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 Don Rae

  • What makes you think that smoking pot and driving is not a big deal?  Los Angeles reports DUI arrests are up 32% all because of marijuana.  Give a thought to the large numbers of people who have been killed or killed others due to using marijuana. Our society is paying a horrendous price for the freedom to smoke pot. 
  • We expect the Congressional passage of The Equality Act in Congress. This sexual and gender identity act empowers the Feds to interfere in how we think, speak, and act at home, at school, work, and play. The Heritage Foundation pointed out ways in which the Equality Act would politicize the education of some 50 million public school students. It would force “school districts to follow curricula that introduce students to the concept of sexual preferences and transgender theory, starting as early as pre-K,” according to the Heritage report. The Equality Act would mean schools would have to include discussions about the sexual preferences of various historical figures, most of which is speculation.
  • In 2016, California passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The law is being phased in with incremental increases. But there are definite signs indicating that the policy isn’t working. Despite huge growth in the State’s restaurant industry, some businesses—largely in the full-service category of restaurants—have been adversely hit hard. Restaurant Business Online reported: “Nearly 1 out of 10 in areas with a recently increased minimum wage have closed operation since the cost hike, and 71 percent have attempted to pass along the rise to customers by raising menu prices.”
  • The increased minimum wage has produced a negative impact on the job market, which has reduced employment for many, especially those looking for their first job, according to a University of California, Riverside study. The suggestion is that there will be 30,000 fewer jobs in the industry from 2017 to 2022 as a result of the higher minimum wage. The study’s authors concluded that this depressing effect on job growth will accelerate as the minimum wage is increased to $15.
  • Get real—the wind does not always blow.  And, as the Left will tell you, wind turbines kill birds—and that is not allowed.  You are told to go solar—which the solar farms, we are told fry birds, and since they cannot store the energy created—use it or lose it—not good during winter or in many places in the U.S.
  • “Over the past five years alone, the Energiewende has cost Germany €32 billion ($36 billion) annually, and opposition to renewables is growing in the German countryside. Look to Germany to see what happens when you go the AB 32/Arnold-Jerry Brown route for energy.  High costs, unreliable energy sources and not enough to keep the economy going.  Lose-lose.  That is what the Democrats have planned for us in the name of saving the planet. It will kill our economy and do nothing to save anything.
  • Our genius of a governor wants the state to provide health coverage to illegal invaders – free. When you go to the hospital and it is overcrowded with huge waiting times thank Newsom and the illegal invaders.
  • Now the same folks who told us that by the year 2000 famine would end the world, the same brainless idiots who told us to get rid of DDT in Africa—which caused millions of African deaths, now are continuing their stupidity by using junk science to tell us that hundreds of species are at risk in California. “More than a million species are at risk of extinction globally, including hundreds in California.” This is what the United Nations spouted lately. Like Paul Ehrlich, Rachel Carson and Al Gore, the United Nations is looking at how to make a bundle of money from junk science.  Ignore them.
  • We thought cow farts were the cause of the planet’s demise. Nope. It is cow burps. Agricultural and marine scientists at the University of California have recently come together to fight one of the greatest sources of methane emissions in California: cow burps. But why should we bother? AOC says we’re only got 12 years left anyway. Let’s party.
  • In its “How Does Your Love of Wine Contribute to Climate Change?” The Times says the wine industry is “a microcosm of larger society” when it comes to climate change, so wine lovers must do their part to save the planet: “Just as politicians have little incentive to address climate change unless voters require it, many wine producers are less inclined to reduce their own carbon footprints unless consumers demonstrate that such steps are important to them.” Yes—they believe that along with cow farts, trees and humans, wine vineyards are the chief cause of their canard—climate change.  Wait till the Hollywood crowd admits this is a problem and swear to give up their Merlot.  See Bernie Sanders and Hillary denounce the evil Satan—wine grapes.  These hypocrites will continue their wine drinking.” (California News and Views.)
  • We’ll forward this crazy idea, as written in a recent California News and Views article, because it is so insane it needs the greatest transparency possible. Democrat Senator Nancy Skinner wants to make sure that a whole new category of criminals never sees the inside of a jail. “Sen. Skinner’s Senate Bill 394 would allow criminals to be “diverted” – no guilty plea, no conviction, no deportation, no gun confiscation, etc. – if that person is a parent and attests they provide a “significant portion” of the care and housing of a minor. Commit a crime against children or be a human sex traffickers—no big deal—you go to “parenting classes” instead of jail.  Any wonder the streets of California are so unsafe—and the cops do not report many crimes since they know the DA’s won’t prosecute.
  • Drag queens in New York are being allowed to read stories during story time to students as early as kindergarten, (in full makeup and dress). Hopefully that idiotic plan will stay on the east coast.

 

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 Don Rae

  • What will Latin America do when all their children have been sold to unknown people who will take them across the desert to the southern US border?
  • The crazed Democrats are demanding all of the Mueller report, including all the Grand Jury information. Unfortunately for Nadler and his simple-minded cohorts, it is illegal to release such information. So the Democrats are demanding that Barr commit a crime by releasing the information and if he doesn’t they plan on boxing his ears. See how honest the Democrats are. How about it, Garamendi, are you joining the criminal group? We hope not.
  • Trump told publically of the $1B in business losses more than 15 years ago. Yet the New York Times ran a front page story last week on the issue. Did they forget? Why is the NYT considered so great?
  • Juan Williams has gone off the rails. His reasoning is so sick he must have gone to Yale or Harvard with the rest of the “highly qualified” students.
  • Where do you think your tax dollars go? Would you believe that the State is giving your money to farmers to grow weeds? Why are the liberal brain-dead bureaucrats and politicians using your money for this ridiculousness? Climate change. The dumber than a fence post crowd is doing this to pull carbon out of the atmosphere which the state claims is crucial to meet its climate goals. Millions of dollars are being handed out for this farce. Don’t worry about growing food – we now support “carbon farmers”.
  • Why is the cost of food going up so high?  Because Sacramento is limiting water allocations and using tax dollars to grow weeds instead of food.  Junk science is forcing higher taxes and bad farming and few know about it.  Thought you should know how your money is spent by Sacramento—the mainstream media will not tell you.
  • Have you seen the video of a Philadelphia politician harassing teen girls who were with their mother peacefully protesting at a Planned Parenthood office. His name is Brian Sims and he is nothing more than a sick Democrat. Where does the party find these jerks. Hopefully the girls’ parents will sue the pants off this idiot.
  • With Hollywood and friends continuing to put out violent killing videos for kids, is it any wonder that we see so many children acting up. Are these horrible productions only for adults? Not on your life. They are directed for children. The result is youth engaged in the visual thought that violence, mayhem and killing is nothing more than a sport to be happily engaged in. Guns are not the problem, except that Hollywood portrays them as the one quick and easy way to solve all your emotional problems. Hollywood is the problem; not guns.
  • When is education going to change for the better? Did you hear Rep. Swalwell of Oakland complain that women deserve equal mention to men in the Constitution? Since neither are mentioned, we find only “the people.” Has Swalwell ever read the Constitution or any other document for that matter?
  • Hillary is still saying that the election was stolen from her by the Russians. We thought it was the Martians who did the dirty deed.
  • Poverty is primarily caused by the government. Just take a look at the taxes the multiple levels of government take from the people.
  • It doesn’t take much of a search to spot the price of gasoline these days. All the regulations and the fact that California won’t allow drilling in many places in the State does nothing more than increase the amount of poverty in the State. Poverty?  A government success. 
  • Medicare for all and free. So say the leading Democrats. How much more immoral can you get? Limited care, long waits, fewer doctors and hospitals and no insurance against catastrophe. That’s the socialist Democrats for you. Oh, and the socialist Democrats think a cost of $32B or so is free. What math classes did these snowflakes take?
  • More taxes on the legislative agenda. A $25 fee to purchase a new firearm. This is AB18 by another Democratic Assembly member Marc Levine of Marin County.
  • More pro ball players are proving their hate for Trump by not accepting his invitation to the White House. These over-paid children who have never grown up are what we are turning out in our schools and many parents are doing nothing to correct. Shame on them all.
  • Who are the idiots who elected Ilhan Omar to Congress? She says Jesus was a Palestinian. Another stupid statement from her feeble brain – Palestine didn’t exist at Jesus’ time and Islam was 600 years in the future. Well, actually she fits in well with the rest of our brilliant politicians.
  • Handshakes are no longer appropriate. Why? Because there is physical contact that might be viewed as inappropriate. “Woke” is wacky.
  • Democrats want prisoners to vote (Just like they want illegal invaders to do the same). Jailed folks who receive unearned federal, state and local taxpayer money should be allowed to vote for those who are providing the largesse? In fact, why should anyone be allowed to vote who is receiving free money and housing by those they vote for? Something smells.
  • If the current Democrat 2020 contenders mean what they say, they are proving beyond any reasonable doubt that they hate America. What say you, Garamendi?
  • Newsom has asked for a report on gas prices. It’s simple, dummie. Just look out your window at the nearest gas station. You don’t need a report, you need to do something positive now!
  • Latin American migrants are flooding California, Arizona and New Mexico. The Democrats are hoping that all these illegal's will vote as they ply them with education, housing, medical care, food stamps and drivers licenses. What happens, snowflakes, when the newbies vote to take California out of the Union and make it a province of Mexico. Just think, we can be part of the Central American hellhole they just left. Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

 

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.”

 

By Don Rae

  • Judges are demanding that Trump identify kids crashing the southern border. Why do we have the responsibility to identify them? Their own country and their parents have the responsibility, not American taxpayers.
  • The homeless crisis is not only out of hand, but our elected officials are clueless as to how to manage the problem. There are many abandoned military bases where services could be provided. The General Services Administration has hundreds of vacant buildings where services could be provided. Our politicians need to get to work to change laws and produce legislation to compel folks to get off the streets and into facilities they can be helped. What say you, Garamendi, Gallagher, La Malfa, and Nielsen?
  • Affordable housing in California? Not a chance. Try Winnemucca, Nevada.
  • DeBlasio is insane. He wants to do away with hot dogs in order to save the planet. A better idea would be to toss DeBlasio out of office and eliminate the CO2 he’s creating.
  • The first slaves to be imported to America were landed in 1619.  There were 1000, all white children from Ireland. Do whites, therefore qualify for reparations?
  • Remember what Churchill said: a lie goes around the world before the truth gets its pants on.
  • Kamala Harris is our very Junior Senator. Why doesn’t she do something positive for California instead of feeding her ego by “running” for President? Is Willie Brown still involved?
  • Kamala Harris is a loud-mouthed supporter of reparations. Her family once owned slaves in Jamaica. Will she offer reparations to the slaves owned by her family? Lots of white families lost sons and fathers in the civil War fighting against slavery. In fact some 6000,000 deaths were recorded by the Union Army. Most of my family did not come to this country until long after the war; many not until the 1900s. In case you are historically illiterate we arrived after slavery was ended, by Lincoln, over the objections of the Democrats. Why should we or others who did not own slaves be forced to pay? Kamala’s father admits the family was based on owning slaves. Pay up Kamala.  Stop trying to force those who never owned slaves to pay for the sins your family perpetrated on black people.
  • Another Manson follower is seeking release into society. Absolutely not. These evil killers ought to have been executed years ago. Changing the penalty to life in prison was only the first step to eventual parole in the plan of the “do-gooders”. Hopefully one of these fools will invite all the released killers to live in their homes. No release. Ever.
  • The ever brilliant Elijah Cummings claims Democrats gave Blacks the right to vote. What does history say? The 15th amendment which gave that right to all Americans was passed with 100% Republican support. What was the Democrat support? 0%. Why do people keep electing these imbeciles?
  • California is a world grower of avocados. Ever seen the orchards all over the hills in northern San Diego County?
    The leftie propaganda has started. According to the illiterate, Americans would run out of avocados in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped.
  • The Swiss require each household to keep a military weapon in their homes at all times. How often do you hear of an accidental shooting or murder using such weapons? You see, snowflakes (and you too Swallwell and Schiff - who are dumber than snowflakes) it isn’t the gun, the magazine or the ammunition that is at fault. It is the mentally ill person. Quit your lying.
  • 233 out of 234 Democrats in the House support H.R.5, the Equality Act bill. The bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. If this bill becomes law, female athletic teams at public schools would be required to accept transgender females — people otherwise known as men. Such a policy would eventually lead to the end of Title IX.
  • When Californians voted No on Prop. 6 last November, they voted YES on another gas tax increase—up another 5 cents a gallon.  Then, on January 1, because of the cap and trade fraud, the gas tax could go up another 73 cents a gallon.  Why has gas shot up recently? Sacramento demands a special gas blend during the summer which is more expensive to produce. Thanks politicians for raising our cost of living. The price increase doesn’t bother the rich, they just feed the pig and have lots of cash left over. The average wage earner has to make a decision – feed the kids or pay the pump. Democrats sure look out for the little guy. Why can’t the voters figure that one out?

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  • How crooked are California judges? Try this one on for size. Judge Ethan Schulman, a San Francisco Superior Court dimwit, told California to expand its voter registration outreach ruling that all county offices that administer general assistance or general relief programs must provide voter registration services. His brilliant ruling mandates county offices that administer student financial aid, as well as private contractors providing assistance on behalf of voter registration agencies, must provide voter registration services. In other words, register every illegal possible.
  • Democrats are economic illiterates.  Without profits, businesses can not expand or hire new employees—or give higher wages. 
  • Democrats want more investigations because their hero Mueller let them down. Rather than admit they are wrong, they keep up the clamor with all sorts of tin-hat theories. It would not be a surprise to discover that Swallwell and Schiff are the real foreign agents. As has been said elsewhere, the tunnels Mueller dug all ended up in Hillary’s secret closet.
  • Young children are being dragged across a thousand miles of barren, hostile landscape. Isn’t that child abuse? Where are the do-good organizations who claim they prevent this sort of vile behavior? Consider to whom you donate.
  • Well, AOC, how are you going to eliminate all the cows in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and other cow economies? Wipe out their entire cultures and economy? And you want to shut up anyone who disagrees with your lame-brain ideas? Put us on your enemies list. It will be a high honor.
  • Can you imagine the chaos in the classroom? Children acting up and no way to provide a learning atmosphere for those children who want to learn. “Under Senate Bill 419, students in grades 4-8 wouldn’t be suspended for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities. The bill would also ban schools from suspending students in grades 9-12 for the same thing. The law would apply to both public and charter schools. Legislators are as dumb as fence posts. Let’s suspend them. Better yet, let’s fire them.

 

by Lou Binninger

How much should a worker collect in retirement? You shouldn’t care if it’s not your money. If someone worked harder, invested smarter, lived frugally, then they may be much better off than others when dialing work back.

When it comes to retirement in the private sector, you set-aside some of your earnings each month in savings, mutual funds or some kind of investment that will increase in value. When retiring you hope for sufficient monies to meet your needs.

            The idea of course is that you should not have the expenses in your 60s and beyond that you had in your child-rearing and home-buying years.  Most private sector workers supplement their savings with a social security check. They adjust to how much or how little they have. That’s life.

            When it comes to government employees should you care or even have a say as a taxpayer in how much they collect in retirement. Again, if their contribution to their own fund did well then who should care? However, that’s where the government pension system goes off the logic rails. Private sector workers are also paying the pensions of public employees.

            Not only does the government employee not pay all the funds of their own pension but they are guaranteed a defined amount per month upon retirement regardless of how the investments fare. That’s pension nirvana.  And it is on the backs of future taxpayers to pay more and more taxes and be responsible for loans to cover deficits created by the guarantees of politicians to future retirees.

            Politicians are beholden to those unions bosses and union employees to get elected rather than to the taxpayers who actually pay the pension bills. When there are labor negotiations with union representatives the taxpayer does not have a seat at the table nor do citizens vote on any salaries of any workers or elected officials in the county or jurisdiction.

            Last year, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) issued 30,969 pension checks of $100,000 or more on an annualized basis, according to TransparentCalifornia.com.

            The 2018 data reveals that CalPERS is currently paying over $23 billion annually in pension benefits, 17 percent of which will go towards those receiving annualized pensions of $100,000 or more.

The growing number of $100K-plus pensions reflects an increase in newer retirees who benefited from the pension enhancements passed in 1999 and 2001. As noted by reporter Ed Mendel of Calpensions.com, union controlled CalPERS lobbied the legislature for these enhancements by falsely claiming that they would not cost “a dime of additional taxpayer money.”

These enhancements are part of the reason that governments in this state are actually bankrupt and are using short-term borrowing and local tax increases to postpone going into receivership. The truth is that the state pension system is nonsensical, unaffordable and corrupt.

The average 2018 annualized pension for general retirees was (state - $63,057, local $74,599) and for police /fire (state - $74,599, local $108,320). Since you citizens are paying for it how does it feel?

If employees invested in their own retirement fund, when they retired the taxpayer would have no liability for them, but that is not how it works. Yuba County is short a shocking $147 million to cover what they owe to employees via CalPERS. And, the County needs to prepare for a 64% increase in pension costs over the next 5-6 years. That debt or liability is coming out of the general fund affecting all services.

If you had to come up with a 64% increase in your house or car payment, for health insurance, or school tuition what would you do? You would be downsizing and drastically changing your future.

County leaders would not tell the truth of the pension catastrophe choosing instead to spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to deceive voters that Measure K was all about public safety. Now county-hired attorneys are defending Measure K in court saying it had nothing to do with public safety. They are liars.

If Measure K was advertised as a tax increase to put-off bankruptcy for a few years due to a pension fiasco it would have never passed. Supervisors / water agency directors also kept other revenue streams on the low to not undermine their public safety scare campaign. The voters could not be trusted with transparency and the truth.

Don’t try this at home or at work. You may end up divorced or in jail.

           

 

by Lou Binninger

Faux holiday Earth Day 2019 has gladly come to pass like the school student’s dreaded stop at his least favorite class and most boring teacher.  Self-absorbed lefties praised one another for their ‘voice’ in saving the planet. Oh, please!

 They can’t cure their own cold or constipation but they have the answer for a contrived crisis on earth. God laughs in the heavens at such arrogance and ignorance.

            The environmental movement’s anointed ones (Al Gore, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and actors) get an exemption from Gaia to travel by personal jets to adorn big Earth Day events while living as 1%ers, owning multiple homes, some 10,000 feet and more in size.

They get a pass for conspicuous consumption because they are the liberal aristocracy. Lefty VIPs get to mess over the planet to tell the rest of us how horrible we are for counting the blessings of fossil fuel. OMG I think I teared up right there.

            The pompous left acts as if recycling and conservation somehow began with them. Conspicuous consumption is noted among Americans of all political flavors today but incompetent land and forest management, so-called ‘green energy’ nonsense and climate-change fear – mongering have been owned by liberal politicians.

            While ignorant sky-is-falling devotees lose sleep over melting ice caps preventing polar bears from copulating, few take the time to see whether the propaganda they swallowed was true. They don’t get out much. They hear stupid and repeat stupid.

            Former Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore had harsh words for the modern environmental movement, calling global warming “the greatest scam in history” and denouncing the use of “fear and guilt” to push the message.

Moore says, “You’re afraid you’re killing your children because you’re driving them in your SUV and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and you feel guilty for doing that. There’s no stronger motivation than those two.”

“This abomination that is occurring today in the climate issue is the biggest threat to the enlightenment that has occurred since Galileo. Nothing else comes close,” Moore insisted, likening the contemporary environmental movement to “a toxic mix of ideology, of politics and religion.”

            Moore tells the truth, “CO2 is the food for life! It’s not pollution.”

            Is it not suspicious that liberals shut down the west coast timber industry to save the spotted owl with no scientific evidence that humans were the problem? Then liberals closed thousands of miles of public terrain because of various creatures of concern.

At the same time the Obama Administration gave exemptions to wind turbine companies to chop-up tens of thousands of birds each year including Bald Eagles without a peep from the Sierra Club or the Audubon Society to produce some of the most expensive electricity in history.

The carbon footprint to produce ethanol, wind and solar power, along with electric automobiles is far greater and more costly than using hydro-electric, fossil, and nuclear power. None of these ‘green’ approaches could survive without taxpayers giving corporation’s billions in subsidies and then consumers paying a premium for the product. This policy was never about creating better and cheaper.

Solar panels and wind turbines are making electricity significantly more expensive, a major new study by a team of economists from the University of Chicago finds.

The cost to consumers has been staggeringly high: "All in all, seven years after passage (Renewable Portfolio Standards) , consumers in the 29 states had paid $125.2 billion more for electricity than they would have in the absence of the policy," they write.

Author James Delingpole wrote a book titled “Watermelons – The Green Movement’s True Colors.” The fruit is green outside and red inside. The green movement has zero to do with saving the earth and everything to do with central state control of property and people – or socialism / communism. It’s all red inside with a green front.

If a business is not making a profit by coming up with a better product or service then if it fits the left political agenda business can receive government subsidies (welfare) and the product/service (green energy) is forced upon consumers. Then the state undermines profitable industries it does not like.

As Governor Newsom acts as if he hasn’t a clue why fuel prices are high his liberals have done all they could short of sabotaging refineries to run oil companies out of California. The state has been cursed by the voodoo science-driven politicians in Sacramento.

This green movement is about a socialist deep state running the nation and has nothing to do with a pristine environment, wise resource management, and pollution. Socialism and Communism do not need to make sense or be cost effective. Their proponents spare no expense, resource or lives to achieve total dominance and control.

 

by Lou Binninger

          People familiar with the Bible smile as science “discovers” a record of a king and kingdom or an aspect about the universe when the information was noted in the Bible long ago.

            Early man thought of the earth as flat, but Is. 40:22 referred to its shape as circular. Job 26:7 says the earth is suspended in space. However, the ancient world thought that it must be supported by something.

            Before the telescope was invented, people believed they could count the stars. Even astronomer Johann Kepler numbered the stars at just over one thousand. Not until modern times did man realize that counting the stars is impossible. Jeremiah 33:22 says, “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured.”

God instructed (Lev. 13:45-46) Israel to quarantine those with infectious diseases. This procedure was unique among people groups at the time and is used today.

The children of Israel were forbidden to drink water from small or stagnant pools or from water that had been contaminated by coming into contact with dead animals or meat (Lev. 11:29-36). It is only in the last 100 years that medical science learned that contaminated water can cause typhoid and cholera.

To further prevent the spread of disease Deut. 23:12-13 says, “You must have a place outside the camp to go and relieve yourself. And you must have a digging tool in your equipment so that when you relieve yourself you can dig a hole and cover up your excrement.

With regard to science, Biblical writers were unique among their contemporaries in the following ways: (1) they did not repeat the common errors of their day (2) they spoke of things that only present-day science has come to realize as scientifically accurate.

            However, even with no knowledge of germs, many ancient civilizations had an understanding of the need for careful sewage disposal, but this insight was lost or ignored in the Middle Ages in Europe. The result was terrible sanitary conditions, polluted waterways, and periodic outbreaks of disease.

One of the greatest advances of the modern era was the recognition that disease could be caused by pathogens, and that poor sanitary conditions were a prime culprit in the spread of disease. Sanitary engineers in the nineteenth century were in the forefront of the development of sewer systems that protected the public from epidemics of cholera and other water-borne illness.

A survey conducted by the British Medical Journal in 2007 asked a group of experts and doctors what they considered the greatest medical advance since 1840. The answer, preferred over antibiotics and modern surgical methods, was sanitation.

Liberal think is now understood to be a mental illness. Therefore, world class cities of San Francisco (SF), Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego now run by liberals have welcomed a resurgence of epidemic-style illness by allowing transients to poop and pollute where they wish. This is considered modern progressive revelation.

Since 2011, there have been 118,352 reported deposits of human fecal matter on San Francisco streets. The city has taken steps to clean up the mess but not stop it. Over the last year, the Department of Public Works instituted a “Poop Patrol.” Initially consisting of five employees, each worker earns $184,000 in pay, perquisites and pension benefits.

However, pooping and polluting in public spaces is increasing as politicians are perplexed as to how to persuade people to not excrete where we eat. Reported SF incidents increased from 5,547 in 2011 to 28,084 in 2018. It’s as if today’s leadership has ingested a stupid pill.

Romans 1:21-23 states, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”

Look for a lot of sickness and sadness before today’s leaders rediscover what has been known for a few thousand years.

 

College Graduates Know the Three Stooges

by Lou Binninger

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The Amendment was included to protect the citizenry from a tyrannical government like the one ruling over us today. The Founders wanted people equipped to take back their government.

Last week, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department (YCSD) announced online concealed weapon applications where one can now have 5 instead of just 3 guns listed. That is good news for a socialist state like Komifornia but it is philosophically light years away from what the Constitution intended where no registry of guns was mandated. In the meantime, kudos to YCSD for heading in the right direction.

There is a liberal movement nationally to undermine and disrespect law enforcement while removing guns from citizens. Liberals also want no borders and for American taxpayers to pay the living expenses of lawless foreigners settling in Sanctuary Cities.

This is all coming at a time when there is a national dumbing-down of students that can no longer recognize the distinctive attributes of the American way. A survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that 2 of 3 college graduates thought Karl Marx’s quote “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” (The Communist Manifesto) was written by America’s Founding Fathers.

Marx’s slogan was an endorsement of centralized government control where wealth would be taken from those that had and given to those that had not. Wherever this system of governance has been implemented economies are ruined. (See Venezuela and Cuba for current examples).

According to the Wilson Foundation Survey, only 1 of 3 graduates could describe a right protected by the First Amendment. Ten percent thought the Bill of Rights included the right to own a pet. Only 53% knew that the first Ten Amendments were called the Bill of Rights. Just 35% of graduates could quote the first three words of the Constitution, “We the People.”

One-half of the graduates did not know the term limits of the Senate or the House of Representatives. One in ten thought Congress could outlaw atheism. Forty percent did not know Congress had the power to declare war. More could name the Three Stooges than the three branches of government. Ten percent thought Judge Judy serves on the Supreme Court.

If put to a vote today, only half of those surveyed said they would vote to adopt the Constitution. Even fewer believe that Congress should follow the Constitution. The idea of a society anchored to morality and the rule of law seemed irrelevant to most of those queried.

George Washington said the “education of our youth in the science of government” is vital because they are “the future guardians of the liberties of the country.” Yet the National Center for State Courts found that only 1 in 5 U.S. adults can correctly name all three branches of government, and 2 in 5 couldn’t name a single one.

Samuel Adams wrote that the nation’s freedom would be secure so long as “virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people.” However, the tank is near empty of both attributes.

Thomas Jefferson said that a nation cannot be “both ignorant and free.” For the sake of our nation as it was designed and our personal freedom, it is essential that we return to teaching American Civics. We are failing the founders.

Our form of government initially based upon a seedbed of virtue and self-discipline has produced a prosperity and liberty unmatched in human history. A man once said that any idiot can receive a blessing. It takes someone with intelligence to discover the purpose of the blessing or in this case the way of life that brought the blessing.

Today, college graduates’ Civics “IQ” would be considered deficient or moronic. For those who do get it, we are in real trouble.

 

By Don Rae

  • Democrats claim no one is above the law. Then why isn’t the entire deep state, up to the highest level, not in jail? And why do they support illegal invaders, who are by definition breaking the law?
  • Ford and Kavanaugh are on Times’ most influential list for 2018. Kavanaugh belongs – he became a Supreme Court Justice. Ford should not. All she did was tell an unsubstantiated story.
  • AOC is also on the list. It shows that even a looney bartender can vault to Congress. She fits right in.
  • Assembly Bill 1162 passed the Natural Resources committee recently. The bill would ban “lodging establishments from offering small plastic bottles holding 12 ounces or less of shampoo, lotion and conditioner in rooms”. The goal is to cut down on the amount of plastic containers thrown away. Can’t those we elect to public office find a better use of their time?
  • Busloads of illegal invaders unloaded in front of the homes of Pelosi, Swallwell, Schiff and Waters? Absolutely. The best plan yet.
  • The usual fools – namely Democrats – claim that illegal invaders are a plus to our nation’s economy. If so, then why didn’t they help their own country’s economy?
  • How about a prime example of how caring Democrats are of Americans. In New York they gave free tuition to illegal invaders but killed a bill to provide tuition assistance to children of service members killed in action. Democrats hate America.
  • Did you watch the committee hearing at which Chairman Maxine Waters blasted bank executives for their horrible loan processes as it relates to college students? Seems like she wasn’t aware that in 2009 Obama took the student loan business away from the banks and gave it to federal bureaucrats.
  • Governor Newsom was tramping around Central America last week. Was he encouraging more migrants?
  • And another comment on Newsom’s brilliance. When he lets murderers out of prison is he going to welcome them to dinner at his house?
  • New York Senator Cory Booker wants reparations for drug dealers. How much did they pay him for taking that evil position?
  • When will we see the Sacramento teachers’ strike demand better teaching results based on students’ achievements? Or maybe they plan to follow LAUSD plan of graduating “D” students? What percentage of Sacramento students graduate?
  • One of the latest ding-bat ideas floating around the snowflakes is that streaming music is polluting the atmosphere and contributing mightily to climate change. Is there anything which does not contribute to climate change? Of course not, the climate is always changing no matter what we do.
  • P.S. The only thing constant in this world is change. And that includes climate-change.
  • The only damaging atmospheric gasses released into the atmosphere these days are those spit out into the air whenever Democrats flap their lips.
  • AB 624 mandating an abortionist’s phone number on student ID cards passed a State Assembly Committee, run by Democrats. Obviously this bill promotes abortion. Is this what you want for your children?
  • Steinberg says Sacramento will welcome migrants. Does he expect the thousands of homeless sprawled on the streets and rivers banks to take care of the illegal invaders? Or will he invite them to camp out on his lawn and use his house for sanitation? How much do you want to bet that he’ll demand that you take them in?
  • Newsom wants to continue building homes in forest fire prone areas throughout the state. Of course owners will demand all of the common city services including electrical and phone. Many will contract for and locate large propane tanks at their homes. And some won’t clear a safe space to help control fire. Result, another Paradise in the making. If the government and land owners want to take this deadly risk, don’t expect the rest of us to pay for your eventual loss.
  • Dozens of Declarations of National Emergency have been issued by several past presidents of both parties. Not a peep of protest. Trump does it and every snowflake and lefty organization in the country comes apart at the seams. Absolute hypocrisy.
  • More flaky Democrat supported issues. A third gender. After more than a million years of human evolution we now discover that there are more than boys and girls?
  • Do you have any memory at all? Not so long ago Obama, in the middle of a dark night, loaded cash on pallets to the tune of $150 billion, and flew it to Iran. How many states filed suit against him? Or the ACLU? Or the Southern Poverty gang?
  • The saga of the California bullet train is just beginning. Where are the grand jury and real district attorneys? Who got the contract for the first phase of the “train to nowhere”? Why, Feinstein’s husband’s company, of course. Now how do you think that happened? Now that Newsom has pretty much crushed the project, do you think Blum will return the money? And who is going to pay for the disaster which is now Fresno? Well, Feinstein (Mrs. Blum), how about it?
  • The first test of the rebuilt Oroville spillway worked. That is indeed a miracle. Let’s see how things go in the future with a real event. Keep in mind it is a government project. Fingers crossed?
  • Parents who talk their pregnant unmarried daughters into abortion are killing their own grandchild. Something doesn’t feel right about that.
  • The Democrats are trying to convince everyone else that there is no such thing as voter fraud. The Heritage Foundation recently found, after investigation, 1,177 proven cases of voter fraud across every state. And, the report said, the number was not exhaustive.
  • There is a dearth of applicants for nearly all police forces in the State. The sheriff of Bushy Creek, Texas, has come up with a unique method of beefing up police presence in his town. He puts up full size cardboard cutouts of cops in uniform with a speed radar detector to scare drivers into slowing down in areas such as school zones. Always more than one way to skin a cat.

 

by Lou Binninger

Those that run late paying bills are in financial trouble. However, debt-laden families can reduce their spending and look for new ways to earn money to meet their obligations in a timely fashion.

If families have incurred credit card debt (overspent) and cannot pay-off the card each month or have borrowed money for cars or projects, they are paying interest and therefore a premium to make purchases prior to being able to afford them. Some call this practice living above our means.

Since 2015, GOBankingRates has asked Americans how much they have in savings. Each year, the survey results have shown that a majority of adults don’t even have $1,000 in a savings account and are thus living paycheck to paycheck.

That’s bad news and bad thinking. If workers become unemployed for just a short time it will mean disaster.

My parents had one loan, a loan to purchase a home through the GI Bill following World War II. They were blue collar workers. No consumer debt was incurred.

 Cars were purchased with cash. They feared debt. If they didn’t have the money, nothing was purchased. Maybe the trauma of the Great Depression and WWII kept a rein on their wants.

My father extended some credit to customers at his business. He kept track on 3X5 cards. Watching him “do the books” and occasionally hearing a weary comment about unpaid receivables was a life lesson.

Wasting money, overspending and paying thousands of dollars in interest reduces wealth. Many owe far more than they earn and have in assets. Owing more than you are worth is considered being bankrupt.

For the wealthiest nation in the world, many families and government being in horrible financial shape is a tragedy. Often, through a change of course an individual or family can right the financial ship.

However, government does not have the will to change its ways. Government does not produce goods but takes money from the citizens via taxes, hundreds of them, to operate. And, a massive bureaucracy has an interest in keeping the status quo.

If enough taxes cannot be raised to satisfy the spending whims of politicians then borrowing funds to burden later generations is the strategy. Presuming that the future will be financially brighter is foolish and will lead to bankruptcy and ruin.

Borrowing makes a mismanaged government appear affordable. If borrowing was forbidden spending would come under much greater scrutiny. Nothing sharpens the mind as having to face the full cost of one’s choices with limited resources.

Borrowing creates a gross injustice burdening those too young to vote and the unborn. As environmentalists rightly argue that we should leave the earth in better shape than we found it, we are leaving a toxic financial future for our children.

Governments like Yuba County hide the fact that they are broke, being consistently unable to meet financial obligations with cash flow. In fact, it wasn’t until 2012 that the unfunded debt owed for employee pensions was mandated by state accounting standards (GASB #68) to be included in the books. Prior to 2012, millions in debt was hidden from the taxpayers per the politicians and union leadership.

Appeal Democrat writer Chris Kaufman noted on March 28, 2019 that Yuba County was to borrow $9 million from the Yuba County Water Agency to fund road repairs. Not a whimper was heard from citizens who feel impotent when it comes to stopping short-sighted politicians from plundering the county coffers.

This $9 million isn’t one of these short-term 12-month loans to pay down runaway pension debt. It has a 10-year payback with more than $1.1 million in interest according to Kaufman. So, if the $9 million for roads is wisely spent then taxpayers paid $10.1 million for $9 million in road work. Taxpayers lose $1.1 million of their hard-earned money as a penalty for bad management.

This is lousy stewardship no matter whether county supervisors created a sweet interest rate at the water agency or not. Taking 10-years to pay for a road is crazy, but crazy has become the norm for government. What will the condition of the repaired roads be in 10-years when the payments are complete? Do we borrow once again?

In 10-years the current supervisors and bureaucrats will be gone while leaving the debt burden for a future generation. Borrowing leads to more mismanagement, poor spending scrutiny and an expanding government bureaucracy.

 

by Lou Binninger

Americans are incredibly spoiled and naïve, taking life here for granted. Liberal Americans are spoiled and dangerously stupid.

In 1987-88 while making trips to the Otay Mesa section of Tijuana to build a 2-story addition on an orphanage the power and water would go off for a few hours each day. We worked around socialist dysfunction, poverty and bribery to complete the project.

After being in all the Communist countries along with other Third World, resource-rich nations, Mexico gets the bouquet for bribes, police corruption, and inept management.

The average resident was wonderful but clueless to what just 10 minutes north made America rock with prosperity. TJ was huge, poor and lawless. The cartel gangland-style shootings along with the political and journalist murders had yet to come.

Socialists can’t make their country successful but want to come to the US to cash-in on the benefits produced from the absence of political and regulatory oppression. The ideological blindness of immigrants will produce the same sh..hole nation here that they insist on gaining asylum from.

Venezuela was once the US of South America. It was modern, wealthy, stable and resource-laden. Then, the socialists got their way. Most all business was nationalized including one of the world’s greatest oil reserves.

The people swallowed the stupid pill. Everything in life rises and falls on the quality of leadership. Socialist leadership became wealthy while guiding the nation to ruin.

Venezuelans have not resorted to eating their off-spring but they are headed that way. Most people have lost an average of 20 pounds or more on the “Maduro (President Nicolas Maduro) diet.”

Big rigs full of food and supplies are hijacked on the way to cities by criminals and starving people. Pets, dumpsters and zoo animals are backfilling the government’s inability to maintain the food chain.

Now, since most businesses have pretty much stopped and the electricity and water are off for hours at a time, people are digging up graves to retrieve jewelry and gold fillings to buy needed items. It’s a nation-wide Donner Party experience.

Murders and crime have also spiked. Oh, candles are also in short supply.

This is a rare opportunity for American university professors to organize student summer opportunities in Venezuela to study socialism where it is operating without hindrance. The fragile students may be offended however by the snacking on dogs, cats, and zoo-kind.

However, while stomachs are empty the churches are now full. Maybe Venezuelans in the good times were like Americans today. Why would you need God when you are doing just fine on your own. You can cheat on a spouse, have sex with the same kind, an animal or a demon and still prosper. You can lie and steal and be a leader. What a country!

Venezuelans today are in a life-threatening crisis. They are dying from untreated diseases and a lack of food. When the nation becomes so screwed-up and dangerous that you lose confidence in a political solution the idea of God resurfaces.

Churches of all flavors in Venezuela are growing. People are calling out for mercy. Diabetics that have gone months with no insulin are looking to God. Asthmatics with no medicine are asking for a miracle. People have lost everything.

While millions have fled the country those remaining to suffer the disaster are seeking God for deliverance. Live or die those that renewed or discovered the faith are preparing for their socialist future.

 

Thank goodness for sane rational and smart people like you, We only wish your voice was heard throughout US. We cannot even fathom the idiocy of the far left socialist democrats ringing throughout the country.

“ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST”          Describes AO Cortez- Bernie and Warren +Newsom- Harris – Etc. let’s look at getting rid of all cattle all those blue collar democrat young people lose their jobs at every fast food place in the USA. No more cows eventually –no milk, cheese or butter. So they tell us what to eat.

Free college for everyone? Impossible Maybe in a small socialist country of 30 million but not 330million. Welcome centers for illegal immigrants the latest from the dem in NY Gutierrez- why not roll out the red carpet? Doesn’t the word “illegal” mean anything?

The dems whine about the homeless but want to bring in thousands more? These people bring criminals and take jobs away from Americans- clog up the health care, schools, housing, etc. looking for free rides.

No death penalty but 9 months abortions? It boggles the mind. These ridiculous idiots should help trump get shoo in 2020.

Don Wilson

Penn Valley, Ca.

 

By Don Rae

  • Keep in mind when you hear Democrats talk. They claim that DACA youth should not have to pay for their parents’ crimes – like jumping the southern border. Yet they demand white people should pay today for slavery which ended in 1865.  Convenient logic.
  • Trump fires those who can’t cut the mustard and do the job they are hired to do.  Politicians who become President simply hire off the Deep State rack, the great majority of whom are nothing more than politicians. Why don’t they get fired? Because they are part of the club and are expected to play musical chairs throughout their career regardless of their ability to get things done. Trump is finding this out and trying desperately to find capable appointments.
  • Were you aware that we have troops stationed in Ethiopia discussing the Ethiopian Navy. If you are familiar with African geography, Ethiopia is landlocked. Perhaps they are planning for a sand navy. This is not a complaint about our troops. But they are assigned in 193 countries in the world; not counting those always assigned to embassies. Wouldn’t they do more good in defending the country if they were on the southern border of the United States?
  • Nothing unusual here, but just a reminder for your edification. When the guilty can’t think of anything intelligent to say: Kim Foxx (of Chicago) blames the criticism leveled at her for the Jussie Smolett debacle on, what else? Racism. And who is standing with her as she avoids responsibility for her own actions – Why none other than the race-baiters Sharpton, Jackson and Bobby Rush.
  •  Do you ever get the impression that politicians go to liars’ school and graduate summa cum laude?
  • Parents of autistic children are beating up Disneyland for disallowing huge child carriers because the kids will get over-stimulated and the carriers won’t fit all corridors or attractions. Folks, Disneyland is by design and definition “over-stimulate.” If a child cannot be exposed to that atmosphere, then the parents should take that into consideration when choosing a place to visit with their child.
  • Continue adding immigrants from all countries of the world and create in America a serious case of Balkanization. Folks of widely different cultures, languages and history, not even considering dire circumstances, need decades to assimilate into Americas’ culture. Think of what has happened in the Balkans and other places around the globe where politicians have drawn national boundary lines. Hate. Genocide. Suppression of religion.  Ethnic cleansing. And more horrid results. America closed immigration (except for a few exceptions) for around 40 years in the early 1900’s. Maybe that is an idea whose time is come again. We need to assimilate possibly 20 million immigrants now hanging around today’s street corners. Halting all immigration for awhile is not a bad idea.
  • Here we go again. The “world is coming to an end soon” crowd has another brilliant concept for us to contemplate. Toxic masculinity is changing the climate. Of course they don’t tell us how or whether such change may be a good thing to keep the planet in orbit longer. It does make us wonder whether there are any real scientists around today. Wow! Men are as powerful as sunspots.
  • And again. Reparations are due to all Blacks whose ancestors were freed by a virtually all white army in 1865. And not a single person born in the USA in the last 100 plus years was a slave, except in some warped mixed-up minds. By the way, the first slaves to come to America were Irish orphans dropped off in New England before any Blacks arrived.
  • A suggestion. Blacks should reflect on how much better off they are today than they would be if their ancestors had stayed in Africa. Are any Black Americans beating down the borders to live in Kenya, Uganda, and Ivory Coast- even Liberia. Count your blessings.
  • Last week a man on a bicycle in Los Angeles cruised down the street slashing away with a knife. Result: nine people carved up. Isn’t it time we did something about knives? We’ve done something about straws and sugary drinks. Shouldn’t we license knives; restrict their length; require they be made out of rubber. And also not more than 10 knives at a time. Most likely this will be part of the solution our brilliant politicians will come up with. But doesn’t this incident point out the need for institutionalizing those who are mentally ill and can’t take care of themselves or control their behavior? Why can’t either party do something positive and helpful rather than send out condolence cards?
  • P.J. O’Rourke: “Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights. Those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
  • A judge finally realized there is a 2nd amendment and ruled the prohibition of gun magazines designed to hold more than 10 rounds was unconstitutional. So gun dealers went out and spent plenty buying from wholesalers and huge numbers of gun owners purchased the now legal item. Unfortunately for the law-abiding citizen the same judge – who probably got up on the wrong side of the bed – stayed his order so those dealers are now stuck with unsalable merchandise and a business loss. Those who bought the magazines are now criminals. What a stupid state of affairs. Perhaps this judge ought to make all the victims whole out of his public salary. Sure, he decreed that anyone following his original order won’t be jailed or fined. That is until he changes his mind again.
  • Let’s finish this today with another Democratic lie. Since they have nothing to stand on after the Russia report, they go back many months to say that Trump called all asylum seekers “Animals.” BS. Listen to the tape. He only referred to MS13 members as Animals. But for Democrats, a vicious lie is honey to their lips.

 

by Lou Binninger

In August of 2014, World Net Daily (WND), an online news publication, produced an article “The Big List: Female Teachers with Students.” The piece was updated on 1/25/17 giving 13 pages of accounts (approximately 20 per page) of female school teachers having sex with underage students, in most cases males.

            WND has carried numerous stories about what it calls a national epidemic of sexual abuse in schools. The irony is how often the female predator or perpetrator gets off with probation. Similar acts performed by a male teacher with an under-aged female or even by adult non-teachers outside of school would get years in prison.

            The joke used to be that in union-controlled government schools it would take a teacher sexually assaulting a student to get fired and lose their credentials. Not so true anymore.  And poor work performance or bad character isn’t a job killer because of the cost to prove it is prohibitive.

However, job termination for lustful misdeeds may not be an option in the future as sexual-deviancy interest groups lobby for new consent laws allowing for child / adult sexual relations. Rhode Island (RI) is one of a few states where it is legal for teachers and other school employees to have sexual relations with students once they turn 16.

Rhode Island also received a D grade from a year-long study by “USA Today” for how well states track and share information about teachers who are abusers. In Michigan, sex between a teacher and student is prohibited at any age. Laws vary state by state.

Both the National Education Association and the United Federation of Teachers opposed a Rhode Island bill this month to make it a crime to have sexual interaction with students after their 15th year. Union officials and their members are well aware that sexual predators move from district to district and state to state and that threat of termination and loss of credentials are not sufficient deterrents and do not protect children. A district may get rid of an abuser but they have no ongoing concern for where they end up.

In a 2018 report, NPR’s (National Public Radio) Erin Logan says: “That cycle — abuse, dismissal, rehire and abuse again — is one that experts and researchers say is far too common across the nation. It has long been known as ‘passing the trash,’ and despite years of efforts to make policies to keep it from happening, no one really knows how often it does.”

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) became law in 2003 setting standards of behavior in lockdown institutions and declaring a zero tolerance for rape. Mandatory trainings are conducted for all employees to prevent fraternization with inmates as well as a sexually charged work environment and harassment. PREA seeks to insure that jails and other correctional settings protect inmates from sexual assault, sexual harassment, "consensual sex" with employees, and inmate-inmate sex.

Yuba County Office of Education (YCOE) placing 41-year-old teacher Heather Frey on administrative leave for an alleged improper relationship with an incarcerated juvenile hall minor raises a number of questions. Do YCOE employees working in detention facilities or at the Thomas E Mathews (TEM) Court school have PREA training?

If not, are there teacher-pupil standards of behavior that instructors agree to when being employed by YCOE? In 2015, a 26-year-old female teacher was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old boy at TEM.

Is YCOE contributing to NPR Erin Logan’s described cycle of abuse, dismissal, and rehire of predators to abuse again? To fill Ms. Frey’s position, Jim Whiteaker, dismissed by Yuba City Unified School District for repeated accusations from female students of sexual abuse, has been hired by YCOE.

                                                                                                         


           

 

           

by Lou Binninger

In traveling to communist countries since the early 1990’s, there was once an appreciation for the freedom and lack persecution and government corruption in America.  However, the differences have dissipated.

            Both China and Vietnam have economically mimicked Western ways after experimenting with socialism and starvation, living off insects, critters and global hand-outs. Beginning around 1990, Vietnamese were allowed to operate their own businesses and keep much of what they earned. Vietnam is now making huge economic strides. China got about a 10-year head start on Vietnam allowing commercial freedom to realize their economy turnaround.

 However, government and police bribes are still everyday occurrences there, along with political and religious persecution. Communists are extremely paranoid and prefer a police state.

China is currently on a rampage to shut down churches and other religious groups and destroy meeting places. Government-authorized churches where pastors are hired and told what to say by bureaucrats are using facial recognition technology at building entrances to monitor who is there. Children, young people and the military are forbidden to attend. Google is assisting the government to track people with technology.

Communist Party members with a religious bent have been asked to submit to re-education, renounce their faith or resign their position of prestige and power. Being a party member is like being in the US Congress–lots of benefits.

Political activists and religious folks disappear to show-up not in court but in camps. For some with the right DNA, their body parts are “donated” to those from around the world eagerly paying the government for a new organ. Some hospitals specialize in parting-out prisoners and notifying next of kin that their loved one has passed. There is no Freedom of Information Act there.

In America, the last two decades have not been kind to government transparency and economic or religious freedom. There is no move or decision made here that is neither taxed nor managed by an overseer. Thousands of new regulations created during the Obama reign crushed particularly small businesses and restricted the ability of citizens to do what they wanted.

 Politicians and bureaucrats are routinely bought.  Leaders in our most respected agencies have proven to be despicable in trying to overthrow the Presidency. Bureaucrats known as the Deep State are in full rebellion working to sabotage our government and the policies of the current administration.

Our schools are now indoctrination centers. Published in Econ Journal Watch (September 2016), a study of faculty voter registration at 40 leading universities found that out of 7,243 professors, Democrats outnumber Republicans 3,623 to 314, or by a ratio of 11 1/2 to 1 or more than 90% liberals.

Out of five departments analyzed by the authors, the field friendliest to conservative scholars is economics, where there are only 4.5 liberal professors for every conservative. Conversely, history was by far the least conservative-friendly department, where liberals outnumber conservatives by 33 1/2-to-1.

The campus is the last place you would go to find tolerant people. Thinking of themselves as intellectuals they have become fools. Liberal professors need only apply.

If a student follows Jesus, is pro-Israel, pro-life, pro-military / law enforcement /America, a capitalist, heterosexual, questions evolution and man-made global warming, he or she may be shamed in class, mocked, and even physically attacked. Grades are influenced by political persuasion.

If you are a visiting campus speaker holding a view other than the dictated liberal ideology your event could be blocked, boycotted, or disrupted. Rather than the university being a market - place of free, different and critical thinking it has become a “no-think” zone inhabited by political and cultural zombies.

Admission costs are over-priced, corrupt, and entrance rules racist. Unless students are seeking a technical degree like engineering, accounting, medical or mechanics etc. attending a college is a waste of a good brain and hard-earned dollars.

America’s courts have been corrupted by politicians posing as judges doing what is right in their own eyes. A Muslim bakery can refuse to make a wedding cake for a homosexuals but a Christian bakery cannot. Muslims have religious freedom to pray and teach their ways in government schools but Christians do not. Judges look more like political puppets versus being safeguards of the Constitution.

It was conservative and Christian organizations targeted by the Internal Revenue Service and harassed by the alphabet soup of enforcement agencies under Obama. No country is perfect, but America is a mere glimmer of the beacon of light it once was.

Churches, once the voice of activism in the colonial era, are irrelevant to the culture today. They have been silenced. The Deep State comes to take what it wants while citizens cower behind their doors with earbuds in place.