by Lou Binninger

Main stream media and the deep state are involved in a propaganda blitz and legal assault to overthrow the presidency. The perpetrators are using any means necessary including lying, deception, character assassination, and collusion, anything short of violent conflict to achieve their objective.

A recent example is the coordinated contrived media uproar over illegal children supposedly “forcefully separated from their parents at the border.” The entire story is a crock of crap.

The initial border assault by illegal youth was planned and prepared for by the Obama organization, and any so-called separation was created under that same administration. The youth were intended to disappear without proper legal resolution into the US. The “victims” included gang members, and others that had relatives already illegally here with no intention of emerging from the shadows.

Just like American foster parents and group homes, so-called sponsors of illegal children do not hold them with chains. To say the government does not know where children are at all times is a “straw-man” argument. It never does.

Anytime a child runs away from his own parents, a foster or group home he is separated and unaccounted for until he is found. Even American youth are taken and separated into Child Protective Services if their parents are arrested and there are no kin to place them with.

However, the real family separation crisis has been created by illegal alien criminals welcomed here by Obama and the democrats to increase the liberal voting bloc. Here are just a few examples.

Ariel Cuellar Guizar will face thirty-one years in prison for charges relating to his activities as a human trafficker. He was found guilty of trafficking, pimping women out to prostitution, and the rape of a fifteen-year-old girl. Guizar will also be registered as a sex offender for life. (ABC 7, July 20, 2017)

Pasqual Mendez, 24, of Morganton, was given a prison term of 12 to 19 years for felony human trafficking of a child, assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication and statutory rape of a child less than 15 years of age (News Herald, May 23, 2017)

On April 27, 2002, Ronald da Silva was standing with a friend in his driveway when he was shot and killed by an illegal alien who had been previously deported. The illegal alien was sentenced to 21 years in prison but will be released in 2020.

Tessa Tranchant, 16, was killed on March 30, 2007 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tessa and her friend, Ali Kunhardt, were at a stoplight when Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien from Mexico, was intoxicated and speeding, rear-ending their car. Ramos had numerous prior convictions, but due to Virginia Beach’s sanctuary policies, he was never detained. He was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 40-years in prison.

Sarah Root, 21, from Omaha, Nebraska was killed on January 31, 2016. Her SUV was rear-ended by Eswin Mejia, an illegal alien from Honduras, who was street racing. Sarah had just graduated from Bellevue University with a 4.0 GPA the day before the incident.

Omaha is in Douglas County, Nebraska which has sanctuary policies that impede local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with immigration officers. Mejia was charged with motor vehicular homicide but posted bond to get out of jail and was released. He is still on the run.

Igor Zubko, an illegal alien from Russia, killed Shayley Estes on July 24, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Shayley obtained an order of protection against Zubko just 10-days before her murder, but he entered her home and fatally shot her. Zubko entered the U.S. legally, but overstayed his visa and remained here illegally. He is in custody with first-degree murder charges.

Roberto Galo, an unlicensed driver from Honduras who entered the U.S. illegally but earned temporary protective status (TPS), killed Drew Rosenberg, a second-year law student, on November 16, 2010 in San Francisco. Rosenberg was riding his motorcycle when Galo ran over him three times with his car. Galo was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 6 months in jail. US Immigration refused to deport him and he was released after serving only 43 days. Thanks to the Rosenberg family's activism, Galo was finally deported on April 4, 2013.

Apolinar Altamirano, an illegal alien from Mexico, murdered Grant Ronnebeck on January 22, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. Ronnebeck was shot over a pack of cigarettes while he was working at a convenience store. Altamirano killed Ronneback while out on bond from a previous conviction while ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) determined whether he should be deported.

These egregious crimes would never be committed by illegals if the borders were closed. Yes, it’s true. Thousands have experienced “family separation.”

by Lou Binninger

Just a week has passed since the primary and the political engines are revving-up to bait and switch voters out of more money in November. Water bonds always pass even if the funds get used for bike paths and saving frogs. And usually anything to do with a child will work, a children’s hospital bond or even to preserve the right to end the life of a youngster.

Both Sutter and Yuba County Clerks Donna Johnston and Terry Hansen said they would need more time to count thousands of ballots coming in “last minute.” That is fodder for conspiracy theories and good news to those hoping for a different outcome and for those liking larger numbers of people voting.

Based on initial returns Measure G, the Plumas Lake Elementary School Bond, appears to have failed. It needed two-thirds voter approval but a majority said no.

Many voters were poorly informed by the school district and County Supervisor Gary Bradford as to why the measure was needed. Late-coming information in the local mainstream and social media raised many questions and refuted reasons for giving the government another $250-500 per year per household for 30 years.

Pro-bond arguments suggesting future overcrowding were an intellectual stretch. Bradford was pitching the bond but knew little about the state of schools in his district. Every new slab poured in Plumas Lake (PL) does not transfer to student population growth. There are many empty school seats now.

There is no guarantee of student numbers growing because under the next president and governor both likely to be Democrat, housing sales will slump. Add this to new water use penalties, higher vehicle and road taxes and on and on, more middle income people will be leaving the state. Those left will need subsidized low-income housing. PL is far from that.

Inter and intra-district transfers can be ended to create more space if ever needed. Modular classrooms can offer a buffer for years to come should the “predicted” student attendance boom occur.

Some PL residents were naïve when debating the myriad of taxes, fees and assessments added to their property taxes. One bill showed that the fees on top of property taxes doubled the total amount owed.

Basic tax on one PL home was 1,871.70. However, the total figure owed the county was $3586.86. Whew, that was a sleeping dog now bothered. Some people had simply lost track of what they were paying and for what.

Another huge expense when it comes to living in Yuba County’s PL and Edgewater developments is the Kitec Plumbing system. Thousands of the homes have the flawed plumbing. Once touted as a superior product to copper and much faster to install, the plumbing is prone to premature failure.

It is now off the market and there is a class action suit against the manufacturers. See kitecsettlement.com and bpelaw.com/kitec-plumbing-should-you-be-concerned/ for more information.

The property with the tax bill noted above was built in 2004 and in 2017 its Kitec Plumbing gave way flooding the home. It took thirty thousand dollars and months to remove and replace concrete, siding, sheet rock and carpet to re-plumb and renovate.

The Plumbing Doctor in Yuba City said they were hired to replace a Kitec Plumbing system before a break occurred. The job cost $10,000. However, every fix would be a different cost based on design and size.

Sun City Lincoln Hills Community Association just south of Yuba County notified all their residents once failures began. It’s not if there will be a failure but how soon it will occur.

Edgewater and Plumas Lake developments are attractive and new compared with the rest of Yuba County. However, the taxes and assessments combined with flawed plumbing on many homes make the communities the most expensive in the region.

Regarding Measure G, pollsters tell politicians that primaries are the poorest time to get bonds passed. Most of the primary voters are old angry conservative white guys who know better. However, November is the better election to shear the sheep since the young naïve and more liberal come out.

So, look for up to 20 measures on the November ballot wanting your money and suggesting people will starve, be murdered, die of a heart attack or be molested unless voters say yes.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba County residents are used to getting expensive mailers from the government. Some of the pieces tell folks in the valley how to prepare for high water and buy flood insurance. Then hill dwellers are told how to maintain a green belt around their dwellings to defend against a forest fire.

The notices include contact numbers and social media sites to use in case of an emergency. Since the county is broke due to employee pension costs can’t insurance companies provide this reminder to protect their losses or solicit more business?

Do all these notifications make any difference? No one really knows for sure. During the Oroville Dam spillway debacle and evacuation there were only so many ways out of the valley and then people waited hours in traffic for the water to arrive. People prepared and hurried-up to wait.

The old-school AM radio broadcast could have coordinated all travelers but it wasn’t part of the communication mix. Sad, since it is less problematic compared to battery-powered cell phones trying to reach websites and social media while on the road. Plus, one station relaying the truth dispels many social media myths and trash talkers. Incorporating a radio station would not have cost any tax dollars.

In Yuba City and Sutter County after spending millions each year waiting for a disaster, leaders could not even get their evacuation message to match-up. Chaos and frustration ensued. Exactly what is gained by having special emergency officials when fire and police do this work every day and actually have a plan to address emergencies? Short on money and not wanting to reduce pensions then maybe cut here.

Could we survive without the counties using radio and print to caution people to wear a hat and drink water during a heat wave? And, don’t forget sunscreen. How about reminding us to wear a coat when chilly out? Short on money, cut here.

Do taxpayers really have to pay for male and female condoms, dental dams and the like so some people can have them free? Sexually transmitted diseases are increasing even after condom bombing both counties. Maybe this has less to do with the item and more to do with lack of intelligence.

Can’t people fund their own sex so we can fund pensions? Or maybe businesses or nonprofits could provide the products as a promo? Liquor stores could offer a bunch of condoms for a certain priced purchase or attach them to a pack of cigarettes or maybe we could permit their purchase with an EBT card. That makes sense because some liberals argue that abortion cuts down on the number of future criminals. If that’s true, then EBT-purchased condoms could slow generational welfare. There is a method to this madness.

Paying for the health costs of keeping smokers alive is a fortune, but why does the government have to provide anti-smoking education and cessation classes versus the medical community? Health organizations like Sutter North are already contacting their patients offering all kinds of incentives for check-ups, tune-ups and good behavior. Giving tobacco taxes to the medical community to offer services would be far less expensive than hiring government employees.

Government rehabilitation efforts have the lowest recovery rates for addicts and alcoholics. Why are we using tax dollars for this when private and more specifically spiritually-based rehabs are having the success? Of course, God forbid that taxpayers’ money go to effective religious nonprofits. Why doesn’t government just stop doing what doesn’t work?

Government is the disease for which it pretends to be the cure. A socialist welfare system lean on love and no accountability costs a fortune and sucks the self-worth and pride from recipients. The system ruins people. Meth eventually ruins users as well but at least makes them feel wonderful while on the way.

The entitlement mentality crippling generations of Americans was created and is maintained and defended by government. Recipients have a disdain for people in a place of superiority that do not demand a fair exchange for goods provided.

God created people to work and serve others. Robbing people of this mission is evil and destructive. Giving hand-outs without accountability and reciprocity says people are not worthy to provide a service for the help.

Welfare has done far more to harm society than drugs and alcohol could ever do. Now government wants more and more money to do more damage. That’s just crazy.

by Lou Binninger

Life is a miracle. While speaking with 20 juvenile delinquents of all flavors I reminded them that they were a miracle among their generation since 2 of every 10 never survived the womb. For blacks it was tougher go, nearly 3 of 10 were too costly to keep around in the wealthiest nation ever.

The other miracle was that they survived the birthing process and all could still mad dog, trash talk, run from cops and throw a punch. They were fit.

The other blessing was that they were incarcerated in the best country on earth where they received food, snacks, hygiene items, medicine, doctor’s care and lotion. They also enjoyed school classes, recreation, counseling and air conditioning. As Ukrainian-born American comedian Yakov Smirnoff loved to say, “What a country!”

America is unique. The wealthier we get, the poorer we become, and the more we like to kill our young. While we are learning from the Chinese about marketing fetal body parts, Americans are slower to add them to their diet.

On June 1, liberals, black race hustlers and La Raza revolutionaries suffered horrible news. Although the stock market was predicted to crash after the election of President Trump the Dow closed at the nose-bleed level of 24,635.21. Unemployment figures were the lowest in history for blacks at 5.9% and nearly the lowest for the rest, Hispanics 4.9% and whites 3.5%.

More tears fell as 2-million people dropped their food stamps in Trump’s first year. USDA (United States Dept. of Agriculture) credited an improved economy and people actually getting a job. Others added that many illegal aliens ditched food stamps to avoid being detected and deported.

In 2017, Americans paid the food bill for 42.2 million of their neighbors via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is an 11 percent decrease from 2013, when a record number of people used “food stamps.”

Not only do the richest people on earth increasingly dislike children they don’t want to pay to feed them either. WIC or the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children was created in 1974 during the “War on Poverty.” In 2017, 7.3 billion people needed neighbors to pop for their nutrition. Formula and nutritional food companies love it because they just have to lobby and pay-off some crooked politicians and they make the one sale of a lifetime every year.

Last week, Ruby Larson in the Appeal Democrat told how today local parents don’t feed their kids like they used to. When schools close for a break then the kids go without.

Parents have become Food Nazis. “No food for you!” Have you seen the urchins lying under a bush, bulging stomachs and flies about the face? So, the schools are providing “free” breakfast and lunch each day and maybe dinners.

Ruby said that some 11,820 out of 45,952 Yuba-Sutter children are “food insecure” according to Feeding America, a hunger relief organization. Just hold on while I pick my laptop off the floor. Is there any record of children dying in America from starvation etc., even in “tweaker” houses, or even during gnarly colonial times? Mr. Teacher, do we still have any of those history books in storage?

How did our kids go from obese to “food insecure?” What is “food insecure” anyway? Weren’t we the fattest people on the planet just a few months ago? In October 2017, 13.9% of those 2-5, 18.4% of those 6-11 and 20.6% of those 12-19 years old were considered extra “food secure” or over-inflated. The older they become the wider they get.

What’s worse is that overall 25.8% of Hispanic kids and 22% of black youngsters are obese. Ruby’s article didn’t say if the school feeding would discriminate based upon ideal weight vs. height. Maybe our county health doctors should step-in to stop the government gorging since they say obesity is the root cause of so many of our diseases.

There was also talk on the news of Child Protective Service messing with some parents of super pudgy kids. How about schools serving burgers to those with ribs showing and celery for those with the Michelin Man figure?

Parents now seem unnecessary when it comes to schooling, transporting children there or feeding kids. And, since adults can’t afford to pay their own housing and utility bills, why don’t we just keep the kids on campus in dorms? It would provide more jobs for union workers.

Schools taking-over feeding kids will also be less embarrassing for the future graduates to embrace EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards and commodities. What a Country!

by Carol Withington

As African Americans began to build new lives in Yuba and Sutter counties as well as surrounding areas, they became anxious to obtain their own land. However, under the California Homestead laws passed in 1851 and later in 1860, they were not allowed homestead rights.

According to Delilah Beasley in her publication--The Negro Trail Blazers of California, the wording of the Homestead law designated that "a colored man could not acquire a homestead plot of land". Ironically, an African American could purchase a home; but if a white person should claim the land, the home owner could not go into Court and testify in his own behalf. But this was about to change, thanks to a test case involving an area African American.

BENJAMIN BERRY

A native of Kentucky, Benjamin Berry, a slave, was brought to California from Missouri by John Holloway in the summer of 1850. During the next few years, Berry was able to perform services in the equivalent of $3,000 in order to purchase his freedom. On December 27, 1853, a document was filed and recorded in Sutter County which pertained to Berry's emancipation.

He had now been granted freedom for the remainder of his life "in consideration of the faithful services and good conduct rendered. . ."

Berry settled in Yuba County on public land in the West Bear River Township, according to Thompson and West's History of Yuba County. While on this land, he was able to make improvements and around 1860, he married. However, as Berry entered his late 60s, his life would take a drastic turn.

On May 30, 1863 the Pacific Appeal, a San Francisco newspaper, printed copies of a transcript which contained correspondence between A.J. Snyder, Register of the Land Office at Marysville and Joseph S. Wilson, Acting Commissioner of the General Land Office at Washington D.C. regarding rights of public domain for African Americans. Since Snyder had several similar cases in Yuba County, in his estimation, "these ought to be allowed".

According to Snyder's letter, dated February 3, 1863, "certain parties, taking advantage of (Berry's) legal disabilities have attempted to acquire title to the land claimed by him through the State as a portion of the five hundred acre grant". Berry feared that he would be ejected by an action in the State Courts.

The letter further related that "Berry, who has settled and improved this public land in good faith, may be protected in his improvements and occupancy".

By March 12, 1863, Snyder received an answer from the General Land Office in Washington D.C.. The letter reads in part that "covering an affidavit of Edward E. Thurman and in relation to the Case of Benjamin Berry, a free man of color, . . .I have to state that the Attorney General of the United States in an elaborate opinion published the 29th of November, 1862, upon the subject of rights of free persons of color to citizenship under the Constitution of the United States, declares":

The free man of color, if born in the United States,

is a citizen of the United States.

The letter continued that the "administration of the business of this department will conform to the above opinion. . ."

"'The man Berry, upon making proper proof of his being a free man and born in the United States, will be entitled to the benefit of the Preemption Laws as also of the Homestead Laws. . ."

The editor of the Pacific Appeal newspaper also noted that "under this straightforward and just ruling, Berry will be able to secure his rights and maintain possession of the land he has improved and occupied for so many years". It is important to remember that before the ruling on this test case, African Americans were forcibly expelled from portions of the public domain despite the improvements made or taxes paid. Also, the swift action of this ruling is also significant as it occurred during the Civil War. But most of all, it was a major triumph for Benjamin Berry and so many other African Americans who had settled in California.

The July edition will conclude this mini series with histories of the churches and the Lodge.

by Lou Binninger

This week, Yuba County residents received a “survey” asking 7 questions about their priorities for public safety. The survey is disingenuous and a bit of a scam. It is set-up by the county to sell an upcoming sales tax increase.

The questions ask if you prefer adequate law enforcement, curbing child and elder abuse, maintaining roads and veteran’s services, having professional fire protection, supervising high risk offenders and finally do you care how fast police and fire show-up?

Of course, this survey is designed to scare the hell out of people unless they cough-up more cash while ignoring other options to reform government.

If this fake survey addressed health and quality of life issues it would ask whether you would like to remain cancer-free, check 1 for least important and 7 for very important. Next, would you prefer tap water without arsenic? Answer 1 for whatever and 7 for a little arsenic is ok. How about eating each day? Mark 1 if kind of important and 7 means I really love to eat. Finally, check 1 if hitting your finger with a hammer is no big deal or 7 if you like all your fingers.

Did Yuba County tax payers pay for this survey? No wonder we’re broke.

According to Transparentcalifornia.com, in 2016 Yuba County had 1013 part and fulltime employees to serve fewer than 75,000 residents. Four “public servants” earned over $250,000 each. Eleven earned more than $200,000. Forty-four made in excess of $150,000 and 81 received over $125,000. Finally, 197 earned over $100,000. (Median Yuba Co household income is $48,739 (2016) which includes all working family members.)

Once county employees retire they get pensions funded not by their investments alone but backed by the citizens’ taxes in the general fund. With Cal PERS (retirement fund) failing, that means current taxes will pay for past supervisor promises to retirees. Thus, the county wants more local taxes to continue living beyond its means.

Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty of lying to the FBI to hide abusing inmates in his jail. He now gets a $342,000 annual Cal PERS retirement. Public employees convicted of felonies keep their retirements.

The Yuba Co survey is like sending your son to the store with $50 to get groceries to feed the family. He spends half the money on unauthorized items then you get a text. If lettuce is really important, check 7. If it can wait, check 1. How about potatoes – 7 or 1? Mike, eggs, and so on. The kid never suggests what may have happened with the missing funds.

Since the Constitutional mandate of a county is to provide emergency services why wouldn’t county leaders assume that people want these services and then ask what services they don’t want at all or want to cut back on?

How about asking should we reduce all budgets a certain percentage and transfer those funds to emergency services? What about asking should we cut supervisors pay (currently $80,000) by 75% and end their retirement benefits? Could we ask about cancelling all junkets? Let’s ask about stopping crony capitalism? All the savings would go to public safety.

Crony capitalism in Sacramento County got the county sued. Two gravel companies were hurt financially due to the county’s unethical dealings. The court awarded $100 million in damages to the effected companies.

There is waste and corruption throughout government. Auditors found legislators spending more than $3 million on mail to constituents, much of which was sent immediately before elections. Politicians were scamming tax dollars for their political campaigns.

Five officials from the Panoche Water District were arrested and charged for the misuse of taxpayer dollars on personal expenses such as home remodels, housing, and concert tickets. The Attorney General’s office estimated that the officials spent as much as $100,000 of the public’s money.

How about those expense and per diem accounts? The new gas taxes apply to everyone but politicians. State legislators used taxpayer-funded credit cards to pay for their gas. From January 1, 2016 to April 2017, legislators charged more than $137,000 in gas to the taxpayers. That occurs locally as well.

Building a home in Yuba County is nearly impossible due to egregious fees and regulations. And, buying in the newer subdivisions creates financial bondage. An existing 3 bdrm/2 bath, 1360 sq ft Edgewater house will cost $3803 in taxes and fees annually. A 4 bdm/3 bath, 3151 sq ft Plumas Lake home has annual taxes and fees of $5233.

Government today is like going into your favorite restaurant and your $14 dollar salad is now $35. Government is way too costly for the average Yuba County resident. In real life the restaurant goes out of business. With government, there is a tax increase to maintain the poor service you used to get for half the cost.

“Come for the Information! Stay for the Inspiration! Embrace the Fun!”

By: Megan Anderson

Lifelong residents of Yuba County, and high school sweethearts, Leonard Johnson and Emma Hirshkorn are putting together and hosting Marysville’s first annual Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 16 at Yuba Square Park in Marysville. Although, technically this is not the first time Marysville has had a Juneteenth event, it is the first in many years.

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom! On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War was announced over by Union Soldiers sailing into Galveston, Texas; this declaration in return freed a quarter-million slaves still residing in Texas. From that day forward June 19 has been called Juneteenth, and it is recognized as a holiday in 45 states; Texas being the first to observe this milestone day in African-American history. Not only is it an important day in history it is the oldest and only African-American holiday observance in the United States.

Growing up in the Yuba area Leonard remembers Juneteenths of his youth and realized that this new generation has yet to experience what fond memories he has. Wanting to give their grandchildren the same memories and experience of this jubilant celebration Leonard and Emma put their heads together and decided now was the time. “We want bring back a feeling of community and unity to our little town, we love Marysville.” Emma says. “We just want to be involved in our community and give the children a sense of pride and to be actively involved in their community to make a difference.”

With the help of friends and family and local businesses and vendors Leonard and Emma’s vision is coming to reality. This free open to the public event will be MC’d by Quantum Entertainment a local entertainment company. With an array of food vendors, informational booths, and games set up for children and adults, this is promising to be a fun filled family day. Guest speakers from the community will speak throughout the day along with a skit, music, and much, much more!

Mark your calendars and come celebrate an important day in history for all Americans, and maybe we all can be inspired to be the change we want to see!

If you are interested in being a vendor or have more questions please contact Emma Hirshkorn via Marysville Juneteenth 2018 Facebook page or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

by Lou Binninger

Valedictorian Sam Blackledge was ready to deliver his speech at West Prairie High School in Illinois on May 19. Then, school administrators informed the 18-year-old minutes before going on stage that he needed to remove any mention of God and Jesus.

Attorney Jeremy Dys of the non-profit legal firm First Liberty Institute told reporters that the school didn’t really want Blackledge to speak at all. However, they eventually allowed him to give a “very generic” address purged of the Almighty.

President Trump caused a hissy-fit among liberals when he criticized players and NFL owners for their weekly show of disrespect when the National Anthem was played. The NFL lost hundreds of millions of dollars and the loyalty of much of its fan base.

Many Americans assumed that athletes were patriotic and shared their appreciation and gratefulness for the nation. The adoring fans were wrong, way wrong. Even the flyovers and honor guards to kick-off big games rather than being about patriotism were actually the armed forces paying to advertise for recruits.

Now, the NFL and its billionaire owners are forcing adult millionaire players like spoiled children to stand for the National Anthem or remain in the locker room till after the ceremony concludes. Do any patriots respect this or care at this point?

The rich athletes may be thankful they have a job and for the peacetime that allows them to play a game for a fortune, but they are not grateful for the values, the military, law enforcement and those who have died to allow this all to be.

At the end of the Great Depression and with war about to break-out President Franklin Delano Roosevelt quoted Abraham Lincoln when addressing the nation in January 1939. He said, “Once I prophesied that this generation of Americans had a rendezvous with destiny...... To us much is given; much is expected. This generation will nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth....The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just----a way which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

Roosevelt’s remarks were indeed prophetic as all hell immediately erupted into WW II. By the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944, 12 million were in uniform and more than 16 million Americans would eventually fight. More than 6.5 million women entered the work force war effort and over 400,000 young Americans died.

What enabled this generation to endure a grueling depression, wage a barbaric fight for freedom and then rebuild postwar American society? A clue may be in what drove Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Paige.

At the Battle of Guadalcanal, as all his fellow Marines were killed or wounded, Paige managed four machine guns to stop an entire Japanese regiment. A loss of the airfield Paige defended may have altered the war’s outcome.

Of course, Paige was often asked about the motivation for his extraordinary actions. He then would refer to the three room country school where the children were so steeped in the traditions of America that they believed themselves having a role in that heritage and legacy.

Paige said the teacher would start the day with a Bible verse and the Pledge of Allegiance. They memorized all the great documents that were foundational to America’s success, like the Gettysburg address.

“My undying love of country, and my strong loyalty to the Marines fighting by my side, gave me no choice but to fight on unswervingly throughout my battles, utilizing my God-given ability to make use of what I have been taught and learned,” said Paige.

When Paige left for the nearest Marine recruiting station in 1936 his mother packed him a lunch with a note: “Trust in the Lord son, and He will guide you always.” Paige said those words remained with him particularly when overtaken with fear.

After the noted all-night firefight at Guadalcanal, Paige was alone, bloody, burned, and surrounded by hundreds of dead bodies. He opened his pack looking for something to stop his bleeding from a bayonet wound.

Out fell a pocket Bible and providentially opened to Proverbs 3 and the verse reflecting his mother’s words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will direct your path.”

Today, America may have lost its moral compass but any good and benefit that America still represents to the world is due to Mitchell Paige and millions just like him.

by Lou Binninger

Sutter County District Attorney Amanda Hopper in an Appeal-Democrat article accused her opponent Chris Carlos and her former Chief Investigator Jason Parker of conspiring together and making a You Tube video of her cousin Michael Bartschi. Bartschi says on the video that Hopper repeatedly molested him when they were children.

However, Bartschi never had contact with Carlos or Parker. He did initiate an ongoing interaction with a community member for 4-5 weeks before the video surfaced. The citizen says the emails from Bartschi were provided to writer Jake Abbott at the Appeal-Democrat showing the information and how it came to the community. Facebook messages, voicemails and emails to Abbott, Rachel Rosenbaum and the newspaper editor were never acknowledged.

The Appeal then published the story where Hopper falsely accused Carlos and Parker of creating the dust-up regarding Bartschi’s molestation accusation. The paper not only ran the story but did not include the information sent to them contradicting Hopper’s claim.

Does anyone recall US United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice lying on 5 Sunday talk shows saying the assault on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was due to a video trailer mocking Muslims? Hillary Clinton, President Obama and the media also were complicit in that tale.

Whether Bartschi’s accusations have any merit or not, a District Attorney concocting a story and the daily newspaper going along with it is not good news for the community however the election turns-out.

Farmer and water profits reformer Charlie Mathews won a seat on the Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) in 2016 by saying to Yuba County citizens “Your Water, Your Money.” His initiative to let the county voters decide how Bullards Bar Dam water and power sales profits would be divided more fairly among cities, agencies, districts and community members was illegally blocked by YCWA directors. The citizens were deprived of their constitutional right to vote on the profits but elected Charlie anyway.

Now, the Yuba County 5th District Supervisor race pitting incumbent and YCWA director Randy Fletcher against Territorial Dispatch owner John Mistler and Alton Wright has the water and power profits issue front and center again.

Mistler, also a former Supervisor and YCWA director, has been arguing that all citizens should benefit economically with the cities, agencies and water districts along with the farmer/pumpers. Right now, only the pumpers and YCWA are making millions each year.

In the last election, the pumpers contributed $150,000 to defeat the people’s right to vote on the initiative and Charlie’s bid to join the YCWA board. The easiest way to stop an initiative is to keep it off the ballot. Bingo.

However, Charlie survived the hit-mail and robo-call blitz and now farmers are boycotting his rice drying business. Someone said somewhere that the love of money is the root of all evil. So far, Charlie’s former opponent Tib Belza, the YCWA directors and the pumpers believe the only evil one here is Charlie questioning the water and power cartel.

Supervisor Fletcher likes YCWA’s status quo, a tight-fisted keep-people-in-the-dark control over water / power profits where county supervisors double-dip financially as YCWA directors. YCWA chairman Brent Hastey likes the fact that when supervisors run short of money they can switch hats and smoothly vote to transfer funds from the water agency. Hastey likes the 7-0 vote harmony. Others don’t think the arrangement passes the ethics smell test.

This is a David versus Goliath political race pitting Mistler’s self-run campaign against the YCWA’s half million development dollars being sown into the 5th District, the pumpers’ influence money, their public relations firm and Fletcher taking credit for YCWA cash coming to his district.

Finally, for all you parents of K-12 students, Tuesday May 22 is the day government schools celebrate Harvey Milk Day. Harvey is noted for having sex with underage teen boys and flaunted his advocacy of enjoying multiple partners.

Your child’s teacher may be instructing about Harvey this week and may even show the film “Milk.” The Hollywood film did not tell the truth about Harvey, but the legislature became so euphoric and celebratory with their sentiments about man-boy sex that they shared their exuberance with the entire state. It’s Harvey Milk Day!

By Lou Binninger

Arne Duncan and Peter Cunningham who served in President Obama’s Department of Education think a mass boycott where parents remove their kids from schools would provoke Congress to make more laws restricting the purchase and use of guns. Their comments came after the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

“This is brilliant and tragically necessary,” said former Secretary of Education Duncan about the boycott idea. “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe? My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join us?”

Mr. Cunningham, former Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach and now the executive director of Education Post, wrote an article suggesting parents keep their kids out of school starting September 4 until Congress passes “background checks for all gun purchases, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and funding for gun research.”

"Maybe it's time for America's 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws," Cunningham tweeted.

Duncan’s 7-year tenure as Education Secretary was noted for lousy student scores and forbidding charter schools to poor families and minorities stuck in glorified childcare.

Neither Duncan nor Cunningham provided any logic or substance as to how their new restrictions would insure student safety. In fact, many political leaders and department heads at state and federal levels are protected by armed security 24-hours a day. Furthermore, anywhere other than schools in the nation where safety and security are required, armed officials are standing by.

Why there is a liberal blind spot and double standard regarding safety and guns makes one question whether students really are the concern versus dead children being used as an excuse to remove guns from law abiding citizens. Campus violence is being used to leverage an agenda to undermine the Second Amendment.

Campus shootings could be ended immediately if states would allow local school districts to hire armed guards (private or government) and enable willing and able teachers to carry concealed weapons. Again, the same approach has been used wherever high security is necessary.

As international travel began to boom in the 1970’s an epidemic of airline hijackings occurred. Travelers suddenly were petrified of flying. However, hijackings quickly ended by increasing airport and airline security. Today, most people could not recall when hijackings started and stopped. Hijackings are history.

School assaults could join hijackings as a sad era but one that is in the past. The people standing in the way of a resolution are selfish politicians bowing to special interests. A school massacre is a great opportunity for the “swampers” to gain some media facetime and get re-elected.

President Trump has accomplished one task after another that politicians of all flavors have sworn, pledged and promised to do, but done nothing. If it were Trump’s call, schools would be made safe just as simply as the US embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem after legislators authorized it in 1995.

Trump took office in January 2017. It took 16 months to do a simple task that had been bungled for 23 years with Clinton, Bush, and Obama at the helm and nearly 1,000 “swampers” getting wealthy.

Students could be made safe if politicians gave schools the same protection they enjoy.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba County Supervisors voted to affirm the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe’s (Enterprise Rancheria) agreement with Olivehurst Public Utility District for Olivehurst Fire (OFD) to provide fire and medical services to the Tribe’s Class II gaming facility off Forty Mile Road between Olivehurst and Wheatland. Supervisors Gary Bradford, Doug Lofton and Mike Leahy voted for the agreement. Andy Vasquez opposed while Randy Fletcher was absent.

The agreement may appear legit and straight-forward but the Yuba County Supervisors and the Rancheria wrangling continues to be complicated. The move to shoehorn the Butte County Tribe into a Yuba County “reservation” took both groups deceiving voters and using money and legal maneuvers to skirt laws against reservation shopping.

In fact, Yuba County voters are still confused as to how they voted three times to reject the casino and reservation shopping and still got a sovereign Tribal Nation residing in South Yuba County. The current 5 Supervisors had nothing to do with bringing the Tribe here but former Supervisor Mary Jane Griego who is now an Olivehurst Public Utility District (OPUD) Director has been a key proponent for the Tribe.

The 2002 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Tribe and the County specified that the Tribe make an agreement for fire and emergency medical services with Plumas-Brophy Fire (now called Wheatland Fire Authority WFA), choose another fire department in the county or make private fire protection arrangements.

Since 2002, the Tribe has been conversing with and reviewing proposals from WFA. The Tribe’s 40 acres are in WFA’s jurisdiction or service area and the property is currently served by that agency.

Written communications between the Tribe and WFA acknowledged this fact until about 9-months ago when Tribal communications ceased with WFA. Supervisors say WFA did not have the equipment necessary to serve the casino.

Now, OPUD says they have been in discussions with the Tribe for years about serving the casino. County Supervisors contend their board has no say as to whom the Tribe chooses to serve them.

What’s going on? Maybe the Tribe is fire service shopping for the best price since it doesn’t have to follow the same rules as the Toyota Amphitheater next door. Is there anything wrong with that? Not according to the MOU or when the consumer is a sovereign nation.

Will OPUD be able to nullify Public Utility Commission (PUC) codes and LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) principles that outline public service areas? Following standard procedures would point to WFA as the serving agency but again this is a sovereign nation and Supervisors Mary Jane Griego, Bill Simmons and Al Amaro voted in 2002 to approve an MOU giving the Tribe a wide berth to do their business as they wish in Yuba County.

(In 1963, due to post WW II explosive and often chaotic growth, the legislature created LAFCos in every county to prevent the misuse of resources, overlapping of jurisdictions, urban sprawl, preserve ag land and open spaces and ensure the orderly formation of government agencies.)

If OFD serves the Fire Mountain Casino they would have to leave their Olivehurst station 3.6 – 4.9 miles away depending on the route taken and travel into the WFA jurisdiction. WFA would continue to respond to everything surrounding the casino, including the Toyota Amphitheatre next door.

Supervisors say if the Tribe’s fire and emergency medical funding were split evenly between Linda Fire Department (LFD), OFD and WFD then all would benefit since all will experience impacts from the casino traffic and the operation itself.

OPUD / OFD say they have been in discussions with LFD to merge the two fire agencies. If that occurred then the closest fire crew to the casino would be LFD’s Plumas Lake Station. The subject of a regional fire agency merging more departments has also surfaced again.

Sutter County has Yuba City Fire and then a Sutter County Fire Department with 7 stations that cover most of the remainder of the county. In 2001, the Walton Fire Department merger with Yuba City Fire was politically nasty, but it eventually worked out. Yuba County has many separate fire agencies with one or two stations each, all with their own boards and chiefs.

With the Tribe wanting to start construction next month this should get interesting. Will it be OFD, WFD, a regional approach or a private entity serving the casino? Knowing government, creating a Yuba County regional fire agency would take years.

Will the Tribe’s action get the fire agencies into court against one another? Lawyers are already exchanging letters. With existing casinos costing communities $3 for every $1 of income a good court fight will put taxpayers in the red before the first bingo game is called.

by Lou Binninger

Plumas Lake Elementary School District wants its voters to approve issuing $20 million in bonds to be used when the district needs them for a new middle school. The approval would trigger additional funding from the state. For approval, Measure G needs 66.7% of those going to the polls to agree.

The district doesn’t state what the bonds will cost in interest when they are paid off in 2051-52. Does anyone care about how much they overpay for an item when they borrow to acquire it? Maybe just the WW II generation worried about such numbers.

The bond would cost property owners $72 per $100,000 of assessed value or $216 for a $300,000 piece of real estate every year until 2051-2052. That amounts to an additional $7,680 on property taxes and fees over 30 years. Most adults will not be around to pay the bonds off, but future property owners will inherit the debt.

Longtime Yuba County residents are shocked at the exorbitant property taxes in newer developments like Plumas Lake and Edgewater. One Plumas Lake resident in a modest home has a $3,600 property tax bill that includes multiple school, Yuba College and levee bonds along with Mello-Roos development fees. She is voting against Measure G.

She said the taxes are too high and the schools still have ample space. The district says its three schools have a capacity of 1650-1750 students with a current enrollment of 1270. However, their numbers are based on keeping K-3 classes at less than 24 students and grades 4-8 at 28 pupils or less.

The district notes that building permits for new homes have increased in each of the last 3-years along with enrollment. Residents wonder if portable classrooms couldn’t be added with minimum costs when needing increased capacity thereby putting-off adding more debt on taxpayers.

Another factor wasting 20%-30% of the borrowed money used for construction labor is the federal requirement to pay union wages on any jobs affiliated with government. Rather than getting the best quotes based upon qualified contractors bidding on the same blueprints, the wages are dictated by the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, originally a racist law designed to keep black contractors out of the building trades.

It came about when a contractor employed African-American workers from Alabama to build a Veterans' hospital in the New York District of Congressman Robert Bacon. Prompted by concerns over the displacement of local employees by black migrant laborers and competitive pressure toward lower wages, Bacon introduced the first version of his bill in 1927.

African American labor was much cheaper than the going rate. Blacks were said to be less productive. However, the government could not leave the decision up to the project owner to choose lower labor cost and slower production versus the alternative. The anti-free market Congressman had to tip the unions, use a little social engineering, a little crony capitalism, and a little corruption.

The aim of the act, similar to minimum wage legislation, was to make sure that white labor was preferred over African Americans on such projects. Wage rates were fixed at the higher level of the more productive labor, meaning that it would be the more efficient, white labor that was employed.

This racist move to discriminate robbed all Americans of both freedom and finances.

The $20 million school bond proposal of course does not explain that taxpayers will overpay on labor costs not counting the waste in the state’s contribution by paying mandated government-rigged Davis-Bacon wages.

The government needs to repeal Davis – Bacon and give the job to the lowest bidder regardless of the contractor’s ethnicity, union affiliation or worker pay. Government’s role in public schools should be to set construction standards and that’s it.

Newer developments like Edgewater, Plumas Lake and such are burdened with egregious fees. Hiked costs due to layer after layer of regulations and environmental requirements have priced most young people out of the housing market. Now the schools want to add to that burden.

California needs reform at every level. We need a revolution not another bond.

by Lou Binninger

California Republicans are both dysfunctional as a movement and irrelevant as a voice for conservatism. The national party has the same malady. Remember the 2016 presidential primary where voters fled RINO mumbo jumbo for a businessman outsider?

President Trump’s candidacy exposed two parties interested in maintaining power, ego, and the status quo rather than reforming a corrupt unconstitutional government. The parties conduct a Kabuki Dance ritual of differences to con constituents. They huff and puff then go for cocktails, laugh, and shake for who pays. Close your eyes, you can’t tell the difference.

California Republican voters don’t seem to understand the current voting system where it doesn’t matter if you like your pretty boy better. He only counts if he has the votes and money to get second spot in the primary. This is not a Republican primary election. It’s a street fight.

Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen was running a distant fourth in some polls (third in others) and national Republicans are never going to help campaign for a certain loser. A candidate needs money and the votes to compete. Allen is short of both. All other comparisons of Republican candidates are irrelevant.

A vote for Allen is a vote for Democrats and a Socialist state. Again, it is no longer a two party voting system. If Republican candidate John Cox does not defeat LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the primary election then voters will have two liberals competing in the November general competition.

The LA Times reports Democrat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom remains the front-runner, with businessman John Cox and Villaraigosa vying for second place, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll. Other polls show Cox and then Allen behind Newsom. Mr. Newsom makes Governor Brown look conservative.

The poll showed 26% of likely voters backing Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco. John Cox was favored by 15% and Democrat Villaraigosa is at 13%. Allen had 10% and state Treasurer John Chiang, a Democrat, 7%. Former state schools chief Delaine Eastin, a Democrat, 6%. That still leaves remaining voters divided among other candidates or undecided. Again, other indicators say Villaraigosa has slipped behind Allen.

Save California’s children and families activist Randy Thomasson explains that in this no party vote system, “It is a numbers game.” If Republicans don’t support Cox no Republican will get into the general election and have a shot at the state’s top spot.

Cox, like Trump, can independently fund his campaign. He can defeat Villaraigosa and advance to the general election. Both Republican State Senator Jim Nielsen and Republican Congressman Doug La Malfa endorsed Cox while local Assemblyman James Gallagher is backing Allen.

Gallagher is serving his own interests by undermining a Republican getting into the general election. Gallagher is betting on a Republican loss and currying the favor of Allen to maintain the Republican swamp in Sacramento.

It’s cashing-in on remaining in the minority. It’s the big fish in small pond mentality. It all pays the same. It’s the minority swamp and a great excuse for accomplishing very little other than being a political manipulator and posting Facebook speeches.

Allen knows he can’t win but is getting statewide name recognition and future benefits from special interests. This Gallagher/ Allen narcissism is what Trumpers rejected and voted against in 2016. If the day comes where an Allen encourages his followers to join a Cox then Republicans will begin to win some contests.

Otherwise, it is the old boring Republican divide and under-mine your fellow conservative. No wonder thousands of Republican voters are done and have switched to being Independents.

Trump proved Republicans aren’t serious about change and don’t believe their own rhetoric. From coast to coast they are political opportunists focused primarily on their bank accounts.

by Lou Binninger

California County and City governments are going broke. Poor spending priorities by Supervisors and Councilmembers, mismanagement and inefficiencies have created a crisis. Government unions and a corrupt pension fund are a blockade to reform.

Retiring Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor did the upcoming sheriff – elect a favor last week by announcing a cut in services due to a lack of funding for personnel. Insufficient law enforcement monies mean the Supervisors have for years robbed the sheriff’s department to spend the dollars elsewhere. Supervisors are responsible for approving the county budget.

A ruse is underway whereby the Supervisors and the County Administrator produce surveys saying citizens believe public safety services are very important. That’s a no-brainer, but instead of restoring tax dollars siphoned from the sheriff’s budget they will use the survey to raise more sales taxes supposedly to be used just for emergency services. You can be arrested for using bait and switch tactics in the car business but not in politics and government where the scheme is a way to deceive voters.

Sheriff Durfor’s announcement explained that for the following crimes (petty theft, felony vandalism - under $5,000 in damages, misdemeanor vandalism, identity theft, annoying phone calls, lost-property report) not in progress and where there is no suspect name, citizens will be referred to online reporting.

Also, barking dog calls will be directed to Animal Care Services. Vehicle tampering reports will be given to the Highway Patrol. Landlord-tenant disputes will be referred to the Yuba County Civil Division when parties need information only. And, civil standbys will be handled by appointment only from noon to 8:00pm.

If you use a gun in settling any of the above difficulties a deputy will surely respond to assist with the details.

On faulty alarms calls, after an initial response determines a false alarm, deputies will not respond to subsequent alarms for the next 24-hours. On residential alarms when the responsible person (occupant/owner or representative) refuses to respond to meet with the deputy, then the deputy will not respond either.

These changes are common sense in order to focus resources on the most egregious crimes. Residents wishing to remain in California should understand that a premium will be paid for fewer desired services in order to afford entitlements and programs that few taxpayers want.

Understanding the current budget blues, Yuba County Jail Commander and Sutter County Sheriff Candidate Brandon Barnes at a recent candidates’ night recommended putting armed guards at schools for student safety. However, Barnes said that hiring private security companies would save 50% of the cost to have an officer or deputy on the job. That’s smart thinking and more of it is needed in the current government crisis. Already many departments are open just 4-days per week in Sutter County.

Government has priced itself out of the market where the private sector can provide the service cheaper and better. The nature of government curbs its ability and incentive to be efficient. And when it comes to one of the largest expenses, salaries, unions have politicians by the short hairs because unions paid for the policy-makers to be elected.

Some have suggested everyone should work for government. There are few jobs in the private sector locally that have the generous pay and benefits of government. Marysville and Yuba County employment opportunities are dominated by government entities.

Yuba County employs one person for every 70 residents. And that’s not counting the schools. Wherever you look in the inhabited areas you can spot a government facility.

Since May 5 was the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, having government take over all tasks would make him smile. Students should note that Marx brought us socialism and then communism where government owns and controls everything.

People pretend to work and the government pretends to pay them. Socialist governments cannot pay what capitalist government employees get. Socialists eventually run out of everything including money.

Currently, Venezuela and Cuba are fully utilizing the socialist approach. Wealthy American liberal women love to visit Cuba to rave about its “wonderful health care” and “how happy those people are.”

However, none of the admirers retire there or return for cheap surgeries.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba-Sutter residents should be concerned about their government, once thought to be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

After being deceived by the City of Marysville’s campaign that a 1% sales tax increase would be dedicated to police and fire, $12,000 was spent last week for a one-day retreat for the city council. This is a rags to riches bunch. One minute they’re broke and the next minute they can afford someone to make a to-do list.

The city is essentially broke for the next 25-years paying off $17 million in bonds but then leased 19 new vehicles. Police cars are looking stylish but don’t try this accounting at home.

Yuba-Sutter politicians and government leaders went to Washington DC on a junket. The social media photos looked like they all had a really nice time. A Yuba City council member reported that citizens paid a stunning $6,000 per Yuba City traveler. That kind of took the fun out of it for the folks that remained home to work and pay taxes.

The Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) that in the 80s had a director and a couple of clerical staff in a cramped office in the courthouse has come a long way baby. Nowadays, they are in their own comfortable accommodations selling hundreds of millions of dollars in power and water.

Lots of money does funny things to people. An arrangement to sell water from New Bullards Bar Dam to Southern California water districts has been a windfall for the agency and about 100 farm operations in Yuba County. However, most Yuba County citizens would probably agree that if anybody owns the water or power being sold from the Dam it is them and not a handful of farmers or YCWA directors.

What started out as wonderful opportunity to benefit the citizens who risked their properties to build the Dam now has the scent of a scam. A farmer who agrees to turn his 3,500 gallon per minute pump on can net $164,250 per month if the water sells to SoCal for $400 an acre foot. If the water cheap-sells at $110 an acre foot that is $34,000 per month. What a deal if you are in on it!

When farmer Charlie Mathews argued that the lucrative water deals should be shared with all the people he was cast as an evil man. The farmer/pumpers contributed about $150,000 to stop a ballot initiative Mathews wanted Yuba County folks to vote on and to also write their own.

Then, the YCWA filed a legal action against Mathews’ initiative before Yuba County Elections Clerk Terry Hansen could certify the signatures. A Sacramento judge said the YCWA should add the title and summary for the ballot rather than Hansen. The YCWA then refused to add title and summary making it too late to start over, essentially blocking the initiative.

About $120,000 of the political contributions was spent for attorneys and public relations to deprive the citizens a vote. The rest of the pumper cash was then diverted to campaign against Mathews in his run for YCWA director against Tib Belza. However, Mathews’ slogan “Your Water, Your Money” made sense to voters who elected Mathews after their right to vote for the water initiative was undermined.

YCWA chairman Brent Hastey now accuses Mathews of not wanting public debate on the water sales after Mathews resigned from the water committee. Mathews said committee chairman Doug Lofton would not call a meeting to attend.

What seems clear is that other than Mathews YCWA directors want to maintain the status quo which is a cash cow for them.

Jake Abbott of the Appeal Democrat wrote about Michael Vaughn Bartschi, the cousin of Sutter County District Attorney Amanda Hopper, saying on a video that she molested him for about 8 years when they were youngsters. Hopper and family members say it isn’t so.

However, Hopper suggests in the Abbott article that this is an attempt to smear her by her opponent Chris Carlos and her former chief investigator Jason Parker. Bartschi’s father says someone must have given his son money to make this video.

Hopper and Bartschi’s father are mistaken. Neither Carlos nor Parker knew of or had interaction with Michael Bartschi. Bartschi initiated the contact months ago with a local resident and wanted to tell his story after noting Hopper was running for office. Carlos and Parker are being disparaged while having nothing to do with Bartschi.

Whether Bartschi is a “mentally ill, drug addict, embarrassment” as described by family members or a broken person who was molested is anyone’s guess unless additional information is forthcoming. If Hopper is being smeared it was initiated by her own family member.

by Lou Binninger

If liberal political prophets were living in Old Testament times, they would be stoned to death for repeatedly missing the mark. President Trump was supposed to ignite a WW III nuclear disaster with North Korea. Lefty seers were heartbroken when North and South Korean leaders met to make peace not war following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s secret visit. Who would have thought?

Lib leadership warned the stock market would crash with a Trump Presidency. Candidate Trump said off-shore businesses would actually return to the homeland. Nonsense, mocked President Obama during a town hall meeting. The market has been booming while businesses and billions of dollars are coming home since Trump’s prediction.

Last week, Trump’s decision to wind down the US Department of Education was another fulfillment of a campaign promise. President Jimmy Carter advocated for the creation of the cabinet level department in 1979. Today, it has nearly 4,000 employees with a proposed 2019 budget slightly smaller compared to the $68 billion spent in 2016.

Carter expanded government to rule over education in spite of conservative and libertarian protests. The new department is unconstitutional and illegal with no federal authority to interfere with local control over training children. Who pays attention to the Constitution anyway?

In general, individual educational achievement was higher while costing much less without a federal and state bureaucracy and teacher’s union dominance. That may be because freedom of the press and literacy were prominent in the minds of the Founders and the colonies.

The First Amendment’s protection of free expression is noted in every story of the development of the United States. However, a free press is impotent without an audience for what is printed. Only a literate population makes the right to a free press powerful.

That’s why Thomas Jefferson said that a free press wasn’t enough to guarantee a healthy democracy. As he wrote to Charles Yancey, a prominent Virginia legislator, in 1816, “Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.”

University of Montana scholar Kenneth Lockridge’s book, ‘Literacy in Colonial New England,’ makes the case that among white New England men, about 60 percent of the population was literate between 1650 and 1670, and rose to 85 percent between 1758 and 1762, and to 90 percent between 1787 and 1795. In cities such as Boston, the rate had come close to 100 percent by century’s end. However, literacy figures for women, slaves or free blacks lagged behind white males.

Slaves were purposely kept illiterate to keep them ignorant, disoriented and therefore less apt to flee the plantation. However, there were exceptions where owners and the clergy felt an obligation to educate them.

Thomas Sowell writes that most free blacks in America were literate by 1850 despite being excluded from public schools in many parts of the country and despite being forbidden to organize their own schools in much of the South.

Free blacks and most white Americans achieved a high level of literacy with few funds through efforts at home, a fact that is lost on those that are anti-home school today. Early Americans valued the printed page and the ability to read it.

President Trump’s “Education Federalism Executive Order,” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and directs Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures she deems an overreach by the federal government.

“For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less,” President Trump said. “My administration has been working to reverse this federal power grab and give power back to families, cities [and] states — give power back to localities.”

Trump said that previous administrations had increasingly forced schools to comply with “whims and dictates” from Washington, but his administration would break the trend.

“We know local communities know it best and do it best,” Trump said. “The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”

There is no evidence that the Department of Education has done anything but establish an expensive bureaucracy giving more power to lobbyists and unions and less freedom for parents and their children. Hopefully, Trump can drain the education swamp under his influence and be an example for states to do the same.

by Carol Withington

In the Spring of 1858, news reached California that gold had been discovered on the Fraser River in British Columbia. During that time, many African Americans were beginning to feel insecure in California. The Fugitive Slave Law, passed in 1852, protected only the rights of the slave-owner. As an example, this Law allowed for temporary residence of slaveholders, who could bring slaves to work in California, sell these slaves or return South with them.

In addition, anyone who arrived in California before statehood as either a slave or a runaway was still regarded a slave. And although the Fugitive Slave Law expired in 1855; unfortunately, many African Americans were carried back into slavery. And It was not until 1858, that the status of freedom from bondage of California African Americans was upheld. For this was the year that produced California's last and most famous fugitive slave case which revolved around a young African American by the name of Archy Lee.

THE ARCHY LEE CASE

Lee, age 18, migrated from Mississippi in 1857 with his owner Charles Stovall. When Stovall attempted to send him back South, Lee refused to leave. It appears he had previously "mingled" with the free African American community in Sacramento where Lee was urged to flee from Stovall. Upon his escape, Lee was arrested by police as a fugitive.

Lawyers were then hired to defend Lee. Edward D. Baker became the chief attorney on his defense team. Baker, a Republican leader in California, was the perfect defender, as he was also a person friend of President Lincoln.

After much debate, Lee eventually received his freedom. Unfortunately, the notoriety of his case showed the degree to which the freedom of African Americans in California was subject to abuse. Many began to feel insecure and looked for other locations to build a new life. And with the news of the gold discovery, it is estimated that over 400 African Americans left California to settle in Canada, where they could be free from prejudice and legal restrictions. According to research, the majority settled in Victoria and on Saltspring Island. Archy Lee was one of them.

THE MOVE TO BRITISH COLUMBIA

Among the few area residents who looked for new opportunities upon hearing of the Frazer River gold strike were family members of James and Elizabeth Segee. The Segees first arrived in San Francisco from Florida in 1852 and soon after settled in Marysville where they opened a laundry.

In 1853 they were joined by Mary and Julia Hernandez, sisters of Elizabeth, who were also from Florida. When news of the gold strike reached them in 1858, both Mary and Julia decided to go to British Columbia where they served as cooks at a wage of $100 a week. Later the Segees sent their daughter Emma to Canada to be with her aunts and also be educated in the public school where they resided.

According to Delilah Beasley in her account in "The Negro Trail Blazers of California", Emma remained in Canada for seven years. When she returned to Marysville, she married a Mr. Washington and was given a position as the "first colored public school teacher" in that city.

Although many found success in Canada, a few African Americans chose other countries to make a new life. John P. Williams, a New Jersey-born African American barber from Marysville, went with his wife to Haiti in 1861. Unfortunately, conditions were so bad that his wife died of a tropical disease and Williams returned in ill health to New York. He once wrote to an Eastern black weekly, where he warned others about Haiti and how he found employment opportunities "nonexistent".

With the exception of Williams, the African American barber community remained virtually intact in Marysville during the Victoria and Haiti migrations. And although life moved along at a contented pace, there were still obstacles to overcome for area African Americans including the "the right of testimony" and homestead rights.

Benjamin Berry, in his court claim for property rights, will be featured in the next edition.

by Lou Binninger

For those who utilize Facebook (FB), mostly old people now, it should be obvious that Mark Zuckerberg is a lefty and not shy about strutting his ideology in business. So what? Is that a problem?

Many conservative FB users got their undies in a bundle after their political posts were removed. Why? It’s Zuck’s business.

Sadly, a sissy Zuckerberg repeatedly lied in claiming his platform was neutral. He is a pitiful little socialist, filthy rich but pretending to be “everyman.”

Senator Ted Cruz assured him that he had a First Amendment right to operate just as he was. It was OK Mark, just say it, you’re a liberal and biased. You are good to go in America.

However, Zuckerberg could not be a man. He could not bring himself to be honest and admit that he had a liberal bent on FB and in hiring his 20,000 anti-conservative content- screeners. Zuck’s a true piss on your boots and tell you it’s raining lefty.

In America, businesses and individuals once had a right to do as they please. If people didn’t like it they could take their trade elsewhere. However, politicians of all flavors with no Spaldings in a quest for power and money traded their freedom to be ruled over.

Zuck and other liberals have a right to operate their enterprises as they wish and people have a choice to utilize their services or not. But liberals have to feign fairness. Then, if a conservative enterprise doesn’t want to offer abortion care, that business must be boycotted, politically carpet-bombed and more importantly shamed.

The fact that nearly the entire United States Senate held together by cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and Botox behaved as fools trying to talk about FB, something they know nothing about shows why government should stay out of business. They’re clowns and corrupt ones at that.

Anyone watching the Senate FB hearings and still doubts that we have become socialists has lost their Constitutional mind. It’s over.

As Constitutional expert KrisAnne Hall wrote, “Zuckerberg should just own up to who they are and say: ‘Yes, we are a bunch of hard core leftists. We will run our private business with a leftist ideology. We are not the government so we don't need to make everybody feel equal and happy in our sandbox. If you don't like it, go to another business.’"

Hall continues, “There is no constitutional authority for this line of questioning. We don't need more government intrusion in our private businesses; we need less. We don't need more federal regulations; we need more liberty. Our politicians ought to stop using this unconstitutional line of questioning to make campaign sound bites. Our conservative politicians ought to know better.”

It is sad that so-called conservative Senators did not cheer Zuck’s right to run his business as he wishes. It shows that they are the socialist swamp and have no allegiance to the Constitution.

At least, Senator Cruz told Zuck the truth. But, Zuck couldn’t handle the truth. He was more comfortable as a deceiver. Then he was shamed and claimed ignorance when confronted by Cruz with his blatant editing of conservative content from FB.

Sadly, local politicians emulate and fawn over the imbeciles in Sacramento and Washington. Zuck’s eagerness to pay-off and leave his DNA on the ass of Senators causes us all to be less free. More regulations will stop future social media platforms from creating alternatives to FB.

by Lou Binninger

California government schools were once admired and emulated throughout the nation. Tragically, with the rise of teachers’ unions and the political dominance of democrats, state schools have been a sick joke for decades.

Incessant union chants for more money and no competition to correct mediocre and embarrassing outcomes are obnoxious. A current union-funded radio campaign attacking “corporate charter schools” uses the same old scare tactics. Big bad corporate America (the Koch brothers) will steal our “public money” for “unaccountable charter schools.” Don’t let them. They hate our kids. Profits are evil.

Sounds like Lenin and Marx, not John and Groucho.

Teachers unions couldn’t care less about children. Students are a meal ticket, that’s it. You notice unions refer to the schools’ money not the parents’ money lifted for schools. Try advocating for parents to direct some of those dollars and the unions will rain hell upon you.

The most unaccountable schools in the nation are the socialist government brand commonly known as public schools. Taxpayers are forced to fund them, nearly 100% of students must attend them, and parents have no say in the curriculum. Vouchers are feared like a venereal disease. Freedom and choice that produced Apple, Ford and Edison are the kiss of death to unions.

Why don’t we remove choice from the rest of the market place? Let’s all wear blue uniforms. China tried that. Let’s have government manage the food supply. The Soviets did that.

We are even crappy at socialist schools. Many third world countries, even socialist ones outperform pampered and poorly-trained American students and the half-baked educators who tend them. Bored children are fleeing schools like rats from a sinking ship.

Drop-outs hate the curriculum, the talking heads and the “education” factory itself. The “failures” are written off as bad seed, stupid and ne’er-do-wells. However, many have more potential than the instructors that fail them. These “losers” are potential craftsmen, artisans, mechanics, entrepreneurs and equipment operators. However, these very occupations are belittled by educrats.

Most students fail to master the basics (literacy and math) while valuable school time is used to force-feed sex education, gender identity, bullying training, revisionist history and skewed teachings on Islam.

Students are not schooled in critical thinking, how to process to arrive at the truth but instead are told what to think. It’s called indoctrination, that which we once mocked in Soviet classrooms.

Students are shamed if they believe in creationism, Jesus, are sexually abstinent, reject the nonsense of alternative sexual identity or love America. Schools have become mental health wards where boys are medicated, oppressed and expected to behave more like good little girls.

Who owns these children? The state does. Orange County Board of Education General Counsel Ronald Wenkart on March 29, 2018 offered a legal opinion for the trustees regarding sex education and gender identity laws. Read closely.

“Therefore, parents who disagree with the instructional materials related to gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation may not excuse their children from this instruction. However, parents are free to advise their children that they disagree with some or all of the information presented in the instructional program and express their views on these subjects to their children.”

Our Founding Fathers and the Constitution were clear that our liberty and freedom come from our creator and not from government. The above legal rendering about California gender education means that parents have no right to opt out, but the state does grant them permission to communicate another view to their kids at home. To hell with these people, this is tyranny.

Friday, April 27, is “GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) Day of Silence, a student-led national event where students take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) people at school.” Teaching and classroom documentaries on these topics may be presented to your children on this day or during this week. Kids are encouraged to dress-up to support deviant sexual lifestyles.

Then, on May 22, all schools will honor dead pedophile and habitual liar Harvey Milk. He preferred sex with teen boys. A real beauty, Harvey, just the kind of guy we showcase in today’s institutions.

It’s up to parents and grandparents. While you slept the state took ownership of your kids. You can fight for them or roll over after hitting the snooze button.

by Lou Binninger

The more information is made public about the Jim Whiteaker Yuba City Unified School District sexual assault case the worse it appears. Writer Bob Moffitt with California Public Radio (CPR) obtained a 1998 report from the district through a California Public Records Act request.

Thus far, ladies have accused high school teacher Jim Whiteaker of unwanted sexual advances when they were students. The newly acquired school records give details of reported sexual contact with a student, but also a school employee at her home. The report says Whiteaker engaged in “unwanted” and “offensive” sexual behavior.

The document indicates Whiteaker visited a school employee’s home uninvited to comfort her during a difficult time. He became sexually aroused as he hugged her while running his hand down her side and touching her breast. Whiteaker says the lady initiated the hug.

Whiteaker is also quoted as saying he may have touched her breast accidentally. The school report describes the woman as "big-busted," but does not say whether that was a description of Whiteaker’s or its author, former personnel director Brian Sevier.

Moffitt and CPR’s documents also describe the 1998 incidents that student Andrea Foster reported to school officials, the district and Yuba City Police. She described being touched by Whiteaker on three occasions. Whiteaker denied the accusations saying they weren’t worth commenting on.

Personnel Director Sevier recommended a letter of reprimand be placed in the physical education teacher’s file and that “Whiteaker’s behavior be monitored and that he be provided with appropriate guidance/assistance in the expression of his feelings in more appropriate ways."

Whiteaker has been terminated by the district pending an appeal. Two lawsuits against Whiteaker, Yuba City Unified School District and its leadership have been filed on behalf of students.

Moffitt says state law does not prevent Yuba City or its police department from releasing reports or information on investigations. However, the police department and the city have opposed information requests from victims and the media saying they are not legally compelled to comply. This resistance does not instill confidence in the police or the city in future assault cases.

Recall proponents and others in government believe Clerk/Recorder Donna Johnston looked for a way to slow or block the recall of Jim Whiteaker from his seat on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. However, Johnston denied this perception last week explaining that recalls are complicated with every detail needing to be exact.

With many recalls occurring throughout the state each year and the steps clearly set forth at the Secretary of State’s (SOS) website it doesn’t look complicated. The SOS is there to assist the election clerks.

Sutter County Counsel Jean Jordan said by email that her interaction with the supervisors and elected officials is confidential when asked if Johnston was inquiring as to whether the recall could be stopped. Some believe that thousands of taxpayer dollars in unnecessary legal research was done for Johnston pertaining to the recall.

A voice mail to County Administrator Scott Mitnick to ask about his knowledge of how the recall was handled received no response. Recall proponents have been circulating another petition to ask the Supervisors to censure and remove Whiteaker from taking an active role on the board.

Politically and practically, Supervisors may be unable to act. Whiteaker’s fate on the Board may have to wait on the recall. His teaching future resides with an appeals board solidly tilted in his favor. He may not return to his classroom but he will likely remain on the government payroll. The attorney for his defense claims neither lawsuit has merit.

There is more to come out, but victims are leery when realizing they are on their own. The city, the police department, and the school system have not been cooperative and accusers are intimidated by Whiteaker.

This 20-year saga of non-action by authority figures should remove any doubt why most victims of sexual assault never come forward.