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Oct 21 2020

California Exodus Picks Up Steam

Ben Shapiro — out of there. Joe Rogan — out of there. Charles Schwab — out of there. Nerdronic — out of there:

If moonbats can make the promised land of California unlivable, they can do it everywhere. What if the exodus only serves to spread the disease that is killing the Golden State?

The Babylon Bee has a solution:

To the relief of Texans across the state, Governor Greg Abbott has signed a law prohibiting escaping Californians from voting after they move to Texas. Experts say this will prevent the happy and prosperous slice of heaven from sliding into the endless despair and crushing poverty of leftist policy. …

According to sources, emergency legislation was drafted after it was discovered that 97% of Californians favor destroying every small business on the planet and salting the earth where the businesses once stood. They also favor mandatory gay marriage and banning all country music to avoid hurting the ears of sea turtles.

No wonder California’s Facebook wants to deplatform the Babylon Bee:

On Tuesday, Facebook stood by its decision to demonetize the Christian satire site The Babylon Bee over a satire article regurgitating a witch joke from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Facebook claimed that the article “Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch” actually “incites violence.” The social media platform demanded that the Babylon Bee edit the article and not speak publicly about the review, but Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon went public.

Those who leave California so that they can run a business without excessive taxation and suffocating regulation ought to know enough never to vote Democrat again. But successful businesses hire people. People leave where the jobs aren’t (places run by Democrats) and go where the jobs are (places not run by Democrats). Tragically, they often bring their politics with them.

Leaving for other states may become pointless if Democrats prevail and sabotage the system so as to impose long-term California-style single party rule on a nationwide basis. As in California, when the situation gets bad enough, those who can afford to will leave. The rest will be stuck in a deteriorating hellhole.

On tips from Lyle, Kate P, KirklesWorth, and Dragon’s Lair.

Oct 19 2020

Los Angeles to Send Unarmed Response Teams Instead of Cops

After Democrats have demonized, defunded, and hamstrung the police, who is going to answer your emergency call? If California really is our future, the answer is unarmed response teams.

From the Western Journal:

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to created a pilot program to send “unarmed response” teams to nonviolent calls which are currently handled by the city’s police department.

“Nonviolent” situations do not always remain nonviolent, particularly when an arrest must be made.

City Council’s President Nury Martinez hails this dangerous idiocy as “a seminal moment in our City’s history in our efforts to reimagine public safety.”

Honks Martinez,

“Ultimately, this will also allow us to provide our Black and Brown communities with the resources they deserve.”

Because who cares about white communities, since white people are racist and bad? Or maybe Martinez is acknowledging that black and brown communities will pay the price for ideologically driven anarchy because that’s where the crime is.

Calls deemed not to require police include those involving mental health, drug abuse, suicidal threats, and conflict resolution — all situations that can take unexpected violent turns.

Psychologists and social workers are poorly equipped to deal with the hordes of mentally ill and/or drug-crazed derelicts whose population has been exploding in California.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world so peaceful that unarmed response teams would suffice? Unfortunately, our world is crowded with people like George Floyd and Jacob Blake. Force is required to protect society from them.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Oct 08 2020

California Takes Down Trump Sign

It probably takes the socialist bureaucrats running California several months to put up a stop sign. But when a giant TRUMP sign appeared along Interstate 405, resembling the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign, they flew into action, tearing it down within a few hours of it being erected in the Sepulveda Pass Monday night.

[A] Caltrans spokesperson said it needed to be removed, arguing that it “was a life and safety issue because there were concerns about distracted driving.”

They required a pretext, the land being private. You didn’t think California’s liberal rulers would allow such a sign to stand, did you?

If someone puts up a flashing neon Black Lives Matter sign accompanied by a giant rotating hammer and sickle, that won’t distract drivers. It will be granted protected monument status and maintained indefinitely at taxpayer expense.

The moonbat who reported the sign to the Stasi complained that it could start a fire because like everything else in that part of the country that isn’t surrounded by pavement, it is near dry brush. Not even California authorities would go along with that pretext. They left the sign, but laid it down so that no one can see it from the road.

On a tip from Adam.

Sep 30 2020

Berkeley Bans Unapproved Food in Checkout Lanes

Berkeley continues to blaze a path into the most picayune reaches of authoritarian moonbattery. The rest of the country will follow once Democrats have to political leverage to force us to. At least it is all for our own good. Berkeley has achieved the distinction of being the first city in the country to ban the sale of unapproved snack food in grocery store checkout lanes:

In its place, stores will be required to “sell more nutritious food and beverage options in their checkout areas.”

Let them eat alfalfa sprouts, or whatever it is trendy for liberal bureaucrats to believe is good for them.

Beginning in March 2021, cookies, candy, chips and cans of soda will no longer be displayed near cash registers.

It’s still a free country. Grocers will be allowed to stock sugar-free gum and milk near the checkout lane — until the City Council realizes that milk is racist.

The decree also affects drug stores like CVS and Walgreens.

Once again, the ChiCom virus is exploited as a pretext for government encroachment:

[Vice-Mayor Sophie] Hahn says the policy is necessary because the pandemic has proved that people with underlying conditions like diabetes are more susceptible to COVID-19.

Total safety is just a few million more regulations away.

On tips from Steve T and Lyle.

Sep 24 2020

Gavin Newsom Bans Conventional Vehicles

Never assume that Democrats will not follow up on an agenda item that is self-evidently insane. Where they have consolidated unchallenged power, there is no limit to the lunatic tyranny they will inflict. California is a case in point.

Only 10 years ago, California had a Republican governor (if you want to count Arnold Schwarzenegger as Republican). Only 45 years ago, Ronald Reagan was the governor. But due largely to demographic changes, Democrats will control the state for the foreseeable future, no matter how poorly they rule. So they rule like this:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order to ban gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035…

Barks Newsom:

“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change. … Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”

No serious person could believe that banning cars in California will have a perceptible effect on sea levels.

Electric cars are mainly powered by fossil fuels anyway, since wind and solar generate nowhere near enough electricity, and leftists consider nuclear energy politically unclean. Manufacturing the batteries for electric cars is environmentally devastating.

Banning regular cars is economically crippling tyranny for its own sake.

Damage to the economy isn’t a bug; it’s a feature. The Great Depression and FDR would have kept each other going indefinitely if World War II had not intervened. The economic crash of 2008 swept Barack Obama into power; his policies stalled recovery for years. Trump was coasting to reelection until overreaction to COVID-19 caused the economy to crash again. What is bad for the economy is good for the Democratic Party.

Stand by to see if California Democrats ban electricity next. By then, these people could control the whole country. Already, a far-left California Democrat is running for de facto president.

On a tip from R F.

Sep 17 2020

Why Ben Shapiro Is Leaving California

Ben Shapiro has one of the sharpest minds on the right, which may have had some wondering why he stays on the sinking ship of leftist-ruled California. Here’s why: he grew up there, and if not for the moonbattery, it would be a great place. But enough is enough — he is moving to Nashville, and taking the Daily Wire with him:

As Venezuelans learned the hard way, you cannot do business indefinitely under leftist rule. This is why today’s radicalized Democrats taking control of the federal government could be catastrophic. Where will Shapiro move operations if leftists secure permanent national control by killing the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court, institutionalizing voter fraud, making DC, Puerto Rico, and who knows where else into states, importing tens of millions of needy foreigners, et cetera?

On a tip from Lyle.

Sep 10 2020

King Pin Lock and/or California Causes Cancer, Birth Defects

California’s massive population makes it a hegemon that is sometimes able to impose its will on the rest of the country, dictating the content of textbooks and emission standards. This may also apply to warning labels, which means we could see a few howlers like the one warning of the risk of “cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm” posed by the Infinity King Pin Lock. Because the warning was apparently written by Joe Biden, it actually reads that California may cause these afflictions:

As LockPickingLawyer observes, the more warning labels the nanny-staters mandate, the less seriously we will take any of them.

On a tip from ScrewyPuppy.

Sep 03 2020

California Bill Softens Penalty for Gay Sex With Teens

California provides a window into the single-party supermajority Democrat rule planned for our national future. America will be a great place to live — for pedophiles. California’s General Assembly marches on the next civil right frontier by passing this:

The bill — SB 145 — was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D), an openly gay man, and seeks to prevent gay adults who sodomize or perform oral sex with underage teenagers from being automatically assigned to California’s sex offender registry.

Progressives progress by increments. Mr Magoo could see what this progresses toward.

The bill passed the California state Senate by a 23-10 vote and passed the Assembly by a 41-18 vote, the San Fransisco Chronicle reported.

Not even close. Gavin Newsom is likely to sign it into law.

On the Senate floor, Wiener proclaimed of his bill:

“This eliminates discrimination against LGBTQ youth in our criminal justice system.”

Lightening the penalty for sexually abusing children “eliminates discrimination.” This illustrates what the concept of civil rights has deteriorated into.

Earlier, Wiener moved the ball forward toward utopia with legislation that reduced the penalty for knowingly transmitting HIV to a misdemeanor.

Senator Wiener in his native habitat.

On a tip from Varla.

Sep 01 2020

Gavin Newsom Presents Endless Lockdown

California used to be associated with endless summer. Then came moonbattery. Now it is associated with endless lockdown:

“We need to live differently,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday after moving the state re-opening goalposts once again. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yet another new set of guidelines for re-opening counties in California…

If anyone is still unclear about the governor’s actual goals: a county can average one “case” per 100,000 for three weeks and still not be fully open.

The California Restaurant Association said in a statement Friday that restaurants will continue to close permanently around the state because Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan will continue to keep most indoor dining rooms closed, while others will have strict limits on capacity.

Gyms are among the other businesses getting devastated.

More closed businesses mean more unemployment, which in turn means more government dependence. Today’s Democrats understand why FDR and the Great Depression would have kept each other going forever if WWII hadn’t intervened.

Barks Newsom:

“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and we all need to adapt.”

By “we” he means “you.” Like Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Newsom regards COVID-19 restrictions as “For thee, not me.”

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Victory Girls.

Aug 27 2020

Treating California Wildfires Like Black Lives Matter

Rather than risk the wrath of environmentalists by keeping wildfires under control through proactive forest management, Gavin Newsom might find it more convenient to apply the same approach that Democrat governors take to the unending Black Lives Matter riots. The Babylon Bee demonstrates:

“The fires are mostly peaceful, mostly calm — nothing to worry about,” Newsom said as the fires burned through thousands of acres of forest behind him.

To make doubly sure he keeps well-heeled, politically powerful environmentalist types on his side, as well as social justice warriors, he could remind the public that humans are interlopers and exploiters:

Newsom also pointed out that fires were here before humans, and so in a way, we stole the land from fires, and the indigenous infernos are just taking the reparations they are due. “If a peaceful fire approaches your home, do not fight back. That would be racist. Allow it to consume your home — peacefully, of course — if you are a true ally of indigenous peoples everywhere.”

At least the liberal establishment has not been whipping up wildfires deliberately, as it has been doing with the ongoing urban conflagration by validating and even egging on rioters as it extols their toxic ideology.

On a tip from Lyle.

Aug 22 2020

Government-Funded Sterilization of Children

Under moonbat rule, that which is not forbidden is mandatory — or at the very least, government funded. This includes sterilizing children in the name of transgender ideology. In California,

A committee in the state Senate recently passed a bill designated AB 2218, which would establish a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to finance medical interventions for trans-identifying individuals. Such interventions could include puberty-blocking drugs, cross-sex hormones (testosterone for females, estrogen for males), and mutilating surgeries such as mastectomies and castrations.

Such “interventions” prevent normal development and are likely to result in sterilization.

The bill states repeatedly that the resources will be used for trans-identifying “people” or “individuals” – nowhere limited to individuals 18 years of age or over. In fact, the “findings” section of the bill gives statistics about the number of “youth 12 to 17” who are viewed as gender-nonconforming.

Clearly, the bill is intended to apply to children. Yet even at this point in our cultural decline, sterilizing children can evoke a negative reaction. Therefore,

Bill sponsor Assemblyman Miguel Santiago testified at the Senate hearing that “nothing [in the bill] talks about sterilizing kids. Nothing, I will repeat, in this bill points to anything to do with children.” Senator Susan Rubio chimed in that she had read the bill “very, very carefully” but “didn’t find anything about sterilizing children.”

That it does not specifically say “sterilize children” in the bill does not mean it won’t result in sterilized children. It probably doesn’t say “impose economic collapse” or “radically reduce our standard of living” anywhere in the Green New Deal. Progressives can never be forthright about the predictable consequences of their measures, or the frog would hop out of the pot before it comes to a boil.

On a tip from Troy H.

Aug 21 2020

California Blackouts Presage Green Energy Future

It’s not as if Democrats want to take a chance on green energy, as if maybe it will work. They already know what will happen if we are forced to rely on it. It is already happening, right in front of everyone in California:

Millions of Californians have lost power in recent days amid a brutal heat wave, and state regulators warn of more outages in the days and perhaps years to come.

Democrats reflexively scapegoat the power companies, which have been hamstrung by hyperregulation and ideologically driven green energy mandates to the point that they are no longer able to keep the lights on.

California’s Independent System Operator (Caiso) has been warning for years that the state’s increasing dependence on intermittent renewables, especially solar, is making it harder to ensure reliable power. Renewables currently make up about 36% of California’s electric generation, and Democrats have set a 60% mandate for 2030 and 100% for 2045.

Absent some revolutionary scientific breakthrough that probably won’t happen, there is no possibility that green energy can meet 100% of California’s power needs. It can’t even handle 36%.

Caiso in part blamed cloud cover, weak winds and failures at a couple of power plants for this weekend’s power outages.

Society cannot function if there is only a reliable power source when it is sunny out and the wind is blowing.

California is forced by its own moonbattery to import power from other states. But during a heatwave, and with green energy lunacy metastasizing throughout the country, other states won’t always have enough to spare.

[Governor Gavin] Newsom on Monday waived the state’s emissions standards to allow businesses and utilities to run fossil-fuel generators, many procured for emergency power outages during wildfire seasons.

This proves Newsom knows that reliable power does not come from solar panels, wind turbines, or pixie dust. Yet California continues to shut down clean and efficient natural gas and nuclear plants out of sheer moonbattery.

Even now, Newsom proclaims that single-party California remains “committed to radically changing the way we produce and consume energy.”

Power to keep the lights on takes a back seat to the power they will have over us if they can impose the Green New Deal. Get used to sweltering in the dark if Democrats prevail.

On a tip from Varla.

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