by Lou Binninger

 

            Frequently those seeking political office portray themselves as they want people to see them rather than who they really are. It’s called hypocrisy.

Candidates are often successful with this scheme since voters rarely have time to vet them and if candidates are liberal the media is complicit in the scam. Such is the case lately with Kamala Harris and her desire to be President of the United States.

Harris, an attorney, was appointed to two paid state commissions by her boyfriend and Speaker of the State Assembly Willie Brown while Brown was married to Blanche Vitero. Harris then served as San Francisco District Attorney, California Secretary of State and now U.S. Senator.

In 2014, she married white Jewish attorney Douglas Emhoff and they raise two children from his previous marriage. It is assumed they are heterosexual since we must know how popular people are having sex nowadays -- hetero, homo, bi, or fluid. It’s way more important than character.

Recently, at the first debate of democrats hoping to be president, Harris sought to discredit Joe Biden on his “friendship” with segregationists and pick apart his record on busing. She said she was personally hurt by his stances in the past. Crying yet? Of course, his votes and positions were cherry-picked and taken out of context by Harris.

The persona Harris displays in her support of reparations, civil rights, and the busing fiasco is that she is an African-American, she suffered some kind of busing trauma and that she is one of “her people.” That is a stretch.

She comes from wealth and privilege, the daughter of a Jamaican father Donald Harris, once a leftist economics professor at Stanford University and an Indian mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer researcher with a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley.

White folks would call this a blessing. Leftist blacks would call these people if white, 1%’ers and the elite, maybe even racist. “Blacks or browns,” like the Harris family, get a pass being perceived as “serving in the struggle” though basking in luxury.

Harris wants to have it both ways. Pretend she’s been harmed by racism and the slavery’s horrors, but far from it while enjoying extreme wealth.

In fact, the Harris family paternal ancestors were slave owners in Jamaica. Donald Harris revealed in 2018 that his grandmother was a descendant of Hamilton Brown, the namesake of Brown's Town in northern Jamaica.

"My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town)," he wrote in a post for “Jamaica Global.”

Hamilton Brown was not only a slave owner, but also an engineer of mass Irish migration to Jamaica after the British Empire abolished slavery in 1834.

A Jamaican Family Search recorded: “Hamilton Brown owned several plantations over the years 1817 to about 1845. According to the 1818 Almanac which can be found on this site, (Jamaican Family Search), he was the owner of Minard (128 slaves) which he must have acquired from its previous owner (John Bailie) in 1815 or later. The other register (86 slaves) cannot be assigned to any estate, although he is listed in Almanacs for subsequent years as owning several, (Antrim, Grier Park, Colliston, Little River, Retirement and Unity Valley).”

“Hamilton Brown was instrumental in the importing of several hundred labourers and their families from Ireland to Jamaica between 1835 and 1840,” according to University College London’s project “Legacies of British Slave-ownership.” The project describes Hamilton Brown as a “Major attorney and resident slave-owner in Jamaica.”

However, this is where liberals like Kamala spin and twist rather than be honest and transparent and quit playing the race card tune. Slavery back then was a nasty part of the world and all kinds of ethnic and religious sorts owned slaves. In fact, black and brown Muslims still have slaves today.

American white Christians were mostly abolitionists and tens of thousands gave their lives to stop the dastardly practice of owning humans. Blacks can gold-brick on history-lite because the government schools quit telling the truth a long time ago. Democrats supported slavery just like they manage the abortion holocaust today.

Kamala claims to be anti-slavery now but she hails from a wealthy elite slave owning family. She should come clean, own up to it and for once get real.

by Lou Binninger

 

Under President “we don’t have a strategy yet” Obama Isis was allowed to burn and destroy historic landmarks, museums pieces, artifacts and anything else of the past. Isis wanted to eradicate all that was not Islamic. The evil crusade was extreme, deranged and nonsensical, like liberals.

            In America, the left has been sparing statues of Lenin, not John and Marx, not Groucho while feeling demonically troubled by anything Confederate, the South or anyone believed to have owned slaves. In Oregon even statues of frontiers people must go.

            Liberals like to purge and rewrite history and lie about the present. Whites are racist even if they weren’t and must pay reparations. If liberals get their facts wrong to punish people, the justification is their motives are right. Remember the Duke Lacrosse team members that didn’t rape the black stripper but were declared guilty, lost their good name, school and freedom while the entire affair was a lie perpetrated by the “victim” and the media?

            Duke University purged the Lacrosse coach and the entire athletic program before the trial began. How about the Tawana Brawley hoax in Wappingers Falls, New York?  A black teen girl falsely accused four white men of raping her in November 1987. An innocent accused cop killed himself. A prosecuting attorney lost his marriage and his employment. The pack of national black hucksters boosted their media face time exploiting these pitiful black women.

            Reports of black students being harassed on campus and such are usually hoaxes created by blacks. The black homosexual actor Jussie Smollett case may be the most recent staged racist attack. After Smollett’s breaking of numerous laws the case was dropped due to his color, sexual preference, acting career and being a liberal. Rules apply to normal people. Smollett is an untouchable.

            For decades, liberals have taken cheap shots at the founding fathers - not Christian, liars, slave owners, screwed ponies in a pinch. Writer of the Declaration of Independence and President of the United State Thomas Jefferson was said to have routinely mated with his slave Sally Hemings. It was a done deal.  People must have witnessed the intercourse or Sally was a real talker.

            The charge was first made in 1802 by muckraking, racist, alcoholic journalist, James Callender, who had served prison time for his writing broadsides. Callender tried to blackmail Jefferson into appointing him postmaster at Richmond after Callendar worked for Jefferson. When that failed, seeking revenge he publicly accused Jefferson of fathering the first-born son of Sally Hemings. The writer referred to Hemings as "a slut as common as the pavement."

            No respected historian believed this accusation. This was the 1862 version of 2016 Mitt Romney sucking-up to Trump for an cabinet appointment, being declined, then spasmodically trashing the President ever since.

            Experts who have taken issue with books and articles falsely accusing Jefferson have been called “racists” which silence them.

            In 1998, retired pathologist Dr. Eugene Foster performed a DNA test on the Y-chromosomes of living male descendants of Sally Hemings, as well as those from Jefferson's paternal uncle. The Y-chromosome is passed from male to male, so, if the story were true, Hemings' male descendants ought to have the Y-chromosome of the Jefferson male bloodline.

Hemings' firstborn son, Tom -- the Tom whose birth was the basis for Callender's accusation -- was not related to any Jefferson male. Foster's study did establish that Hemings' last-born son, Eston, was the son of some Jefferson male, but could not say whether that was Thomas Jefferson or any of the other 25 adult male Jeffersons living in Virginia at the time, eight of them at or near Monticello.

For Eston to be Thomas Jefferson's son, five years after being falsely accused of fathering Hemings’ firstborn Tom, Jefferson would have decided to have a child with her. Eston’s father is more likely to be the President’s younger brother Randolf who frequently visited Monticello and the slaves’ quarters, off-limits to the President.

In response to DNA proof that only one of Hemings' children was related to any Jefferson male -- and her firstborn son was definitely not fathered by any Jefferson -- the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the Monticello Association and the National Genealogical Society announced their official positions: Thomas Jefferson fathered all six of Hemings' children! Guided tours of Monticello today include the provably false information that Jefferson fathered all of Hemings' children.

Are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on the non-profit boards of these organizations? In spite of DNA proof the lie lives on in the liberal media and schools. This is reason enough to remove your offspring from government mis-education.

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by Lou Binninger

 

The newest lawless territory in Marysville is Camp Popeye behind the abandoned Popeye’s Restaurant on Tenth. Anything goes -- drug deals,  ‘tweakers’ screaming at one another all night as their dog joins in, garbage everywhere, a guy sits in an upholstered chair like a throne in the parking lot surrounded by stray mattresses.

Two weeks ago, squatters started a fire along the fence adjacent to a line of houses to the north. Smoke drifted through the formerly tame neighborhood prior to Marysville Fire’s arrival.

Last week, four humans were draped across the asphalt lot like sea lions laid out on the pier in San Francisco. Anything goes here.  A single mother arose for work in a nearby residence to find someone removed all four wheels and the battery from her VW. Where there is no fear of consequences, people take what they want and do what they will.

This city management philosophy is the polar opposite of the ‘Fixing Broken Windows’ theory of taming the lawless. This is called ‘Look the Other Way’ theory. The only thing missing in the Popeye’s alley is a homicide. ‘Fixing Broken Windows’  says if you ignore the stripped car, the petty law breaking etc. you will eventually get a home invasion, sexual assault or homicide. Address the petty issues to prevent the more gnarly deviance.

No surprises here except for government paralysis. Today’s ‘liberal brilliance’ is to ignore problems and make excuses. Thank God for Elite Security keeping a lid on it where they are hired. One of their security guards was even confronted by a miscreant last week.

A nineteen-year-old woman from the house with the stripped car says she’s afraid of being assaulted at night walking to shop at Walgreens. You must pay a price or withstand a hustle to visit nearby Panda Express, CVS, Starbucks, Tri Counties Bank etc. Vagrants go behind the bushes at Walgreens to do their business unhindered.

A federal judge ruled that forbidding vagrants, the homeless, whomever, to squat on public properties is ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ while they wallow in their addiction, behave like animals and die in their misery. This is the liberal’s 21st Century version of compassion.

This judge is a socialist kook. This is the same spirit of stupid that traps single mothers in welfare and believes that the government can be the father to their children.

Has the judge been tested for syphilis? The disease affects the brain in advanced stages.

Arresting and booking people under the influence and for petty crimes gives the judicial system, probation and drug counselors the opportunity to address the arrestee’s issues and get them to a drug program. This approach is successful in other states where recovered addicts are grateful that someone cared enough to detain them and stop their insanity.

Funding addicts until they are mindless and feces covered is not compassion or freedom. It is lawless, barbaric and ignorant. If a judge declared the sun circles the earth would we teach it?

Former Sutter County Sheriff Parker said we could not arrest our way out of this (homeless) problem. Can anyone name a deviant behavior that we have eradicated by arrests? Is that the mission?

Murder, rape, molestation, robbery, spousal abuse etc. have never stopped but we are still arresting people for these crimes. Arrests have not eradicated criminal behavior going all the way back to Cain and Abel (first family and first murder).

The judge’s directive to add one more facility in each community before trespassing laws can be enforced proves that he is an idiot. Has anyone drug tested him lately? Most cities have options locally or nearby that these people have refused.

The government created this problem by funding deviant behavior for decades. Economist Walter Williams says if you want more of something then subsidize it. If you want less, tax it. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars along with church charity are causing the problem to increase, but it sure makes the donors and politicians feel like they are saving the world.

by Lou Binninger

 

In 1836, Noah Webster, often considered “The Father of American Education,” believed that the purpose of schools was to advance the Christian faith. “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed…No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Tragically, the Biblical values upon which the nation was founded and thrived have come under continual assault and it continues today. John Dewey, a philosopher and psychologist born October 20, 1859, is known as “The Architect of Modern Education.” He said, “There is no God, and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion.”

Is it any wonder that America, the richest country in the world now falls behind even some Third World nations in student performance today? American schools now are considered a Jesus-free zone while poor village children in Communist Vietnam can wear backpacks declaring ‘Jesus Loves Me’ on them?

Abortions and deviant sexual lifestyles can be obtained at school here and a student has a shot at being molested or engaging in a sexual encounter with a teacher.  Meanwhile, the union controlled schools protect the perverts and even knowing hire them.

It is no surprise that our founding history has been dumbed-down, revised, and attacked in schools today. Much has even been hidden or discarded.  However, any serious look at the original writings, personal correspondence, biographies and public statements of the founders will reveal lives directed by a Christian worldview.

Not every founder was a Christian convert, but even the few that were not were influenced by Biblical principles that shaped their political ideals. This Biblical thinking can be noted in our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence identified the source of all authority and rights as “The Creator” and not government. They were God-given, not man-made rights.

There would be no king or established religion to stand in the path of human liberty or dignity – both uniquely Judeo – Christian ideals. An oft-repeated phrase in the colonies was “No King but Jesus.”

While the term “Founding Fathers” could describe a larger group, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention included 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 unknown, and 3 deists (belief in an impersonal God who started the world but left it to itself). So, 93% of this body were church members or were deeply influenced by a biblical view of man and government.”

The last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence Charles Carroll said, “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security of the duration of free governments.”

The churches were the primary source of revolutionary activism telling colonists that the British government was usurping their God-given rights, and the King and Parliament were violating the laws of God. Founders believed that it was their sacred duty to uphold the law of God against the unjust and oppressive laws of man.

In 1775, the Lutheran pastor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg spoke from Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Concluding he said, “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.”

He then removed his clerical robes to reveal a uniform of a Revolutionary Army officer. That same afternoon, leading 300 men, he marched off to join General Washington’s troops and became Colonel of the 8th Virginia Regiment.

Ministers turned the colonial resistance into a righteous cause and served at every level of the conflict, from military chaplains to members of the state legislatures to taking up arms to leading troops to battle.

Patrick Henry’s words were true, “Three million people, armed with the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.”

Tragically, John Dewey, Barack the Narcissist and others who come in the same socialist and Godless spirit have replaced a God-given liberty with a Satanic lawlessness and rebellion. It’s working very well and the sooner ministers and church people wake-up the better.

by Lou Binninger

How humans have survived and thrived is amazing when you have the curiosity to look closely. It’s a shame the teaching of history comes off so boring.

Mark Twain wrote, “Many public-school children seem to know only two dates--1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don't know what happened on either occasion.”  Today, Americans’ understanding of their history is often seriously lacking or revised.

We just passed the 75-year commemoration of the World War II D-Day attack to liberate Europe and many realized that at the next 5-year ceremony there will be no surviving veterans still with us. In the same fashion Americans noted the passing of those 56 brave signers of the world-changing Declaration of Independence and particularly when there were just three remaining.

On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence the only three signers still alive were John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Charles Carroll. In a strange coincidence in American history, Adams and Jefferson both died that day, so Carroll became the lone surviving signer.

Carroll died in 1832 at age 95. He was a patriot, a public servant and far brighter than political leaders today. The signers risked their lives, families and assets. Carroll had much to lose as he was known as the wealthiest American at that time. He uniquely signed the Declaration as “Charles Carroll of Carrollton” to not bring persecution on other family members with the same name elsewhere. His wealth was used for the revolution.

Some thought John Hancock, another signer and Boston’s leading merchant, was the wealthiest, but Charles Carroll the father of the signer, and his son were one and two. Charles Carroll the Founding Father was an only child and inherited his father’s wealth to add to his own.

Richard Stockton, a lawyer from Princeton, New Jersey, became the only signer of the Declaration of Independence to recant his support of the revolution. On November 30, 1776, the delegate was captured by the British. After months of harsh treatment and meager rations, Stockton renounced his signature on the Declaration of Independence and swore his allegiance to King George III. A broken man when he regained his freedom, he took a new oath of loyalty to the state of New Jersey in December 1777.

Carroll represented Maryland at the gathering to draft and confirm the Declaration. He was also a devout Catholic which limited his political aspirations due to colonial intolerance of certain faith movements. He was the only Catholic signer.

Most students learn only of the Boston Tea Party, but there were a number of "tea party” uprisings. On October 15, 1774, the ship Peggy Stewart owned by the Annapolis mercantile company of Dick and Stewart sailed into the harbor of Annapolis, Maryland, carrying tea. On arriving, the ship’s owner paid the tax applied by Britain to importations of tea to its American colonies in compliance with the Tea Act of May 1773.

Charles Carroll led the Tea Party movement in Maryland. On October 19, 1774, Charles Carroll helped set fire to the British ship Peggy Stewart.

Charles Carroll wrote to Rev. John Stanford on October, 9, 1827: "To obtain religious as well as civil liberty I entered jealously into the Revolution, and observing the Christian religion divided into many sects, I founded the hope that no one would be so predominant as to become the religion of the State....That hope was thus early entertained because all of them joined in the same cause, with few exceptions of individuals.”

“God grant that this religious liberty may be preserved in these States, to the end of time, and that all believing in the religion of Christ may practice the leading principle of charity, the basis of every virtue."

After John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died the City of New York sent a committee to Carroll to get his final thoughts on the Declaration.  He wrote on August 2, 1826: "Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, He had conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation and on myself in permitting me, under circumstances of mercy, to live to the age of 89 years…..  do hereby recommend to the present and future generations the principles of that important document as the best earthly inheritance their ancestors could bequeath to them, and pray that the civil and religious liberties they have secured to my country may be perpetuated to remotest posterity and extended to the whole family of man."

by Lou Binninger

Who do you believe in government?  Officials tout how transparent they are and then it takes months to answer a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and years to investigate wrongdoing. Getting the facts is like extracting an impacted wisdom tooth.

Our local assemblyman and senator in Sacramento said there were ample funds in the budget to upgrade our highways and bridges. However, our Yuba County officials repeated the lies from the legislature saying we needed more taxes for roads, so the gas tax repeal(Prop 6) lost and here we are, the highest gas prices in the nation while legislators, the highest paid nationally, get a raise.

            The fraud and waste are epidemic. How about the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) official John Beale not showing-up for work for years, ordered to repay nearly $900,000 in salary and benefits and do 32 months in prison? A Caltrans employee got a job in Sacramento, but never moved there. Instead, she flew to work and had taxpayers pick-up her tab.

According to the state auditor, this state employee treated herself to the travel budget, charging thousands of dollars in airfare. She also secured rental cars, charged the state for mileage during her time in Sacramento, and was reimbursed for meals and incidentals.

The state audit shows Caltrans approved the receipts she submitted totaling more than $40,000 for her commute to work from February 2016 to March 2018.

A longtime administrator in the Valley State Prison (VSP) used his state-issued computer during work hours to access thousands of YouTube videos (from Sept. 2017 through June 2018 2,256 videos) unrelated to his work.

 It’s unclear exactly how much time the administrator spent viewing videos, but the allegation stated, “He watched YouTube videos ‘every day, all day long, five days per week.'” On one particular day, investigators found he accessed 55 videos that did not appear related to his duties. Most of the videos were about recreational vehicles, crimes, and political or religious commentary. He now is retired with no consequences.

In 2015, a state audit found a Caltrans engineer golfing instead of working on 55 of his scheduled work days. In 2016, another state audit found Caltrans reckless spending protocols were vulnerable to fraud along with identifying 3,500 excess workers.

Now, auditors found California State University (CSU) system hiding $1.5 billion in discretionary reserves while raising tuition and lobbying for more funding according to a report from state Auditor Elaine Howle.

“CSU put the money, which primarily came from student tuition, in outside accounts rather than in the state Treasury,” according to Sacramento Bee’s Sawsan Morrar.

“At the same time, the CSU Board of Trustees increased pay for the top administrators, including those in the Chancellor’s Office and CSU president,” said union legislative director David Balla-Hawkins.

In addition, Howle’s audit “criticized CSU for building costly parking facilities at four of its 23 campuses: Sacramento, San Diego, Fullerton and Channel Islands.  CSU raised student parking permit fees as high as $236 per semester to pay for the new structures, but added no new parking capacity.”

Being a criminal is contagious in California. In 2017, Auditor Howle’s office exposed the University of California Chancellor’s Office for hiding a $175 million slush fund from public view while also increasing tuition.

In 2012, California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman was forced to step down when it became public that the Parks Department was shielding $54 million in “hidden assets” from the state Department of Finance.

You remember those days when money was so tight that the state only funded “essential services.” State parks had to close due to ‘no funding.’ That was the hold-people- hostage strategy by closing the parks while stashing money already taken. These deep state people are jerks.

The auditor said there were more than 800 whistleblower claims in 6 months in 2018. And, that’s only the courageous ones trying to do the right thing while being considered a snitch.

Locally, watch for an August 2019 decision on the legality of the Yuba County’s Measure K sales tax increase. Judge Berrier will support the tax and it will be appealed. There will be a 2020 ballot measure to gut Proposition 13 along with other tax increases. Also, expect Yuba Water Agency directors to continue increasing their pay. They have more money than they can count.

It’s all a great gig if you can tap into the Deep State. 

 

by Lou Binninger

California liberal legislators want to create citizen committees to rule over and supervise sheriffs elected in the state’s 58 counties. The ultimate goal is to see sheriffs appointed like Chiefs of Police, rather than elected.

            Sacramento democrat Kevin McCarty’s Assembly Bill 1185 would establish citizen oversight boards for elected sheriffs in each county and even an Inspector General to investigate complaints involving law enforcement. The oversight panel and the Inspector General could come to be by a decision of the Board of Supervisors or by an election if AB 1185 becomes law.

 The bill narrowly passed the Assembly. If it is approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom the Constitutional independence of the elected sheriff would be undermined.

The bill’s introduction states, “Existing law establishes the office of the sheriff in each county to preserve peace, and authorizes the sheriff to sponsor, supervise, or participate in any project of crime prevention, rehabilitation of persons previously convicted of crime, or the suppression of delinquency. Existing law requires a Board of Supervisors (BOS) to supervise the official conduct of all county officers and ensure that they faithfully perform their duties.”

AB 1185 would add a new level of governance over the sheriff.

The current requirement of the BOS to “supervise the official conduct of elected officials” etc. is a puzzler. Exactly what would the BOS do to address ethical, moral or legal failure by an elected official?

 The Sutter County BOS claimed they could do nothing after former District Attorney (DA) Carl Adams had a moral failure with an escort whom he granted immunity in a murder trial and then lied to a Yuba City Police Investigator about it. The DA’s office was said to be a sexually charged environment where one employee sued for sexual harassment and prevailed.

The Sutter County BOS then sided with troubled District Attorney Amanda Hopper in her mission to slander and fire investigator Jason Parker even after a Sacramento Administrative Law Judge agreed with Parker that he should get his job back.

The Sutter County BOS has also done nothing publically to address the Yuba City Unified School District’s dismissal of long-time teacher Jim Whiteaker for repeated improper contact with female students. Whiteaker is on the BOS and now is employed at Yuba County Office of Education teaching students.

The Sacramento Bee editorial board came out strongly in favor of curbing the independence of sheriffs and notes numerous abuses by sheriffs in various counties. The Bee cites trouble with sheriffs in Sacramento (Scott Jones), Fresno (Margaret Mims), LA (Lee Baca and Alex Villanueva) and even Trinity County (Bruce Haney).

The Bee says, “The power of the county sheriff is so unusual and prone to abuse that some sheriffs don’t even do the job once they’re elected. An investigation by The Sacramento Bee in 2018 found that Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney didn’t even reside in his own county, let alone California. He lived on 53 acres in Lebanon, Oregon. On ‘medical leave,’ Haney collected $9,000 per month in salary while feuding with that county’s board of supervisors, who had no way to hold Haney accountable.”

No normal person wants a corrupt or lawless sheriff. However, others believe that an elected strongly independent sheriff is needed to defend the Constitution when boards, councils and committees have been politicized or proven impotent.  And, if intolerable problems arise, then there is an election every four years or even a recall election option in extreme cases.

Many sheriffs rebuffed the Obama – Biden gun control moves by reaffirming their oath to defend the Constitution for their county. This is a current issue in California as many jurisdictions are declaring to be a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ city or county to uphold the Constitution regarding gun rights. And other sheriffs are rejecting the state’s ideas about protecting illegal aliens and not cooperating with federal authorities.

Sadly, the elected sheriff of Clark County, Nevada sided with the federal authorities in a land grab from the Bundy Family that nearly ended in armed conflict. The sheriff could have ordered the feds to stand-down. The media and the government made the Bundy’s out to be backward rebels but the feds lost in court and were reprimanded for abuse of power.

We need honest law enforcement leaders with a back bone to withstand state and federal authorities that make-up rules to suit their agenda. The deep state and corruption throughout our government are resistant to a myriad of inspectors and commissions.  Keep the elected sheriff with no citizens committee. 

 

 

by Lou Binninger

            When certain black-Americans blame their unemployment, lack of success, educational underachievement and incarceration on events happening to Africans in the 18th and 19th centuries, can anyone think of other ethnic groups suffering injustice and then later generations getting a free pass by society?

            How about the children of Israel or Jews that have suffered worldwide with more than 6 million of their people killed during WWII. Furthermore, for thousands of years they were enslaved, persecuted and exterminated.

            They asked to return to their homeland of Israel following WWII, it was granted them, and the place was a disaster. Though they were and are regularly threatened with annihilation they complain not, but have caused their desert home to bloom and thrive.

            African slaves were bought to the 13 Colonies and throughout the Americas for farm labor and held “against their will.” Land in Liberia was purchased by the U.S. and an offer made to freed slaves to return to Africa. Very few did.  Today, Africans want to move to America.

            In 1975 and thereafter millions of democracy-loving Vietnamese were killed, put in re-education camps or drowned trying to float their way to freedom. Most of the tens of thousands of refugees in Hong Kong were forcefully repatriated to Vietnam to be treated as traitors by the communists.

            A quick review of the hundreds of millions of dead representing hundreds of ethnic groups suffering persecution ( in Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Africa and elsewhere) may offer perspective to American blacks wanting reparations, entitlements etc.

            There is no evidence that slavery, 150 plus years ago, is still affecting blacks today. The true culprit is the modern welfare state and the War of Poverty launched in the 1960’s by Democrat President Lyndon Johnson. Welfare, not slavery caused the black family to fail quickly. Economists have known this all along but the slavery excuse must live – on.

            Black economist Walter Williams says, “The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery?”

           

            In 1960, only 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Did slavery cause the increase in single-parent black families after 1960?

According to the 1938 Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. Today about 75 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. Is that a delayed response to slavery? The black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years according to Economics Professor Williams.

At one time, almost all black families were poor, regardless of whether one or both parents were present. Today, around 30 percent of blacks are poor. However, two-parent black families are rarely poor. Only 8 percent of black married-couple families live in poverty. Among black families in which both the husband and wife work full time, the poverty rate is under 5 percent. Poverty in black families headed by single women is 37 percent. The welfare state, not slavery or racism has doomed black families.

Are blacks lazy? In every census from 1890 to 1954, blacks were either just as active as or more so than whites in the labor market. During that earlier period, black teen unemployment was equal to or less than white teen unemployment. As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it's about 30 percent longer.  Labor laws and regulations promoted by liberals and their unions that cut off the bottom rungs of the economic ladder and encourage racial discrimination are the problem.

Labor unions have a long history of discrimination against blacks. Frederick Douglass described this in his 1874 essay titled "The Folly, Tyranny, and Wickedness of Labor Unions," and Booker T. Washington did so in his 1913 essay titled "The Negro and the Labor Unions." However, today's black politicians and hucksters blindly give support to labor laws pushed by unions and white liberal organizations.

Many black 12th-graders’ science skills are at the level of whites in the sixth grade. They write and do math about as well as white seventh and eighth-graders. So, an employer hiring or a college admitting the typical black high school graduate is in effect hiring or admitting an eighth-grader. Don’t be surprised by the deficient outcomes from lousy union schools.

Liberal politicians, civil rights leaders and academics who assert that every problem confronting blacks is a result of slavery and discrimination perpetuate the lie and the delusion.  The truth sets people free.

 

by Lou Binninger

“Oh, how the mighty have fallen.”  Out of the Second Great Awakening when more than 600 colleges were founded in the Midwest, Oberlin College was established in 1833 by Presbyterian ministers John Jay Sipherd and Philo P. Stewart to promote Christian values.

In 1835, Oberlin became the first white collegiate institution to admit African American male students and two years later it welcomed all women as well, becoming the first co-ed college in the country. 

Oberlin continued to be a premier institution for blacks for the next century.  By 1900, one third of all black professionals in the U.S. had undergraduate degrees from Oberlin.

In 1858, more than 30 Oberlin students and townspeople invaded a city nearby and freed a male slave held in captivity to be returned to his owners in Kentucky.

Oberlin’s commitment to the abolition of slavery made it a welcoming and safe environment for 19th Century black students.  As part of the Underground Railroad, Oberlin’s intricate network of back road routes and safe houses, the college and town provided refuge for fugitive slaves bound for Canada with Lake Erie being just 15 miles away.

To this end, the school appointed one of its faculty Charles Finney, America’s greatest revivalist and also a fervent abolitionist, to be their second President. Finney routinely denounced slavery from the pulpit and advocated the end to servitude through all means possible.

However, intolerance, “politically correct” group think and racism have consumed and now shamed this once amazing institution. The college is full off anti-frackers, socialists, gender activists, and social justice warriors touting government hand-outs. Oberlin College’s unofficial slogan is clear: “We put the liberal in liberal arts.”

The day after the 2016 election victory of Donald Trump, a black male Oberlin College student was caught shoplifting wine at Gibson’s Bakery and Market in downtown Oberlin, OH. Shoplifting by college students is a big problem in the town. You know, the poor take from the rich.

Gibson’s had been in existence since 1885, was frequented by students, and also provided baked goods to the college dining halls. A scuffle ensued that day and was joined by two black female Oberlin College students accompanying and assisting the male shoplifter. All three eventually would plead guilty to shoplifting and aggravated trespassing, and would avow that Gibson’s was not engaged in racial profiling.

However, prior to the guilty pleas, students at the college declared that Gibson’s was guilty of racial profiling, and large protests were organized outside the bakery. Flyers were circulated saying the Gibsons were “racist” and had “a long account of racial profiling and discrimination.”

Oberlin’s Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo allegedly participated in handing out the flyers in front of the bakery. Oberlin College Student Senate passed a resolution claiming Gibson’s “has a long history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike.” The college administration allegedly helped circulate the student senate resolution.

Students launched a boycott of the bakery, initially joined in by the college. The college eventually resumed business with the bakery, but then terminated that business once the bakery owners filed a lawsuit.

Gibson’s owners sued the college and Raimondo for libel, tortious interference with business relationships and contracts, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and trespass. Gibson’s alleged long-term damage to its business and reputation for the allegedly defamatory accusations and other torts. The plaintiffs in closing argument asked the jury to award $12.8 million in compensatory damages.

Last week, the jury awarded $11 million to the Gibson family. Allyn W. Gibson was awarded $3 million, David Gibson $5.8 million, Gibson Bros. $2,274,500. Next, there will be a separate punitive damages which could be a double award (meaning tripling the $11 million to $33 million).

Lee Plakas, who handled much of the month-long trial and who gave the closing argument, said this case “is a national tipping point.”

“What the jury saw is that teaching students and having them learn how to be upstanding members of the community is what colleges are supposed to do, not appease some students who they are afraid of,” Plakas said. “People around the country should learn from this that you can use the legal system to right the wrongs, even if the one doing the wrong is some huge institution who thinks they can do anything they want.”

Oberlin started-out shining brightly as a city on a hill, but like most all colleges today has descended to a place of philosophical and moral darkness.

 

by Lou Binninger

While the narcissist Barack Obama insists his administration had no scandals, the True the Vote vs IRS harassment case may be coming to a close. You remember, when asked by the media about the “IRS Scandal,” Obama replied that reading the newspaper was the first he heard about it. That’s right all our Presidents seem to be the last to the party.

Prior to Obama’s second election campaign he sought to stomp-out the conservative opposition by eliminating its organizers. He commissioned IRS leadership to slow down or not approve 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 nonprofit organization applications. Illegal probing and questioning were done of the organizations and their members.  Tea Party chapters, religious organizations and voter integrity and get-out-the-vote applications were all targeted.   

When the Obama administration was questioned about the bias and harassment it was completely denied, but then “We will investigate and punish those responsible.” Such a liar that Obama.  

While most Americans today are passive, lacking much they are willing to have a street-fight over, Lois Lerner of the IRS and her alphabet soup of enforcement agencies picked the wrong lady in Texas to jack slap.

According to True the Vote it was in 2010 that the IRS, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), began targeting Bryan and Catherine Engelbrecht and True the Vote. The battle lasted years and sought to bury Englebrecht and her organization in government bureaucracy. A “barrage of attacks,” including 23 separate audits, investigations, and inquiries, were used to stop True the Vote from its work.      

The weight of the federal government coming down on the Engelbrechts, their business and True the Vote was so intense and far-reaching that it was obvious the federal government targeted them. Some agencies went after them twice.     

 At its core, it’s about control through fear,” Catherine Engelbrecht said. “They wanted to silence us so they overwhelmed us on all sides. It was a multi-front war we were facing. It was designed to make us go away, to scare us, to break us, to try to turn public opinion against us. The coordination was through all facets. It was just mind-blowing. But ten years later, on the other side of it, the lesson for True the Vote and all citizens is that as citizens, we are called to stand up, and we are called to engage. The lesson, I think, that is so engrained in my mind is: ‘Speak out. We are the government. We are not subjects to whatever it is they want to push down our throats.’ There are things that are constitutional and can be protected. Hopefully, we set a great example for that.”     

 True the Vote was an offshoot of the King Street Patriots, a nonprofit Tea Party organization founded by Engelbrecht and initially active in Texas. Several members of the King Street Patriots, including Engelbrecht, its president, were dissatisfied with the voting process in Harris County, Texas, during the 2008 election, especially the shortage of poll workers, which they believed "invited fraud and other problems at the polls." So, they founded the voting integrity group in summer 2009.

True the Vote wanted honest elections, anathema to liberals who prefer the dead, dogs, unidentifiable strangers and anyone over for dinner to vote. Liberals tend to lose honest campaigns thus they insist that particularly Blacks and other minorities are too stupid to obtain an identification card to vote or use a condom. However, Blacks interviewed on the streets in Harlem, NY all had ID’s. Sadly, most are still a cheap date for democrats.     

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled in favor of True the Vote, and penalized the IRS, forcing the tax agency to pay maximum attorney’s fees due to the IRS’s discrimination against the conservative organization that stemmed from the Lois Lerner scandal surfacing in 2010.           

“The conduct of the IRS and the government was nothing short of shocking,” Brock Akers of the Akers Firm, one of True the Vote’s attorneys, said in the release. “This ruling ought to reflect a collective sigh of relief from everyone that the judicial system really can be turned to for a just end to this nightmare. Check one in favor of Justice v. Swamp.”   

Founding Fathers would describe the Obama government as tyrannical.

 

              

Arising in the morning in Marysville means a routine. Check for trash out front from diners disposing of their Taco Bell wrappers or from adult beverage containers discarded by transients. Look for unconscious vagrants. Dead or alive, call 911, then hose off the vomit and body fluids. Oh, and watch for deposits of human feces. Let’s see, which tote, green, blue or gray?

            Then it’s off to see what tax or assessment is being pitched to us now. It appears that there is no turning back from full-on socialism. Politicians and the public will go off the cliff together ala Calezuela. Lifetime government pensions at nearly full pay are politically sacred and even the spouse of a dead worker can cash-in under certain CalPERS (Calif Public Employee Retirement System) programs.

            All the while CalPERS is more interested in social engineering than making money on investments. They rarely hit their target investment return of 7% which is odd when a local financial advisor can get those returns regularly.

            CalPERS lost $3.581 billion in investment gains by divesting from tobacco stocks, which amounts to about 1% of current assets, during a 17-plus-year period ending June 30, 2018, according to Wilshire Associates, the pension system’s general investment consultant. CalPERS board members say tobacco made people sick and is dirty, bad, nasty.

The CalPERS board is proud and ‘politically correct.’ Members, who are chosen for their sexual proclivity and what politician they’re screwing or funding, believe divesting of offensive stocks is a good deal, even though it’s a loser financially.

            Additional divestures from firearms, (formerly) apartheid South Africa, Iran and others cost the fund another $8 billion. The fund grew only from about $170 billion to just over $300 billion during the same period that the Dow erupted from about 6,400 to just over 21,000. If CalPERS had followed the same path as the Dow Industrials, the fund would be valued at or near $540 billion rather than just over $300 billion.

While CalPERS enjoys the luxury of choosing investments that promote its ‘social justice’ values, the meager returns are made-up by the member municipalities and counties. ‘Social justice’ also includes investing to promote carbon footprint reduction, gender diversity, wage equality, anti-fossil fuels etc.

South Yuba residents feel like they are getting hustled once again to fund spiking CalPERS payroll costs with threats of higher flood insurance rates and flood risks and no more development unless they double the amount in assessments for Reclamation District 784 (RD784). PR fliers sent to residents were neither informative nor transparent.

Residents looking at Three River Levee Improvement Agency (TRLIA), RD784 and Yuba Water Agency (YWA) budgets see huge increase in salary and benefits at RD784 and millions of dollars available in TRLIA and YWA. So, why take more money from the taxpayer when TRLIA and YWA already have taxpayers’ money for levees and flood control?

As for RD784, one citizen’s budget analysis for 2019-2020 concluded that overall Expenditures have increased by 59% from $1.8M (million) to $2.9M. Primary increases in expenditures show Salaries & Benefits up by 87% from $0.49M to $0.9M. Maintenance costs have jumped by 62% from $0.53M to $0.84M. And Services and Supplies have increased by 145% from $0.17M to $0.41M.

Aside from CalPERS ripping-off the taxpayer in pension and benefits costs let’s assume that all other RD784 increased expenses represent a bare-bones lean-and-mean budget. Then, why does the county have to triple-gouge the citizens?

YWA keeps saying their primary mission is flood control, water management, hydropower etc. and they only need a nexus to their mission to spend money. They amazingly found a nexus with flood control to pave North Beale Rd and Olivehurst Ave. and clean-up homeless camps. So, why doesn’t the YWA mission with $100 million in the bank include the Gold Fields levee construction and helping backfill RD784’s budget shortfall?

 

by Lou Binninger

California liberal politicians are causing businesses and the middle class to flee the state but are now wooing abortion tourism. Governor Gavin Newsom is encouraging mothers to bring their child to the Golden State to meet his or her demise as some states are stopping the slaughter.

            Newsom along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a joint statement to all governors saying, “In the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states must step up and put in place their own protections – both in statute and in their state constitutions, and through the expansion of family planning and education – to defend every American’s right to reproductive freedom.”

The governors are referring to the freedom for women to kill their offspring. In the governors’ full statement the word child is never used. And “every American’s rights” leaves out the rights of the father and the child being done in.

However, ending a life makes some sense in a gnarly way. Many of us probably at a low point in our lives thought about killing someone, if we could get away with it. They may have been our spouse, our ex, or another that was having sex with our partner, or a ‘low-life’ that stole from us, or just did us wrong, maybe it’s a troublesome neighbor that’s been a ‘pain in the ass’ for years.

            Poisoning the person, stabbing or cutting them into pieces would be such a relief. They now are gone and no longer a source of irritation or burden. The deed sets us free to pursue our dreams. This is a convenient resolve for our turmoil and trouble. It allows us to start over, move on.

            If we are convinced we evolved from apes, you know, slime plus time gives us Billie, it really makes no difference whether we shoot hoops, shoot heroin or shoot our neighbor. Who’s to say what the rules are anyway?

            If mothers can kill as many children as they want in California, maybe the rest of us could be allowed to kill two adults that totally piss us off. Kill permits could be obtained at a cost like deer tags are purchased nowadays.

            One night at the Emergency Department a dead man’s head was three times the normal size from being repeatedly kicked with steel-toed construction boots. He was caught in bed with the assailant’s wife. This would pose no trouble for the legal system as long as the husband had a kill permit. This would also be a cash-cow for state politicians.

            Casinos offer freebies, coupons and the like. Newsom could arrange for hotel deals, transportation discounts, price cuts at outlet stores and such for the abortion tourists.

            Newsom is a political innovator, as San Francisco Mayor he began marrying same-sex couples, though against the law. He could now offer ‘Cali’ birth-remorse solutions, only available here. If someone gave birth and then in the first 30-days were completely overwhelmed, then our Governor could put the child down rather than be a torment to the mother for decades. This is true reproductive freedom and should be a civil right.

In most states medical regulations governing surgical procedures at abortuaries are not enforced, and underage females brought to killing centers by adult men (‘boyfriends,’ pimps and sex traffickers) are not reported to authorities. This idea of mandatory reporting to protect our innocent underage children is not so popular today.

Newsom has an opportunity to be the national trend-setter for killing children from conception through the first month after birth. And, by continuing to ignore health regulations and mandatory reporting he could corner the market on the pedophile, pimp and sex profiteer business.

You may recall that when investigative journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt exposed Planned Parenthood selling the parts from aborted babies, Attorney General Kamala Harris prosecuted the journalists and not those involved in the illegal baby parts market. Journalists and babies are expendable. The abortion and baby parts industry is not.

With thousands of businesses and millions of hard-working people leaving the state this is Newsom’s and his Sacramento socialists’ redemption, a chance to be the national leaders for the right to kill.

 

by Lou Binninger

Many ignorant ones complain about world poverty today and believe that capitalism and the West are the reasons for it. Actually, not too far back before the industrial revolution poverty was the norm in the earth and just a tiny minority had more than enough to survive. And, the truth is that embracing capitalism or free enterprise and the mastery of natural resources have lifted billions out of poverty.

            From 1970 to 2006, the number of people living in extreme poverty declined fantastically. People living on a dollar a day or less dramatically fell from 26.8 percent of the global population in 1970 to 5.4 percent in 2006 – an 80 percent decline. If you love people it is a wonderful miracle but is usually ignored by the media because it avoids highlighting the successes of capitalism.

"It was globalization, free trade, the boom in international entrepreneurship," American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur Brooks said in a 2012 speech. "In short, it was the free enterprise system, American style, which is our gift to the world."

In 1820, 94 percent of the world's population lived in poverty. In 2011, it was down to 17 percent. What is even more incredible is that the global poverty rate was 53 percent in 1981. The decline from 53 percent to 17 percent in thirty years was the "the most rapid reduction in poverty in world history."

"Since the onset of industrialization – and as a consequence of this, economic growth — the share of people living in poverty started decreasing and kept on falling ever since," wrote Oxford University's Martin Roeser.

Between 1988-2008, those in the middle and bottom of the world income distribution have all received pay increases of around 40%. Global differences in life expectancy and height are narrowing too – showing the impact of better nutrition and healthcare.

The world is 120 times better off today than in 1800 as a result of capitalism according to Foundation for Economic Education's (FEE) Steven Horwitz. "The competitive market process has also made education, art, and culture available to more and more people," wrote Horwitz. "Even the poorest of Americans, not to mention many of the global poor, have access through the Internet and TV to concerts, books, and works of art that were exclusively the province of the wealthy for centuries."

Horwitz says capitalism has also resulted in people spending "a much smaller percentage of our lives working for pay" due to the increased value of labor and has produced higher life expectancy "by decades."

Mortality rates for children under the age of five declined by 49 percent from 1990 to 2013. This is according to World Health Organization (WHO) data, a decline termed "faster than ever." Capitalism results in lower child mortality rates by producing better access to medicine and standards of living.

The wealth and innovation spurred by capitalism has done more to help the poor than any government program ever could. The adoption of a free enterprise economic model by China, India, Vietnam and others have had an astounding impact in lifting their societies out of harsh poverty.

           

 

by Lou Binninger

Socialism / communism and its barkers are toxic and share no values with the freedom-loving and enterprising founders of America.  The socialist’s goal is to agitate, disrupt and control society at any cost. Loss of life and freedom are justifiable costs to achieve control of the society’s reins.

There is no morality or righteousness guiding socialism. The Khmer Rouge of Cambodia killed their countrymen who wore glasses because they were educated and would resist the revolution. Many city dwellers were killed since their preference to live in the cities revealed their loyalty to capitalism.

Technocrats were forced from the capitol of Phnom Penh to work in the fields while illiterate farmers were sent to manage the cities. Western-style hospitals were burned to be replaced by folk medicine. Schools and books were burned. Traditional education was unnecessary.

Most city people were sent to re-education camps to learn how to conform to the speech and thought of the new regime. Those that questioned or resisted were killed.

Millions of people died from starvation, disease, overwork and execution. From 1975-1979, this quest for a utopia resulted in the deaths of between 1.5 - 2.0 million people or 21-24% of the 1975 Cambodian population. For socialists it was merely the cost of doing business.

This same spirit of indoctrination and enforced group think is at work at every level of American society. There is a rejection of Biblical morality replaced by a faux ‘morality’ of the state. It is a top down totalitarian oppression that must be followed or there will be consequences.

New York City politicians decided people should not smoke cigarettes or drink large sugary sodas. The courts rejected the soda limit but the price of a pack of cigarettes is now $13 a pack.

On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner was once again peddling single cigarettes on the corner, a common legal hustle in many nations but it makes you a criminal in NY. Bureaucrats are making millions off the sin tax and Garner was skimming on the rich man’s turf.

That put the police in between socialist politicians, arbitrary policies and a guy trying to earn a few dollars. Garner, a big man, resisted law enforcement and in the take down Garner had an asthma attack triggered by a choke hold and died.

This is the same city that is giving sanctuary to illegal criminal aliens and mocking Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So, who or what was Garner really hurting, maybe the pride of socialist politicians, who would protect a rapist or MS-13 gang member? This is the insanity of socialist think.

In California, we usually arrest child molesters. However, now our legislators mandate that we honor pedophile homosexual Harvey Milk each year on May 22. Milk’s deviant sexual ways with underage boys have now been glorified and included in our educational curriculum as heroic.

On May 8-9 our state school board endorsed every weird and perverted gender identity nonsense you could fantasize about to be taught to our elementary students including every type of sexual behavior short of sex with animals.

The child whose family follows Jesus will be the ‘Eric Garner’ on campus. This student will be considered a narrow minded, hateful, intolerant law breaker and exited from the campus. The Bible is now considered hate speech to the left.

Garner is a casualty of social engineering. Socialist rules made a common criminal of Garner trying to cash-in on selling a few smokes. Kids who follow Jesus or believe there are just male and female are the next to be criminalized and punished.

Whether in Cambodia, Cuba, China, Vietnam, North Korea or New York socialists make- up the rules as they go along and then punish the nonconformists. If you are ever in Phnom Penh don’t miss the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to see the faces of thousands of innocent people murdered by socialist nut cases. Tuol Sleng, once an elementary school became one of 196 torture and execution centers created to establish a utopia in Cambodia.

 

by Lou Binninger

“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy Country.” —George Washington (1775)

If it weren’t for the will to fight and die for freedom there would be no United States of America. From the beginning with those fleeing religious persecution in Europe and the Revolutionary War with England to now, there has been one conflict after another to secure the American Way.

For those whose parents served in WWII it’s often thought of in hindsight as a 4-5 year battle for the United States. However, for those alive then there was no end date. It was victory at any cost or lose every freedom and liberty described in our Constitution.

            This last Saturday, May 18th, was Armed Forces Day, an annual observance dedicated to the brave ones currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is celebrated on the third Saturday in May and is one of the several holidays that are part of National Military Appreciation Month. Each year, Armed Forces Day centers on a unique theme designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of our service members.

            The 2019 theme is "For the Nation. For the People." The first Armed Forces Day was on May 20, 1950, and the theme was “Teamed for Defense.” The theme that year was selected to show that all branches of the military had been united under one department of the government.

This 1950 inaugural observance was celebrated with parades, receptions, open houses and air shows. Approximately 10,000 American troops marched past the President in Washington D.C., while 33,000 people in New York City commemorated the occasion “under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types.”

Famous World War II warships were in harbors across the country for the public to see, and precision flying teams filled the skies. The American people came together everywhere to honor members of the Armed Forces.

President Trump wanted to honor the military in 2018 with a Washington D.C. parade but D.C. politicians saw it as a cash cow to get money from the federal government. Cost estimates spiked to an absurd $92 million. Can you imagine what it would cost and take to replicate the 1950 observance today? Our parents and grandparents thought that the observance was well worth it having already sacrificed their friends and family members.

Many liberals in Congress who hate the military, law enforcement and President Trump complained about the cost to honor the military. They are cowards and hypocrites.

They would rather our tax dollars fund studies like these - $1.5 Million Spent Studying Fish on Treadmills; $3 Million Spent Studying the Jaws Theme and People’s Perception of Sharks; $3.4 Million for Hamster Cage Matches; Zoo Poetry ($1,000,000); Genital Washing of South African Men ($800,000); Male Vietnamese Prostitutes in Vietnam ($442,340); The Worst Super Bowl Commercial Ever ($2,500,000).

               Someone needs to open a store to rent sets of Spaldings near Congress.

Both the Obamas and Clintons despised the military. In 2016, just in time for Armed Forces Day, Obama celebrated the confirmation of Eric Fanning as the first homosexual Army Secretary. Obama brought our military forces below pre-WWII troop levels and fired over 200 leaders in command positions.

He was more interested in homosexuals and transsexuals in the military than he was in having the backs of our military warriors. Who can forget Obama shamefully honoring deserter Bowe Bergdahl at a White House ceremony or the repeated Obama, Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice lies about leaving our people to die at Benghazi and the government’s gun-running to terrorists?

               Finally, Obama wanted one of the fleet of Navy oiler ships named after San Francisco pedophile Harvey Milk. Not a destroyer or a carrier, but an oiler. That’s fitting.

 Harvey was known for banging the backside of young boys versus guys his own age. He was a sweetie and a liar. How would you like to proudly serve on the “oiler” Harvey Milk, a real warrior, Harvey?

               It’s a relief not to be led by a sissy president for a change. Thank God and pray for our Armed Forces and Law Enforcement.

 

by Lou Binninger

Some feel that Jon Brower Minnoch (September 30, 1941 – September 10, 1983) was the fattest person on earth. He was an American man who, at his peak weight, was estimated to be 1,400 lbs. This was a close estimation because his extreme size, declining health, and lack of mobility prevented use of a traditional scale.

At 12, Minnoch weighed 294 lbs. and by 22 he was 6 ft. 1in weighing 500 lbs. Though hard to imagine, he was once a baby born of a woman. As a child it could be assumed that Jon had the dreams of a youngster, was free to move, contribute and create.

However, Minnoch's weight continued to increase steadily until his hospitalization in March 1978 at age 36 due to cardiac and respiratory failure. Minnoch was diagnosed with massive generalized edema, a condition in which the body accumulates excess extracellular fluid. Endocrinologist Dr. Robert Schwartz estimated that over 900 lbs. of Minnoch’s body mass was retained fluid.

Transportation for Minnoch was difficult. Moving or getting out was nearly impossible. It took over a dozen firemen and rescue personnel and a modified gurney to transport him to University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. There, he was placed on two beds pushed together, and it took 13 people to simply roll him over for linen changes.

Minnoch lost much of his freedom due to his obscene size, equaling more than eight 170 lb. men. He certainly consumed the natural resources, medical care and public services equivalent to the total of many people. His ability to contribute to society was stunted by his need to consume to maintain his way of life.

The United States government is the equivalent of Jon Brower Minnot. It’s obese, lethargic, wastes massive amounts of hard-earned resources, is sick and is good for very little. Pick the department, agency, and budget. You will find waste, people underperforming and being overpaid.

As Minnoch couldn’t move, the government is like a massive freak unable to change but constantly demanding more resources to survive. All wealth is created in the private sector, but is then taken and flitted away by government. The government is like cancer cells having mutated and are now screaming out of control.

The Founding Fathers considered government a necessary evil, so the smaller the better. An organized effort was needed to defend against foreign invaders and the sinful ways of humans. However, as the bureaucracy grew the people’s freedom and liberty were in the same measure devoured.

The 4 trillion dollar federal budget means 4 trillion dollars removed from the private sector. In private hands it was producing goods and services and being well-managed only to now be wasted by politicians on frivolous and nonsensical fiascos and mad ideas.

Silicon Valley is synonymous with incredible wealth and creativity but also with massive failure as possibly 90% of start-ups don’t succeed. Each misfire forces learning and improvement. It’s called creative destruction. Unprofitable enterprises end when investors pull their money back as a “great idea” is not so great after all.

However, when government fails it increases the budget and promotes people. ‘Dead horses’ are rarely declared dead and buried. It’s in someone’s perverted interest to preserve a stinking carcass. ‘Investor withdrawal’ is not allowed and is punishable by incarceration.

The Wall Street Journal says that it takes under an hour to fly from Chicago to St. Louis and American Airlines does so 7 times-a-day. The taxpayer-funded railroad called Amtrak does the same task in 5.5 hours. A fast rail project is now under way in Illinois to travel at 110 miles per hour and cut the trip to 4.5 hours. Two billion dollars has been spent to steal a few customers from the private airlines at taxpayers’ expense for a trip 4.5 times slower than by air.

Service and Amtrak (or government) is an oxymoron. This is not a partisan issue but a problem of political perversity and corruption.

 

by Lou Binninger

Yuba County residents are punch drunk from repeated tax increase moves by cities, the county, school districts, state (road taxes) and now Reclamation District 784 assessments.

Meanwhile government is making people poor in others ways, as well. The CPUC (California Public Utility District) granted PG and E the clearance to raise rates after they and the state mismanaged our forests and utilities causing massive forest fires and historic destruction. The citizens pick-up the tab.

 P G and E rates are already 60% higher than the national average. Our gasoline prices are a dollar greater per gallon than other states.

            This has everything to do with greedy mismanaging politicians and bureaucrats with a bent for centralized management of our lives while wasting our money and natural resources. Report after report reveal corruption, waste, foolish projects, incompetence, too many workers with many not accomplishing a thing.

Prevailing wage government jobs like highways and schools waste 20-30% on labor costs due to the Davis-Bacon Act establishing union – government collusion that mandates all contractors pay exorbitant wages. The loser is the common citizen.

            Recently, Reclamation District 784 (RD784) that manages the care of ditches and levees in Yuba County sent an announcement that on May 9th it would consider raising the parcel assessment to fund its work. Ballots would then be sent to property owners the week of May 13 telling each what will be owed.

            If the new assessment request is approved then the increased amount will be charged beginning 2019. If not approved, the assessment will remain as it is now.

The mailer describes the importance of caring for our water ways. It says RD784 is not getting enough from its assessment and an assessment from TRLIA (Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority formed in 2004).

Those who have done some research say RD784 wants to double its assessment.  One owner says he paid $183.10 for his TRLIA Levee and Flood Assessment for 2018-19. His additional RD784 assessment will increase in 2019 from $243.54 to $370.04 or $126.50, a 52% increase. The two assessments will amount to $553.14 if the assessment is approved.

The same parcel owner notes that TRLIA reports an $8.5 million surplus in 2018-19 and forecasts a $7.4 million surplus in 2019-20.

One Plumas Lake citizen’s tax bill lists property taxes plus eleven additional assessments. The property tax was approximately 67% of the total with the other fees, bonds and taxes making up another 33%. If the RD784 assessment increase is not rejected by county residents may also be seeing two more school bonds on the ballot in 2020. If passed it will bring to 15 items on the annual “property tax” bill again spiking what they owe to live in Yuba County.

This tax statement analysis does not include the new Measure K 1% sales tax increases added to Yuba County purchases and purchases of autos where ever acquired. The Measure K increase could bump sales tax costs by hundreds to thousands a year per family.

Here is the tricky part of the RD784 mailing. This will not be a go-to-the-polls ballot box vote. Those disagreeing with the increase will have to respond to the notice they receive in the mail. No response equals agreement with the assessment increase. Most of these measures pass due to the passivity of the voters.

           

 

by Lou Binninger

Due to the Left’s agenda to make America socialist few people today understand that America, the government, constitution and value system were created by followers of Jesus Christ. Ninety-eight percent of the initial immigrants arriving here were Protestant Christians fleeing persecution to start a new life based on Biblical principles.

Equality, inclusion, liberty and freedom are Protestant Christian values that many still hold dear. Before the Protestant Reformation people thought heaven could only be obtained through the Catholic Church. However, these newcomers believed in the revolutionary idea of the priesthood of the believer which removed a priestly class that stood between God and the believer.

The concept that everyone was a priest and therefore of equal value led to the freeing of the slaves, the equality of women, free speech and conscience, religion and the many other rights we still are unique for. However, for the last 50 years there has been a furious assault by the Left against Christianity, its followers and our nation’s founding principles.

The revolutionaries of the 60’s were deceived as they deceived others. That deception and darkness have continued with amazing effectiveness in undermining the key institutions of American society – education, government, media and the family while a good portion of the people now follow blindly like dumb sheep.

You can’t have the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness unless there is a God or you have respect for those with faith in God. Atheists and/or socialists could never have successfully created this nation. They could however destroy it.

In 1962, the Supreme Court removed prayer from schools. For 170 years there had been prayer in schools. A ruling of 6 to 1 found that it was unconstitutional. Not only forbidding prayer, the ruling affected what is taught as now it had to remain on the low that the Pilgrims were Christians fleeing religious persecution. Children were deprived of their true history. What’s more, the Pilgrims, Columbus and even Thanksgiving had to be denigrated.

The Left talks of inclusion but it routinely divides by ethnicity, gender, and sexual preference, creating division and class conflict. The Left talks of tolerance and free speech but wherever the movement gains control both are undermined. Followers of Jesus have become a hate group, the scriptures hate speech and neither will be tolerated by the ‘tolerant.’

One early Christian heresy was that sin was contrary to human nature and if Christians would just do good works they could create heaven on earth without divine intervention. Proper church teaching was that sin is a part of human nature and it was man’s pride that thought he would build and create without God’s involvement.

Today, the Left is a cult that worships at the altar of political correctness. The movement decides what is ‘righteous’ or politically correct and then any deviance from that way will be attacked and perpetrators punished. The politically correct movement is anti-God and atheistic.

If government would simply enforce politically correct doctrine then the Left believes we can have paradise on earth. This is a devilish doctrine that God has opposed from the beginning.

The Left desires to silence the conscience, speech and the defense of beliefs it detests. The basis of our freedom is religious liberty and therefore our freedom of conscience. The movement is at war with those that disagree with them. The Left hates Christians, the Bible and the God that is behind it all.

The Left adheres to the satanic doctrine. This evil way rests upon the tenets of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. Intolerance is evidence of impotence.” Anything goes, short of the Judeo-Christian ethic.

California State Board of Education member Feliza Ortiz-Licon believes in teaching our smallest children about oral and anal sex, including photos and explaining all the deviant sexual life styles. She says the curriculum is about people’s civil rights. Parents are forbidden from interfering in the mandatory instruction.

We are close to endorsing adult-child and human-animal sexual relations.

Regarding abortion rights Alabama assembly member John Rogers says “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or kill them later. You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then you send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or you kill them later.” Liberal leaders scramble for the title to kill the most and the oldest infants and do it with ease and do it at taxpayers’ expense. This is insanity.

Never in our history have more leaders of our most respected national law enforcement agencies lied, deceived and been lawless while attempting a nonviolent coup to remove the President of the United States.

We are in trouble because most are just dumb sheep. Others won’t pay the price to fight for freedom.

 

by Lou Binninger

To be reminded of the insanity of today’s government you just have to read the headlines about the governor appointing a new board member to CalPERS, the largest public employee pension fund in America.  This fund manages $362 billion of government employee retirement monies.

One headline reads, “Gavin Newsom appoints transgender city councilwoman to CalPERS.” Lisa Middleton has been a Palm Springs City Councilmember and worked at the State Compensation Insurance Fund from 1974 to 2010. Are you impressed? Except for a unique sexual bent “she” was a career bureaucrat and elected to oversee a city of 44,000 people.

The 13-member board oversees CalPERS chief executive officer and sets direction for its investment goals and health care plans affecting millions of people. However, there is no news about Middleton resurrecting the finances of a city, being an investment legend, or having the skills of Buffett. No, she’s a “woman in a man’s body,” that’s the big news here. That’s what’s relevant to direct $362 million.

The CalPERS board has shifted from once having people with noted investment skills to political patrons. Do they even have to pass an investment competency test?

CalPERS’ current tattered reputation has hurt its ability to hire people with needed expertise. CalPERS last choice for CEO was Marcie Frost, who has a high-school education, no finance training, and no experience managing investments. She then was accused of falsifying her background.

In spite of this the board approved giving Frost a 4% raise resulting in a salary of $330,720 for the 2019 fiscal year and a 26.7% bonus of $84,873 for the 2018 fiscal year.

CalPERS’ conduct provides insight into the corrupt relationships between state and local government pension systems and private equity fund managers nationally. A former CalPERS CEO is now in federal prison serving a four-and-a-half-year sentence for bribery and fraud, and a former board member killed himself before his prosecution began.

In 2002, the CalPERS board promoted Fred Buenrostro, a politically connected insider, to the position of CEO. Buenrostro is now in federal prison for fraud and bribery, after taking kickbacks from former CalPERS board member Al Villalobos. Buenrostro funneled $58 million in investments to Villalobos, who was acting as a middleman for Apollo and four smaller private equity firms. Villalobos killed himself before his trial began, and three trustees who were also implicated left the CalPERS board.

CalPERS is not an outlier. Alan Hevesi, the former comptroller of New York State and sole trustee for the state’s pension fund, went to jail, in part, for accepting bribes from a private equity firm. The former treasurer of Connecticut, Paul Silvester, entered prison for a bribery scandal involving a D.C.-based private equity firm, Carlyle.

CalPERS has been paying lavish 7% fees for investment services. Any mutual fund amateur knows that is ridiculous. How about 1-2%?

Private equity firms with an in to handling billions of pension funds direct campaign cash to politicians with connections to the big pension funds. The entire system is criminal.

            Up and down California local politicians have the same DNA as their deceptive state cousins taking money from unions, voting for unaffordable salaries and pensions, burying the taxpayers in future commitments and taking out more loans to cover current expenses.

            Supervisors and city council members cannot afford to fill job openings due to exorbitant pay and pension / health unfunded liabilities. So, officials then blame the taxpayers for not giving enough for public safety. It is all a big ruse.

Campaign finance laws are violated as politicians spend tax dollars to lobby to obtain more money from citizens, violating the public’s free speech rights. The courts, funded from taxes, typically side with the bureaucracy.

What person would of their own free will ask the government to manage money for them? Like all Ponzi schemes, the first people to cash-out get a great deal. Once the pension fund collapse occurs future retirees may be in a fix.

 

by Lou Binninger

It is interesting to study research that tells us what we do and then tries to explain why we do it. Arthur C. Brooks wrote “Who Really Cares” to describe those that are the most generous and compassionate people of America as America is the most charitable country in the world. 

Brooks found that people in Mississippi, the poorest state in the union, were the most generous when giving is measured as a percentage of income. Brooks’ findings were similar to Jesus’ observation in the synagogue as told in an account commonly called the Widow’s Mite.

Mark 12:41-44 says "He (Jesus) sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, 'I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.

The worldview of many Early Americans was Bible-based and shaped a value system of work, frugality and honoring God. This mindset created an America that became an international economic powerhouse in the first 100 years.

Today, like then, some Americans govern their lives according to Biblical principles and others do not. The Bible teaches that just any concept of God will not do and there are plenty of power encounters in the Bible between God and Brand X beliefs (I Kings 18) to illustrate that point.

Last week was National Day of Prayer (May 2). As church affiliation has been dropping over the last few decades and even the number of serious God followers, recent surveys show America still is a praying nation when compared to the top 102 wealthiest countries on the globe.

            The Bible is not anti-wealth. It tells how to build wealth but it also cautions not to be stumbled by riches to forget the God that enabled that wealth to be gained. There are plenty of sad stories today telling of people sacrificing their families, integrity and a relationship with God for the love of money. So, wealth can get in the way of devotion to God but it doesn’t have to.

            The Pew Research Center found that the U.S. is unique in that it has both a high level of wealth ($56,000 per-capita GDP- gross domestic product in 2015) and a high level of daily prayer among its population (55% according to the 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study).

            In other wealthy countries surveyed – those with a per-capita GDP over $30,000 – fewer than 40% of adults say they pray every day. For example, in Japan, where per-capita GDP is about $38,000, roughly a third (33%) pray daily. In Norway, where per-capita GDP is about $68,000, fewer than one-in-five adults (18%) do.

The survey did not include wealthy countries in the Arabian Peninsula, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which would be expected to have high levels of prayer. These are Islamic countries and prayer is mandatory.

            At the other end of the economic spectrum, countries with less wealth tend to have higher rates of prayer. Every country where at least 70% of adults say that they pray each day has a per-capita GDP under $20,000. For example, in Egypt, where 72% say they pray every day, per-capita GDP is about $11,000. And in Afghanistan, where 96% of adults say they pray every day, the per-capita GDP is about $2,000.

            However, again, countries ruled by Islam, rich or poor, are forced to pray which skews the survey results. In Vietnam and Bulgaria – where per-capita GDPs are $6,000 and $19,000, respectively – the share of adults who say they pray daily are 14% and 15%. (Among the 102 countries examined, the national average share of people who say they pray daily is 49%.)

            Why does the U.S. have higher self-reported daily prayer than other wealthy countries? Some believe because there is a freedom for spiritual pursuit here. However, any honest research of the founders and their wrangling to establish a new country cannot miss a strong prayer DNA in America. They were convinced that a living God guided the establishment of the United States.

            According to President Washington, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”