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Politicians have been bashing one another since the founding of the Republic. John Adams called Thomas Jefferson a “weakling, ‘son of a squaw’ and libertine,” while Jefferson called Adams a “hermaphrodite, fool, and tyrant.” While slamming the other fellow has been fair game in politics, it is generally believed that politicians should do their best to not slur the voters. Uniters, rather than dividers, are rewarded in American politics.

When the government knocks at your door and says, “We’re here to help,” it’s rarely true. Like so many bills, California Senate Bill 350 has good intentions. It wants to “improve public health by setting new standards for California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, reducing petroleum use, and increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings.” The bill also promises to “Create jobs, grow the state’s economy.”

All nice, but will we really see this happen?

Buried in our California water bills are the inflated salaries and benefits of our public water works “public servants.”  The examples in the article below are instructive — and not that unusual.

It includes a chart that compares the pay of water department employees with the average pay for such work.  BTW, included in that average are our government workers, which thus skews the figure higher than the true private sector average.

Give Away Qualcomm / Jack Murphy Stadium

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

This past weekend, Mayor Faulconer laid out why taxpayers should support a proposal for the Qualcomm / Jack Murphy Stadium rehab deal to retain the Chargers,  The Mayor argued for the proposed deal for these reasons:

1- The 90’s deal was a bad one which taxpayers still have to pay.
2- This deal will attract $750MM in private capital.
3- This deal retains the Chargers.

The Sign of the Beast?

Monday, August 24, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

Trump Ouchclick to make it even scarier

Trump’s abuse of eminent domain

Saturday, August 22, 2015
posted by Vito Andolini

I finally figured out why so many Republicans and tea party types are in support of Donald Trump. It’s because they’re fools.

From The Washington Post:

“David Boaz of the Cato Institute has an excellent article summarizing Donald Trump’s shameful history of promoting eminent domain abuse for the purpose of seizing property from homeowners and businesses who refuse to sell to him.”

Read it here.

Premature for California to Plan for Cannabis Banking

Thursday, August 20, 2015
posted by Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared in the Orange County Register

With all the financial challenges impacting our global economy, many are planning for the next economic slowdown. Not to be undone, Sacramento is focused on creating a new economy and “cash crop” for the Golden State. Ready to place an initiative on the 2016 ballot, high-ranking elected state officials and other promoters of cannabis legalization are working to craft legislation that would meet federal guidelines for the “industry.”

It’s not only City of San Diego, County of San Diego, State Senate and other area email domains included in the data breach of online “arrange an affair” website Ashley Madison. Here are the number of accounts attributed to email domains for a couple of other government entities.  – 44

Who in the White House would actually register a membership using a work email? That’s hard to say, considering any email could  potentially be registered on the site, by anyone, their email address or not.

…and, from Phil Graham: Why you should care about Assembly District 76

Monday, August 17, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Brian Brady provoked some thought the other day with his commentary, “I Really Don’t Care About The 71st and 76th Assembly District Races,” in which he asked the Republican candidates in those districts for a plan for victory in other seats currently held by Democrats.

Mike Harrison, running in AD 71, responded over the weekend with his thoughts on the matter.

Phil Graham, a candidate in the 76th AD, now provides his own response below.

Why You Should Care About Assembly District 71

Saturday, August 15, 2015
posted by Guest Column

Guest Commentary
by Mike Harrison

I want to thank Brian Brady for his piece on my race for California State Assembly in District 71, making up East San Diego and Southern Riverside Counties.  I appreciate his question, and the answer is important to our party, our San Diego community and our state as a whole.  I agree with Brian, the next Assembly person from District 71 has more than an opportunity, but the specific responsibility to serve as both a leader and an ambassador of the GOP.  One of the most important ways to make a difference in Sacramento is by making a difference here at home and we can do this by helping bring in more Republicans to work against the hostile environment that exists not only in our state’s capital, but at all levels of government.

Breitbart: Trump says he’ll face Biden in 2016

Friday, August 14, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


Should billionaire and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump win the Republican primary in 2016—as he certainly wants to do—he expects he will face Vice President Joe Biden in the general election since he thinks the current email scandal plaguing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will eventually knock her out of the race.

Read it all.

The California public employee labor unions have a set of talking points they go to whenever the subject of reforming our taxpayer-backed pensions comes up. One major point they love to present boils down to this:  “Employees can’t invest money as smartly as CalPERS [or other pension agencies] can. CalPERS will make a higher return, and will do it for less cost.”

Will President Obama step down after 2016?

Friday, August 14, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Written by Bob Siegel and originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, August 4, 2015 —Last week, President Obama commented on his chances of winning a third term if only he were allowed to run a third term.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t. There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving. But the law is the law, and no person is above the law, not even the president.”

The 71st Assembly district is currently represented by the termed out Republican, Brian Jones. Two Republicans are battling for his open seat: Congressman Duncan Hunter staffer Mike Harrison and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel. Both will be seeking endorsements from elected officials, Republican Party Committee members, and political activists.

In California, we fiscal reformers will always be swimming vertically up Niagara Falls until we break the back of public employee labor unions. We can do it, but only through the initiative process. NEVER will we achieve success through the legislature.
“Paycheck protection” — ending government payroll deduction of union dues — is is an initiative that should be put before the voters as often as possible. If nothing else, the union will be forced to spend $30-$50 million to block it.
Another initiative should FORCE state and local governments to put government functions out for competitive bid — “managed competition.” No option (except for police, perhaps). Unfortunately it’s hard to keep labor from crippling such a mandate, as happened in San Diego. Still, we know managed competition is a way to reduce union clout and dues — and the proof is the unions’ apoplectic response whenever such a contracting out option is suggested.
Even better would be to return to the 1970’s situation (when everything was great in California, according to liberals), when there were toothless public employee labor unions — before Governor Brown changed the law to essentially mandate that government employees must join labor unions. Again, this change can only happen by initiative, and would be a tough battle, to put it mildly.
All these initiatives would be difficult to pass. But compared to what? Every legislative session, labor will push through numerous laws blocking or crippling reform efforts and solidifying their stranglehold on state and local government. In this day and age, they can pretty much get any legislation passed that they desire. Occasionally a governor will veto it, but not often.
We simply CANNOT win those legislative battles — the unions OWN the state legislatures. We are doomed if we don’t gut the public employee labor unions.

I was asked to write the following column for the “Fox and Hounds” website as a rebuttal to some nonsense published by a CalPERS booster who claimed we all profit from the stimulus of government pensions.  My column wrote itself in a record 65 minutes — I just did the typing.


Comrade Bernie Sanders As Commander-in-Chief

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Let’s start here; I called Bernie Sanders “Comrade” because he is a socialist.  I’m not using an unreasonable amount of literary hyperbole, Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist.  To be fair to Comrade Bernie, he’s a kinder, gentler socialist unlike Kommisar Putin.

Sanders is running for POTUS, a position which constitutionally directs him to formulate foreign policy and, when authorized by Congress, lead the Armed Forces of these United States in war.  Success is the former avoids the need for the latter so it is important that foreign leaders see POTUS as someone who can negotiate with them.  It is helpful for Americans to know that POTUS wont negotiate away our sovereignty.

Tonight: Federalist Society to Host Expert Panel on Chargers Stadium Issue

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Cory Briggs, Bob Gaglione, Tony Manolatos, Richard Rider, and Dan Sileo

San Diego (August 12, 2015) ­— The San Diego Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society is hosting a panel discussion focusing on the legal and policy issues facing the Chargers stadium issue on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. at McGregor’s Grill & Ale House in Mission Valley.

Conservatives Can Learn From Jon Stewart

Monday, August 10, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

I don’t hate Jon Stewart and I know few people who do. Stewart is a “happy warrior” for progressive America, using humor to push a message which tacitly vilifies conservatives and emboldens liberals. I wish conservative entertainers would learn from him.

Make no mistake about it, Stewart pushes a liberal agenda, so much that the Democratic Party Newsletter New York Times recently criticized him for not practicing what he preaches:

SDUT: District pursuing union deal, despite prior promise to taxpayers

Monday, August 10, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is negotiating an agreement to hire union workers for the district’s construction projects funded by Proposition E and Mello-Roos revenue. Putting the pact in place, however, breaks a promise administrators made in 2012 to gain support for the bond measure.

Read it here.

Last night my wife and I watched two coyotes in our back yard, diligently sniffing and pacing, looking for something to eat.  It immediately caused me to think of the Spanos family — owners of the San Diego Chargers.  But not for the reasons you’d think.

Carly Fiorina Certainly Talks the Talk

Friday, August 7, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

“This a great nation. It is a unique nation, in all of human history and on the face of the planet. Because here our founders believed that everyone has a right to fulfill their potential. And that that right, they called it life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, comes from God and cannot be taken away by government.

Bless Rolling Stone

The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules

“It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too.  And I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”


“By imposing a one-time 14.25 percent net-worth tax on the richest individuals and trusts, we can put America on sound financial footing for the next century.”


Fabiani: Getting sports radio to make things up

Monday, August 3, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Tony Manolatos, who learned a couple of things while the spokesman for the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group…

The Mighty 1090’s Dan Sileo read a critical letter on air about a week ago. Dan said the letter was written by the NFL and was going to be delivered to the Mayor that morning. I remember hearing him on air saying something like, “The NFL has brought the hammer down on San Diego.”

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