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The MSM enthusiastically distributes the annual AFL-CIO study comparing big company CEO pay with all workers — informally the “400 to 1” comparison. But the dishonesty of the labor union report is obvious, breathtaking — and completely ignored.  Below is a detailed debunking of this “study.”

Once backed by tea party voters, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) snared an important endorsement from long-time House member and former Committee Chairman, Darrell Issa (R-Vista):

Marco Rubio really is an exciting candidate, and I’m pleased to be able to endorse him and to work for him for the presidency.

While Congressman Issa endorsed Rubio, he was careful to distance himself from Rubio’s desire to spy on American citizens:

San Diego County Gun Owners PAC Announce Two Changes in City Council Ratings

Monday, November 30, 2015
posted by Tommy Knepper

After announcing our launch on October 21, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC received numerous inquiries about our ratings from both concerned city councilmembers, wanting to change their rating, and concerned voters who wanted to know why their elected official received a positive or negative rating. After reviewing information provided to us about some of the local city council members, SDCGO PAC has made two significant updates.

ISIS, terror, the Quran, and moderation

Friday, November 27, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel


Originally published by  Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20, 2015 — This time it was Paris, but the savages who boastfully accept responsibility for the slaughter say that next time it will be New York City, Washington, D. C., or someplace similar.

There has been another horrific attack. Theaters, stadiums and cafes, places civilized people go to unwind from a hard day at work and to enjoy themselves, have been left splattered with blood.

FLASH!!  Here’s a super-secret memo (admittedly it’s so secret that I made it up) I imagine I just received from a whistleblower — an internal communique circulating at Amazon:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  We at Amazon have much to be thankful for this Turkey Day.

Seriously, Sam?

Monday, November 23, 2015
posted by Steve Gramm

In today’s SDUT story, Sam Abed using city website for his campaign, the Escondido Mayor says, “The link (from the city website to his campaign site) was cleared by the City Attorney for compliance, State Law and City Policies before it was created.”

There’s the legal and then there’s the ethical. There’s also common sense. If you don’t want headlines, don’t use public resources for campaign purposes. Oh, not just because of possible headlines, but also because it’s not appropriate.

Last night I took my wife and our two young grandchildren to Applebee’s.  It went great — our 4 and 2 year old charges were more decorous than half the patrons.

But I digress.  Here’s what caught my attention: Applebee’s is testing a new ordering policy — using the technology that is rapidly becoming prominent in fast food restaurants.  Every table had an online electronic tablet, with the menu, ordering and payment process built in.  One can place the order and have the busboy bring your food.

Recall effort against Poway Unified’s Patapow authorized to proceed

Saturday, November 21, 2015
posted by Greg Larkin

After a couple of mis-starts by proponents of a recall of Poway Schools Board Member Andy Patapow, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters has approved the petition, thus authorizing the collection of signatures.

The two prior false starts by recall organizers were covered on these pages, resulting in possibly the highest number of comments ever generated on a single Rostra article.

Per the Registrar’s letter posted below, proponents have 160 days to collect 10,767 signatures to qualify a recall of Patapow for the ballot.

Taxpayers Association Revokes Support of Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District Bond

Friday, November 20, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release

Organization Vows to Inform East County Citizens of Breach of Trust

(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s Board of Directors today voted to revoke its support for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s bond measure Prop V, citing the district’s breach of its pledge to of fair and open competition for the taxpayer-funded projects covered under the bond.

Income Inequality: Part Five – Where Do We Go From Here?

Friday, November 20, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

In the Parable of the Talents we learn that diversity is woven into the fabric of creation. We see that Jesus does not distribute or reward talent equally. His concern is with how we use our talents. His greatest reward goes to those who invest their talents shrewdly. This reward structure appeals to our basic nature.  If you will excuse me, it was how he created us. We respond to incentives. Capitalism, not crony capitalism, is a system that rewards entrepreneurs and investors for being good stewards of capital. Of course, when we are not good stewards of capital, we fail. In other words, people who make bad investments or who don’t serve their neighbor well aren’t going to stay wealthy for long. The free market assumes rule of law and maximizes prosperity by incentivizing individuals to put the needs of their neighbor before their own. The only way I can make a dollar is by first determining how to serve my neighbor.

San Diego Regional Chamber endorses Ray Ellis, Kristin Gaspar

Thursday, November 19, 2015
posted by Press Releases / Media Advisories

Press Release


Chamber Board votes to support Ray Ellis and Kristin Gaspar

SAN DIEGO (November 19, 2015) – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today the endorsements of Ray Ellis for San Diego City Council District 1, and Kristin Gaspar, for County Supervisor District 3.

“The City Council and County Supervisor races are important for the continued growth and success of our region’s businesses,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber.

“Broken promises at Grossmont-Cuyamaca”

Thursday, November 19, 2015
posted by Thor's Assistant


“Tuesday’s Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board meeting offered a graphic example of why politicians have among the worst reputations of any occupational category in the world.”

Read today’s editorial.


“The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District governing board went back on a promise it made three years ago and voted 3-0 Tuesday night to negotiate a project labor agreement with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council for work funded by the 2012 Proposition V bond measure. Trustees Bill Garrett and Edwin Hiel abstained.”

Income Inequality – Part Four: Just Remove the Rocks

Thursday, November 19, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

In Part One I agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VA) that income inequality was a problem but disagreed with him for not differentiating the moral from the immoral causes. In Part Two I shared how free moral consumer choices made Taylor Swift wealthy and how each transaction left her customers better off than they were before the exchange making each transaction a “win-win”. In Part Three I shared how our behavior with regard to education, marriage, saving and investing impact income and wealth inequality.

San Diego County Gun Owners PAC Announce Formation of New Group

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
posted by Tommy Knepper

San Diego – Flanked by advisory board members and volunteers, Michael Schwartz made it official on Oct 21 – announcing the formation of a new 2nd Amendment group for local city and county issues, the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC.

“We have seen attempts to limit our 2nd Amendment rights at the local level time and again,” Schwartz stated. “Whether it is increasing fees on gun stores, restricting access to conceal carry permits, or simply refusing to allow gun ranges in certain communities – our rights have been slowly chipped away and now we are taking a stand,” Schwartz noted.

Income Inequality – Part Three: Individual Choice

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

In Part One I agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VA) that income inequality was a problem but disagreed with him for not differentiating its moral from its immoral causes.

In Part Two I shared how consumer choice made Taylor Swift wealthy and how each transaction left individuals better off than they were before. Each transaction was a “win-win”.

Public Trust Means Keeping Your Word

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
posted by Mike Harrison

Because of family obligations, I was unable to attend the meeting for the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District tonight. The topic regarding implementing a PLA is an important one for our community, on many levels. As such, I have written this piece which is scheduled to be published in the East County Californian.

Public Trust Means Keeping Your Word

By Mike Harrison
East County Californian

I’ve updated my salient median household income comparison of California vs. hated Texas. My last figures were from 2009. Since then it’s gotten even better — for Texas.

According to recent U.S. census figures, the 2014 median household income in California is still significantly higher than Texas.
CA — $60,487
TX — $53,875 — 10.9% less than CA (vs. 18.1% less in 2009), though slightly above the national average of $53,657

Guest Column
by Jim Ryan, Chief Executive Officer
Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter

During its October 20, 2015 meeting, the Board of Governors of the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District was scheduled to vote on a motion to direct their staff to negotiate a union-only PLA for the District’s Proposition V construction work. The vote was delayed until this Tuesday’s Board meeting after the Board voted 3-2 to allow the District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee to provide input to the Board concerning the effect of adopting a PLA. The law under which Proposition V was passed requires GCCCD to form an Oversight Committee to continually review the implementation of the Proposition V to ensure that the taxpayer’s best interests are being met.

Income Inequality – Part Two: Consumer Demand

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

In Part One I agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VA). We have an income inequality problem. Where we disagree is I differentiate inequality created by consumer demand and individual decision (moral) from inequality created by government regulation in violation of rule of law (immoral).

Income Inequality – Part One: Rule of Law

Monday, November 16, 2015
posted by Eric Andersen

EricFrom Cicero to Augustine, from Adams to Martin Luther King, one of the principles of a just and prosperous society, is rule of law.

Aux armes, citoyens.

Friday, November 13, 2015
posted by Brian Brady

Over 15o French citizens were brutally murdered in a co-ordinated attack today from ISIS,  just days after the Islamic jihadist group massacred 43 in in Beirut.

Six months ago, The Islamic jihadist group ISIS listed Carlsbad as one of the 100 cities on their “target list” as well as naming San Diego-based active duty service members on that list.

Ben Carson’s alleged lies and the media feeding frenzy

Thursday, November 12, 2015
posted by Bob Siegel

Originally published by Communities Digital News

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2015 —Well, it was only a matter of time before they went after Ben Carson. They waited until he became the frontrunner, outdistancing even Trump. Then they circled the wagons.

You see, Carson contradicts the narrative of the mainstream media. Republicans are supposed to be the party of racism, and Ben Carson is seeking nomination to the presidency as a Republican. You can’t do that, Ben! You should know better!

A common canard is that government doesn’t work. It DOES work — just often not the way intended.

If we pay people not to work (including SSI and SSDI), fewer people opt to work. It works EXACTLY as any honest economist would predict.

With SSI, one has to PROVE that one can’t work in order to receive the benefits. Ignoring the fact that the system has become too corrupt — dispensing such status far too easily — it’s an incredible anti-work incentive program.  Sadly, such programs work all too well.

Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a bit. This costly label “font” mandate was one of several state-imposed regulations that drove this small company under.

At its peak, this Chico firm employed 30 people.  Since none of them were union members, politicians simply don’t much care that these workers are now unemployed.  Indeed, as unemployed, these folks are more likely than ever to vote Democrat.  It’s a win-win!

Woof & Poof to cease production in Chico

The Sacramento Strategy to Undo Proposition 13

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
posted by Diane Harkey

This op-ed originally appeared in the Flashreport

Serving in the Legislature for six years, I had a front row seat to the culture in Sacramento where operatives strategize and execute plans to continuously raise your taxes to fund an ever expanding state government. For the first time in years, our state budget is running a surplus, and yet the demand for more of your money never ceases. The lobby for bigger government is alive and well in California, backed by creative think tanks and pressure groups dedicated to finding new ways to further separate you from your income. While your paycheck doesn’t buy what it used to, neither do your ever-increasing tax “investments.”

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