California

Loose Ends (11)

Featured image • The fracks of life? The surprising news story of the day comes out of Colorado, where two initiatives to restrict hydraulic fracturing production of oil and natural gas have failed to qualify for the November ballot. The Wall Street Journal reports: Supporters of the measures, which could have severely limited oil-and-gas production in the energy-rich state, fell short of gathering the nearly 98,500 signatures each initiative needed to get »

The California Exodus Accelerates

Featured image There’s lots of data, especially the comparison of rental rates for moving trucks into and out of California, to show the steady exodus of prosperous Californians and their businesses. The truck rental companies will almost give you a one-way truck to move from Texas to California, but charge a lot for a one-way truck from California elsewhere, which tells a lot. A few years ago I was at a panel »

Jerry Brown Lets It All Hang Out

Featured image I suspect liberals are envious of Europe not so much for its high taxes and generous welfare states (which aren’t actually that much more generous than our own if you add it all up correctly), but for its more open authoritarianism. Either that or there’s something in the water over in Paris that prompted Jerry Brown (who is attending the UN climate summit right now) to let his freak flag »

CRB: San Francisco values

Featured image With its Fall 2015 number, the Claremont Review of Books celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. It has rolled out a new site. It has sent its characteristically excellent new issue off to the printer. And it has let me dip in to the issue to select a few pieces to bring to the attention of Power Line readers. (Subscription services are accessible via the CRB home page linked above — a »

Everything Wrong with California in One Photo

Featured image Nationwide gasoline prices are below $3 a gallon. But here in California it is not unusual to see prices still over $4 a gallon. So what do liberals here want to do? Pass a law that mandates reducing gasoline consumption by 50 percent by the year 2030—just 15 years from now. This proved too much even for some Democrats—the ones who represent actual poor and (previously) working people in the »

California: Priorities, Priorities

Featured image It’s always good to see that California Governor Jerry Brown is on it when it comes to exploited workers: Gov. Brown Signs Law Recognizing Cheerleaders As Employees SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation recognizing California’s professional cheerleaders as employees who are entitled to minimum wage and overtime. Brown’s office announced Wednesday that he signed AB202, requiring sports teams to employ cheerleaders as workers instead of contractors. That provides them with sick »

The deep meaning of San Francisco

Featured image In one phase the modern novel takes up the idea of expressive form. James Joyce took it about as far as possible in Ulysses, with the style of each chapter varying to mirror the content. In the “Aeolus” chapter placed inside a newspaper office, for example, Joyce exhausted the variety of rhetorical devices available in English to capture windbaggery in action. The city of San Francisco now presents as a »

In San Francisco

Featured image The latest outrage in our continuing saga of illegal immigration comes via San Francisco, where a five-time Mexican deportee killed a beautiful young lady (photo at left) who was out for a walk with her father. FOX News reports: The man arrested in connection with the seemingly random killing of a woman who was out for a stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront is an illegal immigrant »

Blue-State Infrastructure

Featured image Last week’s Amtrak crash and the Democrats’ shameful effort to blame it on Republicans have focused attention on the nation’s infrastructure. Which makes Joel Pollak’s piece at Breitbart’s Big Government timely. Pollak writes: The next time a lefty claims that the greedy Republicans in Washington are starving our nation’s infrastructure, look no further than the Democrats in Sacramento. California is a one-party state in which Democrats can do almost anything »

Jerry Brown hot and cold

Featured image Steven Goddard’s Real Science site has a hilarious update on the catastrophes attributed to global warming climate change (f/k/a global cooling). Goddard draws on the timely example of California’s current drought, exacerbated by California’s state government. See, for example, Victor Davis Hanson’s “The scorching of Califoria” and, most recently, “An engineered drought.” There is in the true sense nothing funny about it. In an almost unbelievable example of history rhyming, »

Up Next: Drone Neutrality?

Featured image Apparently the FAA has FCC-envy over Net Neutrality, and wants to regulate even amateur drone flyers like me.  Now they’re saying you can’t post drone video footage to YouTube because YouTube has ads, dontchaknow, and that makes drone footage a commercial use.  From Motherboard: If you fly a drone and post footage on YouTube, you could end up with a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration. Earlier this week, the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 13

Featured image It was barely more than a week ago that I advised everyone to get a new popcorn machine for the identity politics infighting that is going to take place among Democrats in the California primary to replace Babs “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer next year.  Just to remind you, I said: There’s lots of talk in the media about how Jerry Brown and our two old ladies in the Senate »

The California Donnybrook: Start the Popcorn Machine

Featured image I have a good conservative friend who has lived in Washington, DC most of his adult life, where he is a registered Democrat, so that he could vote for Marion Barry in Democratic primaries, on the theory that “if you can’t have effective government, at least you can have entertaining government.” That’s how I’m starting to feel about the Democratic horse race to replace Babs “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer »

California’s Boxer Rebellion (Updated)

Featured image The cheery news that California’s Senator Babs Boxer is going to retire at the end of this term is tempered by the fact that California is such a heavily Democratic state now that she is likely to be replaced by someone just as bad, but 20 years younger and therefore prolonging California’s national embarrassment for another couple of decades. (You know things are bad when Dianne Feinstein is considered the »

Before the Storm

Featured image I was up to my neck grading end of semester term papers today, but, as you may have heard if you follow the weather, California is about to get hit with a large storm.  The surf is already epic, so I decided to play hookie for the afternoon and shoot some video.  Here’s a 2:30 highlight reel.  (Power has a way of going out in big storms on my part »

Low-Information Californians

Featured image The “low-information voter” is the au courant term these days, though the phenomenon has been well understood by public choice economists under the theory of “rational ignorance.”  But Californians clearly abuse the privilege, and appear to be “irrationally ignorant voters.”  To wit: 40% of Voters Unaware That Jerry Brown Is Seeking Another Term Here’s an eye-opener: With the election Tuesday, a whopping 4 out of 10 voters don’t even know »

Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers

Featured image Forget the pod people of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: it seems the plastic people have taken over California government.  Think of it as Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers.  Today Gov. Jerry Brown, who never found a goofy environmental idea he didn’t like, signed the bill to outlaw “single-use” plastic bags in California.  Which prompts the following 45-second video rant from me about how it is going to reduce »