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Liberal Legacy: San Francisco Streets Littered With Human Waste

escalatorBART San Francisco used to be a nice town. The shining City by the Bay. That was a long time ago, though, before the city turned into one of the nation's leading dens of liberalism and the residents went collectively insane. There are a lot of troubles these days in San Francisco, the home town of Nancy Pelosi. Most of them are brought on by the leaders of San Francisco, from designating the town a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens to allowing various "clothing optional" parades, fairs and other Read more [...] Continue reading →

Uber Is Our Designated Driver Unless Government Stops It

uber car window The government promotes using a designated driver, but politicians are warring against one that is actually reducing drunk driving. You have heard the advice: Have a designated driver. If you are going to be at a party or some other place that you will have to leave from, have a designated driver who won’t drink and will drive you home. But arranging a designated driver is not always easy. In the first place, many people don’t intend to drink too much and then realize that they are not Read more [...] Continue reading →

Clean Energy Jobs Act: Take the Money and Run

sowell understand politics Taxes were raised on the promise that the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create jobs. Didn’t happen. No one in government cares. While crime is almost always an application of laziness, people who commit crimes for their primary or secondary income do often learn to work. They try not to get caught. They know it is possible that they might get caught. They have every incentive to be careful and cautious. People who work scams will try to avoid running into their earlier victims. They will move Read more [...] Continue reading →

State Trying to Kill Uber over Fairness and Equality

uber_logo A judge wants to kill Uber in California so it can’t be unfair to customers. If you live in one area of town, and a business starts operating in another part of town where you don’t have easy access, how is that unfair to you? If a restaurant chain opens two restaurants in a town that is only easily accessible to forty percent of the population, how is that a detriment to the other sixty percent? The sixty percent of the town who don’t have access to the restaurant are no worse off than Read more [...] Continue reading →

Commission Destroys Uber as a Viable Business

uber_logo Uber is a rideshare app that the California Labor Commission has ruled is an employer that owes employment benefits. As the economy get worse, developing new ways of living more cheaply becomes more and more important. Ridesharing technology is one of those revolutionary innovations. I have argued that it has the potential to end the day to day torments that are behind the protests in Ferguson. Taxi Cab companies are even demanding bailouts because of ridesharing services. But now a judge in Read more [...] Continue reading →

Santa Monica Shows Us How Government Ruins the Economy

 The government ruins the economy when it forbids people from using their resources to make one another better off. To understand how stupid and short-sighted Santa Monica is being, let’s think about three groups of people. First, there are people who need temporary residences and are willing to pay for those residences. These people could be vacationers or they could be people who have a temporary job relocation. But they need housing. The other group of people would be investors and entrepreneurs Read more [...] Continue reading →

California Cuts Off 114 Water Rights Holders

drought The small, master-planned community of Mountain House, California, is within days of running out of drinking water after the state cut off its sole water source. Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison said, "We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak. We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks." The state cut off 114 senior water rights holders on Friday, Read more [...] Continue reading →

SF Chronicle Cheerleads for California Tyranny

California Flag and US Flag California tyranny is evident in 930 new laws going into effect, but the media praises the state for all of them. Even if some laws could possibly be good and needed, you know that no one needs a gush of close to a thousand new laws in one year. No society should need that many laws in a decade, let alone in a year. [See also, “California Gun Confiscation Program to be ‘National Model.’”] But the San Francisco Chronicle is eager to praise the California legislature for passing that Read more [...] Continue reading →

Police Disabled Cameras on the Raided Property? Why?

speed-camera Once the police disabled cameras in a marijuana dispensary, they appeared to consume the prohibited merchandise. As NSA apologists are wont to say... "Gee, if you're not doing anything wrong, why should you care if they're watching you, and reading your email? And so I say: "Gee, if the officers aren't planning to commit crimes, why would you take down all of the surveillance cameras (that you can find, anyway!)?" There is no legitimate reason for officers to ever—ever!—take down surveillance Read more [...] Continue reading →

Stewardship of the Earth

California Flag and US Flag While I was in California a little over a month ago I became aware that the well publicized drought there is largely man made. Not that there isn’t a lower than average rainfall, but the truth is there is plenty of water. The real problem is the governmental policies which will not allow the people to have access to that water. Instead, the Governor of California is simply going to dump billions of gallons each year into the Pacific Ocean. “On Wednesday April 1, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown Read more [...] Continue reading →

Wife Sues the Police Department for Cop Husband’s Death

police holstered gun A veteran officer and officer's wife sues the Police Department for accidental death because her husband said she should do so if he were accidentally killed. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting this accidental death as a genuine accident. The Free State Project puts the term “accidental” in quotation marks to raise the question of whether it wasn’t accidental at all. Really bad stuff can happen in police departments, like a good cop being kicked out and charged with trumped up crimes, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Minimum Wage Lesson: Union That Campaigned for It Wants Exemption

unemployment The union officials who demanded no exceptions to the Los Angeles minimum wage hike are now giving us a minimum wage lesson by asking for an exception. Minimum wage increases don’t increase unemployment, they argue. Or, rather, they assert. There is no argument. But then suddenly the truth comes out when the very people arguing that a higher minimum wage must be inflicted on all businesses without exception suddenly demand an exception in order to increase union employment. From the Los Read more [...] Continue reading →