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PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HUD'S BEN CARSON TELL THE TERRIBLE TRUTH TO CALIFORNIA LEADERSHIP

There are three fundamental reasons the progressive socialist democrats have attacked Donald J. Trump, the candidate and as the President of the United States. One, Donald Trump does not play by the Democrat rules that advantage the progressive socialist democrat agenda. Two, President Trump has enough real-world experience to know bullshit when he sees it and is unafraid to tell the world, bypassing a progressive mainstream media and going directly to the public via social media. And three, Trump is single-minded when it comes to budgets and on-time delivery of promised results.

And in California, we find a significant additional reason. Trump stands between the politicians wishing to purchase votes and the special interest support of the unions and poverty pimps and the looting of the U.S. Treasury.

You gotta love the straight talk from Ben Carson who pointed out that California’s homeless problem was mostly of its own making and that money alone will not alleviate the problem. One need only to look at San Francisco or Los Angeles to see what the progressive socialist democrats have wrought.

What you did not see in the mainstream media is HUD’s Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon telling California’s elected officials what they did not want to hear. Namely that they were mostly to blame for the homeless and lawless situation in California and that more federal money without state reforms of fundamental policies would not solve the homeless problem.

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President Donald J. Trump has asked me to respond on his behalf to your letter of September 16, 2019, to provide an update on the comprehensive approach that his Administration is taking to address the issue of homelessness. I hope you and other leaders throughout your State will do more to join us in these efforts, taking action with respect to all of the areas outlined in this letter.

Almost half of all unsheltered homeless people in the United States are in California, a level about four times as high as California's share of the overall U.S. population. Los Angeles, alone, is home to 19 percent of the Nation's unsheltered homeless. A recent Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) report finds that even when controlling for high home prices and mild temperatures, the State's unsheltered homeless population is more than twice as high as expected. There are nearly six times as many single adults living on the streets of California as there are emergency shelter beds targeted to them, the highest such rate in the country. Leaving California's homeless unsheltered, unhealthy, and unsafe is a human tragedy and unacceptable.

Your letter seeks more Federal dollars for California from hardworking American taxpayers but fails to admit that your State and local policies have played a major role in creating the current crisis. If California's homeless population had held in line with overall population trends, America's homeless rate would have decreased. Instead, the opposite has happened, as California's unsheltered homelessness population has skyrocketed as a result of the State's overregulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement.

An overregulated housing market drives up housing costs and increases homelessness rates. As a result, the cost of Federal housing subsidies increases and taxpayers can support fewer families. High housing costs in California have pushed the average HUD subsidy per voucher tenant in California 38 percent higher than the national average. Nearly a half million of California's poorest households are assisted with their rents through Housing Choice Vouchers, public housing, or project-based housing assistance. Federal taxpayers are clearly doing their part to help solve this crisis. 

California cannot spend its way out of this problem using Federal funds. The recent CEA report notes that it takes 10 permanent supportive housing beds to reduce the homeless population by one person. Therefore, providing 50,000 more Housing Choice Vouchers targeted to the homeless would be expected to. decrease California's homeless population by just 4 percent (5,000 people). Remarkably, one-third of HUD Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing vouchers allocated to California remain unused by the State. More vouchers are clearly not the solution the State needs.

To address this crisis, California must reduce its regulatory burdens on housing. For example, CEA estimates that homelessness would fall by 54 percent in San Francisco and by 40 percent in Los Angeles as a result of substantial regulatory reform. President Trump has signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing to work with State and local leaders to identify strategies and policies to reduce these housing barriers. We hope we can count on meaningful partnerships in this effort with California officials and any other interested stakeholders.

Compounding the homelessness crisis, California has undercut the ability of police officers to enforce quality-of-life laws, remove encampments, and connect our most vulnerable populations with the supportive services they need to get off the streets. Many communities outside of California have developed robust strategies to partner law enforcement with social workers to actively refer homeless individuals to services. California must provide its dedicated police officers and social service workers with the tools they need to protect the communities they serve and our most vulnerable populations.

California must also address mental health. In 2018, 28 percent of California's homeless suffered from a severe mental illness. Despite this, California has since 1995 divested itself of nearly 30 percent of its acute care psychiatric hospital beds, which limits California's ability to place the mentally ill into these dwindling facilities. The Trump Administration supports providing additional options to individuals whose serious mental illness presents a grave disability and a need for inpatient or assisted outpatient treatment. In November 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new waivers for states to receive additional Federal funding to create new demonstration projects for acute care psychiatric hospitals or residential treatment settings, otherwise known as Institutions of Mental Disease (IMDs), for serious mental illness/serious emotional disturbances (SMl/SED). California, however, has still not applied for an SMl/SED waiver.

Further, illegal and inadmissible aliens are increasing housing demand and draining resources. Instead of protecting the most vulnerable Americans from the economic impacts of illegal immigration, California has doubled down on sanctuary State and city policies and provided benefits to illegal and inadmissible aliens. These policies strain precious resources and reduce housing options for American citizens, especially the needy and those most likely to become homeless.

To solve homelessness, we must also better align Federal, State, and local resources to promote self-sufficiency, so we can quickly get the unsheltered homeless off the streets and on their feet.

At HUD, we made meaningful changes to the Continuum of Care 2019 Notice of Funding
Availability to provide communities flexibility to impose service participation requirements for participants after they have been stabilized in housing, driving successful outcomes for
vulnerable homeless individuals. Further, to help support those leaving our criminal justice
system and to help ensure they do not end up on the streets, President Trump spearheaded and, on December 21, 2018, signed into law the landmark First Step Act.

Reducing and treating illicit drug use is also imperative to solving this crisis. At the Federal level, we are making great strides in reducing the supply of illicit drugs into the United States, treating those currently suffering from addiction, and preventing people from becoming newly addicted. We are doing this through enhanced border security, by ensuring the proper use of prescription drugs, and by funding treatment options for those with substance use disorders.

According to preliminary 2018 data, nationwide drug overdose deaths fell for the first time in decades, after increasing by 21 percent in 2016 and by 10 percent in 2017. By contrast,
preliminary data for California show an increase of 6.3 percent.

Homelessness is devastating for our most vulnerable populations, and ending it has been a top priority of the Trump Administration. Each year, the President's budget has requested record resources for HUD Homeless Assistance Grants. The President's 2020 Budget seeks nearly $2.6 billion to continue to pursue the President's goal of preventing and ending homelessness. These funds can support thousands of local housing and service programs, which provide important assistance to those living in the Nation's shelter system and on the streets. This 2020 request represents a $216 million, or 9 percent, increase over the President's 2019 budget request.'

The Trump Administration is doing its part. California needs to address the obvious local issues within its control to help address this catastrophe. When California has shown that it is willing to make hard and thoughtful choices to address these issues, the Trump Administration stands ready to support its efforts. I look forward to working with you to end the human tragedy of homelessness, particularly unsheltered homelessness, in the Golden State.

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Bottom Line...

Between zoning ordinances and environmental regulations, California has placed extreme limits on building cost-efficient housing. In some cases, local cities, such as Malibu, California has coerced property owners to buy additional land and donate it to a non-profit conservancy or the municipality before they can build or remodel their own homes. 

Other factors include the decriminalization of drug offenses, writing tickets for small dollar theft of $950 or less, and the release of thousands of criminals, many of whom were drug offenders, into the community.

Cui bono, who benefits, or follow the money is a good starting place to weed out the politicians, the poverty pimps, and the developers who have a vested interest in making California a third-world environment where they, and the alone can prosper. Zero-base all pension programs and eliminate corruption in public employee unions, enforce the existing laws and prioritize spending and most of California’s problems will be ameliorated.

We are so screwed, or as they say in other parts of the nation, we have been Californicated.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ISRAEL: IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE CURRENT ELECTIONS ARE AN EXTENSION OF BARACK OBAMA'S ANTISEMITISM AND A LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO SAVE HIS IRAN DEAL?

Sometimes you have to connect the dots …

(1)    It was well known that Barack Obama associated with hard-core communists, domestic terrorists, and virulent anti-Semites like Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan and his own “spiritual mentor” Reverend Jeremiah Wright. 

(2)    It was well known that Barack Obama was pro-Islam and attempted to introduce policies favorable to Islam throughout his Administration and the government bureaucracy.

(3)    It was well known that the Iran Nuclear Deal was little more than a Presidential “Memorandum of Understanding” and could not garner the Senate support for implementation as a binding treaty.

(4)    It was well known that the inspection provisions of the MOU were worthless and that Iran could resume nuclear weapon activities in ten years.

(5)    It was well known that the MOU did not cover Iran’s development and deployment of ballistic or cruise missiles.

(6)    It was well known that the MOU did nothing to restrict Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism or territorial incursions.

(7)    It was well known that Iran was complicit in the deaths and maiming of thousands of American soldiers by providing advanced explosive devices to its proxies fighting American troops.

(8)    It was well known that President Barack Obama paid enormous sums and released five Taliban top-level commanders from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American deserter whose parents he feted at the White House.

(9)    It was well known that President Barack Obama paid BILLIONS to an Iranian Regime whose economy was collapsing in order to get the Iran Nuclear Deal signed.

(10)  It was not so well known that associates of Barack Obama interfered with the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu, a primary opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Some using taxpayer funds.

The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.

Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.

In one stunning finding, the subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them. <Source>

Jeremy Bird, the architect of the grass-roots and online organizing efforts that powered President Obama’s presidential campaigns from Chicago, is advising a similar operation in Tel Aviv. But this time it is focused on ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. His consulting work for the group V15 — an independent Israeli organization that does not support specific candidates but is campaigning to replace Israel’s current government — has added yet another political layer to the diplomatic mess surrounding Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to address a joint meeting of Congress next week on Iran. <Source>

(11)  It was not so well known that Israel’s Blue & White Party was formed in the past year (December 2018) for the express purpose of defeating Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose continuing campaign against Iran’s nuclear ambitions would destroy former President Barack Obama’s legacy and his one claim to justify a Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded as little more than a gesture of good faith in a future of progressive peace policies. The Party’s leaders are Benny Gantz, 20th Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Force,  and Yair Lapid, former Israeli politician and news presenter. Assisting Gantz is Joel Benenson, chief campaign strategist for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid and senior advisor for both Obama campaigns. Gantz is willing to join the Likud party in a unity government if they drop Netanyahu or attempt to form a coalition of the Arabs who hate Israel and listen to Abbas.

(12)  The mainstream media refuses to tell the whole story.

Bottom line…

The current election is neck-and-neck with a possibility of another election if a coalition between the parties cannot be established. The swing votes are those belonging to Arabs who are permitted to vote in Israeli elections but still do not support the legitimacy of the State of Israel. The political situation is extremely complicated, and if Israelis choose poorly, the consequences may be catastrophic for Israel and the region.

It is well known that Iran is trying to defeat President Trump by forcing Trump into another war preceded by “kinetic action” against Iranian assets. So far, the only casualty of this “war” seems to be John Bolton who recommended that Trump strike Iranian holdings in return for continuing provocations, including piracy on the high seas, use of mines, downing a U.S. drone over international waters, and now striking Saudi Arabia in a precision attack which could just as well been targeted at the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet ported in Bahrain.

And now we are just learning about an Iranian proxy scouting for large targets in New York, Boston, and elsewhere.

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When the historians uncover the full story in years to come, former President Barack Obama may take the place of Benedict Arnold in the history of the United States.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



IT'S NOT A TRUMP SCANDAL -- IT'S A BIDEN SCANDAL

The basic facts …

Vice President Joe Biden threatened the Ukrainian government with the loss of a $1 BILLION loan guarantee if they did not remove the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin who was criminally investigating a company, Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company who engaged Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, as a Director and who pocketed at least $3,000,000.

The progressive socialist democrats would have you believe that this did not happen and Trump somehow was wrong when he asked the Ukrainian President to investigate the matter. But here it is in Joe Biden’s own words as he brags about using his influence to affect a foreign criminal investigation.

If the video is missing from the blog or email version, it can be found here

“I remember going over (to Ukraine), convincing our team … that we should be providing for loan guarantees. … And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from (then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko) and from (then-Prime Minister Arseniy) Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor (Shokin). And they didn’t…” he said.

“They were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, … we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president.’ … I said, call him. I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. … I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”

I see no issue with the President of the United States following the precedents set by the Obama Administration and investigating the potential wrongdoing of a presidential candidate and member of a presidential candidate's family.

Where were the whistleblowers when high-ranking Obama officials were committing crimes involving perjury, the destruction of documents, destroying government property, spying on American citizens domestically, and selling access and favors to foreign companies? Leaking classified information?

According to the Wall Street Journal …

Interactions under focus amid whistleblower complaint on U.S. president’s dealings with a world leader 

President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden ’s son, according to people familiar with the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that could hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.

“He told him that he should work with [Mr. Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know” if his lawyer’s assertions that Mr. Biden acted improperly as vice president were true, one of the people said. Mr. Giuliani has suggested Mr. Biden’s pressure on Ukraine to fight corruption had to do with an investigation of a gas company for which his son was a director. A Ukrainian official this year said he had no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr. Biden or his son Hunter Biden.

Mr. Trump in the call didn’t mention a provision of U.S. aid to Ukraine, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on any investigation.

The interactions between the president, Mr. Giuliani and Ukraine have come under scrutiny in recent days in the wake of a whistleblower complaint that a person familiar with the matter said involves the president’s communications with a foreign leader. The complaint, which the Washington Post reported centers on Ukraine, has prompted a new standoff between Congress and the executive branch.

Mr. Biden as vice president made several trips to Ukraine to press the government to root out widespread corruption. That included seeking the ouster of former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who had investigated a private Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Group, of which Hunter Biden was a board member. Mr. Giuliani has suggested Mr. Biden’s motivation was to protect his son, a lawyer who has been involved in several investment and consulting firms, although Mr. Shokin had already completed his investigation of Burisma Group before he left office. <Source>

I find it amazing that so many people "familiar with the matter" are willing to leak -- if not classified, but privileged -- information to members of the news media…

I  say turn the matter over to the DOJ and conduct a full FBI inquiry, including those who continue to leak information to the media. And to treat this matter like the Democrats would have done to Republicans: that Joe Biden BRIBED OR BLACKMAILED a foreign official for personal gain.

Bottom line …

This is “fake news” promoted by the mainstream media, the propaganda arm of the progressive socialist democrats.

There was no crime – no indication of a quid pro quo or punishment if action were not taken. Like most things associated with the Obama Administration, actual crimes were committed by the Democrats, yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee are unwilling to investigate.

This is nothing but another distraction designed to impugn President Trump and to protect guilty Democrats.

You may also ask where is the GOP -- especially the Senate -- when it comes to protecting the President of the United States.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ARE WE BEING PLAYED BY THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS?

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There is little or no doubt in my mind that allowing Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant with direct links to the Chinese Army, to provide consulting, equipment, and operations assistance to Americans is tantamount to handing their intelligence services the “keys to the kingdom.” Much in the same way we saw CISCO routers with backdoors inserted into our internet infrastructure, I would assume no less would happen to our telecommunications system.

The FBI’s "Operation Cisco Router," found that fake CISCO equipment manufactured in the Shenzhen province of China was then supplied directly to the US government through several routes: either directly through US distributors or through those who had bought the counterfeit kit off eBay; through distributors in other countries, including the UK; and through US government employees buying through non-General Services Administration (GSA) approved sources. 

Now I am seeing stories in the New York Times that Huawei’s proposes to transfer their technology to an American company…

Huawei Has a Plan to Help End Its War With Trump

And if the United States — which has no indigenous 5G networking manufacturer — still does not trust Huawei to install its equipment across America at scale, added Ren [Huawei’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei], then he is also ready, for the first time, to license the entire Huawei 5G platform to any American company that wants to manufacture it and install it and operate it, completely independent of Huawei. (The only other 5G major suppliers are Nokia and Ericsson, European companies whose products are far more expensive than Huawei’s.)

Huawei, Ren said, is “open to sharing our 5G technologies and techniques with U.S. companies, so that they can build up their own 5G industry. That would create a balanced situation between China, the U.S. and Europe.” But, he added, “the U.S. side has to accept us at some level for that to happen.” American companies “can also modify our 5G technologies to meet their security requirements.” They can even “change the software code. In that case, the U.S. will be assured of information security.” <Source>

Yeah Right!

Even with full access to the codebase, engineers cannot eliminate all of the endemic bugs and zero-day exploits. And, with a sophisticated codebase, it may be next to impossible without a complete re-write.

As if the Chinese would not still benefit from having an inside seat to America’s infrastructure and access to American improvements as they are developed and integrated into the system. One does not need to be a genius to see that China has not respected our intellectual property and continues to steal our trade secrets for military and commercial advantage. I can easily imagine a Chinese investment in a small telephone company just to purchase and reengineer American-made products.

Personally, I say take their technology and claim it is a downpayment on all of the military secrets they have stolen.

Bottom line…

We are being played.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



VOTER FRAUD IS LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA

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There should be absolutely no surprise that those progressive socialist democrats in a one-party state will do everything in their power to perpetuate their hold on California’s government.

Have you ever wondered about those last-minute finds of just the right number of ballots to turn an opposition loss into a victory? Where did those ballots come from and how were they hidden. In many cases, this type of voter fraud/suppression comes from a legal technique known colloquially as “ballot harvesting.”

Basically, any person who is not being paid, can go door-to-door, visit nursing homes or other facilities, and collect ballots. In some instances, people wearing bright-colored vests and holding what is labeled a “portable or mobile ballot box,” can stand anywhere and harvest ballots. In fact, there would be little restriction on collecting last-minute ballots from drivers waiting to deposit their ballots at the local post office.

Thus, you may have a large number of ballots in the hands of unregistered individuals who are not being supervised or accountable for the ballots they collect. In areas where the known majority of voters tends to favor one party, those ballots may be withheld thus weakening the victory margin of a candidate and making them susceptible to newly “found: ballots. There is also the possibility that the “collector” knows – simply by asking the voter – which candidate is favored and withhold or deliver those particular ballots.

California Assembly Bill AB-1921 Elections: vote by mail ballots. (2015-2016)

Assembly Bill No. 1921: CHAPTER 820 -- An act to amend Section 3017 of the Elections Code, relating to elections. [Approved by Governor on September 29, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State on September 29, 2016. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

AB 1921, Gonzalez. Elections: vote by mail ballots.

Existing law requires that the vote by mail ballot be available to any registered voter. Under existing law, a voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot may designate his or her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or person residing in the same household as the vote by mail voter to return the vote by mail ballot. Except in the case of a candidate or the spouse of a candidate, existing law prohibits the return of a voter’s vote by mail ballot by one of those designees who is also a paid or volunteer worker of a general purpose committee, controlled committee, or any other group or organization at whose behest the individual designated to return the ballot is performing a service.

This bill would remove those restrictions and instead authorize the designation of any person to return a vote by mail ballot. The bill would prohibit a person designated to return a vote by mail ballot from receiving any form of compensation, as defined, based on the number of ballots that the person has returned and would prohibit an individual, group, or organization from providing compensation on this basis. The bill would state that any person in charge of a vote by mail ballot who knowingly and willingly engages in criminal acts related to that ballot is subject to the appropriate punishment pursuant to existing law. <Source: California Legislature>

Does ballot harvesting really happen and can it make a significant difference?

How many people remember the headlines noting the previously conservative GOP Orange County, California stronghold apparently had flipped to elect a number of progressive Democrat challengers?   

California’s late votes broke big for Democrats. Here’s why GOP was surprised

They felt the hit on Nov. 6 — and in the days after, as late-arriving Democratic votes were tabulated and one Republican candidate after another saw leads shrink and then evaporate. This week, a seventh GOP-held congressional seat flipped to the Democrats, leaving Republicans controlling a mere seven of California’s 53 House districts.

In Orange County alone, where every House seat went Democratic, “the number of Election Day vote-by-mail dropoffs was unprecedented — over 250,000,” Fred Whitaker, chairman of the county Republican Party, said in a note to supporters. “This is a direct result of ballot harvesting allowed under California law for the first time. That directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later.”

Across the state there were reports of groups collecting ballots and dropping them off at polling places and election offices.

“We certainly had that going on here, with people dropping off maybe 100 or 200 ballots,” said Neal Kelley, Orange County’s registrar of voters. “We also had voters calling and asking if it was legitimate for someone to come to their door and ask if they could take their ballot” and deliver it to the polls.

For Democrats, the ballot harvesting was all part of a greater effort to get out the vote from their supporters, particularly from occasional voters.

“We beat Republicans on the ground, fair and square,” said Katie Merrill, a Democratic consultant deeply involved in November campaigns. “Many of the field plans included (ballot harvesting) as an option to deliver voters or their ballots” to the polls. <Source>

Is it likely that the progressive socialist democrats will do the same thing again in 2020?

Unlike the GOP that manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory time-and-time-again, the Democrats campaign year-round and expand upon those campaign practices that yield results. Yes, it will happen again. And, yes, the GOP is likely to complain but do little or nothing to counter the threat.

There is no interest in California at the federal level as it is a solid one-party Democrat state; therefore it will be up to the local and state candidates to adopt winning techniques and to detect and deter voter fraud. All of which takes money and dedicated individuals. And, given the past performance of the GOP in the State, even constitutional conservatives such as myself are reluctant to throw money down a rat-hole.

Bottom line…

One wonders where the money solicited by the GOP actually goes. And why most of the termed-out Republicans get appointed to boards, commissions, and panels with six-figure essentially no-show salaries as a reward for selling out their constituency, their party, their state, and their nation. My money is going to Devin Nunes, probably the most courageous conservative Republican in the State of California, and considering recent events, the entire nation.

We are screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



WHO IS THIS LOW-LEVEL PISSANT WHO IS SPYING ON PRESIDENT TRUMP ON BEHALF OF THE DEMOCRATS? (UPDATED)

UPDATE - September 23, 2019 -- New information suggests that whistleblower knows nothing first hand, he was given information by a third-party. It also appears that the so-called whistleblower is represented by attorneys who have a connection to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Senator Chuck Schumer. 

UPDATE - September 22, 2019 -- New information suggests that President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had been trying for at least six months to get this Biden-Ukraine story into the mainstream media. And that it is not inconceivable that the so-called "whistleblower" was actually a pro-Trump operative or official that used this leak to trap the mainstream media into covering the story. We will need to wait to see how the story develops.  

I cannot imagine that in any other previous administration there was this number of embedded operatives willing to leak deliberative or classified information.

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What I want to know is if the whistleblower has any connections with members of Congress or the progressive socialist democrats? And, if this person is qualified to monitor the President’s telephone calls and individually hold the President or Administration responsible for what was said? Did anyone monitor Barack Obama or have we reached a new low in American politics?

This is not like the “hot microphone: incident where President Barack Obama promised Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would be “more flexible” after the election…

Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.

Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you ... .”

Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

[Of course, Vladimir was a reference to Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, who just won an election to succeed Mr. Medvedev.]

Unlike the Obama promise, this was a private conversation between two leaders with no media present and only authorized personnel listening in or having access to the “read out.”

Bottom line…

I can remember no time in the recent past when there have been this many malevolent spies in the White House and Executive Branch Agencies.

As for Matt Drudge, I am convinced that he is now an anti-Trumper, possibly connected to his relationship with conspiracy-monger Alex Jones.

And, I am very sorry that internal disputes and leaks led to the resignation/firing of General Mattis and John Bolton.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

P.S. I do not believe former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani should be allowed anywhere near the White House, especially in any capacity or identified as Trump’s personal lawyer.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



DON’T CALIFORNICATE AMERICA

A great campaign commercial…

You can find the commercial here if it is missing from the site or email version.

And it is ALL TRUE.

Check out their website at https://rejecttheresistance.com/

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Reject The Resistance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing the American people about the extreme agenda being advanced by California’s political leadership as part of The Resistance to all things conservative, and all things Trump.

Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the extreme nature of the policies and proposals advanced by California’s political leadership to expose the direction they would take the country in should they convince Americans to follow their lead. Policies advanced by California’s leadership range from the plainly dumb, to the mind-boggling, to the deadly dangerous. We believe that, once exposed, the policies of The Resistance will not be embraced by the American people. Instead, Americans will rally to ensure that the country rejects The Resistance and moves firmly in support of conservative policies and ideas.

Reject The Resistance is producing advertisements to air nationally and in key states. We are also pursuing grassroots activities to engage the American people in a robust rejection of The Resistance, while also actively publicizing our work through the media.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



PROGRESSIVE POLITICS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL

I  do not understand why the majority of law-abiding Americans are going along to get along…

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How is it possible that we are allowing little boys and girls to determine whether or not they want to be little boys or girls and are punishing or criminalizing the behavior of adults that do not agree with the decisions of their children?

How is it possible that we are allowing our entire justice system to be changed from “innocent until proven guilty” to “guilty until proven innocent?” Allowing uncorroborated allegations from decades past to impact an individual’s reputation, employment, and future well-being without providing that such allegations be made under the penalty of perjury and cross-examined in a court of competent jurisdiction?

How is it possible for the Business Roundtable, an association of c-level executives of major corporations, to declare that a corporation owes a duty to their “stakeholders” rather than the organization’s “shareholders?” As if competition and the free market were not sufficient drivers of corporate decency, employee relations, and community service.

How is it possible that the two major political parties have devolved into the realm of reality entertainment, where partisanship rules the day and nobody is willing to point out that the Emperor has no clothes?

How is it possible that the media has sacrificed any semblance of journalistic standards to engage in a hyper-partisan exercise of audience and profit expansion? Where obvious falsehoods are repetitiously amplified and almost never challenged?

How is it possible that religious leaders, notably those in the minority community, overlook obvious evil and would rather enlarge their flock and increase donations than stand up and point out evil?

How is it possible that some of the candidates who graduated from some of the finest schools in America lack common sense, are ignorant in pertinent subject-matter knowledge, are disingenuous, or are downright liars?

An example…

Today, I saw 2020 Presidential contender Kamala Harris pretend, like Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren, that she is something she is not. She is not an African-American; she is a Jamaican and Indian. Heaven forbid she would describe herself as an American.

Furthermore, I saw a letter she wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler suggesting that the Committee investigate Supreme Court Justice based on incorrectly reported decades-old allegations in a book written by a Democrat partisan with a particular animus against Judge Kavanaugh. In the same letter, she outright lied – claiming that “During Mr. Kavanaugh's confirmation process, multiple women came forward with serious, corroborated allegations of sexual misconduct.” Truth-be-told, many of the women were not credible, represented by hyper-partisan attorneys, and nothing was corroborated when it came to the allegations of misconduct. All to intimidate the Judge or to delegitimize any actions the Judge may take in the future – much like the delegitimization of President Trump.

It appears that Harris’ claim to fame in California politics is not competence, but screwing her way to the top as the girlfriend of one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, Willie Brown, three decades her senior. Today, she runs from the positions and actions she took while in California politics – rarely providing a straight answer to why she then ignored the policies she is promoting today.

How is it possible that Kamala Harris, much like Hillary Clinton, would even be considered for a high office?

Bottom line…

My only answer is that most Americans have grown lazy, believing tomorrow will be much the same as today and today will be much the same as tomorrow. That nothing catastrophic, outside of a regional natural disaster, will happen in the near future until they look back and are surprised how much the landscape has changed.

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We are so screwed,

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



FLU 2019: THE EFFLUENT IS ABOUT TO HIT THE ROTARY AIR CIRCULATION DEVICE

It is time to prepare for Winter and the upcoming flu season which usually crops up in October and November,  peaks around February, and can last well into the spring months…

 

The methodology of formulating any particular year’s flu shot is referred to as a SWAG, a scientific wild-ass guess…

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From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) …

The CDC suggests that seniors get both the Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 vaccines, which work in different ways to protect against pneumococcal bacteria.

What viruses will the 2019-2020 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on the vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2019-2020, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:

  • A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus

Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to contain:

  • the three recommended viruses above, plus B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus.

Bottom line…

It is time to have a conversation with your physician or healthcare provider.

Don’t be screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY CODIFIED INTO LAW BY PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS

I find it constitutionally abhorrent that the State of California is trying to impose the will of its progressive socialist democrat legislators on other states by banning state-sponsored travel to those states if they do not conform to the dictates of California.

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Now, the California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, has enlarged the state’s travel ban to include Iowa because Iowa’s duly elected representatives of their own constituency refuse to cover state-funded gender-transition surgery in its Medicaid program. It is not as if taxpayer-funded gender-transition surgery is a life-threatening disease or illness, nor is it a human or civil right. In fact, it is elective cosmetic surgery that does not change the biological facts of life that are chromosomally determined.

The states subject to sanctions are Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,  and Texas.

One can only imagine a future when the progressive socialist democrat-dominated California legislature attempts to pressure corporations and individuals into conforming to state-mandated social engineering dictates.

California Assembly Bill AB 1887 provides that "California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people." (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (a)(5).) AB 1887 prohibits a state agency, department, board, or commission from requiring any state employees, officers, or members to travel to a state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that (1) has the effect of voiding or repealing existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; (2) authorizes or requires discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; or (3) creates an exemption to antidiscrimination laws in order to permit discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subds. (b)(1), (2).) In addition, the law prohibits California from approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to such a state. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (b)(2).)

The travel prohibition applies to state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (b).)

The law also requires the Attorney General to develop, maintain, and post on his Internet Web site a current list of states that are subject to the travel ban. (Gov. Code, § 11139.8, subd. (e).)

[OCS: Of course there are exceptions, mainly for activities which brings revenue into California or benefit the state such as: enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection, litigation, to participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding, to complete job-required training necessary to maintain licensure or similar standards required for holding a position, in the event that comparable training cannot be obtained in California or a different state not subject to the travel prohibition.]

Bottom line…

This is a prime example of government tyranny by a vocal minority that wants their beliefs and practices, previously considered religiously or socially aberrant, mainstreamed, and even promoted, so they can feel better about themselves. As a constitutional conservative, I believe that any individual, be they straight, gay, or any flavor conceived by the “alphabet people” (GLBTQIA+), should have the right to go about their private business unmolested by the state as long as they do not abridge or limit the rights of others. It's known as equality under the law and does not favor any class of individual.

To the extent that one needs to introduce class warfare into the United States or promote some class over another to redress historical grievances is un-American. We are a young and growing nation that should learn from its mistakes and not perpetuate them on behalf of those that profit from their continuation.

I do not recall this matter being submitted for consideration by “We the People” or where our state representatives have the moral or legal authority to make such judgments. But, then again, this is Kellogg’s Kalifornia, dominated by flakes, fruits, and nuts.

The corollary to the Golden Rule should be: live and let live.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell