The Banality of Liberal Rhetoric

Featured image One way to tell that progressivism is a weary, used-up creed, sustained only by raw power, resentment, and dreamy grasp of reality, is to listen to their increasingly banal cliches. Yesterday Rick Caruso ran ten points ahead of his pre-election polls to finish  about six points ahead of leftist Karen Bass to be the next mayor of Los Angeles. (Pre-election polls had Bass around 36-37 percent, and Caruso around 32. »

What’s the Matter with San Francisco?

Featured image As we know from the long-ago Thomas Frank book, Kansas is a red(state) hot mess, but what’s the matter with San Francisco that it recalls its celebrity progressive district attorney? Let me give you a two-word hint: “Dirty Harry.” No, I’m not making this up. The late film critic Richard Grenier remarked that Dirty Harry was the first Hollywood film of that era that “talked back to liberalism.” But Dirty »

Boudin booted

Featured image In today’s feelgood election story, San Francisco’s Soros-approved District Attorney Chesa Boudin decisively lost his recall election after a mere two and a half years in office. The outcome was decisive. Sixty percent of 125,000 votes were cast in favor of Boudin’s booting. Recall is a particularly good word in this case. He was a defective prosecutor. Among his innovations was the elimination of cash bail, the nonprosecution of a »

Operation “Dump Feinstein” Continues

Featured image Is there really a need for another long feature story about how Sen. Dianne Feinstein is senile and needs to go? You wouldn’t think so, but New York magazine has a long cover story about how she’s lost it. Yes—strange that a magazine with a supposed focus on New York would be so interested in California’s very senior senator, and while the piece is swathed in lots of sympathetic biography »

Primary Day Tuesday

Featured image All eyes will be on California tomorrow, where the three most interesting questions are whether Chesa Boudin will be recalled as D.A. of San Francisco (likely); whether Rick Caruso finishes on top (or wins outright with more than 50 percent of the vote) to be the next mayor of Los Angeles; and whether independent Michael Shellenberger edges out the little known Republican candidate Brian Dahle to take on Gavin Newsom »


Featured image The phrase “transitional housing” has been around a long time, but San Francisco has come up with a whole new dimension. Behold, a recent Tweet from the mayor: Turns out the mayor has included $6.5 million in next year’s budget with the intent of eliminating trans-homelessness over the next five years. San Francisco is estimated to have up to 20,000 homeless living on the streets. How many are trans? “According »

LA Story

Featured image As mentioned previously, the race for mayor of Los Angeles features a non-leftist candidate, Rick Caruso, who is polling well and just might win. LA badly needs some adult supervision. The city has around 40,000 homeless, rampant crime, and a corrupt culture at city hall. The main leftist candidate is Rep. Karen Bass, who is more a Leninist than a “progressive.” Given the seriousness of the issues and discontent of »

Charles Barkley’s Truth Bomb

Featured image News tonight out of Georgia is that Herschel Walker, the football great, has won the Republican primary to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. Walker is said to have numerous liabilities, but I haven’t watched this closely so I don’t know. I do know that I have long enjoyed the commentary of Charles Barkley, and wish he was the Republican candidate somewhere. (He has made noises about entering elective »

Chavez, Maduro, Biden and Newsom

Featured image In a banana republic, what do you do when your citizens don’t have enough money because of your socialist economic policies? Simple: print more money! There was a time when we thought American politics were above such insanity, but those days are gone. The Biden administration’s multi-trillion dollar money-printing spree has launched the worst inflation since the Carter administration and the longest collapse of the Dow since 1932. Nice going, »

Latest from the Dump Feinstein Campaign

Featured image Looks like Dianne Feinstein isn’t taking the hint. So, New York Times, you’re up next! These days, however, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the trailblazing Democratic power broker who has served in the Senate for 30 years, is far from the towering presence she once was on the American political stage. At 88, Ms. Feinstein sometimes struggles to recall the names of colleagues, frequently has little recollection of meetings or telephone conversations, »

California’s Ongoing Suicide Attempt

Featured image When the news was announced a year or two ago that San Francisco would start paying to house the homeless in hotel rooms, you pretty much knew how it would turn out. An indeed it has turned out so predictably that even the San Francisco Chronicle has had to acknowledge reality. Start with the subhed: San Francisco spends millions of dollars to shelter its most vulnerable residents in dilapidated hotels. »

California’s Cover Charge

Featured image California has always been like a trendy nightclub that can get away with a hefty cover charge because everyone wants in. I once asked Arthur Laffer, of the famous curve, how California could keep getting away with such a high cover charge—i.e., high taxes and crushing regulation—when virtually no other state could get away with it. I was expecting a technical economic term—”exploitable asymmetries”—that is, the great climate and abundant »

California Voters Wake Up to Harris; Is Feinstein on the Way Out?

Featured image Californians are crazy, but even Californians don’t think much of Kamala Harris. Buried deep in the latest IGS-Berkeley poll (I know the pollster who runs this survey, Mark DiCamillo, and he’s solid) that finds 50 percent of Californians still approve of President Biden’s job performance is this nugget: When voters are asked to assess the job that home state Vice President Kamala Harris is doing, 35% say they approve, 45% »

How to Make Crime Vanish

Featured image No sooner do we note here the out-of-control crime in San Francisco (and elsewhere in California) than we find a magical solution appear: stop collecting and reporting crime data! Yesterday the FBI released its quarterly uniform crime report. There appears this curious note on the home page: In other words, if I read this right not enough law enforcement agencies sent in the data required for the FBI to provide »

San Francisco’s Out of Control Crime No Longer Deniable

Featured image The Wall Street Journal is out this morning with a long feature about out-of-control crime in San Francisco. It is no longer possible to obfuscate the problem. Terry Asten Bennett’s family has been running Cliff’s Variety Store since 1936. In all that time, they’ve never experienced the amount of burglaries and property damage that they have recently, Ms. Bennett said. Thieves smashed a display window and broke down a door »

California in Pictures: Yikes!

Featured image Here are the prices at my local filling station a week ago: And here’s today: I’m told this pic from the LA area is authentic—probably arriving here mid-state by noon tomorrow. Prices are so high people are starting to take alternative transportation to the minimart: So a lot of readers quite sensibly ask—how can you stand to live in Crazifornia?  I’ve always thought of the place as being like a »

Another Industry Destroyed by Taxes

Featured image How many industries have been damaged or destroyed by high taxes and excessive regulation? A lot. But I have mixed feelings about this one: California cannabis industry on brink as buyers return to dealers. The cannabis industry in California is on the brink of collapse because of high taxes and onerous regulations that have burdened legal operators and allowed illegal growers to flourish, campaigners have warned. *** About 75 per »