by Lou Binninger

When you hear bureaucrats and politicians squeal like stuck pigs about the Trump Administration cutting the size of government you may think the nation is collapsing. These people think they and their ideas are indispensable.

It was a thrill to hear federal employees threaten that up to 25% of them would quit if Trump was elected. It is even better to see some keep those promises. Those leaving and even trash talking on their way out is a sweet sound.

Trump recently authorized millions of dollars to do an audit of military spending. People gasped at the expense. However, the law mandates an annual audit that no one has been doing. It is one thing to honor the military and properly fund it, but being a watchdog for the taxpayers is new for Washington.

A few politicians have weak stomachs. The waste in Washington makes them sick. Oklahoma medical doctor and Senator Tom Coburn was so put-out he created ‘The Waste Book’ annually highlighting some of the most bizarre and embarrassing uses of money forcefully taken from hard-working Americans.

Coburn retired from office in January 2014. Since then, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has taken on the cause of waste to produce Wastebook: PORKemon Go that lists the top 200 shameful examples. Here are a few.

Liquor stores have taken advantage of a Department of Agriculture program to support rural businesses’ effort to install energy efficient lighting.

The section, titled “Getting Lit at the Liquor Store,” complains that the $5,000 grant to a store called Newberry Liquors, in Newberry, Florida, went to an establishment that, “In addition to liquor, wine, and beer ... also serves cigarettes and tobacco products.” Actually many rural liquor stores and other businesses and farms cashed in on the Rural Energy for America Program. Why do some businesses get welfare and not others? Good question.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was given a $150,000 federal grant to develop “earthquake-proof gingerbread houses.” Then, there is the “Spaceport to Nowhere” ($80.4 million). The Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) was founded in 1996 with an $18 million earmark. It has been seldom used since its founding and is now in disrepair as a result of a 2014 failed launch. Last year, the Missile Defense Agency awarded a “sole source” contract for up to $80.4 million to keep the base open.

The Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation paid $460,000 for a study in which computers binge-watched 600 hours of “Desperate Housewives,” “The Office,” and other TV shows and online videos in order to train computers to predict human behavior.

Researchers at the University of California-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography received $1.5 million to study how well mudskippers, a fish that can survive long amounts of time out of water and can walk with its front flippers, could walk on a treadmill. More National Science monies ($450,000) went for research to determine if dinosaurs could sing.

The National Eye Institute spent $300,000 of public funds to study boys and girls playing with Barbie dolls. “Researchers were literally playing with dolls to prove what every child already knows — girls are more likely to play with Barbie dolls than boys,” Flake’s report stated.

National Institutes of Health spent $230,000 to discover that the color red makes female monkeys get hot and bothered for male monkeys. A study found female rhesus macaques spent more time checking out the hindquarters of male monkeys presented in front of a red colored background.

The colonies got in a war over paying taxes on tea but now business gets subsidies for tea and distilled spirits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department spent $850,000 in subsidies for tea and whiskey product development.

How about $2.4 million to determine how to be more popular online? The IRS spent $12 million on an email archiving service that it could not and did not use. Or, how about $74 million for a program that allows taxpayer-backed loans to be repaid with peanuts?

You get the idea and can study the entire book online. When you hear politicians say they can’t cut another dime just touch mute. It’s called the swamp and needs drained badly.

whiteaker  2 7 18by Lou Binninger

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 3pm Yuba City Unified School District board members will again consider assault charges brought against physical education teacher and former coach Jim Whiteaker.

Last week, local attorney Michael Trezza filed a claim for $500,000 in damages with the district alleging that Jim Whiteaker engaged in sexual misconduct with female students.

The current victim indicates she was in her physical education class on January 16 when Whiteaker “approached her without her knowledge and grabbed her buttocks.” Whiteaker said, “I’ve been teaching for 26 years; I’ve never had to face any allegations like this in the past. I don’t believe I should be terminated on these conditions.”

Whiteaker says that he mistook students playing around for them fighting and intervened. He denies grabbing the girl’s buttocks.

Others at the school say Whiteaker has a reputation for edgy behavior and for being a bully. A former school employee reported Whiteaker’s improper contact with female students to former principal Martin Ramirez numerous times along with former Athletic Director Joel Seaman and nothing was done.

A former student and current district employee indicated Whiteaker touched her breast in 1997 and on another occasion did not intervene as a male student held her against the wall and “gave her a hickey.” She said Whiteaker laughed. A student aid in his physical education class she did not report either incident. She said she was humiliated and indicated Whiteaker was known among students as a “perv” and a “creep.”

The Trezza claim tells of another student and her mother reporting to school authorities and to police in October 2014 that Whiteaker videotaped the 15-year-old girl while she was participating in his physical education class. Whiteaker allegedly filmed the girl’s buttocks and her body from the waist down, and admitted doing so when confronted by the girl and her mother.

The mother was refused a copy of the police report since the officer did not fully investigate the incident choosing instead to file an information report. Yuba City Police told the mother that they do not have to provide copies of information reports to the public. However, the district did give a copy of their file to the mother.

Gabe Foster expressed alarm at the previous board meeting that in his wife’s 1998 case, an investigation was done, a district report filed, but there was no description of any action taken for Whiteaker touching his wife’s breasts on two separate occasions when she was a senior.

The Trezza claim states that despite “red flags” from teachers, parents and students, the district failed to take action against Whiteaker or thoroughly investigate reports of inappropriate behavior.

The current victim says when she reported her incident to another physical education teacher he refused to report it since he did not see it. The claim describes the teacher saying that men Whiteaker’s age “like to play around like that.” Trezza argues that the teacher violated the law by not reporting the incident.

Other victims have contacted this paper or other noted victims but have yet to provide the details of their stories.

The school district has asked all victims to contact Lora Broad at 530-822-7601 and email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lt Jim Runyen asked victims to contact Yuba City Police at 530-822-4661 or at 1545 Poole Blvd, Yuba City. Michael Trezza is asking victims to reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530-673-5637.

by Lou Binninger

Being raised in a blended family by one republican and one democrat parent, they would have been in shock watching the State of the Union (SOTU) speech. The rudeness, disrespect and arrogance of democrat leaders would have been interpreted not as being anti-republican or anti-Trump, but anti-American.

Blue collar survivors of the Depression and World War II, laboring 6-days-a-week as small business owners, my parents were always current on the bills and avoided welfare and unemployment like a disease. They weren’t churched, but behaved themselves.

Witnessing the democrats’ petulant display of hatred at what Americans once considered common ground was like learning your spouse is an adulterer. Mom would have jack-slapped that democrat SOTU smirk from my face. There were no “time-outs” in our household.

Last week, a Portland, Oregon jury found a 48-year-old Mexican illegal alien guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl in Sanctuary Clackamas County. However, democrats sat irritated as Trump proclaimed improvements in border security and the need for a merit-based immigration system. That means no gang members, terrorists, perverts, criminals or traffickers of narcotics and humans.

Democrats weren’t comfortable with honoring the American flag, the National Anthem or our police and military. Watching so-called leaders despising those charged with our safety is nauseating. Chants of USA chased open borders advocates out of the auditorium like light sending cockroaches back into the darkness.

Though the opioid epidemic is killing thousands of Americans of all flavors democrats weren’t happy to prevent senseless deaths. Leftie politicians like death, dead babies, dead black youth and dead dopers. The most dangerous turf in the black community is a black woman’s womb courtesy of the jack-ass party.

Democrats mocked and despised hundreds of companies giving $1000-$2000 bonuses to millions of employees. Companies returning to manufacture here and bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back home couldn’t crack a democrat smile. Do they pray for a stock market crash? Do they dream of taking over the means of production?

Democrats hated and lied about the tax cut. They keep harping on the poor not getting any cut knowing the poor pay no income taxes. Class warfare-touting democrats love the hate-the-rich rhetoric. They fail to mention the rich pay most of all income taxes in America. The tax cut is huge and will lead to an economic boon.

The Congressional Black Caucus looked like fools when Trump celebrated the lowest black and Hispanic unemployment rate in history. An increase of 2.4 million jobs was a nonstarter for them. Fewer blacks dependent on a Sugar Daddy government means less money for race hustler politicians and a smaller swamp. Their true colors were on display -- hand-out green and socialist red.

Though multiple presidents including democrats supported recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel democrats were cranky about Trump actually taking action to move our embassy there. God even agrees with Trump.

Remember President Obama saying he had no strategy to address the terrorist “JV team” ISIS? The same great American military under different leadership in one year stopped this insane Muslim scourge. Democrats are despondent about that.

Trump wanting to protect the lives of all Americans including the unborn infuriates. Democrats support killing small people before they can have a say, particularly infants of color. The democrats’ latest stand against banning abortions before the 20-week mark sets the US apart in the world.

Out of more than 195 nations US joins North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Canada to permit abortion on-demand past 20-weeks. Other familiar countries take a different approach to killing babies some banning it and others going Abortion-Lite—Greece: up to 12 weeks —Austria: 12 weeks — Germany: 12 weeks — France: 12 weeks — Italy: 12 weeks — Spain: 14 weeks — South Korea: illegal — Ireland: illegal — Poland: illegal — Sweden: 18 weeks —Norway: 12 weeks — Denmark: 12 wks.

At 20 weeks, unborn babies have a beating heart, eyes that can see light, ears that can hear sound and eyebrows. They can sleep and awaken in the womb, make faces, suck their thumb, swallow and feel pain. But the democrats’ and two republicans’ vote to kill was reminiscent of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, “No life (soup) for you!”

The SOTU opened eyes. This isn’t your parents’ Democrat Party.

by Carol Withington

In 2011, a data base of over 520 pages listing the names of California pioneers of African descent was published by Guy Washington, program manager of the National Park Service of the Pacific West Region. In addition, an index of African American pioneer locations in California was also made available. This valuable information was gathered due to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1998, which directed the National Park Service "to facilitate an international effort to commemorate and interpret the Underground Railroad and to locate and preserve sites associated with this theme of American history".

Information was gathered from a multitude of sources such as newspapers, cemeteries, the Federal census and city directories. One of the most comprehensive works utilized was from the book authored by Delilah L. Beasley whose extensive research was compiled in the 1919 publication of the Negro Trail Blazers of California. Another resource was Rudolph Lapp's book Blacks in Gold Rush California as well as the 1995 publication of local historian Lester C. Pogue's The African American Heritage of Yuba County 1849-1870.

Over the following months, a series involving the lives of area African-American pioneers will be presented in order to honor those over 200 residents who chose Marysville and surrounding communities as a place to settle and begin life anew.

WESTWARD MOVEMENT

When gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, among the huge migration of people who headed to California were African-Americans Fritz Vosburg and James Monroe Breeden who appear to be the first to arrive in Marysville followed by over two dozen pioneers who are listed as "49ers", according to Delilah Beasley.

Among those identified are: William Bailey, Texana, Major and Charles Breeden: Samuel Brown, Robert Chandler, James and Mary Churchill, Sandy Clark, John Gains, Joseph Edward Hatton, Abraham Freeman Holland, James Hubbard and William Huff. Also listed are the names of J.B. Johnson, Nimrod Jones, John Loney, James Miller, W.W. Moulton, Nathaniel Nelson, the Rev. Thomas Randolph and Mr. and Mrs. Grant Alonzo Smith.

Rounding out the area African-American 49ers include: George Symes, Sarah Thompson and her husband; Bill Vaughn and Mrs. Carpenter Williams.

According to research, many of these pioneers were primarily from the southern states with the majority from Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee--in that order. Others arrived from the southern states of Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Louisiana, Maryland and Texas.

The remaining states represented include: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Two arrived from Washington D.C. and a few from as far as Denmark, England and Jamaica. Unfortunately, records do not sometimes record the state of origin or the arrival year to California of some of the African-Americans.

Those who arrived in 1849 and the early 1850s found Marysville a bustling distribution center for the northern mines. It was also one of the largest cities in California with a variety of businesses and trades to accommodate its residents as well as the miners during their excursions to replenish supplies. All appeared to be welcome. One saloon even placed a sign in the window encouraging all customers "with no regard to distinction or color".

Some African-Americans were eventually able to purchase freedom for themselves or send money for family members to come to the area. However, there were others that were sent back into Southern slavery by their owners or remained slaves while in California such as Addie Taylor who will be among those highlighted in the next part of this series.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba City High School placed teacher Jim Whiteaker on administrative leave pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate behavior with a female student. Information identifying the teacher was not officially provided by the district to parents.

Concerned parents had to discover the teacher’s identity through other sources. They needed to know what was happening and they have a right to know.

The fact that union employees are granted confidentiality in cases of possible misbehavior is wrong. Whether the accusations have been investigated yet or not, parents have a right to know what is going on with those in authority over their children.

Unions and districts protect teachers to the detriment of students and their parents. Who is responsible for protecting students? What rights do students and parents have? In the current government system students and their families are left in the dark and vulnerable while a covert process creeps along to resolve accusations against trust–breakers in authority.

Parents of teens are told to keep quiet. Bureaucrats panic when parents ask questions or request copies of records or investigation findings.

If a teen became a crime victim off-campus they would be afforded Victim Services assistance while the accused is being investigated and possibly tried for the crime. They would learn the name of the accused. It would be in the media. There are laws protecting victim’s rights--- the right to be properly informed by the system, free filing of restraining orders, how the judicial process works, someone is appointed to assist the victim etc.

Government employees – teachers, school administrators, coaches, counselors, probation officers, social workers and law enforcement have unique access to children and there are too many examples of children being sexually violated by those in a place of trust and authority.

There have been incidents in Sutter County where law enforcement has had sex with a victim, a probation officer had sex with the child of his client, a teacher groomed a student to eventually move in with her, and other faculty had inappropriate sexual contact with students.

When the school district has the authority to discipline and detain students, cite parents and tell parents what they can and cannot do, there is a sense of intimidation and fear when coming against this lawyered-up bureaucracy. Parents as taxpayers pay twice for legal counsel, both for the system and for their child to get due process.

Any laws that may protect students are only as good as those charged with enforcing them. Are accusations against teachers properly investigated, officially noted and archived for further examination? If not, why not.

Last year, more than 100 students and parents filled the Piedmont School District board chambers to demand the firing of a social studies teacher. The district had him on administrative leave, found the accusations true and then planned to reinstate the instructor in spite of his violating sexual harassment policies.

The complaints involved inappropriate behavior toward students, including four recent female graduates on a school trip with the accused to Europe. The incidents included asking girls about their sexual activity, inviting them alone to his room at night and making comments about students’ physical attractiveness, officials said.

The teacher eventually resigned. Lisa Sherman, mother of one of the victims argued that if nothing is done girls will stop speaking out against abusers and boys will consider it acceptable behavior toward females.

Rachael Denhollander, now an attorney, was the first female to file a complaint in 2016 against Larry Nassar, the doctor for gymnasts who molested her when she was a 15-year-old athlete. In coming forward Denhollander said she “lost her closest friends, every shred of privacy, and her church.” She was accused of “looking for a payday” and “being an ambulance chaser.”

She wrote in a January 26, 2018 New York Times Op-Ed .... “Predators rely on community protection to silence victims and keep them in power. Far too often, our commitment to our political party, our religious group, our sport, our college, or a prominent member of our community causes us to choose to disbelieve or to turn away from the victim.”

Denhollander’s legal skills and bravery together with her willingness to pay the cost of bearing her soul and the shame of it opened the door to hundreds of fellow female victim-athletes to join her in the case against Nassar.

Denhollander writes, “Ask yourself: How much is a child worth? Every decent person knows the answer to that question. Now it is time to act like it.”

Government schools need to consider students more than a meal ticket for teachers and administrators. They need to be put first where they belong.

by Lou Binninger

Political prisoners are normally thought to be in Cuba, Vietnam or China. Allen Yuan was arrested and sentenced to life in a Northern China hard labor camp and then released after 22 years. A pastor, he was accused of “counter revolutionary” crimes. After his release he was on house arrest until his death in 2005. His wife raised all 6 of their children without him.

However, the US government has political prisoners of its own. They are ranchers and farmers that resist the tyrannical policies of the federal government. Clark County, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons and others were arrested and held for nearly 700 days without bail.

They hurt no person or animal and stole no property. They were first tried in Portland, Oregon for a large protest that occurred at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They were arguing that federal agencies were illegally controlling state lands and they needed to surrender those lands to the states.

Portland juries found them innocent. However, Bundy and associates were returned to jail and sent to Clark County, Nevada to face charges for the 2014 armed stand-off over the Bundy cattle operation there. Bundy’s property was damaged and many cows killed before the government retreated.

Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the Nevada case against Bundy and stated that the government lied, was prejudiced, biased, and withheld more than 3,000 documents from the defense. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) police-state actions at the ranch were exposed due to former BLM Special Agent and whistleblower Larry Wooten, whose report describes the agency undermining the rights of the Bundys.

Wooten wrote that “... the investigation revealed a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical, and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff at the BLM’s office of Law Enforcement and Security.”

Wooten said that the BLM had photos of Cliven Bundy and Eric Parker on its “arrest tracking wall,” but with an “X” marked through their faces and bodies, as if they were to be eliminated. Wooten also reported that the Special Agent in Charge, Dan Love, boasted that his actions in a previous BLM controversy led to three ranchers committing suicide.

Wooten’s report reveals telling statements by officials such as, “Go out there and kick Cliven Bundy in the mouth (or teeth) and take his cattle.” The report also says the agents commonly referred to the Bundys and their supporters as “rednecks,” “retards,” and “douche bags.” One agent even boasted about “grinding” a Bundy family member’s face into the gravel.

There were also descriptive titles given to body cam videos taken of the Bundy ranch, such as “Are you f–king people stupid or what,” “Pretty much a shoot first, ask question later,” and “Shoot his f–king dog first.”

The Wooten report exposed agency personnel as arrogant government hacks who think they are better than the rural folks they detest. This is reminiscent of the attitudes of ATF and FBI agents at Waco and Ruby Ridge according to former California Assemblyman Steve Baldwin. Wooten wrote that he thought the Bundy ranch confrontation could have turned deadly due to the attitude of the BLM agents.

While the Obama Presidency coddled criminals and fostered urban rioting, its rogue agencies destroyed the lives of thousands of farmers and ranchers forcing them off properties they have worked and managed in some cases for more than 150 years. The feds and politicians (Harry Reid, the Clintons, Obama) had other agendas for the land and good citizens were in the way.

“The federal government is controlling 640 million acres— nearly a third of the nation’s land. The majority of land in Nevada, Alaska, Utah, Oregon and Idaho is controlled by the feds. In Arizona, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Colorado, federal ownership exceeds a third. If all 11 Western states were combined into one territory, the feds would own nearly 50% of it. This land is primarily administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS), the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The Department of Defense also owns 20 million acres,” according to an article by Baldwin.

Sovereign states did not join the union to surrender their acreage to federal agencies. It’s time for states to take back their lands to manage for their people’s benefit.

by Lou Binninger

The only reason that Democrats want to give amnesty to millions of low-skilled poorly educated foreigners is to insure future control of the voting booth. Democrat leadership does not care how these people will fare, if they’ll learn English or whether they’ll be good neighbors.

Liberals are fine with immigrants freeloading on taxpayers. In fact, that is preferable so politicians can take credit for what freebies (Pelosi Crackers) the newcomers receive.

The big losers with open borders are low-skilled and poorly educated black Americans. In fact, blacks are already losers on another liberal ploy, minimum wage laws that shrink opportunities for beginning workers.

Those who flunked math and critical thinking believe politicians that tout minimum wage as a right and beneficial. This is nonsense. Politicians take money from unions to increase minimum wages to eliminate nonunion competition. Wage minimums make the poor poorer.

The rush of 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants annually has oppressed blacks economically according to two 2008 studies.

Cornell University’s Vernon Briggs Jr. described in his 2004 testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights how mass immigration to the U.S. led to black Americans being replaced as the largest minority group in the country, being overtaken by Hispanic-Americans.

“Although black Americans were 13.5 percent of the nation’s native-born population, they were only 7.8 percent of the foreign-born population in 2000,” Briggs noted. “Hispanics, on the other hand, were only 8.5 percent of the native-born population while being 45.2 percent of the foreign-born population.”

Briggs again stated in 2008 that there was “little doubt that there is significant” impact on African-American workers who generally compete for the same U.S. jobs that illegal aliens and legal immigrants seek after.

Studies show that if employers have an opportunity to hire illegal immigrant workers, they will always give them preference over legal citizens of any ethnicity. This is because illegal immigrant workers view low skilled jobs in the American economy as being highly preferable to the job opportunities in their homelands.

It is interesting that Democrat California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has threatened to prosecute any business found cooperating with law enforcement regarding the apprehension of employees here illegally. There is no love for black workers here.

Compared to white men, a much larger share of native-born black men have relatively little education. About six out of 10 adult black men have only a high school degree or failed to graduate high school, compared to about four out of 10 white men.

Schools in black communities typically are horrible. Though students can now opt-out, families often lack the resources to move or transport children to better schools. Liberal legislators consistently block voucher systems for poor black families, trapping them where they are.

Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP and other black liberal politicians are strangely silent regarding the lack of education opportunities for “their people.” Of course, “their people” does not mean Americans in general but black skinned humans. And, that perspective makes other people racist? The liberal response to uneducated blacks is to give more money to unions of deplorable schools.

If these “leaders” loved “their people” they would quit using them as a meal ticket and enable them to go free. However, politicians and charlatans lose power when people leave the ideological plantation. Black Race Hustlers have all been quiet as President Trump’s cut in regulations and taxes have reduced black unemployment to a record low in just one year in office. If they had access to quality schools blacks could fully access existing opportunities.

In 1993, Civil Rights icon and Democrat Congresswoman Barbara Jordan was appointed President Bill Clinton to chair the Commission on Immigration Reform. The Commission’s conclusion sounded profoundly Trump-like.

The Commission found that mass immigration to the U.S. hurt poor, working-class and lower-tier middle-class Americans the most, as it unfairly put them in competition with a never-ending flow of cheaper and often illegal foreign workers.

The Commission recommended cutting immigration numbers in half and enforcing E-Verify laws, preventing the hiring of illegals. It admonished Congress to prioritize skilled, English-proficient immigrants over low-skilled, non-English speaking immigrants, in order to give relief to America’s working and middle class. In other words, implement and enforce a legal merit-based system.

In 1995, Jordan wrote an article for the New York Times, titled “The Americanization Ideal.” Her comments are heresy to democrats today.

“Those who choose to come here must embrace the common core of American civic culture. We must assist them in learning our common language: American English. We must renew civic education in the teaching of American history for all Americans. We must vigorously enforce the laws against hate crimes and discrimination. We must remind ourselves, as we illustrate for newcomers, what makes us America.”

The Commission’s recommendations have been ignored. Today, the late Barbara Jordan’s comments would be called racist, though she was black and brilliant.

by Lou Binninger

This is the 50th anniversary since Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, Paul Ehrlich and wife Anne wrote “The Population Bomb.” The book sold millions making Ehrlich an environmentalist god. He collected prizes and awards and achieved a life of academic luxury, now 85 years of age and still on the taxpayer’s dime. Ehrlich’s gibberish deceived millions.

Serving global warming nonsense, carbon dioxide lies and population panic as science have made students less intelligent. They ace the test but acquire the brain flu. Remember, for liberals it doesn’t need to make sense, just sound amazing.

Ehrlich boldly lost his mind. He predicted imminent mass starvation, in the 1970s and 1980s. Hundreds of millions would die from lack of food in spite of any immediate rescue efforts. It was too late to prevent catastrophic losses.

Ehrlich also said life expectancy in the U.S. by 1980 would fall to 42 years. People on average made it to 73.61 that year.

Ocean levels were to rise by 250 feet. Ehrlich went all in warning about a “high water event” if the polar icecaps started to melt. Philanthropist businessman billionaire Dan Pena asks why the brightest tight-fisted bankers would loan on coastal properties if they really believed Ehrlich, Al Gore, and Obama’s apocalyptic predictions. Pena says he’s just sorry he didn’t think of the Inconvenient Truth scam before Gore did. Gore and Ehrlich made millions.

As Nicholas Vardy notes in his essay for the Oxford Club, Ehrlich’s predictions ignored the fact that human ingenuity has always overcome crises that once seemed inescapable. Obama and his ‘brilliant’ Secretary of Energy Steven Chu got an ‘F’ here as well.

Ehrlich’s promised mass-starvation in “overpopulated” countries like India was undermined by American agronomist Norman Borlaug. Borlaug’s experiments with crop mutations dramatically increased productivity, enabling India and its neighbors to feed their people and export food.

Vardy reports that Charles Maurice and Charles W. Smithson at Texas A&M University studied the history of natural resources over 10,000 years and discovered that temporary shortages in resources are the norm. However, these scarcities led not to catastrophe but to an improved substitute.

The Greeks’ transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age 3,000 years ago was caused by a shortage of tin. The rise of coal-use followed a lack of timber in 16th-century Britain. A scarcity of whale oil in 1850 led directly to the first oil well in 1859.

Obama, either the idiot or the liar, boringly lectured about running out of fossil fuel resources. His solution was to force people to use energy from expensive and unpredictable solar and ‘bird-blenders.’ Like the guy that misplaces his keys, massive reserves of oil and natural gas were there all the time. New techniques and permission were needed to find and extract it.

However, the sadistic wing of the environmental movement sees mankind as an unfortunate arrival at earth’s party, and notes a bright side to famine, fewer of us. This genocidal bent is the result of a dark influence, leaving God and the divine spark of creativity out of the equation.

Ehrlich’s peer, Sir David Attenborough of Population Matters thought humans to be “a plague on the Earth” and saw it as “barmy” (crazy) to send food aid to Ethiopia, since the famines there resulted from “too many people for too little piece of land.” This thinning out the population is connected to thinning out the minorities via abortion and forced sterilization as well. Ehrlich taught that Blacks were an inferior “race” of humans, slow to evolve, nearer the primates.

These two intellectuals are stupid. James Delingpole explains that “the Ethiopian famines of the late 20th century were the direct consequence of civil war and, in the 1983-5 disaster, of the ‘social transformation’ policies imposed by Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Marxist junta. Overpopulation was no more the reason for that mass starvation than it was for the Ukraine famine of the 1930s or the Chinese famine of 1959-61.”

There can be unsavory consequences to misunderstanding the truth. Dominic Lawson explains that in India it led to Mrs. Gandhi’s mass sterilization program; in 1840s Ireland, it led to the British official attitude that there was no point sending food relief to the starving Irish during the potato famine because Ireland had an overpopulation problem.

Politically correct thinking is ideological coercion, the opposite free speech. It leads to people needlessly suffering and others dying. Locally, whether it’s stopping timber harvests for the spotted owl or no water for farms to save Delta smelt or no oil drilling due to junk science worship, Californians are suffering. Meanwhile weirdos like Ehrlich are honored by liberals.

by Lou Binninger

When it comes to education Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was a blessing according to New Orleans school officials and students. The storm wiped out one of the worst school systems in the nation.

As the community evacuated and stayed away teachers received pinks slips. As people eventually trickled back to rebuild, the majority of the schooling was rebooted using charter schools. Those schools were given much independence on hiring, curriculum and school management but held strictly accountable for outcomes. Children are thriving today as never before.

Many students are sad for the losses of property and people but they consider the natural disaster a key to their educational accomplishments. It sounds like a Twilight Zone episode until you try to get government to change its stuck-in-the-mud wasteful habits.

A local CalTrans employee recently explained how the state routinely overspends on items it needs. The system is not geared to get the best product for the best price. There is absolutely no incentive to do so.

The state auditor found there were 3,500 excess CalTrans engineers and planners, very well-paid occupations. Rather than laying them off, hundreds more are to be hired with the new Prop 54 fuel taxes. As these state employees saunter around Marysville during their breaks making more than $100,000 annually it can weigh on your nerves and bank account.

The inertia of waste and inefficiency is nearly impossible to interrupt without a serious intervention like a natural or financial disaster.

The recent plotting to launch another 1% increase to the sales tax in Yuba County should get people pondering what we really need government for. What do we want it to do? Or, what and who can we get along without?

During the hot weather the health department reminds us to wear sunscreen, a hat and to drink water. Or, they provide free condoms and installation tips. Can you remember when we made these tough decisions on our own? Maybe each morning the county can also remind us to “Be Careful,” or “Wear a coat today,” kind of like mom used to do.

The county tells you smoking will make you sick and sometimes offers a cessation class. How many times from how many sources do we need to hear that something will kill us? How about the car seats and helmets for children? For all this extra help and all these folks watching out for us we spend millions of dollars a year. Does government need to do it?

Would water, hats, sunscreen and condoms be forgotten without government? Could the medical community provide reminders? Could the local hospital provide these classes and service clubs offer kids services? The hospital already hosts many classes about healthy living and coping with various ailments. Maybe retailers of protective items for youth could add training.

Radio stations sometimes remind us to drive carefully, don’t drink and drive, but drink water. Radio stations do this all for free, a public service.

Government says what it does is public service but wants a lot of your money for it. How about all those county Health and Human Service workers earning $150,000, $175,000, $200,000 to oversee giving away our tax dollars to people that aren’t working. How complicated is this work to earn the equivalent of a doctor’s salary? Plus the taxpayer still must pay the county pensions.

With all the various contractors here, why couldn’t we have them on contract for road and culvert repairs, sign replacements and so on? They are more efficient, own equipment, and handle their retirement saving taxpayers buying all kinds of assets that just sit around.

Is it cheaper to have a massive fleet of county vehicles or better to negotiate a deal with Uber drivers to chauffeur county workers around? Before you laugh, someone should add up the vehicle price, insurance, fuel and maintenance. A costly consultant could surely do an analysis.

Finally, there sure seems to be a lot of administrators, directors, chiefs and sheriffs for a poor rural community all getting rich compared to the lowly taxpayer. It’s something to think about but probably won’t change short of a disaster.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba and Sutter Counties are blessed with scenic rivers, lakes, and nature areas. Many sites are the way God created them and others have been developed or improved upon by humans. However, some activity left an ugly footprint.

God created the world. It was then presented to mankind to be good stewards to maintain and care for it.

The Gold Rush beginning in 1848 enriched Yuba County but hydraulic mining filled the waterways with debris and polluted the Yuba River. Lawsuits led to a stoppage of this approach. Dredgers then removed millions more dollars in gold leaving cobblestone piles and ponds. The filled-in Yuba and Feather Rivers led to routine flooding of valley residents.

Today, thousands of lowland dwellers are vexed with absurd environmental rules that prefer destroying homes, farms and businesses rather than mindfully dredging our waterways, managing the water and using dams to conserve our most precious resource.

Layer after layer of government endangers communities and limits the maintenance of our waterways. Dead trees, masses of concrete and wire from past development, shopping carts, tires and more mar our rivers.

It took years to get the motivation and the permits to muck out the boat ramp area in Riverfront Park. In fact, this park was once an embarrassment resulting from no management, trash dumpers, and perverts looking for hook-ups. The acres of waste were an eyesore.

It took the ingenuity and vision of pediatrician / soccer icon Len Marks to plan and develop the current soccer complex enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors annually. This venue complemented a once happening amphitheater, baseball fields, BMX bicycle course and motocross tracks. Some of these assets have now been abandoned or have that look.

Concert uses of the park have been prohibited or discouraged with a myriad of government obstacles. Everything rises and falls depending on leadership. Thus, behold the park in its present condition.

Marysville’s Ellis Lake was once the city swamp. In 1924, the Women's Improvement Club commissioned John McClaren, designer of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, to turn the swamp into a lake, something people could enjoy. The project was completed in 1939.

Unfortunately, nearly 80 years later few improvements have been made. Good leadership and public works monies transformed the swamp, but for decades it has become a neglected stagnant pond.

Yuba County is home to many beautiful lakes used for water management, flood control, power production and recreation. They attract thousands of visitors each year. Some campgrounds along the Yuba River have been developed as well.

Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez, Marysville Councilman Dale Whitmore and Yuba City Councilman Stan Cleveland have advocated responsibly dredging the river, improving access to waterways and making them more hospitable to residents and visitors.

These water resources are gifts to the community. However, government has often lacked the vision and will to develop and maintain them. Yuba City has taken the lead by transforming the riverfront north of the 10th Street Bridge. Now, it is a destination for families to enjoy at no cost.

These river bottoms near Yuba City had for decades been a neglected mess and often were set ablaze by the homeless costing thousands of dollars to extinguish and polluting the air.

Councilman Whitmore has been talking and talking about not just removing tons of garbage and squatters from illegal riverside camps but instead mimic what Yuba City has modeled to encourage the use and exploration of the river. People will venture where there is access, maintenance and safety.

Some politicians are actually afraid to venture into the river bottom areas alone. That is a bad sign when you are elected and then afraid of the turf you rule over.

It’s time for politicians and bureaucrats to look again at the resources entrusted to us to open them up to this community and attract visitors. Can youngsters and ladies feel safe to jog, hike and explore near our water ways? If not, then why not?

by Lou Binninger

The New Year is already provocative and entertaining. Al Gore proclaimed the record pet-freezing east coast temperatures to be a confirmation of Global Warming. He puts his mouth where his money is.

Frigid equals Global Warming. Sweltering equals Global Warming. La Nina, yep Global Warming. Drought, Global Warming. Making millions off it all is ‘inconvenient’ Al Gore.

Meanwhile the energy alternatives to fossil fuels are tanking. Environmentalists once in love with ethanol now want a divorce. It has been a scam on the taxpayers from the beginning with every gallon subsidized with tax dollars to make it ‘affordable.’ Ethanol is more harmful to the environment and our pocketbook than gas and diesel. And the diversion of corn and land for ethanol production raises the price of food to the consumer. However, bad government policies rarely end.

Remember Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu predicted the end of fossil fuel supplies. Yes, the media proclaimed them a couple of the brightest guys in the country and now Trump is stupid.

How about Obama saying America’s manufacturing sector was shrinking and would never rebound. Then he mocked candidate Trump as a liar for suggesting it could thrive again. Obama’s 2016 saw a loss of 16,000 manufacturing jobs while Trump’s 2017 saw a 196,000 gain.

Construction industry leaders are actually fretting over a shortage of competent workers. Black Americans have the lowest unemployment rate since labor records revealed ethnic differences beginning 45 years ago in 1972. The December Black jobless rate was 6.8%. Amazing.

No one has mentioned Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or NAACP leaders making any celebratory comments since ‘their people’ are benefitting from ‘racist’ Donald Trump’s job enriching policies. With their profitable racial pandering curbed maybe they can be barkers for Viagra.

The Hispanic unemployment rate remains at a near record low of just 4.9 percent, up just a bit from the record low of 4.7 percent in November of last year. White unemployment is at 3.7 percent, while only 2.5 percent of Asians are unemployed.

If Blacks were allowed school choice they could compete with whites and Hispanic workers. Many liberal professors are still convinced Blacks are intellectually inferior due to being less evolved. However, that lie has its roots with Charles Darwin and then the eugenics movement that seeks to exterminate so-called ‘feeble-minded’ minorities.

The Asians are the most employed with the highest academic scores. It isn’t their DNA. They just work harder. Third World Communist Vietnam, though extremely poor, is even outperforming US students. Asians are in school longer and study harder. Here teachers unions want more money not more work. The results show.

Anyone care about the stock market? Every baby boomer with retirement investments should be thrilled as the market breaks one record after another. Last week, a talk show financial analyst predicted the market would surpass 28,500 in 2018. Who would have imagined as media pundits predicted a market crash should Trump win.

It seems that liberals would even be furious if the Trump administration eradicates spiking gonorrhea and cancer. Tax reform was greeted with left thinking disdain. Giving millions of workers $1,000 – 2,000 bonuses was mocked as if they received coupons for Happy Meals.

As America punished corporations for decades with nearly the highest corporate tax rate in the world major businesses have been moving off shore along with their cash. With the recent tax reform reducing the corporate rate from 35% to 21% corporations distributed bonuses, raised starting pay scales and brought money back to America by the trillions.

Obama and Hillary-loving Apple alone may repatriate $200 billion to the US. Apple will pay a tax on the transfer and the funds will be held by US financial institutions. Instead of leaving the US due to Trump’s election they are sticking around and bringing their cash with them.

Government-loving liberals will cringe at federal employment numbers dropping by 16,000 and food stamps recipients shrinking by 2 million in 2017. Another fascinating fact is that law enforcement deaths were at a 50-year low last year. Did a cop and military-loving Trump make that difference? Obama’s mockery of both institutions undermined their authority and made them vulnerable to anarchists and terrorists.

The one disappointment is that the estimated 25% of federal employees and many celebrities threatening to flee a Trump Presidency have not left. However, there is still time left.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba-Sutter Trump-lovers want a local version of ‘draining the swamp.’ They see a bloated government bureaucracy devouring tax dollars, reducing services and increasing pay, pension and health benefits. Poor Yuba County has one employee for every 74 residents.

Numerous agencies are troubled by controversy, expensive litigation and fantastic legal settlements. People wonder why employees can’t just do their jobs, work hard and behave themselves.

Meanwhile, customary services are reduced and some departments lock their doors during business hours to “benefit the public!” People pay enough taxes for perfect roads but instead Third World cracks and pot holes must be dodged with the skill of a Formula One driver.

The cost of city, county, state and federal workers and regulations is crushing the Golden Goose of business that pays the bills. Yet, rather than shrinking government, politicians and bureaucrats want to take more revenue from the citizens and make more rules to maintain the bureaucracy. Hillary Clinton calls them “Deplorables” and to Governor Jerry Brown they’re “Free-Loaders.”

In Yuba County, the “Deplorables’” Median Household Income is $48,739 (This includes the income of the householder and all other individuals 15 years old and over living there) and 16.6% of them live in poverty. Median pay and benefits for year around fulltime employees of Yuba County government in 2016 was $83,108.

“Deplorables” and “Free-Loaders” are tired of the government hustle. Year after year they pay more for less. It is absurd. An occasional quip from government workers is that they could earn much more in the private sector. It’s time to take advantage of those wonderful opportunities.

Rather than cut costs Yuba County now wants to add another 1% to the sale tax, copying Marysville. Marysville’s bait and switch rhetoric scamming voters is already being adopted by Yuba County leaders. Government monies are fungible in that money raised for one purpose can easily be used for another objective and disguised.

Marysville councilmembers promised that they could be trusted to use the extra tax revenue for police and fire. Don’t laugh.

Sales tax increases have little negative impact on the county’s top income earners. The poor are the ones punished by sales taxes since transportation costs represent a much larger percentage of their household budgets. Many county employees don’t even pay their own auto expenses. Supervisors even get a per diem allotment covering auto costs.

Yuba County government has been expanding, adding code enforcement people, workers assigned to the homeless and medical staff. When Doctor Joe Cassady was hired in 1992 he served as County Health Officer, oversaw medical care in the jail for 400 inmates and for 45-55 youth at juvenile hall.

Since Cassady retired, there is a new Health Officer, a different doctor for the jail and Cassady has been rehired to serve at juvenile hall. Cassady did what now are three jobs for one salary, received a state commendation for his work and the supervisors spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to fire him. Hold that thought.

Just as Marysville Councilmembers made decision after decision that buried the city in millions of dollars of debt so has the county. Supervisors committed county funds elsewhere that should have gone to the law enforcement budget. In turn, millions of federal immigration detainee dollars were used to finance the sheriff’s department..

Now, the general fund is overcommitted, can’t fulfill its mandate to protect and somehow it is the public’s fault. The county says the “Deplorables” need to pay more taxes. It’s no different than a household budget. Overspending and borrowing spell disaster.

County officials have squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs bungling marijuana ordinances and suing property owners. They also wasted money contesting the opposition to the Magnolia Ranch development in court. Poor decision-making comes easy around here.

Supervisors earning $80,000 and department heads making $200,000 and more want to convince poor people to pay more taxes to support those earning 2 and 3 times as much.

Candidate Trump’s promise to shrink government and regulations was declared nonsense by politicians and bureaucrats of all parties. What a difference a year makes. However, California politicians prefer the fragrance of the socialist swamp they’ve created.

by Lou Binninger

The Obama Administration and the media were experts at shoveling from the barnyard. Liberals believed whatever they were told and conservatives were duped with misinformation. The immigration and ‘Dreamer’ fraud are perfect examples of Obama scams.

‘Dreamers,’ a euphemism for illegal aliens offered special benefits under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), have been wrongly glamorized and the program lied about by Obamaites and the media. ‘Dreamers’ are offspring brought here by their lawbreaking parents.

Obama devised the DACA hustle but Congress is responsible to determine the fate of this group of aliens. Hopefully, whatever legislators do, it will be based on fact and not myth.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan agreed with Congress to pass the Immigration Reform and Control Act granting citizenship to 2.7 million illegals. The idea was that government would then shore-up a porous border. It never happened.

By 1995, 5.7 million more illegals were residing in the U.S. Many of them crossed the border to join their newly legal friends and family. Others believed that since the U.S. provided amnesty once, it would do so again. What is to prevent this scenario from reoccurring today?

Americans now think DACA applies primarily to college-educated immigrants who were toddlers when smuggled illegally into the US. The tale continues that these ‘young adults’ are so Americanized that they don’t even speak their country of origin’s language or understand its culture.

However, the truth is that many DACA beneficiaries came here as teenagers. They were eligible for the program as long as they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday. By that time, they certainly spoke the language of their country and were saturated in that culture. Remember the administration said returning these adults to their homeland would be cultural torment. And, why should Dreamers suffer for their parents’ misdeeds?

However, no American child birthed by a flaky mom, crack addict, hooker, trailer-park babe or had a sperm donor in prison gets a free pass to the good life. But, somehow the ‘Dreamers’ win the immigration lottery because their parents were criminals?

The public was misinformed that the Dreamers spoke English. DACA had no requirement of English fluency. In fact, the application has a space to list the translator used to complete the form.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”

‘Dreamers’ are poorly educated. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education (a qualifying factor for DACA), even though a majority of them are now adults. And while military service could also qualify an illegal alien for DACA, out of the current 690,000 DACA beneficiaries, only 900 are serving.

DACA people were to have no felony convictions nor pose a threat to national security. How would that be known unless they were vetted? The Obama administration only randomly checked applicants’ backgrounds.

That may explain why by August of this year more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries lost their eligibility because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation. Under the Obama random vetting even if they believed the ‘Dreamers’ had committed numerous crimes disqualification only occurred if there was a conviction. Foreigners essentially had the rights of citizens.

A significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries have serious limitations in their education, work experience, and English fluency. Since applicants were eligible to apply up until their 31st birthday what are the chances of them not being a burden to the American taxpayers? What does make them better off here is an extensive entitlement system of free stuff.

Yuba College is paying the renewal fees of up to $495 and offering financial aid to DACA students. Employees have been informed that they are not responsible to cooperate with authorities regarding the immigration status of students.

Citizens support DACA beneficiaries with their income taxes. In addition, local people paying their property taxes may notice several school bond assessments for Yuba College each year. While local students of taxpaying parents still pay fees to attend school DACA students get a free ride.

Citizens have been schmoozed by Obama and liberal politicians about DACA to recruit more liberal voters and the taxpayers are picking-up the tab.

by Lou Binninger

In 2009, as Hollywood was to release the film ‘Milk’ glorifying the life of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the California legislature voted to designate May 22 in memory of him. It was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Government schools were instructed to remember Milk in the curriculum that day each year.

The problem for students and their parents is that Milk was a homosexual activist, a liar and more troubling, a pederast (a man who has sex with boys). Milk was open about his sexual attraction to teen boys.

Hollywood, known for make believe, left out Milk’s sex with boys then lied by portraying that Milk was murdered by former Supervisor Dan White because he was a homosexual. No evidence supports that motive. It’s pure fiction.

Of course, homosexual politicians were major advocates for honoring Milk and present an annual barrage of sexual legislation. Further, their new laws include molding the minds of children via government school curriculum. The objective has been to ultimately upset the traditional worldview of gender and sexuality to where ‘normal’ becomes whatever the person feels it is.

Now, California is the first state to mandate the use of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) – inclusive textbooks in government elementary schools. Parents will not be offered an opt-out since it’s the law.

The new curriculum requires a “fair, accurate, inclusive, and respectful” treatment of homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and lesbian Americans despite the historical insignificance. State textbook publisher Mark Jarrett says, “We’re not trying to make anybody gay; we’re not saying there’s an agenda; we’re not saying that these people are better than other people; what we’re saying is this is another group of Americans and they face certain prejudices.”

Jarrett’s history textbooks speculate on the sexual preferences of well-known Americans like Jane Adams, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and President James Buchanan. Jarrett contends, “I think we should say Buchannan never married. He had a very good friend who was living with him. He may have been gay,” Jarrett added. “On the other hand, at that time, being gay was seen as something evil and wrong.”

The textbook written by Jarrett, a Ph.D, was approved by California to be used in the 8th grade. Students will read that legendary stagecoach driver Charlie Parkhurst “was a woman who identified as a man.” They will be informed that George Washington’s chief of staff Baron Von Steuben “may have been gay” and that poet Walt Whitman “was drawn to young men... but denied his same sex preferences in public.”

Critics argue that many of these accounts are speculation, but the State rejected any publisher that didn’t mention the homosexual references. The state also rejected rebuttals against the author’s claims. In one textbook, the state forced the publisher to add ‘lesbian’ to describe NASA astronaut Sally Ride.

The state education commission has been editing and also outright rejecting some of the publishers’ offerings that do not include new sexual orientation language. For example, in first grade materials, instead of referring to Ellen DeGeneres as ‘a lesbian and humanitarian’ as requested by the commission, the publisher suggested this revision: “Ellen DeGeneres...works hard to help people. She and her wife want all citizens to be treated fairly and equally...”

In the original education framework based on the 2011 FAIR Education Act, second graders were to learn that some families have two moms or two dads, a concept that is presented as part of normal diversity among people. In grade four, students will learn about Harvey Milk.

Advocates say that the new content treats the LGBT community more fairly compared to other groups that students in California already learn about, the history of black Americans and farm laborers, women right-to-vote activists and Holocaust survivors.

Critics of the LGBT references include Greg Burt, of the California Family Council, who wrote, “We do not support the inclusion of language in textbooks to promote a version of sexual orientation and gender identity that doesn’t take into account the sincerely held moral and religious beliefs of millions of California parents.”

“Many parents within the state are teaching their children that gender is based on biology, not feelings, and that sexual behavior should not be guided by natural inclinations, but by the moral precepts found in the sacred writings of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths.”

However, legislators do not trust parents with their children’s moral worldview. Children are like businesses in that parents can name them but the state will regulate them.

California will have 6.5 million K-12 students in 2020. For those families not wanting to participate in this change more information is available at RescueYourChild.com. It may be illegal to opt out, but it’s still legal to leave altogether.

by Lou Binninger

It is not unusual for new government officials or those campaigning for office to tout their aim to have a transparent administration. However, it usually stops at the rhetoric. Much of what government does is hidden from the public or is presented deceptively to citizens.

News stories today tell of sexual mischief and assault claims along with pay-offs using tax dollars, all without public disclosure. Millions of dollars are distributed to victims while hiding the identity of legislator and bureaucrat perpetrators. Many wonder why these criminals wouldn’t be personally liable for damages.

During 8 years of the Obama Administration spokes people and the Obama media were forbidden to utter the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism.’ Thousands of terrorists acts committed by Muslims were described as workplace violence or some other innocuous term. The compliant media concurred with the deception while people concluded both institutions were liars and impotent.

How about the euphemisms describing foreigners violating United States immigration laws to enter and stay in this country? Illegal aliens became ‘undocumented workers’ and then ‘Mexican (or other country) nationals.’

The Obama Administration then told authorities not to quibble about the ages of young illegals caught in this country. Since unaccompanied ‘children’ were treated more leniently than adults, young offenders lied about their ages. The Obama cult let them get away with it.

Two pregnant teens currently here illegally and in custody are fighting to force American taxpayers to pay for their abortions. However, one now turns out to be 19, not 17 as she professed. Apparently America has become the world’s Sanctuary Country for free abortions. An Obama-appointed judge is siding with the teens.

Another area of government and media deception concerns a population described as ‘homeless.’ Like ‘workplace violence’ or a ‘Mexican National’ here illegally, or children that aren’t really children, the homeless term betrays the real reasons that need addressed. They aren’t just homeless. Some even prefer the ‘home’ that is not a traditional dwelling.

The latest challenge for the government and its sycophant media is to hide the criminal and aberrant behavior of many in the ‘homeless’ population. The desired persona is that people find themselves ‘homeless’ due to a bad break. However, many of this population keep exposing the government’s faulty story line by getting arrested for murder, assault, rape, indecent exposure, theft, carjacking, parole violations, etc.

Newspapers once described in crime briefs the general address and city of those arrested or simply indicated ‘homeless.’ That is now changing to maintain the sham. Now many papers indicate just the city of the person thus misinforming local residents and hiding the potential danger of who is involved and their origin.

Why not eliminate all crime briefs or all names or all addresses? Incorrectly telling stories to support a nonsensical agenda eventually becomes absurd. News has turned into political theater.

A New Yorker on an Internet rant regarding the latest terror act in his city asked why the terrorist watch list isn’t published everywhere. He has a point. Are we protecting Islam or fighting terrorism? You don’t deserve to know who will kill you.

For years, Marysville has ignored the crime wave in the city. Residents and businesses have been on their own. There are no crimes if you redefine the offense or ignore it altogether. Businesses have been employing private security services to do what used to be normal policing tasks.

Interim Marysville Police Chief Chris Sachs announced last week there would be more patrols during the holiday season. Why? He says there are increased reports of thefts, panhandling, bicycles operated recklessly on sidewalks, packages stolen from doorways and on and on. Other issues not mentioned include transients sauntering and riding bicycles into traffic, trespassing and generally ignoring city ordinances.

California insanity is to make it unlawful to offer free bags to haul groceries but then allow ‘shoppers’ to take a free $150 shopping cart. This makes complete sense to liberals.

This spike in criminal behavior is not a holiday problem but the new normal in Marysville. Sachs launched a ‘Walking the Beat’ program to address concerns. Since November 25, during 6 deployments, 11 arrests were made and 12 citations issued.

In the 1990s former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his Police Chief William Bratton stopped a major crime wave by arresting petty offenders. Somehow city officials here with far fewer credentials have a better idea, ignoring those same lawbreakers.

Until bureaucrats describe the problem truthfully they are swinging at the wind and are complicit in the deeds of the miscreants they ignore.

by Lou Binninger

Whenever faced with a community-wide flood or fire loss affecting businesses and homes it’s not unusual to see government waive much of the paperwork and fees to rebuild. Government gets out of the way.

Why do they do this? The ‘red tape’ wastes massive amounts of time and money. However, when the crisis has passed the system returns. If making it easier for citizens to be productive was good in a crisis then why not all the time.

Some in government understand the damage done by the laborious process to ask permission of bureaucrats to do most anything. Contractors say that the main reason more new homes aren’t going up is egregious fees and regulations. If the government disappeared tomorrow there would be a building and business boom.

There is little government innovation because most in government are not innovative and there is no incentive to be so. That may be why they chose their path. Most may not have what it takes to make it in the private sector. Most are managers and not innovators, not entrepreneurs.

The words expressed by the new Marysville City Manager about stimulating economic activity have been heard before. The question is whether she is any different. The only jobs government creates are government jobs. And those jobs do not render a product that people want to buy. Rather the bureaucracy takes productive dollars out of the market place. An expanding government has a negative effect on the economy.

Unfortunately, most of the Marysville City Council are or have been government employees. None have owned and operated their own business.

The government that enables the economy to grow is one that becomes smaller, that gets out of the way. That’s why the Trump Administration killing thousands of regulations has saved taxpayers an estimated $8 billion in 12 months. When talking with Carrier Air Conditioning employees, candidate Trump suggested that it was his promised cut in regulations that had the greatest impact on executives to keep the factory in the US.

There are indications that President Trump will shrink the size of government as well. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other agency leaders seem to be doing just that. Many federal employees promised to quit if Trump were elected. Unfortunately they lied. Now they are just holdovers with a bad attitude.

Regulations should be cut for all businesses because they are bad for business. Often government gives breaks to select companies to attract them to town while making others comply. That is known as crony capitalism or picking losers and winners.

It’s unethical. It should be illegal and it makes business people bitter and cynical about those who rule over them. Our founding fathers despised this type of government.

Doing business in California is little different than Communist Vietnam. People in both places learn how to work around authorities and if need be pay them off. Oppressive rulers make criminals out of honest enterprising citizens. If government were not trying to manage the private sector then the private sector would not be trying to buy influence in government.

Both California and Vietnam let you have the business in your name, but control the details and want to share in the profits. Ordinances and regulations dictate everything. Enterprises are neither private nor free.

The few successful government leaders around the country have shrunk the size of government, outsourced every task they could and even merged services with similar agencies nearby. So far, locals have resisted seriously exploring that route. They have firmly buried their heads in the sand which really limits their options.

Since we are all in this together we wish government leaders well. Their actions affect us all. However, socialism hasn’t worked elsewhere and it is not working here.

by Lou Binninger

Ronald Reagan liked to say, “The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.” Americans once revolted over taxes but now pay them on every move they make. Many citizens are losing more than 50% of their income to the government.

When the federal income tax was introduced in 1913 a little more than 100 years ago, most Americans were taxed at a rate of only 1 percent. Then, Tax Freedom Day was on January 22. In 2017, it was April 23rd. Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the year in which the nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to pay its taxes.

Just over 75 years ago the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long. In 2014, it took 189 pages.

In 2011, Wheatland’s Bartholomew brothers were arrested on the Erle Road overpass while holding a banner saying ‘Taxes Are Theft.’ They were correct, were arrested and lost their case in Yuba County court. That’s the wrong message when you aren’t in charge.

Politicians and bureaucrats get themselves into financial trouble then insist taxpayers are stingy. Below are 97 various taxes, fees, tolls and charges the public pays. Not every person pays every tax. Yet despite all of these funding streams, local, state and federal governments are all drowning in debt. Hold that thought.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association says, “Local governments ... like to play budgetary shell games in which they place a sales tax measure on the ballot to fund a politically popular purpose, and if the tax passes, it would enable the local government to free up money from the general fund that can then be spent on the pet projects or programs of local politicians.”

This is exactly what the Marysville did and what Yuba County bureaucrats plan to do. In these cases the popular bait is police and fire. Circle which taxes you have paid below.

Air Transportation, Biodiesel Fuel, Building Permit, Business Registration, Capital Gains, Cigarette, Court Fines (indirect taxes), Disposal Fees, Dog License, Drivers’ License Fees, Employer Health Mandate, Employer Medicare, Employer Social Security, Environmental Fees, Estate, Excise - Health Insurance, Federal Corporate, Federal Income, Federal Unemployment, Fishing License, Flush Taxes, Food And Beverage License, Franchise Business, Garbage, Gasoline, Gift, Gun Ownership Permits, Hazardous Material Disposal Fees, Highway Access Fees, Hotel, Hunting License, Import Taxes, Individual Health Insurance Mandate, Inheritance, Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses, Inspection Fees, Insurance Premium Taxes, Interstate User Diesel Fuel, Inventory, IRA Early Withdrawal, IRS Interest Charges, IRS Penalties, Library Taxes, License Plate Fees, Liquor, Local Corporate Taxes, Local Income, Local School, Local Unemployment, Luxury, Marriage License, Medicare, Medicare Tax Surcharge Obamacare, Obamacare Individual Mandate Penalty, Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income, Parking Meters, Passport Fees, Professional Licenses / Fees, Property, Real Estate, Recreational Vehicle, Registration Fees - New Businesses, Toll Booth, Sales, Self-Employment, Sewer and Water, School, Septic Permit, Service Charge, Social Security, Special Assessments - Road Repairs, Sports Stadium, State Corporate, State Income, State Park Fees, State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA), Tanning Taxes, Telephone 911 Service, Telephone Federal Excise, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge, Telephone State And Local, Telephone Universal Access, The Alternative Minimum, Tire Recycling Fees, Tire Taxes, Tolls, Traffic Fines, Use Taxes, Utility, Vehicle Registration, Waste Management, Water Rights Fees, Watercraft Registration and Licensing, Well Permit, Workers Compensation, Zoning Permit.

Whether Yuba County citizens like their government or not it is unaffordable.

by Lou Binninger

Americans, though knowing what is right, have a tendency to do wrong. Cain, after hearing from God himself, still murdered his brother Abel.

God providing just Ten Commandments to guide society sounded simple except the clientele was flawed. Up until the 1960’s humans were not angelic but Biblical right and wrong was generally embraced in America. The 60’s led to a discarding of all types of order including respect for marriage, sexual faithfulness, and decorum between genders.

Today, no institution is exempt from liars, cheats, molesters and adulterers. That said the California State Government is a moral train wreck. Corruption has been uncovered in numerous agencies (Parks, Board of Equalization, Public Utilities Commission, University of California, etc).

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra rather than honoring the law and fairness instead tried to deceive voters on the upcoming Gas Tax Repeal effort. Becerra was to provide a title and summary for the initiative.

The title Becerra crafted for the Gas-Tax Repeal reads: “Eliminates recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes.” However, an impartial Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley found it problematic that the words “tax” and “fee” don’t appear in the title of the repeal. Frawley will rewrite the title and summary himself.

Have you heard of the Calderon family, Charles, Ron, Tom and Ian? A Calderon has been in the legislature since 1982. A federal grand jury in 2014 indicted Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montibello) on charges he took $88,000 in bribes from a hospital executive and an FBI agent posing as a movie studio executive. His brother, Assemblyman Tom Calderon (D-Montibello) also pled guilty to money laundering and mail fraud.

Then, there is former San Francisco Senator Leland Yee (D-SF). Yee admitted to accepting an $11,000 cash bribe in June 2013 from an undercover FBI agent to help sponsor statewide marijuana legislation. In addition, he laundered a $6,800 contribution to his Secretary of State campaign in 2014. Overall, investigators identified more than $100,000 in bribes directed at Yee.

A racketeering charge also alleged that Yee tried to arrange an illegal international arms deal through the Philippines in exchange for money. Yee, a former Child Psychologist, is an anti-gun advocate.

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-LA), is accused of groping a woman in 2009 when he was a legislative staff member. He announced he will not seek re-election next year then suddenly resigned.

That announcement came just hours before the Los Angeles Times reported allegations involving Bocanegra and six more women. He is accused of grabbing breasts, butts, and running his hand up the dress.

Bocanegra shares a residence with Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) who is also accused by multiple female victims of sexual harassment. Some victims were his aides and claim they were fired after complaining. The dismissal letter was signed by Bocanegra and Mendoza’s roommate Senate Pro-Tem Kevin De Leon (D-LA).

De Leon recommended Mendoza take a leave of absence during the investigation though Mendoza refused. De Leon admitted living with both men but claims he knew nothing about their sexual exploits before hearing the formal accusations. De Leon is running against Diane Feinstein for a United States Senate seat and has relocated away from the accused.

Then, there is former Assembly Speaker and current Senator “Huggy Bear” Bob Hertzberg. Fresno surgeon and former Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) has accused Hertzberg of inappropriately hugging her on multiple occasions in a way that made her uncomfortable, even after she asked him to stop and reported him.

Halderman said “Huggy Bear” pushed his groin into her as he pulled her to him. “That was it for me,” Halderman said. She then contacted Jon Waldie, the Assembly Chief Administrator at the time, and told him about Hertzberg’s antics. Nothing was done.

Jon Waldie was the subject of his own Capitol lawsuit when an “Employee maintained she was harassed for breast-feeding her baby at work.” The settlement for the Assembly employee was $540,000 in 2003.

In “Memo: 25 Years of California Legislature’s Sexual Harassment Settlements” by Tuple Legal, “the Legislature has paid out at least $1.9 million for sexual harassment complaints in the past 25 years. In 2017 dollars, the amount is $2.8 million.”

Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) have also been accused of sexual wrongdoing. Debabneh announced his resignation.

As they apologize while maintaining innocence, resignations are a not small matter. These creeps and crooks have tremendous power, massive egos, and the highest legislative pay in the nation. Sixty days after increasing gas taxes 12 cents/gallon ($5.2 billion annually) they raised their salaries to $107,238 annually plus $183 / day in tax-free per diem. How about those roads?

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by Lou Binninger

Yuba County Administrative Officer Robert Bendorf and the Supervisors have crafted a county government to their liking. The problem is the citizens can’t afford it. County officials this week are debating not how to cut back but how they can lift more of your money. Their eyes are bigger than their bank account.

Americans are world-famous for living above their means. Most have only a month’s worth of savings for emergencies.

The difference between counties and families is that families run low on money, cut costs or go bankrupt. Counties just take more from taxpayers and they are good at it. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has a phrase for how jurisdictions make a tax increase palatable, ‘Bait and Switch.’ For example in 1996, Yuba County pitched a Transit Occupancy Tax to develop tourism. Once passed, the money was absorbed into the general fund.

Marysville’s recent fear campaign claimed that police and fire would not be able to properly respond to 911 calls if citizens didn’t increase sales taxes to 8.5%. Since the law prevented the council from campaigning for a tax increase or using tax dollars to do so they colluded with developer David Lanza to fund a propaganda effort to deceive voters. It worked. Lanza then was awarded a marijuana dispensary permit by the city.

Once the new tax flow began, the Marysville City Council gave raises to employees including the City Manager. Remember the money was to maintain proper police and fire services. Then the council added more than $640,000 in debt to lease 19 new police cars. Remember, the new tax flow was to pay for police needs not borrow more and spend the tax increase elsewhere.

The truth is that Marysville had financial problems because the council created $17 million in debt to invest in 5 acres of lakefront property on Ellis Lake. There was no problem with police and fire funding until they botched the city budget.

No one would support a new tax for a land purchase boondoggle. The better strategy was to scare the hell out of senior citizens and mothers with young children, then utilize the new tax flow to boost the general fund to cover more than $600,000 in annual property payments.

Yuba County officials say there is not enough money for Law Enforcement (LE) and Fire (F). That’s impossible. LE and F are the only constitutionally mandated expenses for government. County officials should redeploy funds from other uses and departments back to LE and F. The county is living way above its means. Take a look at recent history.

In the 1990’s, prior to former Sheriff Gary Tindel remodeling and expanding the jail to take in immigration detainees the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) budget was maintained by the general fund. However, once millions (currently $6 million annually) of federal dollars flowed to YCSO for housing immigration inmates, supervisors began diverting tax dollars once destined for YCSO.

There was so much money that county officials gave employees raises retroactive to the date of hire. The bonuses not only added more than $1000 a month in pay to some workers but it spiked pension payments for the rest of their lives.

Then as the housing boom blessed Yuba County with massive revenues etc., Supervisors voted to double their salaries and benefits to more than $80,000 each. Within 1-2 years of that decision the housing crash and recession occurred. Revenues dipped severely but it was much worse than it needed to be due to reckless payroll spending and unwise county budget decisions affecting YCSO.

Add to this mismanagement impossibly high pension and health benefits. They are unsustainable and much higher than what local citizens have for themselves. That is wrong.

Finally, there are too many administrators earning too much money for Yuba County folks. Here is a sampling of 2016 salaries for non-public safety employees. The County Administrator was paid $277,207; Dep County Administrator $169,853; Health Officer $261,373; Community Development Director (Dir) $239,989; Dir of Public Works $213,567; County Counsel $239,960; Health and Human Service (HHS) Dir $227,475; Dir Child Support Services $206,893; Dep Dir HHS $190,204; another Dep Dir HHS $185,110; HHS Program Manager $154,100; another HHS Program Manager $146,154; Dep Dir Child Support Services $145,678; Chief Information Officer $185,352. There are 1,013 county employees with 689 considered fulltime / year around in 2016 according to Transparent California.

The median household income in Yuba County is $48,739 which means a lot of little people funding a lot of big shots.

The county has money for consultants, homeless camps, $3,000 a month for 14 Forward lunches, and much more. Yuba County’s 73,000 residents are already the highest-taxed people in a nation of 323 million.

It’s time to govern differently not tax more.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba County Supervisors received a letter from the Colusa Indian Community Council – Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians. The Colusa Casino group is asking Supervisors why Butte County’s Enterprise Rancheria is allowed to ignore agreements made in 2002 in order to build a casino in South Yuba County.

The Wintun Tribe followed the law to establish a casino on their reservation near Colusa. They have been protesting the Butte County Tribe’s illegal reservation-shopping to locate a casino in Yuba County rather than in Butte. They’re asking why we all don’t play by the same rules.

The Cachil Dehe people have a point. Enterprise Rancheria agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) crafted by former Supervisors Mary Jane Griego and Don Schrader, but Enterprise has not complied with it. The need for compliance was triggered by the tribe breaking ground. The tribe made an initial payment to the county and the City of Marysville but then nothing else.

The tragedy is that Griego and Schrader’s MOU included no cost of living adjustment in the event the casino took years to build. The flawed MOU, now 17 years old, has cost Yuba County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

In the past, Supervisor Andy Vasquez and former Supervisor Roger Abe asked the board to revise the MOU to properly reimburse taxpayers in current dollars for costs expended. Their request was rejected by former Supervisors Griego, Nicoletti and Stocker.

Enterprise Rancheria has violated the MOU by not adopting and complying with building codes, fire and safety codes, water quality standards, and food safety and public health standards. The tribe has not obtained a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit or implemented storm water mitigation measures.

Building plans were to be presented to the State Reclamation Board for review. No safeguards have been developed to prevent air pollution. A Clean Water Act permit has not been issued. Finally, there is no plan to curb noise pollution during construction.

Though not mentioned in the Colusa Tribe’s letter, $565,000 is past due to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department to provide services to the Tribe. That is in 2002 dollars. It would have been $786,783 in today’s dollars, but for Griego and Schrader’s miscue.

Basically, Enterprise Rancheria is acting like what they are, a sovereign nation. Their compliance with the MOU is voluntary. If they default, then the only alternative for Supervisors is to sue the Tribe. However, San Diego Supervisors found that if the county prevails in court it still cannot force a Tribe to pay money owed to the county. It’s like trying to force Venezuela to pay back a loan.

Casino opponents warned Supervisors about this predicament but were ignored. Opponents repeatedly voted against this project and off-reservation casinos in general. Supervisors Bill Simmons, Griego and Al Amaro were euphoric with the scent of a new casino. They hurried a 3-2 vote with Hal Stocker and Don Schrader opposing. This was just prior to incoming Supervisor Dan Logue replacing Amaro. They knew Logue would oppose the casino and stop the project.

The Colusa Tribe’s letter also reminds Supervisors that the legality of the Department of Interior’s decision to permit land on Forty Mile Road to be a tribal casino is the subject of litigation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. And, Governor Brown’s agreement with the Interior’s decision is under review by the California Supreme Court.

If the Appeals Court rules against the Department of Interior or the Supreme Court finds against the Governor then the entire project could be stopped.

The Colusa Tribe’s understanding of Yuba County’s MOU is no surprise for local opponents of the casino. What is disappointing is that opponents’ fears have come to fruition – that the County is impotent to enforce the MOU against a trust-breaking Enterprise Rancheria.

County bureaucrats have not held Enterprise accountable. The taxpayers’ take is that government got them into this and government should get them out. Of course, the citizens will pick-up the tab for the mess.