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Jul 14 2022

California Cities Banning New Gas Stations

Democrats can never make the situation so awful that they will not deliberately make it worse. Their control of the federal government means skyrocketing gas prices because of the Biden Regime’s War on Oil. Their tighter control of California means that, pricey as gas is in the country as a whole (currently $4.61), it is pricier still in the Land of Fruits and Nuts (currently $5.99). The price will climb even higher after Democrats make the product scarcer by forbidding the construction of new gas stations:

Last year, Petaluma Councilwoman D’Lynda Fischer led the way to prohibiting new gas stations in her city of 60,000 people, the Los Angeles Times reported. …

This has since kicked off a movement among Californians to bring about more green energy policies by banning the building of future gas stations.

According to liberal ideology, forcing people to drive around all day looking for a gas station will improve the weather.

Since Petaluma’s decision, four other cities in the Bay Area have followed its example.

Now, even Los Angeles is considering a new proposal that is aimed at banning future construction of new gas stations, in attempt to reduce the use of gasoline overall, CBS News reported.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz said that this proposal is just a “small step” towards helping the planet and won’t affect people that much.

On the contrary, it won’t affect the planet at all, but will make driving in Los Angeles even more nightmarish than it is already.

As Islamic armies poured out of Arabia to conquer the mainly Christian Middle East, subjugated populations were not allowed to build new churches — or even to repair existing ones. Libs appear to have learned from the totalitarian Muslims of the Dark Ages, with whom they have so much in common:

In his proposal, current gas stations would also be limited — no new pumps or repairs would be permitted. Only electric vehicle charging stations would be allowed.

In addition to being inefficient, extravagantly expensive, unreliable, and prone to bursting into flames, electric vehicles are worse for the environment than proper cars — confirming that envirotyranny is about tyranny, not the environment.

On a tip from Blackjack.

Jun 29 2022

California AG Releases Addresses of Gun Owners

Moonbat ideology has no basis of morality other than political correctness, which is determined by whatever helps the Party increase its power. This frees up Democrats to employ tactics that regular Americans would recoil from. For example, California’s Attorney General — a position previously held by top Biden Regime officials Kamala Harris and Xavier Becerra — just doxed thousands of gun owners:

Files leaked from the database included the home addresses, full names and dates of birth for every gun owner in the state, according to The Reload. …

California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a press release Monday announcing, “new and updated firearms data available through the California Department of Justice (DOJ)’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal.”

It isn’t only burglars who might find this information useful. Terror tactics employed by the leftist thugs comprising Antifa and Ruth Sent Us emphasize the weaponization potential of personal information. When Nicholas John Roske got hold of Justice Kavanaugh’s address, he showed up at his house intending to kill him, no doubt egged on to violence by prominent Democrats.

“Today’s announcement puts power and information into the hands of our communities by helping them better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms within our state,” Bonta said of the dashboard.

If only California voters understood the potential dangers of letting liberals have power.

Currently the Firearms Dashboard Portal is down, and authorities are “investigating.” Maybe it was all just a mistake. Or maybe, when they overstep and someone calls them on it, they step back — for now.

On a tip from Lyle.

Jun 02 2022

California’s Choice: Moonbattery or Water

As we know, the California farmers we rely on for food are always wrong. They are particularly wrong when they try to hog up water that it would be more politically correct to flush out to sea in the name of the planet. No worries; leftist bureauweenies are on the case, making sure water is not wasted growing rice:

Colusa County in Northern California is the top producer of rice in the Sacramento Valley. Colusa County historically produces more than 150,000 acres of rice in a normal year. But in 2022, Colusa officials say they will only be able to produce a fraction of their usual rice crop, costing rice farmers, workers and suppliers hundreds of millions of dollars.

California ranks #2 among states for producing rice.

“In April 2022, the water districts serving Colusa County were given their final allocation for the 2022 growing season – 0.4-acre feet per acre,” Colusa County officials said in a statement. “This allocation is not enough to support rice production, and estimates show that the Sacramento Valley will fallow 370,000 of 450,000 acres in the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors service area, primarily in Colusa and Glenn Counties. Currently, less than 7,000 acres are estimated to be planted in Colusa County, resulting in a direct financial loss to growers in excess of $270 million.”

The problem is not so much a shortage of water as a surplus of moonbattery.

The first 50% of California’s water flows out to the Pacific Ocean for fish and environmental purposes – something the Public Policy Institute of California verified in 2019

Democrats revel in the mess they made, screeching self-righteously about drought resulting from global warming, which they claim they can reverse with still more of the regulations that caused the problem in the first place.

At least the farmers will be okay. The government that won’t let them grow food will bail them out with other people’s money. Colusa County Administrator Wendy Tyler calls for “a payroll protection plan and rental assistance” for farm workers.

Meanwhile, as Legal Insurrection reports,

California is reinstating a new set of restrictions and water-use mandates.

Rationing water is necessary because, under liberal rule, you can forget about the erstwhile Golden State taking steps to secure more water.

A few short weeks ago, the state’s coastline protection unanimously rejected the development of a $1.4 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach that would have converted ocean water into municipal water for Orange County residents. … Not content with simply rejecting new infrastructure proposals, California officials are also now tearing down essential public water supply assets.

Californians can have water or they can have moonbattery; the choice is theirs.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Jun 02 2022

California Court Rules That Bumblebees Are Fish

If a man can be a woman, then it stands to reason that a bumblebee can be a fish:

[B]umblebees can be classified as endangered in California — even if that requires defining “fish,” a category of protected creatures under state law, to include bees, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

California’s endangered species law protects any “bird, mammal, fish, amphibia or reptile” declared to be endangered. Since bees clearly are not birds, mammals, amphibia, or reptiles, they must be fish.

Environmental groups asked the state Fish and Game Commission in 2018 to classify four bumblebee species as endangered, and the commission agreed in 2019 to consider them as candidates, a decision that immediately barred any actions that would kill the bees or destroy their habitat.

Those restrictions were removed in December 2020 by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles in response to a lawsuit by agricultural organizations, which said the classifications were unauthorized by law and potentially ruinous to farmers, who might refuse to allow beehives on their land.

A fundamental law of California politics is that farmers are always wrong and need to be punished.

The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento ruled that any imperiled invertebrate can be counted as a fish, despite fish not being invertebrates.

“A fish, as the term is commonly understood in everyday parlance, of course, lives in aquatic environments,” Justice Ronald Robie acknowledged in the 3-0 ruling. But he said state lawmakers, when they approved the current law in 1984, knew that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which enforced the law, had found that it protected invertebrates living on land.

You follow the logic, right? Or do you hate the planet?

On tips from R F, Bluto, Dragon’s Lair, and Lyle.

May 16 2022

Fighting Fire With Gasoline Part II: Gavin Newsom

The Democrat tactic of putting out fires with gasoline applies not only to child sexual abuse. They also use it on inflation:

Californian Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new inflationary package that would inject another $18.1 billion dollars into the economy.

The last time we lived through the 1970s, this was material for a comedy skit. With people like Gavin Newsom in power, reality is just like comedy except not funny.

Inflation is caused by too much money chasing too few goods. Like Biden’s irresponsible policies, Newsom’s ham-fisted attempt to bribe voters with their own money is certain to exacerbate inflation.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

May 09 2022

Gavin Newsom Commits Thoughtcrime

While demagoguing on abortion, Gavin Newsom stepped on a rattlesnake by squealing, “If men could get pregnant, this wouldn’t even be a conversation,” as if no women opposed abortion and morally vacuous men did not have an interest in liquidating inconvenient offspring. His moronic lie is consistent with feminist dogma, but contradicts LGBT doctrine, which currently reigns supreme among Newsom’s fellow Democrats. Liberalism has degenerated to such an extreme of lunacy that it is now regarded as “transphobic” (i.e., thoughtcrime) to believe that only women can get pregnant.

As Armstrong Economics notes,

Newsom carelessly failed to mention the other 71 genders who can also give birth.

Hasn’t he seen the multiracial pregnant man emoji?

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that Newsom will pay a price for his insensitivity toward birthing persons of nonfemale gender, since not even liberals are crazy enough to expect intellectual consistency from liberals.

On a tip from StephaneDumas. Hat tip: MRCTV.

May 06 2022

California Desalination Plant Attacked on Behalf of Plankton

Envirofascists don’t need higher lifeforms like minnows to serve as pretexts to deny homes and farms the water they require. Even plankton can serve the purpose:

California state officials might have noticed that we’re enduring yet another historic drought — one so intense that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest water supplier, has this week announced mandatory conservation measures that not only restrict lawn watering, but prod residents to cut back their water usage by 30 percent.

California has a dry climate. If it doesn’t store sufficient water in reservoirs, it will periodically run out. Due to excessive taxation, the state has a massive budget surplus. But politicians in this single-party Democrat state will not spend the money on reservoirs for political reasons. As with wildfires caused by poor forest management, drought can be spun as evidence that global warming is real and requires still higher taxes and more repressive regulation.

Whereas Big Government cannot really control the weather, it does have the ability to make water more available. But it may prefer to champion a few handfuls of historically marginalized microscopic plankton.

Around the same time that MWD announced its restrictions, the California Coastal Commission — the ham-fisted environmental agency that regulates construction along the state’s 1,100-mile coastline — issued a staff report opposing a desalination plant at a shuttered power station in Huntington Beach. …

The proposed Poseidon Water facility could meet 16 percent of the water needs of Orange County, with its 3.1-million population.

However,

The Surfrider Foundation complains that these facilities’ water-intake systems “cause marine life mortality through impingement (pinning and trapping fish or other species against the intake structure screens) and entrainment (when intake pipes suck in and kill small species like plankton, fish eggs, and larvae) of species, and risks disrupting an area’s entire ecological balance.”

Lack of water disrupts the entire economy. But who cares what happens to humans? The plankton were here first.

Inland of the moonbat-infested coast, California is largely populated by farmers. They are among the most productive in the world. The rest of the country relies on them. When they are denied water in the name of delta smelt or plankton or fungus or whatever, all of us are affected.

So as to diversify their attack, opponents of the desalination plant also voice concerns regarding global warming and “environmental justice.”

As for actual motives, leftists have two. These apply regardless of the particular issue at hand: (1) lust for power and (2) malice against the human race.

On a tip from R F.

Apr 17 2022

Americans Sign Petition to Ban the Bible

The Bible has served as the foundation of Western Civilization for 2,000 years. Would the average zombie shambling around in California sign a petition to ban it? Mark Dice documents the answer:

California came close to banning the Bible in 2018. Assembly Bill 2943 “effectively [would] make it illegal to buy or sell anything that promotes the view that homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”

Throughout human history, if you asked any given 10,000 people whether homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice, about 9,999 would answer, “Of course.” This attitude is firmly reinforced in the Bible. It is an attitude liberals suppress.

AB2943 was withdrawn for the time being, but banning the Bible remains entirely consistent with the mentality of our progressive ruling class.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Mar 31 2022

Palm Springs to Provide Guaranteed Income to Transsexuals

In California, Land of Liberals, Oakland pays people to not be white. West Hollywood pays people to be homosexual. Why shouldn’t Palm Springs pay people to be transsexual?

A Southern California city is moving forward with plans for monthly payments as high as $900 to transgender and nonbinary residents to help them overcome discrimination.

The sexually deranged are the most privileged of all identity groups. Our most sacred institution (marriage), women’s sports, and biological reality itself have been sacrificed in obeisance to this tiny minority. Transsexuals sit enthroned at the very top of the Cultural Marxist totem pole, above even sacred blacks. Yet the liberal media tells us with a straight face that they need other people’s money to overcome “discrimination.”

Looks like the Palm Springs program will be privately funded to start. But that means of raising revenue is limited, so…

Additionally, they’ll look at ways to tap into a $35 million fund created by California lawmakers to provide monthly payments to pregnant women and young adults who’ve recently left foster care. The new pot of money would be distributed by local governments and nonprofits.

That is, the state government will confiscate money from taxpayers and bestow it upon a favored identity group as a reward for pretending to be the opposite sex.

Jacob Rostovsky, Queer Works executive director, told Newsweek he expects the program to be similar to other guaranteed income pilot programs launched in other U.S. cities.

Even taxpayer pockets aren’t bottomless. When liberals achieve the leverage to impose programs like this at the federal level, they will be funded by the same means Biden has used to finance his agenda — namely, inflating the currency.

Due to the wanton irresponsibility of our moonbat rulers, the dollar will not be the world’s reserve currency for long. Soon hyperinflation will set it, initiating the total collapse that is the end goal of Democrat economic policy. This is to be followed by straightforward communism.

On a tip from Franco.

Mar 30 2022

Brown Bagging Aborted Babies: Perinatal Babies Next?

The contempt some show for the sanctity of innocent human life chills the soul. At the University of Washington School of Medicine, they reportedly keep aborted babies and organs harvested from them in paper bags in the fridge, like sack lunches.

Even some lefties are appalled, like the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising:

The activists found the freezer by following a paper trail of invoices that recorded the purchase of various fetal body parts by universities and research labs across the country. …

“The American people must be made aware of the mass dehumanization of these unborn children who are violently killed and thrown into a freezer, whose body parts are then portioned out to researchers in pursuit of federal funding,” PAAU Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac said. …

David Prentice, the vice president at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and an expert in stem cell research, told the Washington Examiner that the storage of the human fetal remains was “unethical,” as informed consent could not be obtained from a deceased individual…

It is also unlikely that the deceased individuals consented to be aborted.

University of Washington maintains the nation’s largest fetal organ tissue bank, as came to light after undercover videos revealed Planned Parenthood employees haggling over the price of the baby body parts they sell.

David Daleiden was arrested for making these videos. California has allegedly been suppressing evidence that could aid in his legal defense. Via Daily Signal:

In March 2017, former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an arrest warrant detailing 15 criminal charges against the pro-life activist. Becerra has since assumed the role of secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In November 2019, Planned Parenthood was awarded more than $2 million in damages against Daleiden after a jury ruled that he broke the law by secretly filming Planned Parenthood workers.

Preceding Becerra as California Attorney General, Kamala Harris took part in persecuting Daleiden for embarrassing the abortion industry with his investigative journalism.

California is what you get when evil people run the state government. Now they run the federal government.

Both Planned Parenthood and much of the research conducted on the body parts it sells are generously funded by our federal tax dollars.

Why stop at unborn children? Also from California:

AB 2223 was introduced in February as a placeholder for future legislative language amid a raft of pro-abortion proposals advanced by lawmakers, following radically pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s promise to make California a “sanctuary” for abortion, Right to Life League reported.

On March 17, the bill’s authors submitted updated language to amend existing state laws.

Under the new language, a “person shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability or penalty, or otherwise deprived of their rights, based on their actions or omissions with respect to their pregnancy or actual, potential, or alleged pregnancy outcome, including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death.”

The word “perinatal” in this context appears to mean that it will be legal to murder children in California up to age 2 years. This should give Newsom’s nascent abortion tourism industry a boost.

On Tuesday, Gov. Newsom signed legislation to make abortions free in the Golden State by bulldozing out-of-pocket costs for abortion services covered under health insurance plans.

Maybe they can sell some dead babies to University of Washington to recoup part of the cost of the “free” abortions.

On tips from seaoh and Chris Neilson.

Mar 18 2022

Bribing Californians With Gas Tax Money

Gasoline prices are through the roof, primarily due to Democrats’ ideologically driven campaign to suppress domestic energy production. The situation is even worse in California, due to the excessive taxation and regulation that inevitably result from Democrat rule. The moonbats running the erstwhile Golden State have a solution to keep the public from getting angry enough to vote them out of office:

The lawmakers, most of them Democrats, proposed pulling $9 billion from California’s $45 billion budget surplus to fund rebates that would more than cover the 51-cent-per-gallon state gas tax for one full year of weekly fill-ups for a car with a 15-gallon tank.

They confiscate an extra 51¢ per gallon, then give it back to you — for a while. That is, they want to bribe Californians to vote for them with their own money.

More accurately, they want to bribe Californians with other Californians’ money.

The surprising thing is that this rebate wouldn’t only be aimed at drivers, and you wouldn’t need to show proof of car ownership or provide gas receipts. The thinking is that all residents are experiencing a hit right now with inflation and the rising cost of living expenses.

So they throw money at everybody. Because that’s what cures inflation.

If the proposal passes, anyone who files taxes in the state would receive $400 — no matter how much you drive, no matter how much money you make and regardless of whether you have a car, the release said.

Free money! Hurray! All you have to do is vote Democrat.

California has the highest gas tax in the country. Rather than rebating it to people who don’t pay it, Republicans want to suspend the gas tax. But that wouldn’t advance equity.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. - Alexis de Tocqueville

On tips from Bluto and FrenchLeTaunter.

Mar 15 2022

San Francisco Boycotts Most States

San Francisco is the world capital of liberalism. That’s where to go if you want to find liberal tolerance:

A March 4 memorandum from City Administrator Carmen Chu reveals that San Francisco will not enter into contracts with businesses headquartered in most of the United States — 28 states in all. Official travel to those states is also forbidden.

These states have been canceled for being insufficiently left wing on the topics of submitting to the LGBT agenda, abortion, and election fraud.

It will come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the M.O. of San Francisco government that we have no tests nor audits nor analysis nor methodology to determine if our travel bans or boycotts are making any difference for the good.

The point is to posture; actual results are irrelevant.

Liberal tolerance doesn’t come cheap:

As a result of this vast boycott, San Francisco is constraining the number of businesses it can ink deals with, which all but certainly inhibits quality and drives up costs. It also adds onerous time constraints to the contracting process, which leads to poor outcomes and also drives up costs.

That could be said of moonbattery in general, which is why so many businesses are escaping California.

Few moonbats learn from their mistakes. When their intolerant idiocy inevitably produces bad outcomes, they tend to double down. Also, they federalize and metastasize. That’s why they may be able to pull the whole country down with them.

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble.

Feb 25 2022

How a Deadly Pandemic Spreads

The states of Washington and Oregon were part of America once. Then California established colonies in Seattle and Portland. The results are personified by crazed leftist governors Jay Inslee and Kate Brown.

Flaky liberalism has made California so unlivable that now we see this:

Maybe this time they aren’t colonists. Maybe the majority of former Californians have learned the hard way that moonbattery is not an option, and they will help defend what is left of our country against it.

Otherwise, Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases should study this graphic to learn how a deadly pandemic spreads.

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble.

Feb 25 2022

Nearly $1 Million to House Each Derelict

Liberals attempt to solve the homelessness problem by throwing other people’s money at it. This incentivizes homelessness, which is why it has reached crisis levels in parts of the country controlled by liberals. Given that they pour across the open boarder, the supply of potential homeless people is infinite. In contrast, the supply of other people’s money is limited — especially when you consider how inefficiently liberals spend it:

A $1.2 billion program intended to quickly build housing for Los Angeles’ sprawling homeless population is moving too slowly while costs are spiking, with one project under development expected to hit as much as $837,000 for each housing unit, a city audit disclosed Wednesday.

About 1,200 units have been completed since voters approved the spending in 2016, which was then a centerpiece in a strategy intended to get thousands of people off the streets.

Big Government caused the homelessness crisis by enabling the lifestyle; by disincentivizing work and personal responsibility; by shackling the economy with excessive taxes and regulations that reduce employment; by allowing devastating drugs to flow across the border and using taxpayer money to encourage their use; and by making housing prohibitively expensive through inflation and (especially in California) envirofascist lunacy. At the risk of stating the obvious, the solution to homelessness is not more Big Government.

Admittedly, government could make itself useful by closing the border and locking up the floridly insane. But constructive measures are not on the agenda.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom … has budgeted record sums to combat homelessness… The state is providing roughly $12 billion on homelessness programs over two years. …

When [Mayor Eric ] Garcetti took office in 2013, the city was spending about $10 million treating homelessness. The budget he signed last year included about $1 billion.

Consequently, homelessness is skyrocketing. Yet the fools in charge learn nothing.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says the project is coming along fine, “producing more units than promised, at a lower cost than expected.” Homeless advocates shriek that the money already wasted represents only a drop in the bucket.

The problem will continue to get worse until the San Andreas Fault mercifully steps in to put moonbat-infested coastal California out of its misery.

On a tip from Henry.

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