Considering how deep-blue San Francisco is, I am not even a little bit surprised to find that the people who run that city are massive hypocrites. As it turns out, even as local and state politicians have argued and mandated that public gyms (as in regular people, as opposed to the politicians, use them) as well as other “non-essential” businesses must be closed, that seemingly did not apply to the amenities that affect the ruling class, only the peasant class.
According to The Washington Examiner, “Gyms within government buildings in San Francisco have been open for months, despite privately owned establishments being ordered to close due to the coronavirus.”
So, in San Francisco alone, we have a salon who had been ordered to be closed for months and was hemorrhaging money only to be told to reopen for one person in particular, that being her highness Nancy Pelosi (who hilariously tried to blame the salon owner, showing just how insufferable she is), and now, we come to find that gyms for government workers have been open this entire time, even despite the warnings those very people were giving public gyms about how “unsafe” it was for people to work out in indoor gyms.
What a sick joke it is to live in Commiefornia. Understandably, one gym owner told a local NBC News station: “It’s shocking, it’s infuriating. Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking.”
Well, of course there are no repercussions and ramifications even while they are being exposed. YOU ARE DEALING WITH DEMOCRATS! Hypocrisy doesn’t stick to them. They do not get punished for blatant corruption.
For crying out loud, the current Democrat nominee has deep business ties with CHINA AND UKRAINE! He is essentially a puppet for Xi Jinping, but the media will never bring it up and they would even pretend that it doesn’t matter at all and play it off as a non-issue.
Sen. Diane Feinstein was caught employing a Chinese national for DECADES and literally NOTHING came of it, other than the Chinese national getting fired. No repercussions for Feinstein or anything. She was exposing national-security secrets and NOTHING came of it. Not to mention she was part of that whole pre-COVID stock market fraud, but the media focused largely on Sen. Loeffler.
The last Democrat nominee literally had a foundation that would take money from the Saudis and the Chinese (and whomever else, really) in exchange for “favors”. What do you think “pay-for-play” was all about?
Hypocrisy is a charge that does not stick to the Democrats because the media sides with the Democrats. The only standards the Left has are double standards, where we, the peasants, are supposed to listen and obey them even as they do something entirely contrary to what they tell us.
People are not allowed to go to salons, but Nancy Pelosi can (funny enough, in order to save some amount of face, the city began to ease on restrictions for salon owners following Pelosi being exposed). People are not allowed to go to the gym, but government workers can.
According to the Washington Examiner, the “gyms that have been open for government employees include those for police officers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals, according to the report. One such gym, the Hall of Justice gym, has been open since July 1.”
Now, I can understand gyms for police officers being open. Police precincts usually have gyms within them and it makes sense that out of everyone, they should still be allowed to work out in gyms (especially given the current social climate). They have to uphold the law and do many of the same tasks they usually do outside of a pandemic, so it makes sense for their gyms to still be open.
But what is a judge going to do with an open gym? Why does his or her gym get to be open for them? What need do government lawyers have to continue working out?
It makes sense for cops’ gyms to be open, given their line of work, but judges don’t go out hitting criminals with their gavel. Lawyers don’t go out hitting criminals with a case. Bailiffs, I suppose, could make sense given that they are supposed to maintain safety in the courtroom and they need to be physically fit to do so. But the others, apart from cops, don’t need their gyms to remain open, particularly as the rest of us plebs (I don’t live in San Francisco, but I doubt this double standard is exclusive to this city) are told we cannot go certain places or do certain activities.
Another gym owner put it how I just described it: “It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to do.”
Yep, you, the peasant, have to obey and eat bread, if you can get some, while the ruling class gets to do basically whatever they want (see: Nancy Pelosi, again) and get to eat cake (and then burn all those calories in government gyms).
“But Freddie, COVID can spread quickly if all gyms are open,” the ignoramus will argue. Okay, what sense does it make to claim that public gyms are dangerous but government gyms are not? If the argument is that the virus can spread quickly in an indoor area with plenty of people, who are naturally not going to be wearing masks as to avoid getting a lack of oxygen, then why is a public gym at all different from a gym in a government building?
Not that I expect the liberal ignoramus to be able to answer, let alone honestly. The Left will actually argue that, even as people are not allowed to go to the beach, people are allowed to protest and riot for a Leftist political cause. No masks or social distancing or other health and safety guidelines are required at such protests, but other people not participating must still abide by those rules.
You can’t go to church to pray but you can to set it on fire. You can’t go to a park with your family but you can with your communist revolutionary friends to tear down statues and deface public property.
These double standards are BLATANT and the Left does not get punished for it, apart perhaps from the polls. And even then, the polls didn’t show that they were suffering until the media began to cover and justify obvious criminal acts of destruction as being “mostly peaceful”, all with even a garbage study that says that 93% of the protests were peaceful, while ignoring that that means that there were nearly 600 RIOTS IN 220 LOCATIONS because there were THOUSANDS of protests all across the country in the last three months.
The Left is filled with hypocrites but that hardly seems to matter to some people or event to many. I hope that, given this, things will begin to change a little.
I cannot imagine that the local business owners in places like San Francisco, which have suffered some of the strictest lockdown measures in the country (alongside other deep-blue cities and states), will be too keen on continuing to vote for the Democrats that ruin their businesses and live like royalty, borderline literally.
Do I expect California to turn red this year? Not really. But I do expect some people to recognize just how the Left has been running things and see the results of such governance. San Francisco was literally a “s**thole” before this pandemic began, let alone during it. If there is any hope of cities getting out of the craphole that they are in and return to prosperity, they have to stop voting for those who blatantly hate them and enact policies that are meant to hurt them in every way possible.
The Left must be defeated at all costs and everywhere possible.
“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
Plenty has been going on this past week. Perhaps the biggest story, of course, is the ongoing DNC, featuring liars, cheaters, deceivers, rapists, a young socialist who hilariously endorsed the guy who was not made the nominee that same night, and, of course, the Democrat nominee and Joe Biden’s husband: Joe Biden.
However, a story that has not really been reported on a whole lot, largely because it completely craps all over the Green New Deal and heavily exposes its many flaws, is the story of the California blackouts happening as a result of the state’s insistence on using “renewable energy” to power itself up but with those sources failing to meet the demand of Californian residents.
Over the last week, California had been experiencing a series of blackouts that make the state look like Venezuela, likely because socialists run both places, as a result of renewable energy sources failing to meet demand. Officials said that the blackouts came due to the “unexpected loss of a 470-megawatt power plant Saturday evening, as well as the loss of nearly 1,000 megawatts of wind power.”
The state’s overreliance on wind and solar has led to these blackouts, because there is little wind currently blowing and solar panels have a hard time collecting power from the sun when there are clouds in the sky or when it’s nighttime.
According to Breitbart: “On Friday, Newsom said, the state had fallen about 1,000 megawatts short; on Saturday, it fell 450 megawatts short. Sunday saw only ‘modest or minor’ interruptions. But on Monday, he said, the state would be 4,400 megawatts short of ‘where we believe we needed to be.’”
It doesn’t help California’s residents either that they are currently experiencing a massive heat wave, record-breaking temperatures, and wildfires in their forests.
Now, even despite this, Newsom still insists on continuing the “transition” to “100% renewable” energy, clearly not having learned the lesson that these other energy sources cannot, as currently constructed, meet the demand of the entire state. If they could, we wouldn’t even be talking about blackouts NOW.
Still, he did admit that “we cannot sacrifice reliability as we move forward in this transition” and that they need to be “more sober” about renewable energy, which is extremely rare for any Leftist to do.
I don’t imagine the Left would be all too happy to hear this (provided anyone does hear it, considering this story exposes the flaws of green energy as being insufficient and leading to a series of blackouts and no proponent of these communist policies would dare share a story which would expose these things).
The reason I say this is because any semblance of a thought that green energy is in any way flawed or with drawbacks must be shut down. Michael Moore was lambasted for releasing a film which EXPOSED the inefficiencies of “green” energy, being extremely dependent on the very fossil-fuels they claim to be trying to replace.
I’ve already written a little about this movie, more specifically, in a rebuke by another Leftist environmentalist wacko who was among the people who lambasted Moore for the movie, so there is not much point in me going too far into it. But the point remains that even MICHAEL MOORE, who was, for a long time, a Leftist sweetheart who was always reliable for attacking and “exposing” Republicans with documentaries, was attacked for straying from the hive mind surrounding green energy.
Moore was essentially tried as a traitor to the Left for that documentary, even as in that very movie, he still espoused the same Leftist beliefs about climate change he always did and ultimately argued in favor of population control to keep the amount of people who are “able” to “affect” the climate to a minimum.
So for Gavin Newsom to even slightly suggest that there are flaws the Left has overlooked in terms of the reliability of green energy, I can’t imagine many people would be too happy with him over this. Though, I have hardly heard anything about it, once again, because the entire story hurts the Leftist narrative surrounding green energy, so I doubt Newsom will experience much falling out with other Leftists over this admission.
Not that he’s wrong, of course. There definitely are PLENTY of flaws regarding so-called green energy, not only in terms of economic price but also in terms of practicality. It is IMPOSSIBLE for green energy to produce the amount of energy required to power up the entire state of California. And California is among the best-suited to try this sort of green energy tactic anyway!
They have a lot of natural advantages for using renewable energy. They get plenty of sun and nice weather, they get good wind flow, which is why they even have those wind farms in the first place, they are next to the biggest ocean in the world to try hydro and the state is very rich in natural resources.
California has all the advantages it could possibly need to try using so-called green energy sources, but the fact remains that the technology is not available for these sources to completely replace fossil fuels. Not only can they not produce the same output of energy as fossil fuels, but as Michael Moore’s documentary pointed out, they REQUIRE fossil fuels to even be used at all.
Solar panels require the mining of quartz and coal and fusing them together. This process requires the use of fossil fuels. Wind turbines have to be constructed with tools that require the use of fossil fuels. The two also require the mining of rare earth metals, again, a process which requires fossil fuels. Even ethanol requires fossil-fuel-based agricultural systems to produce corn, which fuels ethanol.
This is without even mentioning that wind and solar power plants take up a lot of arable land and often require terraforming, which also requires machinery which uses fossil fuels.
Green energy cannot output the same amount of power as fossil fuel can, and it requires fossil fuels to even be constructed and functional. There is ZERO logical reason to use solar, wind or whatever else in the stead of fossil fuels. The ONLY environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels which can produce a good amount of power is nuclear, but the Left sees it as just as evil as coal and gas.
For Gavin Newsom to admit that there are shortcomings to green energy sources is quite surprising, all things considered. Even when faced with blackouts, I wouldn’t put it past Leftists to pretend nothing is wrong, or at least, ignore the actual reason for the blackouts. I mean, he’s even routinely blamed the California wildfires on CLIMATE CHANGE despite the many other actual reasons such wildfires start, such as lightning striking a tree and catching it on fire, or the heatwaves drying the leaves, making them easily-flammable, etc.
For him to make this admission is honestly surprising, though, again, as few people are talking about it, I doubt he would be tried as a heretic by the cult of climate change for saying what he said.
Still, to try and continue the transition to “100% renewable”, which is an outright myth as renewable energy requires fossil fuels to be created and operated, will only lead California to face more blackouts and power problems.
I just hope the people of California come to the realization, at some point or another, that Leftist policies lead not to prosperity but struggle, and will begin voting these communists out of office forever.
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
The states of Wisconsin and California recently held special elections despite the current pandemic situation and the stay-at-home orders in place and to the joy of Republicans and conservatives, the Republican candidates enjoyed massive victories in both.
Let’s begin with Wisconsin, which Tom Tiffany, the Republican candidate and a state senator, won by 15 points to gain the seat of the former representative Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) after he retired and the seat was vacated back in September of last year.
According to the Associated Press: “Tom Tiffany, a state senator endorsed by President Donald Trump, easily won a special congressional election Tuesday in a heavily conservative, rural Wisconsin district, cheering Republicans even as Democrats argued the victory revealed vulnerabilities for the president among his base.”
Yeah, let me go ahead and say the following:
The “vulnerabilities” they are talking about are nonsense. Trump won that district by 20 points in 2016, so it definitely is a conservative district. A Republican’s victory is expected. What Democrats are trying to argue is that Tiffany won that district by “only” 15 points, which is five less points than Trump won it by four years ago.
However, the reasons for that “drop” are simple. First, we are comparing a special election that the vast majority of people, at least outside of the district, likely didn’t even know was happening to a record-turnout election in 2016 that virtually everyone and their mother was talking about.
General elections ALWAYS have bigger turnouts than midterm and particularly special elections. For Tiffany to still win that district by 15 points in a non-general election is a big deal and does not reveal any vulnerabilities for Trump and his base. The result is fairly relative to what Trump got under better circumstances.
Second, we are in the midst of a pandemic. Seemingly, 191,549 people went out to vote in that special election (by comparison, 362,061 people voted in 2016 in that district and 322,787 in 2018, so a noticeable drop). It’s clear that considerably less people voted in this special election because of both the fact it was a special election and not a general or midterm election and the fact that there is a pandemic going on and plenty of people would rather not go out and risk getting sick just to vote in a relatively minor election in comparison to what this November will be.
The fact that the Republican had these restrictions to fight against and STILL won in a major way is not indicative of any vulnerabilities for Trump and his base. His base won’t abandon him unless he abandons it and any candidate that supports the MAGA movement is going to get the support of Trump’s base.
But now, let’s look at the other race, which is a little bit more interesting: the race in California.
Now, I should mention beforehand that it’s not like this was an election to oust Nancy Pelosi or anything of the sort. This election was in a typically red district that happened to have turned blue in 2018 when former Rep. Katie Hill (remember her?) won it in the midterms. This election isn’t necessarily an indication that California is turning against the Democrats or that it will abandon its communist free trial that they are voting for. Katie Hill’s victory in 2018 was a little bit of an outlier for this district since she was the first Democrat to win it since 1992, following a redrawing of the district maps.
However, as with the Wisconsin race, it’s not merely about who won it, but just by how much they won it. And Mike Garcia, the Republican candidate in California’s 25th district, won by a sizeable margin. California’s 25th district covers (some of) Los Angeles County and Ventura County.
Mike Garcia won Los Angeles County by 11 POINTS, with 107,710 total votes in that county and won Ventura County by 15 points as well. In total Garcia garnered over 80,000 votes and won the district by nearly 13 POINTS, which is a sizeable percentage.
This marks the first time a Republican flipped a blue seat to red since 1998, though as I said before, this was a typically red district and Katie Hill was a bit of an outlier, so this is more of a return to normalcy than it is a sign of Democrat doom in the larger state as a whole. However, there is no denying the significance of this victory at any rate. The Democrats thought they were going to take control of all of California and keep it basically forever. They believed any race in the state of California would automatically go to the Democrats.
This election proved them wrong and proved that they are nowhere near as invincible as they believe they are. Is this an indication that Trump will win California in November? Almost definitely no. But it is an indication that the Democrats aren’t as popular and liked as they delude themselves to be.
Both of these elections, though Republicans tend to win them, marked big losses for Democrats. For one, a formerly blue seat has now been flipped to red, even though it usually was red anyway. That means one less vote for Democrats in the House of Representatives. But the most important takeaway is just by how much these Republicans won. It wasn’t even a contest in either one. If Trump truly had the “vulnerabilities” the Left believes he does, the Republican candidates that he endorsed would not have won by anywhere near the margins that they did.
The Wisconsin seat was likely to still go red and the California seat usually was red until last midterm election. But there’s no denying that this is a cold reality check to the Left: they aren’t invincible and 2020 will be no cakewalk for them.
The margin of victory for both Republicans is the bigger story, in my opinion. Both are major victories for the GOP and major losses for the Democrats, regardless of whether or not they admit so (and they largely won’t).
And let’s not even pretend like the Democrats wouldn’t have pretended this was a victory for them had it been any closer anyway. For crying out loud, they are arguing this exposes Trump “vulnerabilities” when they lost by DOUBLE DIGITS! They are actually delusional fools.
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
Leftists blame just about everything on climate change. AOC blames climate change (and white people) for the death of her grandfather, who was killed when Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean. They blame every single hurricane and storm on climate change, as though these things are completely and utterly unheard of before we had the combustion engine. And every time there is a wildfire in California, the Left blames climate change.
So it comes as no surprise that former California Governor Jerry Brown blames climate change, and more specifically, climate change deniers in Trump and fellow Republicans, for the wildfires in the state.
“California’s burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all,” Brown told the House Oversight Committee last Tuesday. “The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality… This is real.”
Whatever grandstanding the communist former governor might attempt, it doesn’t erase the fact that he is completely wrong about what he’s saying. First of all, there is no scientific evidence that supports the idea that climate change causes forest fires. As I wrote in an article titled: “There Is No Link Between Climate Change And Extreme Weather Events,” 31 leading climate scientists gathered in Hohenkammer, Germany in 2006 and “ultimately concluded that any trend of rising ‘climate damages’ were primarily due to increased population densities and economic activity in the path of storms and that it was… not possible to determine what portion of those damages can be attributed to greenhouse gases.”
Secondly, according to the Los Angeles Times, the current California Getty Fire sweeping through L.A. was reportedly caused by a tree branch that was blown into power lines by high winds. Hard to argue that it was climate change that caused any of that.
Thirdly, and most importantly, the REAL reason for these wildfires are California’s idiotic environmental policies that make it almost impossible and extremely expensive to cut down trees. California’s forests are overgrown. The density of the forests are twice what they were 150 years ago and 10 of the state’s 20 biggest and deadliest fires have all occurred in the last decade alone, according to Climate Depot.
“Green sentiment has beaten back the timber industry, which might have put life-saving access roads into wild areas. It has prevented controlled burns (for fear of disrupting animal habitats) and barred even minor brush-clearing programs,” reports Climate Depot.
What’s insanely ironic, however, is that even Jerry Brown himself seems to have understood this principle at one point, despite what lunacy he attempts to peddle. You see, on his final day as governor, Jerry Brown admitted to having quietly signed bills removing some impediments to “controlled burns” and also allotting $190 million a year to “improve forest health and fire prevention,” according to Climate Depot.
So even the commie governor understood, at least privately, that the biggest reason for these wildfires in California are the state’s asinine environmental laws that do more harm than help.
Going back to what Brown told the House Oversight Committee, he said that the deniers were making jokes about the “standards that protect us all.” Not only is he fundamentally wrong here, as, again, ten of the state’s twenty biggest and deadliest wildfires have occurred in the last decade, so they don’t protect anything, but he even has seemingly disagreed with the notion that such standards protect the people of California by his quiet actions as governor.
“The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality… This is real.” Those are words that Brown needed to have told himself. He was governor of California from 2011 to 2019. It’s his own policies that have endangered California’s citizens and Gavin Newsom has only continued such atrocious policies.
If the blood of those killed by the wildfires is on anyone, it would be on Brown, Newsom, the environmentalist wacko lobby and the whole of the American Left. THEY are the ones implementing such disastrous environmental policies that handcuff those who would keep the forests and the people safe. PG&E wouldn’t have to create massive blackouts if the powerlines were buried into the ground instead of choosing the “environmentally-friendly” options.
The “green” policies that Commiefornia Democrats espouse only cause harm to the environment and to the people of the state. In order for the forests to survive, they need to be well-maintained, which often times means controlled burns and allowing the timber industry to cut down a good number of trees. It also means burying powerlines that could cause out-of-control wildfires. Homelessness has also been cited as being a cause for some wildfires, considering fires have started in homeless camps, so employing socialist economic policies is also a massive detriment to the environment and to the people of California (at least to those living outside the 1%).
It isn’t climate change that causes these wildfires. It’s the idiotic and counter-productive environmental policies employed by the Left that cause these wildfires. Not that it matters to these people. As long as there are wildfires, they can fool people into believing climate change is causing them and taking “action” against them (meaning giving everything you own to the State) is the only viable “solution” to this problem. The Left is more than happy to see more and more wildfires that get more and more deadly as time goes on because of the sort of brainwashing they can do with it. Despite the very clear fact that it’s their policies that are causing this, as long as the attention can be drawn elsewhere, they won’t have any problems and will only succeed in getting what they want.
California is every bit the failed state that Venezuela is, only held up by the fact that it’s part of the United States and that carries with it the benefits of not completely tanking. Many are already leaving the state because of the terrible conditions it is in. What’s unfortunate is that many who leave the state move into other ones and vote for the same type of people who would employ the very policies that caused them to move out in the first place.
“If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.”
It is no surprise that I am one who listens to Rush Limbaugh on a regular basis. And one thing that has really stuck with me for the past couple of weeks (or however long he has been talking about it) is the fact that not a single Democrat Presidential candidate even bothers to speak about the problems in California, specifically in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles, where the streets are almost literally paved with crap, largely because they cannot blame Republicans for such horrible conditions.
There is a reason as to why I started mentioning California as an example of what a socialist country looks like. Of course, California is a State, not a country, but considering it is one of the biggest economies in the world, and considering how dominant socialists are in that State, for all intents and purposes, it doubles as a small socialist nation in these discussions.
And considering the countless times I’ve written about how awful the State is (which is a huge pity considering how naturally beautiful it is), it’s no secret that California is basically a hellhole in many ways. The homeless crisis that they face is one ugly and major problem in a vast sea of problems for the State, and it’s a problem that can only belong to the Democrats who have raised the cost of living in that State so much that very few people outside of Hollywood, sports stars and the government are capable of living there.
This homeless crisis has garnered nationwide attention, even if the MSM is trying their hardest not to cover it and certainly not to draw the logical conclusion that Democrats are responsible for this mess. But even President Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, mentioned that the federal government might have to intervene in the city of Los Angeles to take care of the homeless problem ravaging the city.
That interview (apart from the actual problem, of course) is likely what prompted one LA activist to create a video (below) asking for the President’s and federal government’s intervention in the city to take care of the homeless problem.
LA activist Alexandra Datig said in her video: “… I am calling on the President of the United States to intervene in Los Angeles due to the state of emergency created by its homeless crisis. In the county of Los Angeles, we have more than 59,000 people homeless. We have more than 36,300 people homeless in the city of Los Angeles, and we have more than 16,000 people living in [their] cars. We have more than 3,000 homeless veterans. Veteran homelessness was supposed to be ended by the year 2015 according to our mayor. This has not happened.”
“We have had a 75% increase in homelessness in the past six years under the leadership of our mayor, Eric Garcetti. Our leaders, here in this city, have lost heart and cannot deal with the crisis at hand. Our police officers are getting sick; our social workers are getting sick. Our sanitation workers are being treated terribly. Trash problems are everywhere. We are having serious environmental crimes happening, every day, several times a day, where 59,000 people in the county of Los Angeles are dumping raw sewage into our storm drains, entering our waterways.”
“These are serious, serious environmental crimes. We have homeless youth; we have had, in the past five years, to 2018, more than 3,600 people die on the streets of Los Angeles. These people, who are living on the street, some of them, are sentenced to death by homelessness. This situation is completely unacceptable and we need a federal intervention immediately. We need FEMA; we need the Red Cross; we need the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency. We need immediate assistance. This is urgent. Immediate assistance is needed. Now. Today. No delay. Please, President Trump, we are calling on you: Help our city. Our citizens are dying; they will continue to die.”
This is not the first time Datig has brought up this problem or called out Eric Garcetti for his incompetence. NBC News reported late last month that Datig was leading a petition calling for Garcetti to be recalled, saying, “We don’t want any more excuses from this mayor. We want him to step down. We want him gone and we want leadership that is going to take care of this city. This city has become a death camp for the homeless.” Datig has also created the website: www.recallthelamayor.com.
LA station WRAL also reported: “Figures released earlier this month showed a 16% jump in Los Angeles’ homeless population over the last year, pegging it at 36,000 – the size of a small city. That’s no surprise to anyone who lives or works downtown, where tents crowd sidewalks within sight of City Hall and the stench of urine fills the air.”
Suffice it to say, the situation is dire in Los Angeles. But the biggest problem here isn’t simply the homeless crisis. The homeless crisis is a symptom of a larger disease called Socialism.
The State income tax in California is the highest in the nation (among the States that have income tax) at around 13%. Of course, it largely depends on how much money you are making, but considering the high cost of living in California (among the top 7, according to USA Today) and considering the State has some of the highest home prices in the nation (I saw plenty of shoddy-looking houses going for nearly $500,000 on Zillow, though there were some others that were nicer and cheaper), no wonder so many people are homeless. The median household income in California is around $11,000 more than the median in the country ($71,805 in California).
All these things combined and you have a recipe for a homeless crisis. If people can’t afford to live somewhere and don’t make enough to move out of State, they will be forced to live on the streets, as one can plainly see is the case in LA.
Addressing the homeless crisis is important and a good first step, but it’s not like it came out of nowhere. There is a root cause to it that is easy to see given the information I talked about in the previous paragraphs. And I do not think this problem is going to go away without some serious overhaul to both the political system (that continually elects Democrats and only Democrats aka getting rid of illegals that illegally vote for Democrats) and the economic atmosphere of huge tax rates on middle class families and massive home costs for houses that wouldn’t even touch 6 digits in many other states.
The Democrats don’t want to bring attention to this issue because they know that it precisely belongs to them and is an example of the kind of damage they could bring on the country. This is what socialism does to not only a State but an entire country. California, unfortunately, is one of the worst States to live in and that solely lies on the Democrats’ shoulders. They turned what used to be one of the best States into one of the worst (seriously, I would’ve loved to live in California in the age of Reagan before he naively signed that amnesty bill that led the way for Democrats to take it).
If you want to know what it’s like to live under socialism, look at California, where you can knowingly spread STDs to people but cannot use plastic straws.
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
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On Tuesday, California (and other states, but we’ll just focus on CA) held their primaries to determine what two candidates will be facing each other in the midterm elections this November. The results don’t look too good for Democrats.
John Fund wrote an article for Fox News explaining the results of these primaries.
He tells us that “Democrats see their path to control of the House running through two dozen districts across the country that sent a Republican to Congress in 2016, but voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. A full seven of those districts are in California.”
Now, California’s primary election system works differently from most other states. They have what is called the “top-two” system, in which the top two vote-getters in the primaries face off against each other in the general election regardless of political party. While it is strange and quirky, it usually offers solid data on the strength of the parties. Fund explains that “the total primary vote for all Republicans versus the total primary vote for all Democrats has almost always been within a couple points of the November result.”
In other words, the results of these elections offer some accurate insight into what the general election results will be. Frankly, they are more accurate polling methods than the polls the fake news media tend to run.
And it is for this very reason that the likelihood of a blue wave, at least in California, is not very high.
Fund then goes over each of the seven districts in California that Democrats were hoping to take over.
“Of their seven targeted GOP seats carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016, the combined total of all Democratic candidates exceeded those of all Republican candidates in only one – the 49th District, vacated by Republican Representative Darryl Issa. And in that district, Democrats currently have only 50.2 percent of the total vote.”
So even in the one district where they got the majority vote, it is still a slim margin. Still, I won’t get my hopes up about this. Despite the polls in Alabama, I fully expected Roy Moore to win in 2017, particularly since the polls had Doug Jones winning by a slim margin of victory. Usually, if it’s that close, I tend to assume the Republican is the one in the lead and the fake news media is simply trying to discourage conservatives. Well, they turned out to be right and it was a close race, but the Democrat won, so I expect the Democrat to win in that district as well. We’ll see what happens.
Fund then goes over the rest of the districts:
“The 10th District, which includes Modesto, backed Hillary Clinton by 49 percent to 46 percent. But Republican incumbent Jeff Denham and another Republican won a combined total of 52 percent of the vote. That’s a good sign Denham can hold his seat.”
“Republican David Valadao represents the Hispanic 21st District near Fresno. Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump there by 55 percent to 40 percent. But Valadao took a stunning 63 percent of the primary vote, putting him in solid shape to win in November.”
“In the 25th District, which includes the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton won by 50 percent to 43 percent in 2016. But GOP incumbent Steve Knight won 53 percent of the primary vote on Tuesday.”
“In the Orange County’s 39th District seat held by the retiring Republican Ed Royce, Hillary Clinton won 51 percent to 43 percent. But the Fullerton area seat is now heavily Asian and former Royce aide Young Kim won an impressive 22 percent to outpoll all other candidates and secure a spot on the November ballot.”
“The Orange County-based 45th District, which includes Irvine, was carried by 50 percent to 44 percent by Hillary Clinton in 2016. But this year freshman GOP Rep. Mimi Walters won 53 percent of the primary vote, while all Democrats only carried 44 percent.”
“Democrats can be pleased that they avoided being boxed out of the November ballot in the Huntington Beach-based 48th District, which voted 48 percent to 46 percent for Clinton. They had worried that incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and his estranged protégé Scott Baugh would secure the top two places on the ballot. But Democratic leaders in Washington spent money to ensure a Democrat would face Rohrabacher in the fall. Their problem is that 2018 primary voters gave a total of 53 percent of their primary ballots to GOP candidates and only 47 percent to Democrats.”
“Finally, the suburban San Diego 49th District is the most vulnerable to a Democratic takeover in November, having voted 51 percent to 43 percent for Hillary Clinton just two years ago. But even here Democrats captured just 50.8 percent of the total vote despite having a more energetic primary than Republicans who captured 48 percent of the vote.”
“Together, all the Republicans running won 53 percent of the vote, Democrats won 45 percent and other parties won 2 percent.”
This means trouble for Democrats in California. And it only gets worse.
“Significantly, Republicans won a major victory in this part of Orange County. They easily recalled from office Democratic state Senator Josh Newman, who had provided a crucial vote to raise the state’s gasoline tax last year.”
“… Newman’s recall shows the anti-tax fervor that Orange County is famous for is alive and well.”
Despite the constant negative press about Trump and Republicans, despite the constant attacks on the GOP tax cuts by Democrats and the media, the Democrats can’t escape the fact that they are nowhere near as popular as they would want to be.
While each of these races is relatively close (except for one of them), you really have to remember that this is California that we are talking about. Despite the fact that all of these districts sent Republicans to Congress in 2016, the assumption is always that Democrats will win, close or landslide. And the assumption, if you only watch the MSM, is that Republicans are cowering in their boots and are about to be kicked out of office. That Democrats everywhere will defeat the GOP candidates and will win a supermajority and impeach Trump.
But reality always sets in eventually. Here’s the reality: the Trump administration is keeping each of its promises. America is being made great again. It’s being made rich again. It’s being made safe again. The economy is booming, unemployment is tumbling, there are more jobs available than there are workers (according to The Hill), wages are going up even for minimum wage workers, ISIS has largely been obliterated off the face of the Earth, North Korea is willing to negotiate for peace, we are no longer in a stupid deal with Iran to give them nukes (although I fear a lot of damage has already been done by Obama and his administration), and plenty of people can safely say that they are living better off today than at any point during the Obama presidency.
The reality is that California is one of the only states that essentially still lives in the Obama years. They have a very socialist governor who has essentially made California a socialist state. This unrestrained socialism is taking its toll on the people of California and many of them have had enough of it. That much is clear if we are even talking about the possibility of Democrats being crushed in November in the worst state to live in.
The reality is that socialism has failed everywhere it’s tried and everywhere it will be tried. Point to any socialist nation in the world and I will show you a nation that has deprived its citizens of some of the most basic human rights, let alone Constitutional rights. Point to any country that features a huge government influence and I will show you a government that oppresses its people. You need only look at Venezuela, where their best hope for survival is having enough pets to eat in rations and finding the occasional brand-name bread in desolate markets. Look at North Korea, where you and your family can literally be imprisoned for three generations simply for not cleaning up the dust off of a portrait of Kim Il-Sung.
Look at China where the government tells its people how many children they are allowed to have and that they should abort daughters.
Look at England where freedom of speech is nonexistent for anyone the government doesn’t like or agree with. Sure, England may not be considered an official socialist country, but it might as well be. That’s certainly the direction it’s going (until it becomes an Islamic country, at least). The same could be said about many countries in Europe.
And if California were its own sovereign nation, you could bet any amount of money that they would consider themselves a socialist country. As it stands, it’s a socialist hellhole and many people are tired of it. They’ve seen what socialism brings: equal sharing in misery.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
In recent time, I’ve been surprisingly speaking positively about California, or at least the citizens of California. About a week ago, I had spoken about the possibility of California being split up into three different states with their own governing bodies.
And more good news keep coming from one of the least likely places.
A survey, surprisingly conducted by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (by the name alone, you can tell how Leftist they are), showed that there was strong support for some of Trump’s immigration agenda in even the state’s most left-leaning areas.
“About 24 percent of the survey’s participants said it’s ‘very important’ for the U.S. to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants, while 35 percent said it’s ‘somewhat important,’ according to the poll. That viewpoint even held true in the Bay Area, were 25 percent of those surveyed said increasing deportations is very important and 35 percent said it’s somewhat important.”
“And about 49 percent of Californians support temporarily banning people from Muslim-majority countries, according to the poll. In the Bay Area, 44 percent of residents support the ban, the least out of any region in California.”
When you put together the number of people who think it’s very or somewhat important to increase deportations, that number equals 59%, meaning 59% of the people surveyed wanted an increase in deportations.
Need I remind you that this is CALIFORNIA?!
And like I mentioned in the title, that’s not all. The report says that 49% of Californians support the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries.
58% said that increasing taxes on corporations would hurt or make no difference to the California economy.
54% said the government should play a minor role or no roll at all in reducing income inequality.
Only 54% of Californians have a positive view of Muslims (I say only because, again, this is California. You’d think that number would be at least decently higher).
“73% of Californians hold positive views toward Asian Americans; 73% say that members of the group are intelligent”, which is honestly kind of funny and kind of racist when you think about it. One major stereotype of Asian people is that they are super smart or at least very good at math. So for this number to come out is actually kind of funny.
They also have numbers about views on Latinos (75% positive) and their intelligence (57% think they’re intelligent), as well as African Americans (70% positive) and 51% think they’re intelligent, and white people (69% positive, which is not surprising that it’s lower than the others, but still decently high) with 59% saying they think white people are intelligent.
Now, it’s not all fantastic news. 79% support a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, 66% reject the idea of a wall as a priority, and 68% say big businesses and corporations aren’t paying their fair share of taxes (and yes, I, as well as UC Berekely, recognize the paradox with that and the statistic saying 58% think raising taxes on corporations hurts or doesn’t affect the state economy).
But all of these things were already expected out of California. With the way the media and the Democrats paint DREAMers, I’m not surprised at the support for them.
It’s all the other numbers that are the real story here. They’re absolutely mind-blowingly in support of things that Trump is looking to do or at least what conservatives want. Let me remind you that Trump lost California by 29 points. So it’s really fantastic to see these numbers.
But we’re not done sharing good news.
“Nearly half of Californians (45%) report that being Christian is an important part of being American”, “73% think that blending into larger society is an important part of being American” and “88% think speaking English is important”.
Let me remind you also that California is the nation’s only sanctuary state. A state that happily welcomes illegal immigrants and shields them from the Trump administration seeking to impart justice upon them.
I’m particularly surprised at the number of people who think being Christian is important to being an American. I have all but given up on the state in terms of Christianity. I believe I’ve even gone so far as to say that it’s a sort of Sodom 2.0.
That certainly was my view, at the very least.
Now, I’m not saying that things will immediately improve for the state. If they hope things will improve, they will first have to get rid of Gov. Jerry Brown. Thankfully, this is Brown’s assured final term as Governor because he’s ineligible to run for re-election this November thanks to term limits in the California Constitution (Brown has been Governor of California since 2011 and was also Governor from 1975 to 1983).
But that won’t really matter if California elects another socialist Democrat, so conservatives in California will have to vote either for a conservative candidate (say, Travis Allen, who boasts about having voted for Trump, according to the LA Times) or will have to vote to split up the state in three ways.
Regardless, that will be left for Californians to deal with in the Fall. It’s up to them to decide what kind of future they will have.
But all things considered, I’m actually pretty happy to see some of those numbers. For as far-Left as the media, Hollywood, and the California government paint the state, the people there are seemingly a good deal more conservative than we give them credit for.
I’m reminded of jokes people would make at California’s expense, such as when Trump says we should build a wall, we should also build it along California’s national border, not just the international border; or when Kim Jong-un would threaten to blow up the country, people would joke that California should be target practice for him.
When making those jokes, obviously, people would think about the Hollywood liberals and the Leftists running the state into the ground. It’s easy to forget that there are plenty of conservatives there as well, at least living outside of the big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and others.
Even I had forgotten about them, when I believed California had long reached a point of no return. But all is seemingly not lost. Yes, the Left has a stronghold in California, but the people there are seemingly waking up.
Which is honestly not a surprise, really. The Left’s policies are always detrimental for everyday people. You can put as much sugar on crap as you want, but at the end of the day, it’s still crap.
I think people are beginning to realize this, given these numbers. Don’t misunderstand, they are still very Left-leaning in other areas. I didn’t see anything about abortion or “sexual identity” in the survey, and even in some things, most people still responded with Left-leaning answers.
But considering how far gone I had naively come to believe California was, I’d say these are pretty good news. I’m just hoping that this trend away from socialism continues to grow and people can Make California Great Again.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
If only you could see the look of shock I have on my face. California ranks dead last in “quality of life” according to a new study by U.S. News & World Report. Really? California? I don’t believe it. It must be fake news.
California is a liberal’s paradise! A corrupt government, high taxes, highest numbers of homelessness recorded since January of 2017, 1-bedroom apartments that cost north of $2000 a month on rent (and that’s just for apartments that aren’t total crap), tons and tons of scattered used needles as well as feces littering San Francisco. What’s not to like?
Oh, you mean to tell me you’re not braindead? You don’t like any of this stuff? You’re a logical person with morals and a basic set of standards?
Right, I think I’ve run that joke into the ground by now. Why am I not surprised to see that California SUCKS in terms of quality of life?
The U.S. News wrote in their report: “The ignominious honor reflects California’s low marks in the sub-categories of environmental quality and social engagement. The latter category measures voting participation and community bonds.”
“Californians scored poorly in part because they’re simply insufferable, U.S. News suggested.” You know, I tend not to try to attack the people of a state or political party. I try not to insult them because that would simply not help in trying to make some of these people understand how illogical liberal philosophy is. At the same time, I don’t think I could agree more with that last statement.
I won’t ignore the fact that part of the reason California is in the gigantic mess it is in is because of the people they elect and the culture they live in. People like Gov. Brown make California a “s**thole” because the people of California elect insufferable ignoramuses like Gov. Brown and the Oakland mayor who is hell-bent on breaking the law to help illegals avoid ICE agents, knowing she will likely not be impeached despite the fact that she’s obstructing justice and assisting in the escape of criminals.
Frankly, these kind of people would never get close to a political seat if it weren’t for the fact that the culture of California is inherently socialist. California lawmakers are looking to add a constitutional amendment to “add a 7 percent corporate tax surcharge for any profit over $1 million,” according to Breitbart. In essence, they’re looking to take any money California businesses make from Trump’s tax cuts.
The report continues: “’In addition to a healthy environment, a person’s quality of life is largely a result of their interactions with those around them,’ the magazine wrote in a blurb accompanying the results”.
“One way to measure quality life is whether residents can even afford to have a roof over their heads, and by that standard, California is failing.”
Again, I’m not really surprised by that. As I mentioned earlier, they have insanely high taxes and rent for a decent 1-bedroom apartment. Financially, it’s almost a death sentence to work in California.
And it’s such a shame, too. California is one of the richest states when it comes to natural beauty. Sandy beaches in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego, etc.; jaw-dropping beauty in Lake Tahoe, and the ever-stunning Yosemite National Park, to name a few.
If California weren’t the socialist hub that it is, I would love to live there. If California were conservative like Texas, Alabama, Georgia or any conservative state, it would likely be the richest state in the country. It’s already rich in terms of natural beauty, as I just said. But I also mean rich in terms of financial and constitutional rights appeals.
Part of the reason I love living in southern states is because they’re extremely conservative. Most people are solid Christians where I live. We love our Lord, we love our country, we love our guns and we love our freedoms. You’ll be pressed to find very many people like that in California, at least in the coastal cities.
If California were a red state and as conservative as any southern state, there’d be little reason for anyone not to live there. Sure, you’d have your occasional forest fire, which is bad, no doubt. But otherwise, California would be the single best place to live in in the whole world. Great natural beauty, blessed by the warm sun and the host state of a couple of the greatest basketball teams in NBA history in the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
The Left has utterly destroyed California with their socialist policies that benefit only those within the government and those who are friends with people in the government. Really, the same goes for New York City. NYC, if it weren’t for the crime rate and for the Leftist culture, would be another great place to live in. Manhattan should be celebrated as a staple of capitalism, but is being run by socialists.
But returning to California, it’s really a shame that it’s as horrible to live in as it is. It had so much potential to be a great American state, but the Left has utterly ruined it with next to no hope of return. Normalcy in California is abnormality anywhere else. Transgenders are celebrated rather than psychologically helped. The LGBT community has no shame in parading their junk and shoving their literally sinful lifestyles down everyone else’s throats.
Christianity is nothing but a religion to be mocked and ridiculed and not to be defended at the risk of becoming a social pariah. Islam is a “religion” to be celebrated as the best one available despite it being a culture of death and despair. At the end of the day, really any religion other than Christianity or Judaism is to be celebrated or accepted in their culture.
In terms of illegal immigrants, they treat them like they’re simply down-trodden people that deserve a chance here in this country. To Californians, they’re not criminals, despite the fact that they literally broke the law to get here and continuously break the law by their mere presence in this country.
In terms of race, there’s almost nothing that matters more. Your race is the only thing that should be considered when applying for a job or applying to college. If you’re black, you should be considered for the job simply in the name of “diversity”. If you’re white, you have already been privileged enough in your life and shouldn’t be considered for the job ahead of a minority. This is literally the opposite of what MLK wanted and the Left is unapologetic about it. They opposed him then, they oppose him now, all-the-while pretending to support him and his message.
And in terms of abortion, that’s really the most important thing out there. You want to kill your baby? Fine and dandy. You’re literally minutes away from giving birth but you want to end its life on a mere whim? Great! And let’s force everyone to pay for it to boot. You think life is sacred? Screw you! My body, my choice! Even though it’s not their body that they’re affecting. It’s the body of a child that they’re desecrating. And they do it with a smile on their face.
The culture of California is utterly abhorrent. It’s a modern-day Sodom. Due to this, the state is the single worst place to live in in the entire country. I can’t say I’m surprised. But I am disappointed. So much potential utterly wasted thanks entirely to the Left and their destructive policies.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
When you think about the creation of this country, we often think about the first settlers and the Revolutionary War. But we often overlook the fact that people had to travel and expand in order to found what would now be the rest of the United States.
These people expanded south to push back against the Conquistadors of Spain and expanded West to beat out everyone else. The Louisiana territory belonged to France until 1803 when it was purchased by the established nation of the United States. As a result, America began to expand westward, while continuing to fight the Spaniards as well.
California was founded after being seceded to the U.S. from Mexico in 1848. And was made into a state in 1850 mostly because of the Gold Rush (1848-1855).
So as you can see, California’s very foundational origin is that of GREED.
California is perhaps the most liberal state in the entire country. I say perhaps because Hawaii is also incredibly liberal, but California often makes the most noise due to the fact that they have Hollywood. And since it’s arguably the most liberal state of all, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that its very origin is that of one of the seven deadly sins.
Now, California has had some good times in the eyes of the Lord. The latest documented religious revival in America actually originates from San Francisco, one of the most liberal cities in the country.
That’s where the “Jesus Movement” originated as a result to the hippie era that was flooding the country. (I just hope we’ll have something similar to respond to the millennial era.)
California was also Ronald Reagan’s state as governor, and thus helped him win both elections (1980 and 1984).
So it’s clear that California has done right in the eyes of God, but that is well in the past. Today’s California is very nearly the exact opposite of Yesterday’s California. San Francisco, the birthplace of the Jesus Movement, is largely known for being the city with the largest gay population in the country as of 2015, with 6.2% of the population of the San Francisco Metro area identifying as gay. Homosexuality and, generally speaking fornication, are sins. If you don't like this truth, don't tell me, take it to God...
And let’s not forget the damage Hollywood often does. What with having two Disney movies in the last two years having a gay character. (Finding Dory: had a lesbian couple. Beauty and the Beast: Gaston’s sidekick is gay - although there’s only one scene just before the credits roll that shows him dancing with another man).
That’s tame compared to what other filmmakers are doing, what with whole movies being promoted for including a gay black man plot. (Moonlight (2016)).
Let’s look at California as a whole. In 2012, 43.7% of registered voters were Democrats and 29.4% were Republicans. This means that nearly half of an entire state was Democrat in 2012. I’m also accounting for the fact that there are people that are not registered to vote either because of age or because they’re foreigners or because they just don’t want to register to vote.
Now, the thing is that, when looking at the 2016 electoral map, we see that California is flooded with red counties, but the most populated places (the coastal cities for the most part) are blue. These are the Los Angeles, San Francisco cities of the state. So even though it’s still largely red, since it’s run by Democrats and the largest places are run by Democrats in and out of office, this state wound up voting for Hillary.
2012 was no different. Most counties in California voted for Romney, but the state went to Obama. Same with 2004. Most of the state was painted red, but the state went to John Kerry. So due to the fact that most of the population lives in the blue areas of the state and that population is largely liberal, a seemingly red state often goes to the Democrat party.
With all of these Democrats, it’s no wonder the state is as insane as it is. It was founded on greed and has moved on to the other deadly sins, mainly lust and pride.
The state was founded on one of the icons of evil in the eyes of God, so it’s no surprise it is so far from God as it is.
And unless there’s a RADICAL change in its political system or there’s another religious revival, this state will continue to go further down into sin.
“My people have become lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the mountains; they have gone along from mountain to hill and have forgotten their resting place.”
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