian population. And, where severely persecuted, many Christians remain so in secret. Others have moved to safer regions.

Religious intolerance and persecution varies depending on the country. A Nebraska elementary school principal purged candy canes and other expressions of the Christmas season from her campus. She referred to the Constitution as justification.

This has become a Grinch ritual in many government schools each Christmas. For years, nativity scenes have been an issue for politicians intimidated by atheists in America.

However, President and Melania Trump wishing all a Merry Christmas offered a welcome respite from the “PC” curse on Christmas.

Meanwhile, Chinese police and military have been arresting pastors, religious leaders and removing displays of Christmas along with crosses from churches. Some church buildings have been bulldozed over.

There is a renewed insistence that members of the Communist Party (China’s political class) renounce any faith in God, enter a re-education camp or resign. On Christmas Eve, the South China Morning Post reported that “all of the Christmas trees, lights, and bells vanished from a 27-story shopping and office building in the city of Nanyang in less than 24-hours, all the way down to the giant teddy bear that once greeted visitors at the entrance to the shopping area.”

The Christmas season celebration in China had grown steadily for decades including decorations, Christmas music in stores, church worship and Christmas greetings. That all changed with President Xi Jinping’s distaste of anything spiritual including the teachings and followers of the Falun Gong, Islam and Jesus.

Millions of Chinese people of faith have been arrested, tortured, and terminated in prison along with having their organs harvested to supply China’s thriving transplant industry. No trials, hearings or human rights.

Brad Dacus, Founder and President of Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) announced that this Christmas Gig Harbor, Washington reincorporated a nativity scene display in Skansie Brothers Park after PJI provided legal clarity and pro bono support in response to the threats the City received from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

In November 2016, Gig Harbor received a letter from the FFRF threatening to sue to remove the “unconstitutional” nativity scene. The FFRF, a Wisconsin-based atheist organization known for attacking people of faith and filing suits that are routinely thrown out of court, pressured the City Council to censor all religious content from the display.

Without PJI and those citizens devoted to the Constitution, the nativity scene and other cultural symbols remembering the Birth of Jesus would have been banished.

Anti-God Communists, Socialists and liberals share a common phobia to freedom and liberty. Their reaction is always one of forbidding and control, clamping down on activities not expressly approved by them for public consumption.

The intolerant seed of socialism is being planted in spoiled naïve novices on college campuses all funded by the fruits of capitalism. However, there has been no emigration of “brave” socialist professors to Venezuela, Cuba or Laos.

It doesn’t pay as well when the socialists are in full control. You can’t say whatever you want. And people seem to lose weight when government manages the food supplies. Let’s say professors don’t want to put their lives where their rhetoric is.

The end of all this is the same. Whether a takeover is by gun or government, a passive populace yields whatever freedoms they deem no longer worth fighting for. Merry Christmas to Gig Harbor and PJI!

by Lou Binninger

On Friday December 21, 2018, the Sacramento law firm of Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk filed an action in Yuba County Superior Court to invalidate Measure K - the Public Safety/Essential Services Protection Ordinance that appeared on the November 6 ballot. Measure K received 54.1% of the vote. The suit contends that the measure needed a two-thirds voter approval to become law.

The suit’s plaintiffs are Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), a nonprofit public benefit corporation comprised of over 200,000 taxpayers, Charlie Mathews, a local rice farmer and businessman, and John Mistler, former Yuba County Supervisor and owner of the Territorial Dispatch weekly newspaper. Defendants are the County of Yuba, its Supervisors, and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

HJTA sent a letter to Yuba County officials during the Measure K campaign warning that the ballot measure was improperly written to be eligible to pass with a simple majority vote (50% plus 1). On September 30, County Administrator Robert Bendorf was quoted in the Appeal Democrat saying, “The County receives numerous solicited and unsolicited legal opinions annually on a variety of topics”..... “I personally would like to thank the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and their service as a taxpayer watchdog for California residents, but for the county, we are focused on providing the best services we can with our general and non-discretionary revenue.”

HJTA attorney Laura Murray’s letter warned, “Unfortunately, should the board pass Measure K on less than two-thirds voter approval, it would violate Proposition 218. Consequently, Measure K could be subject to costly litigation. HJTA urges the board to acknowledge that Measure K requires a two-thirds vote, or to consider a general tax or other budget resolutions to meet the needs of Yuba County.”

Item 10 of the suit gets to the issue. “Measure K unequivocally proposed a special tax. By the terms of its own governing provision, funds generated by the tax were specially dedicated to ‘public safety’ and related essential services. In addition, the funds generated by Measure K were to be placed in a special account to preserve them for their special purpose.”

Measure K not only described the special nature of the tax but Supervisor Gary Bradford repeatedly posted on social media that the funds were to be set aside and guaranteed for public safety.

A special tax requires a two-thirds vote for passage. A general tax needs only a simple majority. The voting process differences are outlined in Propositions 13 and 218 along with Section 50077 of the Government Code.

Since Measure K is an illegal tax the lawsuit argues that the adoption and enforcement of Measure K by the County, and the administration of the tax by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is unconstitutional and must not be allowed to commence.

The suit asks the court to determine the validity of the Measure K tax and to provide injunctive relief preventing the enforcement of the tax.

The suit does not address the county’s biased media campaign or the use of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to sway voters. Measure K opponents argued that both were illegal. The California Fair Political Practices Commission has jurisdiction over where monies are derived and how they are used for a campaign.

Bell, McAndrews and Hilltachk, LLP’s website describes them as “California’s Leading Political Law Compliance and Litigation Firm.” The Daily Journal serving California’s legal community says they are “Sacramento’s Go-To Firm for Campaign and Election Law.”


by Lou Binninger

Most all countries maintain borders and have rules on who gets in, how long they stay and why. Nations are not congenial to foreign lawbreakers.

While stuck in immigration at the Saigon airport a few years back due to a clerical error on Vietnam’s part the options were clear, return to Hong Kong or pay money to redo the visa. No negotiations pay-up or get out.

A school friend in the late 1960’s was arrested moving hashish through Europe and did a few years in a Spanish prison. When released he returned home fluent in Spanish. No whining. He did the crime and suffered the consequences.

The other night when talking with a Mexican single mother fighting deportation after being incarcerated for selling a pound of meth, she heartily agreed that “justice” south of the US border was neither fair nor humane. She is among hundreds of thousands fighting deportation after committing a crime while in the US legally or illegally.

Sitting next to her was an illiterate mother of four from El Salvador who had been arrested in San Francisco as El Salvador claimed she was wanted for a crime there. She could neither write nor read English or Spanish. She had been living in California collecting benefits for 7 years.

Incarcerated men are fighting deportation after serving time for multiple DUIs, domestic violence, assaulting law enforcement, homicide, drug dealing and sexual assault etc. Since they are not US citizens their crimes have nullified any permission to be here.

Thousands after serving their sentences have stayed for years in deportation facilities because they are waiting for their day in overburdened courts before too few immigration judges. They could be released to their homeland anytime but they want to win the “benefits lottery.”

At an estimated minimum cost of $100 per night stay not counting court costs, bureaucracy and transporting them back and forth to court the current crisis is costing millions a day due to a broken immigration processing system and liberals fighting all efforts to stop the chaos.

It is easy to find clips on You Tube of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and Barack Obama all opposing an invasion of illegals, citizenship for anchor babies and notions of amnesty. Then there was a change. Liberals realized lawlessness and a borderless country was the path to permanent Democrat control.

Today, illegal immigration has the country at a breaking point in terms of challenging the Constitution, no respect for the law, little assimilation into the American way of life, lower standard of living, poorer quality of health and a breakdown in societal order.

Consider the Sanctuary State of California, once fairly conservative. Today, one out of every four residents in California is now foreign-born. No California Republican has been elected to statewide office since 2006. The conservative middle class is leaving as ultra-rich liberals pay to sustain the largest poor population in America.

The now solidly blue states of the American Southwest ---Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, voted red in 2004 for George W. Bush. No longer, progressives get it. Open borders are good long-term liberal politics. Closed borders and legal immigration are politically neutral.

The main stream media mock law enforcement and advocate with liberal politicians to eliminate ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). No border patrol combined with politicians forbidding local law enforcement to work with the federal government is the catalyst for chaos.

In 2018, ICE agents arrested 158,581 illegal aliens, surpassing the more than 140,000 arrests made in 2017 and the 110,100 arrests in the last year of President Obama’s tenure. Of the almost 160,000 illegal aliens, 66 percent were convicted criminals or those with pending criminal charges or about 140,000 of those detained.

Between September 2017 and October 2018, ICE agents arrested just over 6,600 convicted murderers and convicted sex offenders who were in the United States illegally.

Of that total, 4,975 of the illegal aliens arrested were convicted sex offenders. The other 1,641 had been convicted of homicide. Another 1,913 had pending sex offense charges against them, while 387 had pending murder charges against them.

Liberals oppose the wall, saying it just won’t work. However, it’s just the opposite. They oppose the wall because it will work very well. Walls keep millions of Chinese from fleeing to Hong Kong and protect Israel from Palestinian insurgents.

Building the wall will save billions of dollars now spent on a chaotic deportation process, dangerous criminals, benefits for noncitizens and unscreened people spreading diseases. It will also save the lives of illegals abandoned in the wilderness.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba County leaders count on residents to be a tad on the passive and dull side. Supervisors and the administration made up their minds to increase sales taxes by 1% to “rescue public safety.” Meanwhile they were keeping other revenue sources to fund employee pensions under wraps. Yep, we’re broke they said. But they weren’t.

The deception started with pitching the Measure K sales tax ordinance as a funding stream for public safety to be set aside in a special fund. That was both a lie and illegal. They said they only needed a simple majority vote to pass. That was wrong.

Restricting new tax-generated funds and setting them aside in a special account necessitates a 2/3s vote of the citizens, not a simple majority. In the November 6, 2018 election 53.04% or 7,964 voted for more sales taxes and 46.96% or 7,051 said no.

The promotion of the Measure K tax increase highlighted public safety and used hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for the marketing campaign. Government is forbidden from spending tax dollars to lobby citizens for more of their money.

Then, as soon as the votes were counted the Yuba County Water Agency directors (5 of whom serve as supervisors) “discovered” that there was approximately $500,000 in property taxes annually being paid to the Agency by Yuba County to run Agency operations. We are told that agency directors suddenly realized that this money might not be needed any longer by the Agency since it had $100 million in reserves while paying the most lavish pay, benefits and retirement in the county according to Agency administrative people.

In 2017, Water Agency power and water sales generated $66,748,803 and in 2016, $51,201,672. The Agency since 2016 receives all revenue for water and power sales from Bullards Bar Dam. During the Measure K campaign the question was posed, why is poor Yuba County still giving any funds to the well-heeled Water Agency? No response was given until after the Measure K votes were counted.

Now, the Water Agency is saying that most of the supervisors’ effort is focused on the Agency serving as directors so maybe the Agency should reimburse the county for 50% of their salary and other costs. Really? That would have been helpful to pay for public safety, as well. Funny that did not surface before the election just 5 weeks earlier.

It’s confusing. The supervisors explained after nearly doubling their salaries before the recession in 2008 that their job was a fulltime affair. Of course, that was always questionable since they barely meet twice each month and then in the morning when few people can attend to question or challenge what really is going on. This is a classic example of “public servants” catering to the needs of “public servants” versus the citizens.

Would $600,000-800,000 a year from the Water Agency for the county make a difference if the objective was just to fund a few more deputies? Of course, but that never was the issue. The problem has always been as County Administrator Robert Bendorf euphemistically says “the cost of doing business.” The issue is annually escalating unaffordable employee pension and health costs.

Since the Water Agency has assumed control of all revenues from the Bullards operation this has created a conflict of interest for supervisors to serve on both boards. Is the Water Agency running the county now? Though the citizens voted to start the Agency and backed the bonds issued to fund construction of Bullards Bar Dam are Yuba County citizens now being dumped like an unwanted pet by the rich Agency?

A Board of Supervisors serving just the county could do so part-time at a far reduced salary from their current pay. Directors of the Water Agency elected independently could be reduced to five from their current seven, also saving funds. More importantly, it would stop the supervisors from double-dipping and from conflicts of interest.

The lack of transparency, manipulation and self-dealing doesn’t smell right. There is a lack of checks and balances as well as no accountability.

by Lou Binninger

Global Warming, Climate Change and give-us-control-of-your-life wizards are exempt from having a huge carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a person or group. This footprint is falsely touted as being bad for the environment, but the wizards get to be fossil fuel gluttons and shame you at the same time.

Since they are saving us from ourselves they can fly solo by jet to climate conferences, ride in gas guzzling SUVs, and dwell in energy sucking mansions. Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity took a vow of poverty to serve the poor. Climate Wizards enrich themselves while making the average person poorer.

The Chief Wizard is Al Gore. Gore’s credentials are for being an experienced politician and accomplished snake-oil hustler. Ten years ago, On December 13, 2008, Gore predicted the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years and then he continued to push the bad juju year after year.

A disappearing Ice Cap meant bigtime warming. However, the Ice Cap has increased in size and thickness. Meanwhile Gore was banking tens of millions of dollars from a carbon credit scam where businesses pay a penalty for their imaginary negative impact on the earth’s atmosphere. If the earth was in dire straits why wouldn’t Big Al donate his wealth to rescue the globe?

It turns out that Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” contained little of it. He received the Nobel Peace Prize for this piece of fiction.

Gore said that sea levels could rise six meters (20 feet) with the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Remember, President Obama promised to protect us from rising ocean levels. Only in America can you go from crack addict to being God.

If a rising sea level is so catastrophic and imminent, why did Gore purchase a beachfront mansion? How many houses does he have now anyway? In fact, no banks in America are rejecting loans for beachfront developments due to rising tides. Should we believe bankers, or Gore and his band of discredited scientists?

Gore taught that CO2 is the match to ignite temperature increases. Remember, we exhale carbon dioxide and the plants use it to give us oxygen. That’s not so bad. In fact it’s a great deal. Politician-paid scientists claimed climate computer models said CO2 was driving temperatures.

However, satellite data show no increase in temperature for nearly 19 years despite a constant increase in CO2. The Sun, on the other hand, might have a much larger role in the Earth’s climate. Some scientists are actually talking about a significant cooling period because the Sun is “quieter” while the CO2 is way up.

Gore also claimed that Hurricane Katrina was man-made (CO2 triggered) and apocalyptic hurricanes would be the new normal weather-wise. However, the only man-made aspect was that New Orleans politicians criminally neglected the levees for decades. As for Katrina being the new norm, Gore was wrong once again. No Category 3 hurricanes landed on U.S. soil except for Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 up to 2017, the longest such “drought” ever recorded.

Climate cultists also predicted an increase of Category 3 tornadoes. However, there has been a downward trend for more than 60 years.

Since the Ice Cap would vanish, Gore said the Polar Bear population would suffer due to a lack of solid footing to reproduce. Well, the Polar Bear census says there are now more Polar Bears than when Gore was born. The Government of Nunavut and Inuit hunters have also noticed that the Polar Bear is thriving.

Another climate cult fallacy is that CO2 is “pollution.” Therefore, we must fight to control it to protect our children, save the planet, etc. from this “crisis.”

However, more CO2 is helpful. Agriculture benefits from increased carbon “pollution” as shown by increased crop yields. Plants love CO2. But for argument sake, if liberals are right that CO2 does need to be controlled, then libs have a problem with organic farming which is more greenhouse-gas intensive than conventional agriculture.

Al Gore has banked multi-millions in pushing junk science but today he is a pitiful soul. Like the climate models, nearly all his predictions are a humbug. An obese Gore lives like the rich and famous rather than a selfless martyr determined to save the planet. He and others like him if successful will destroy our economy and introduce an oppressive centrally-controlled society.

by Lou Binninger

Only in socialist countries or socialist states like California can you have massive natural resources, pay the highest prices in the country for them and have a shortage at the same time.

California has some of the greatest oil and natural gas supplies in the nation, but forbids the extraction and then PG and E charges 60% more than the national average for utilities. In addition, our tax dollars are subsidizing solar and wind turbine companies because these less efficient sources of energy are not profitable. So, taxpayers pay twice due to the hysterical belief in the junk science called Global Warming or Climate Change.

Sacramento socialists in 2016 saved us all from dairy cow farts corrupting the climate. This category of gases is called “short-lived pollutants” because passing gas thankfully comes to pass rather speedily. And everyone said, “Thank you Jesus.”

“This bill curbs these dangerous pollutants and thereby protects public health and slows climate change,” Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement.

The law requires ranchers to reduce methane emissions from manure to 40 percent below their 2013 levels by 2030, with the help of $50 million from the state’s fee charged to polluters, known as cap-and-trade. The money extorted from businesses will help a handful of ranchers buy dairy digesters, which use methane from manure to generate energy that’s sold to electrical utilities.

The legislation also allows the Air Resources Board (ARB) to regulate cow flatulence (cow farts) if there’s viable technology to reduce it. There are ARB experts now skilled in preventing the sky from falling, so the day of lassoing farts is definitely in sight. We got this.

However just when you are convinced God overlooked the problem of farts and global survival, agrobiologist and scientific researcher Dr. Albrecht Glatzle, author of over 100 scientific papers and two textbooks, publishes research showing “there is no scientific evidence, whatsoever, that domestic livestock could represent a risk for the Earth’s climate” and the “warming potential of anthropogenic GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions has been exaggerated.”

Glatzle writes, “Our key conclusion is there is no need for anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and even less so for livestock-born emissions, to explain climate change. Climate has always been changing, and even the present warming is most likely driven by natural factors.” That seems logical. The seasons change in Yuba-Sutter Counties.

Glatzle continues, “The warming potential of anthropogenic GHG emissions has been exaggerated, and the beneficial impacts of manmade CO2 emissions for nature, agriculture, and global food security have been systematically suppressed, ignored, or at least downplayed by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and other UN (United Nations) agencies.

Furthermore, we expose important methodological deficiencies in IPCC and FAO (Food Agriculture Organization) instructions and applications for the quantification of the manmade part of non-CO2-GHG emissions from agro-ecosystems.

Finally, we could not find a clear domestic livestock fingerprint (or hoof print-author added), neither in the geographical methane distribution nor in the historical evolution of mean atmospheric methane concentration.”

“Between 1990 and 2005, the world cattle population rose by more than 100 million head (according to FAO statistics). During this time, atmospheric methane concentration stabilized completely. These empirical observations show that livestock is not a significant player in the global methane budget,” said Glatzle’s research abstract.

Genesis 1:25 says God made cattle and it was a good idea. So, having cows around shouldn’t ruin our lives. Dr. Albrecht Glatzle’s research is backing-up God 100%. Cow manure and cow farts complement the Earth’s cycle of life.

You can’t make a good decision without good information. The state legislature has been making bad laws based on environmental lies for decades and 40 million residents are suffering for it.

by Lou Binninger

Democrat National Committee (DNC) Chairman Thomas Perez thinks Republicans have an unfair advantage by what is spoken from the pulpits of America. Democrat political momentum is being undermined by preachers according to the DNC leader.

“We need to build a bigger orchestra,” Perez says. “They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at a local level or Fox at a national level. I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC. ‘Why aren’t we penetrating?’ I ask and I had someone in Northwestern Wisconsin tell me, ‘You know what, for most of the people I know, their principal sources of information are Fox News, their NRA newsletter, and the pulpit on Sunday.’”

The chairman’s remarks were not based on any scientific data but on hearsay. As church attendance is shrinking and churches are closing it is debatable just how much influence religious organizations really have on politics or the culture, whether liberal or conservative. In a typical election, as many Christian people abstain as vote.

However, recent presidential elections were slight exceptions according to Barna Research when 61 percent of evangelicals, followed by notional Christians (59 percent), and born again non-evangelical Christians (58 percent) cast ballots. During the 2012 elections, 59 percent of the evangelicals voted, while born again non-evangelical Christians came out in slightly higher proportion (60 percent). Only 55 percent of the notional Christians had voted that year.

Not all church goers vote Republican either. Blacks in church or not, traditionally in the high 90 percentile lean left. Hispanics historically are democrats. However, President Trump did better with both of these groups in 2016.

Perez may be seeing a pulpit pounding mirage. Most Christian pastors are spineless, afraid of their own shadows. Their chief concerns are attendance, size of offerings and being liked. National politics, capitalism vs. socialism, the Constitution or even Biblical moral principles will get little or no attention in the pulpit.

It was not always so.

In 1761, during the French and Indian War, Congregational ministers in Connecticut pledged absolute loyalty and submission to the King of England. However, by the mid-1760s, after Britain began taxing the colonies, searches and seizures without cause and confiscation of guns many of these same clergy were denouncing the king and justifying non-submission.

The pulpit played a key role in encouraging dissent. The political activism of these black-robed ministers earned them the name “the black regiment.” The Founders saw England’s actions as a plan to take away religious liberty and re-establish the rule of the Church of England.

Most churches saw their God-given rights being undermined and the King and Parliament violating the laws of God. Church leaders were aware of Romans 13, about submission to civil authorities, but also many passages that approve resistance to ungodly authority such as Acts 5:29. It is no surprise that the watchword of the American Revolution among patriots was “No King but King Jesus.”

At the bottom of the original Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress ordered copies of the Declaration first sent not to town clerks or newspapers but to ministers, who were “required to read the same to their respective congregations, as soon as divine service is ended, in the afternoon, on the first Lord’s day after they have received it.”

In 1775, Lutheran Pastor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg preached a sermon on Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Concluding the message, he declared, “There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.”

Muhlenberg then removed his robe to reveal his Revolutionary Army uniform. That afternoon he led 300 men to join George Washington’s troops and became Colonel of the 8th Virginia Regiment. Ministers turned the resistance into a righteous cause and served at every level in the conflict, from military chaplains, members of the legislatures, to taking up arms.

Either DNC Chairman Perez was just trash talking about churches or he is truly ignorant of American history and the deplorable state of the church today. Perez has nothing to worry about politically from this church.

by Lou Binninger

A Camp Fire photo of burned cars, big rigs and a school bus strewn helter-skelter on and off a roadway near Paradise looked like a Hollywood science fiction set, total destruction and no survivors.

Where did the people go, what happened? Did the fire burn over the road killing everyone and leaving this surreal look?

One bus load of 22 Ponderosa Elementary School children plus adults made it through the inferno with smoke billowing into the bus and embers sweeping across the line of gridlocked traffic. Fire, heat and fumes became so threatening that the group considered abandoning the bus to flee on foot.

Recently hired bus driver Kevin McKay who gathered the passengers, gave wet pieces of his shirt for breathing masks and courageously stayed the course is being called a “hero” and the “bus driver from heaven” by passenger and teacher Mary Ludwig.

McKay even provided refuge to a disoriented woman on the roadside who also happened to be a teacher. Ludwig said that the rescued teacher kept saying she was convinced she was going to die, and that the pair of educators prayed together as they continued on the journey to safety.

The bus survived the trek through Paradise “Armageddon” to reunite all passengers with loved ones.

Now, the desperation, fear and panic are understandable, but being employed at a government institution, Ludwig should not refer to McKay as the “bus driver from heaven” and teachers just cannot be praying together on the school bus. Isn’t it a violation of some state education code? Even calling Mr. McKay a “hero” may hurt the feelings of fellow drivers who work hard each day, as well.

Twenty-four hours prior to encountering what appeared to be the fires of hell in Paradise, teachers could not acknowledge God, forbade prayer on campus and told children they evolved from monkeys. If we indeed came from primates then there is no heaven and no one to pray to. And since there is no God then there are no miracles. Everything is a coincident. The humans in the bus were just lucky, McKay just doing his job.

Ponderosa Elementary like most schools has stopped referring to Christmas and Easter break using instead Winter and Spring vacation to make the purging of Jesus and the supernatural complete. No singing about God, nativity scenes, or talk of the resurrection.

The state religion is a God-free doctrine. However, there is the occasional slip-up calling the Earth mother which is a referral to witchcraft and also Gaia worship.

Even the nonprofit Red Cross people stopped victims and community volunteers from praying together at the Sutter-Yuba Fairgrounds. Red Cross founder Clara Barton would be dismayed at their callousness.

Maybe these God-free schools have an exception to the rules for when tragedy strikes or when the odds of dying are high? Is there a God lesson plan under lock and key not to be opened until lives are threatened or trauma occurs? If the dead simply become dust with no consciousness then why sweat the end?

Is permission granted by schools to cry out to God when your friend’s warm blood and brain matter are spattered on your face from a gunshot to the head? Are there exceptions when being held hostage or facing incineration?

People under duress (in warfare, prison, drowning, being murdered, facing fire and flood) often violate secular protocol and man’s rules prohibiting calling on God.

In the book of Jonah such a violent storm arose that a ship threatened to break apart. Gnarly veteran sailors were so shaken that each “cried out to his own god.” It was so desperate that they dumped the cargo overboard to lighten the ship. The ship captain confronted Jonah saying “Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”

Amazing how a person can be motivated to pray and get focused on what’s important when facing death or serious harm. It’s also sobering how authoritarian, controlling and lost schools have become all while posing to really care for children.

When students are brain-washed that there is no God, then they face life’s tragedies and confusion without the most important resource available to them. They don’t know what they don’t know. Essentially, government schools blind children to the truth.

Fortunately, the occasional pants-messing tragedy lets God out of the bag.

by Lou Binninger

When Donald Trump was elected President against all odds, rogue deep state government agencies circumventing Congress were in the process of transforming America to a centrally managed state where all human activities would be dictated and authorized.

This was to be done by agency bureaucrats, not representatives elected by the people, creating and enforcing thousands of regulations to undermine liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. This control would be over all business and personal activities.

It is no surprise that the deep state, along with activist judges and a complicit left media have done everything but assassinate the President whose election threatened their devious objective of a nonviolent coup of the American government and our of the people, by the people and for the people way of life.

Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” was not referring just to removing paper weight politicians but also to hundreds of thousands of activist off-the-leash bureaucrats. One of Trump’s immediate actions was to freeze all EPA’s (Environment Protection Agency) contracts and grants for climate research, environmental justice and pollution-prevention programs.

EPA may be the nation’s most corrupt agency using junk science to justify its rules and refuses to allow scientific peer review to critique its severe regulations. It has revolving door hiring complicit with radical environmental groups, especially the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The EPA is staffed primarily with former NRDC people and other advocacy attorneys.

A corrupt media covers for EPA’s abuse and bullying of citizens and companies. EPA uses the deep pockets of government to go after the public to comply with eccentric regulations. Do you remember Al Armendariz, Director of Region Six EPA office in Dallas?

A video was leaked showing an EPA enforcement training and Al explaining “The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a Turkish town somewhere. They’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

“And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law...You hit them as hard as you can...and there is a deterrent effect there. And companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point it’s time to clean up.”

Al was referring to a hydraulic fracking company accused of polluting ground water. Fracking does not pollute ground water but EPA decided it did. After the video went viral the EPA dropped its suit against the company.

What happened to Al? He resigned and got a great job and salary with the Sierra Club. Corrupt groups take care for their own people. You probably have donated to the Sierra Club thinking they were legit.

President Carter’s EPA was created to lead in the clean-up of severe polluted areas. It is now run by the radical left touting pseudo-science to control every aspect of our lives. Their obsession with the crackpot idea of Global Warming, being complicit promoting junk science, and having no restraints from Congress have made them an enemy of the people.

Sterling Burnett of the Heartland Institute suggests disbanding the EPA and giving the power of rule-making and enforcement to the states. Then, utilize a council of the state environment departments to meet annually to address issues that cross state lines.

Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D. writes, “We all complain about taxes. In its annual ‘2016 Ten Thousand Commandments,’ the Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that in 2015 taxpayers paid $1.82 trillion to the IRS while regulations cost another $1.885 trillion that same year.”

That’s $15,000 in regulatory costs per household each year. And people wonder why they can’t make ends meet. Americans want a clean environment. However, the deep state and Sierra Club-type groups are not about that, nor pursuing true science.

Drain the Swamp is not just a catchy political phrase. It is a must if our way of life is to be preserved.

by Lou Binninger

Some credit Benjamin Franklin with saying, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”

Whether he said it or not, it is true and is coming to pass. And, the democrats have mastered being Santa Claus. “Vote for us and government we’ll give you the desires of your heart.” Our founders believed it to be a devilish deception.

Liberals say “free, everything for free.” It’s a great message. Every unskilled illiterate in the world will risk life and limb to get here to win the fare-thee-well lottery. Just get in, hold out your hand, everyone wins. There will never be enough troops or walls to withstand the caravans of moochers crashing the borders until the national message changes.

The recent California election revealed a desire of the majority to reward government waste and corruption by voting billions more in borrowing that the upper and middle class will be burdened with repaying. In addition, the rash of victorious local sales tax measures will make the biggest ding on the poor as others will skirt the burden by buying products and registering vehicles in lower tax jurisdictions elsewhere.

Most voters must think CalPERS is a cat food brand rather than a union “con job” to coddle government employees and rip-off taxpayers. Local sales tax revenues will go for pensions. Don’t let your local official “BS” you.

In the 1970s, communists and socialists determined there was a better way than the costly wars in Southeast Asia to take over governments. That was by undermining the culture from within using government regulations and deceiving an ignorant populace by degrees.

Random street interviews using questions regarding Americana, founding principles, major wars and holidays show there is a spirit of stupid over the nation. Even educators and college graduates were stumped. As showman P.T. Barnum may have said, “There is a sucker born every minute.”

You can’t get this lame by accident. The founders were convinced that the nation must be a people of virtue rooted in Biblical scriptures. If people did not self-discipline, work hard and understand that government was not the answer they would see their way of life taken from them.

Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise!” Government schools worship at the altar of non-science insisting that we came from primates and that there is a climate apocalypse ahead. The God-free system in turn advocates earth worship.

Psalm 81:11-12 says, “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.”

America’s founders believed that to preserve the republic the citizens needed to understand our national manual, the Constitution, along with the concepts of freedom, liberty, protection of private property and the imminent dangers of an all – powerful, tyrannical government.

The union-controlled government education system has succeeded in promoting socialism as the ideal and capitalism as a curse to be purged. No wonder simpleminded students believe the government will provide for their wants. They are repeating what they have been told.

Children in communist countries are wiser, much harder working, have better values and are not sissies. They see through the socialist sham and want out at any cost. They have suffered. American youth can’t spell it.

Nowhere is this cultural shift farther along than in California. Governor Brown and liberal comrades are smitten with arrogance and stupidity. They redirect water for farming to a species of fish. The timber industry is destroyed for an owl. Uneatable solar panels cover the best farmland in the world. Billions are wasted on a bullet train from nowhere to nowhere rather than invest in the state’s water, power and transportation infrastructure.

Illegal alien criminals are harbored and cared for better than citizens. The state prosecutes an investigative journalist who uncovers murdered babies being parted out and sold. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood escapes unscathed. Schools have become re-education camps teaching kids the pluses of deviant sexuality and gender identification.

Californians with no moral compass look the other way and in some cases rally to support ideas that shock the country and the world. Rather than a world leader California is now a byword for laughingstock.

by Lou Binninger

Humans have been on the move since the beginning, after the Creation, at the Tower of Babel, following The Flood, when famine hit Canaan land, and when God delivered millions of Israelite slaves from Egypt.

People relocate for many reasons --- wars, persecution, economics and a yearning to be free to name a few. In America, people pack-it-up for many causes, but high taxes, egregious regulations and better opportunities elsewhere top the list.

Since 2008, more than 1,700 companies are confirmed ex-Californians. The usual complaints of high taxes and heavy regulations have expanded recently to include the high cost of housing making it difficult to attract and retain workers.

Some high profile refugees include Toyota that moved its U.S. headquarters from Torrance to Plano, Texas; Occidental Petroleum relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to Houston; and Nestle USA food conglomerate headquarters fled Glendale for Rosslyn, Virginia.

Now, Texas and California media are reporting that the second largest enterprise in California, the McKesson Corp. (pharmaceutical giant sixth on the Fortune 500 list) is preparing to move its headquarters from San Francisco to Texas.

McKesson is looking at the former NEC Corp. of America office complex on State Highway 114 in Irving, real estate brokers say. The two office buildings contain more than a half million square feet of space that could house more than 1,000 workers.

Apple is the only California company bigger than McKesson. McKesson had 75,000-plus employees and $198 billion in annual revenue last fiscal year.

Why would McKesson leave? McKesson stood to be the biggest loser from San Francisco’s Nov. 6 homeless tax. To fund another expansion of homeless programs, Measure C imposes a gross receipts tax on San Francisco-based companies which have $50 million or more in annual revenue. The tax (about .5%) is not on profits but on sales whether you make a profit or not.

McKesson is by far the highest-grossing San Francisco-based firm. Measure C is expected to generate $300 million a year, adding to the $380 million City Hall already spends for homeless people annually.

If Governor Brown feels anything for displaced businesses it is disdain. He says they lack the intellect to run the minefield of California taxes, fees and shackling regulations.

People are also moving. Brown and his comrades scoff that there are millions around the world that will replace them. Renting one-way outbound moving trucks is at a premium. Renting a moving truck earlier this year from Las Vegas to San Jose was about $100. In the opposite direction, the same truck will cost 16 times that, or nearly $2,000.

Golden State residents are doing the once-unthinkable, leaving. Why? Soaring taxes, unaffordable home prices, stifling regulations, horrible roads and schools and being tired of being told what to do. Those leaving are seeking freedom, financial and personal. Chief Economist Jed Kolko notes that Census Bureau data from July 2016 to July 2017 show that California had a net loss of 138,000 people. Here’s where most went: Texas had a net population gain of 79,000, Arizona 63,000, and Nevada more than 38,000.

However, there’s more to it. Millions of middle income taxpayers are fleeing to be replaced with millions of illegal unskilled, uneducated poor. In fact, the state is looking like a third world country with the ultra-rich and the very poor. The taxed and harassed middle class, trades people and small enterprise owners are on the move.

The only new phenomenon is that there is now a net loss of people, hard-working taxpayers, otherwise known by Brown and his comrades as freeloaders, “deplorables,” and the guns and God group. Conservatives are leaving to be replaced by liberal voters.

In Los Angeles, a two bedroom apartment is $2,249 a month; in San Francisco it's nearly $3,400 a month. The same apartment in Las Vegas costs $1,122 a month; in Phoenix, it's $1,137. Gas prices are often a dollar cheaper just a state or two away.

Those who left say they miss friends and what God made in California, the beauty and the weather. They don’t miss the California man has made.

by Lou Binninger

Looney Governor Jerry Brown blamed the rash of apocalyptic-level forest fires on Global Warming deniers. His nonsensical and rash comments will not be missed.

Many will remember him for endangering Californians by ignoring the infrastructure needs of the state. Oroville Dam’s maintenance had been slipshod since its completion in 1968. Flakey inspections by state agencies risked the lives of hundreds of thousands of North State dwellers during the heavy rains and spillway collapse in February 2017.

The failure will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion to repair. No one has estimated the hundreds of millions it cost 180,000 people to evacuate and lose business and employment income.

Also in February 2017 the 315 foot Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge collapsed on Hwy 1 near Big Sur cutting off traffic and commerce along the North Coast. The new span took $21.7 million to install but thankfully the work was completed in just 8 months. Many of the state’s cumbersome rules were waived to perform the removal and rebuild. Typically, the state would take years to complete such a project.

Brown’s response to questions about cause and accountability in the spillway debacle was basically “stuff breaks and then you fix it.” He arrogantly directed the flagrant diverting of billions in maintenance dollars from caring for taxpayers’ safety and transportation needs to freebies for illegals. In fact taxpayers are “freeloaders” in Brown’s world.

Now, let’s talk fire. While local fire departments inspect businesses for fire risks and alert property owners to clean-up grass and brush in open areas, state and federal forests have been purposely allowed to become overgrown, laden with millions of dead trees and thick grasses and brush.

Ironically, on July 1, 2013 a $152.33 additional “fire tax” was levied per building on over 800,000 rural property owners for fuel reduction activities to lessen the risk of wildfire to communities and evacuation routes. Other activities included defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the State and local Fire Plans and fire-related law enforcement activities such as arson investigation. That was the pitch.

By June 2015, $300 million had been collected with $43 million remaining unspent for prevention. In the devastating Valley and Butte fires of 2015, it was state not federal-responsibility lands that made up more than 80 percent of the areas destroyed.

When thinking about Green House Gases (GHG) the state does not consider forest fires a factor. However research for an article “Pollution: It’s Spreading Like Wildfire” noted that a single Alaskan wildfire emitted more carbon monoxide (CO) pollution than all human caused pollution from “tailpipes and smokestacks in the United States” during the same period. To the state bad forest management does not equal a human cause of GHG. Maybe God gets the blame.

“That single (Alaskan) fire emitted 6,600 times more CO during the 3 months it burned than all the pollution ExxonMobil, one of the top five corporate polluters, emitted during an entire year” according to researcher and author Zachary Gerber.

Gerber says the worst wildfire year on record in California was 2017 as 1,266,224 acres burned. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) those fires emitted more than 1 billion pounds of PM 2.5. PM 2.5 are particles 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller that have a damaging effect on health.

In comparison, the EPA estimates that California drivers in 2017 created 22 million pounds of PM 2.5 or just 2% of the fires’ output during the same time period. And the state doesn’t want to look at the impact of criminal forest management? Gerber estimates that it would take 50 years of California driving emissions to equal one of its wildfire emission events.

Do the liberal environmentalist groups really care about animals? Many biologists, land managers, ranchers and others believe wildfires are the greatest threat to species. The Arizona Bear Wallow Fire in 2011 is estimated to have killed at least 1.5 million vertebrate animals. Using the same survey methods 3.5 million animals perished in the fires of California in 2017.

Lefties are really quiet about pollution and flora and fauna destruction from fires in neglected forests. It just doesn’t fit their agenda.

When Smokey the Bear said “Only you can prevent forest fires” people thought about not being careless with matches. However, the human spark is not the biggest cause of most acres burned. Lightning-ignited fires destroy 1.5 times what human-caused fires ruin. Fuel, rather than the spark is the variable causing these massive devastation events.

Since the 1970s, horrific fires have increased while logging and grazing have been severely curtailed. More fuel, more and bigger fires. How many senseless deaths, towns leveled, millions of animals killed and massive pollution created before the insanity stops?

Many Californians are happy to see Governor Neglect move on.

by Lou Binninger

Have you noticed your government growing and becoming a bean up your nose at every turn? It wasn’t supposed to be that way.

Are you aware that instead of people, their liberty and their pursuit of happiness being the heart of the nation the government is now on the throne? It chooses what the laws are, which ones it will follow and directs your coming and going.

The Constitutional guarantees of free enterprise, private property and individual liberty are being undermined by government bureaucrats and nongovernment forces. They call it Sustainable Development. Thomas Lovejoy, a science adviser for the Department of the Interior said, “We will map the whole nation...determine development for the whole country and regulate it all.”

Under the false and concocted notion that there is an Environmental Armageddon coming bureaucrats and leftist groups want to change our economic system, our representative form of government and restrict our individual rights.

This contrived crisis will necessitate a massive government takeover and expansion to manage you, and place restrictions on your energy and water use. This change will be carried out via planning commissions and building, plumbing and electrical codes to transform free enterprise, private property and individual choice.

The policy called Smart Growth is being introduced using federal grant money to control county and city officials. It utilizes government/developer partnerships to attract the private sector and imposes eminent domain to destroy private ownership.

The goal is to eliminate cars, force people into inefficient and costly mass transit, create clone cities with the objective to control land and manage energy use. Low income neighborhoods will be replaced by high rise housing that the original residents cannot afford. They would be forced into government housing and onto welfare. The single family home will be a memory.

Smart Growth rules would make it impossible to live on the land in rural communities, thus destroying ranching, farming and timber industries, thus removing land from the private sector. These policies forbid cleaning the forest floor and will create “rewilding.”

Think about California today. Unaffordable housing, taking water from farmers, energy costs 60% higher than the national average, a wasteful bullet train to nowhere, horrible roads, and the highest poverty in the country.

Not long ago unauthorized intrusion into private property rights was strictly forbidden. Owners could take action against trespassers to secure their property. Today, that same sense of ownership and control has been lost. Government officials decide how you can use and if you can keep your property. And, nonelected regional boards are even ruling over local elected officials.

Property ownership is the most effective way to build wealth and escape poverty. Economist John Locke, whose writings influenced our Founders, said that “life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.”

Consider this quote expressing the spirit of Smart Growth. “The chaotic growth of cities will be replaced by a dynamic system of urban settlement. The region is formed by the economic interdependence of it development, from the industrial complex to the industrial region. The region has a single system of transportation, a centralized administration and a united system of education and research.” This quote is from the book “The Ideal Communist City” written by Soviet Russian architect Alexei Gutnov.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, an advocate of Smart Growth Sustainable Development said, “What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”

In 1997, Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders wrote “Property ... consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in its unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property to that extent destroys the property itself. The substantial value of the property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.”

Pay attention. Your rights are being undermined by your friendly government official.

by Lou Binninger

For those who hate President Trump, they hate everything he does even if they would have praised Obama for the same feat. When you are bitter even a beautiful day is a bitch.

Record breaking stock market, “jobs with shovels”, Obama’s people working, manufacturing positions increasing by 1,000 / day, people forgetting how to spell Isis, veterans being cared for, bad government employees getting canned, no need for “Cash for Clunkers,” more people have more money, but no good can be found if you’re pissed.

So, it is no surprise that whiny politicians and firefighters have gone ballistic over Trump’s critical comments about dangerous environmental policies contributing to California burning. Conservative critics can’t address politically incorrect topics anytime, in calm or crisis. However, this politically improper president can be berated at any moment and overtime for anything he says.

Critics (ranchers, forest managers, scientists, ecologists) abound against the nonsensical federal and state forest and land management policies that created millions of untouchable dead trees, sacred underbrush and thousands of Obama-era dictates and special interest litigation. The outcome is one inferno after another. This is governance by liberals.

Isn’t it odd? Local fire departments monitor poorly managed plots of land in the city and force owners to mow and trim for fire prevention. Offices of Emergency Services and insurance companies exhort rural dwellers to create clear spaces around buildings but our forests and open lands are ignored intentionally.

Trump is to blame of course for decades of idiotic environmental policies though he inherited the Deep State just two years ago. Whether the land is federal or state run, it has been ruled by liberal bureaucrats ignoring reality to serve a political agenda that ushered in disaster.

However, liberals need a villain to escape responsibility. In this case Trump hurt their feelings at the wrong time and then there is the Climate Armageddon bogeyman to blame.

In 2016, at the request of the Laguna Beach City Council, Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) authored SB 1463 which would have given local governments more input into fire-prevention efforts through the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) proceeding of making maps of fire hazard areas around utility lines.

Laguna Beach had experienced four fires started by utility lines and needed help with prevention efforts. The bill would have allowed cities and utilities to put lines underground, and work with the PUC to update fire maps by requiring the PUC to evaluate which communities are at risk from the consequences of wildfire.

Gov. Brown vetoed SB 1463, despite it being passed by the Legislature, 75-0 in the Assembly and 39-0 in the Senate.

“SB 1463 would have not only safeguarded Laguna and other high fire-risk communities in Orange County, but would have helped other vulnerable communities throughout the state that are often threatened by wildfires caused by sparks from shorted or fallen utility lines,” Sen. Moorlach said in a statement following the surprise veto. “The Governor’s veto impedes the necessity to more urgently address the California Public Utilities Commission’s focus on identifying high risk areas that should be prioritized for appropriate mitigation measures.”

Moorlach then crafted a 2018 version of SB 1463, calling it Cap and Trees, and tying fire prevention efforts to curbing greenhouse gases (GHG). The Air Resources Board (ARB) annually extorts millions of dollars from business to “save the planet” but the board ignores the impact of wildfire GHG. This bill would have committed 25% of Cap and Trade funds for counties to address utility threats, manage lands and fire prevention issues.

USA Today/Reno Gazette noted in 2017 that “for every 2 to 3 days these wildfires burn, GHG emissions are roughly equal to the annual emissions from every car in the entire state of California.” Last year, there were more than 9,000 major wildfires which burned over 1.2 million acres. Several of the large fires including the local Cascade Fire in Loma Rica were caused or exacerbated by sparking utility lines.

SB 1463 was killed in the liberal controlled Senate Environmental Quality Committee though there was no opposition to the bill. The decision was purely political, again ignoring the safety of Californians.

Rather than explore, develop, manage and innovate, Governor Brown wants to smother industry and re-wild rural areas by relocating residents to cities. This will insure that bugs and fish flourish. It’s a liberal dream that’s now a literal nightmare.

by Lou Binninger

After decades of using gas taxes and car fees on nearly everything but maintaining and improving roadways liberal state legislators passed SB 1 in 2017 to additionally tax fuels and vehicles. SB 1 added 12 cents/gal in gasoline tax and 20 cents/gal in diesel tax, an additional 5.75% to the diesel sales tax, and starting Jul 1, 2019 an additional 5.6 cent increase in the gasoline tax.

Beginning in 2020 the gas tax will be further raised according to the fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index. Based on the consumer index over the past few years, according to Department of Finance (DOF) economic forecasts, this will result in endless increases in the gas tax.

The already egregious DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicle) fees for lousy service were also increased from $25 – 175. However, electric cars were given exemptions until July 1, 2020 when they will pay $100 annually for 2020 models and newer.

Each year $100 million of the new tax revenue goes to bike and pedestrian paths (not roads) and $5 million to workforce training programs which is code for union pay-offs. And then there is an annual $25 million for a stranded motorist patrol. Is this a tow service run by government employees?

Liberals legislators consider California taxpayers to be “freeloaders.” Illegal aliens and welfare recipients somehow are not.

In spite of the above, Californians (unofficially 55.6% voted No on Prop 6) suffering from Stockholm syndrome agreed with their rulers and voted to keep this massive theft from citizens though there was ample money to care for roads before SB 1 passed. The anti-Prop 6 liars sang a sky is falling tune to instill fear that roads and potholes would be ignored.

Even Prop 6’s title on the ballot was fraudulent. Rather than saying Prop 6 repeals the 2017 SB1 fuel tax and DMV fee increases, “Deceiver” General Xavier Becerra crafted “Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding.” That was enough to throw the typical overwhelmed and unprepared voter. Most voters probably missed the fact that Prop 6 would have stopped future tax increases without a vote of the people. Now taxes can be raised at will by politicians.

SB1 will cost the average family an additional $8,000 over its 10-year term to own and operate a vehicle. Meanwhile, politicians, premium-paid government employees with cradle to grave benefits along with union bosses continue the good life.

The vote was a classic California split (see the map at All coastal counties except Del Norte, San Diego and Orange wanted to keep the tax. So, most major metropolitan areas voted for the tax and most of the rest of the state wanted to repeal.

The counties in the State of Jefferson movement voted to repeal except for Lake and Butte. The top counties for repeal were Lassen (66.3%) and Yuba (62.5%) but they have few voters. The over 20 counties included in the State of Jefferson simply do not have the population to see their convictions become reality via the ballot box.

Los Angeles County’s votes rule over the entire north state included in the Jefferson movement (see for a list of Jefferson counties).

Voting for state-wide ballot issues is a waste of time when north state residents oppose their south state neighbors. Liberal metropolitan centers mainly in the south control the direction, government policies and the lives of those residing in the north. It is everything our Founding Fathers fought against, taxation without representation and being ruled from afar.

Most California residents in the north live different lives and share different values from those in south. The options for those in the north are conform, force a state split or leave.