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Kick or Punt, Ms. Dumanis.

Friday, October 17, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

Citizens need closure on the recent allegations against Carl DeMaio.  Last week, Todd Bosnich accused the former San Diego City Council Member and U.S. House candidate of sexual harassment.  If true, DeMaio has no business holding public office.

The timing of this claim is suspect.  The accuser’s decision to lodge the complaint in the media, rather than through law enforcement, suggests that he is more interested in influencing an election result rather than seeking justice.  DeMaio categorically denies the accusations.

The politics of envy is on full display in Illinois, Connecticut, and Kansas elections this cycle.  Their genesis was the attacks the Obama team levied at Mitt Romney.  This quote, from this Politico article, boils the strategy down to a few sentences:

“What private equity companies do and their business makes for a very easy target for people to twist and bend and simplistically attack,” said Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff who briefly ran for Illinois governor against Quinn last year. “It’s tailor-made for a political consultant to attack — all you need is a few facts — you don’t need a lot of them. You sure don’t need truth.

The San Diego State Purple Penguins

Friday, October 10, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

Let’s start with this current bid of madness, about doing away with gender identification in Nebraska grade schools:

Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

Let’s start with this; there is no “tea party”.  There is a “tea party movement,” there are “tea party groups,” there are “tea party activists” and there are “people who agree with tea party principles.” In that tea party movement, there are libertarians, social conservatives, immigration activists, fiscal conservatives, Second Amendment defenders, and other conservative-leaning Americans.

Observations from #ConstitutionDaySD

Thursday, September 18, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

I spoke today, to a classroom of young people at a private high school in San Diego.  This is my second year as a speaker for the ACLU-sponsored “Constitution Day”.  Last year, I presented to 60 middle school students in Chula Vista so I was looking forward to changing my presentation for a high school class.  Here were some of my observations:

The U-T reports that the Vista City Council granted Dollar General a permit to build a store in its kingdom but decided what it can or can’t sell.  Let’s look at quotes from both sides of the alcohol permitting process.

“Combine those two factors and there is no way that additional (alcohol) sales would add anything to the city of Vista,”

“I am not willing to limit somebody’s ability to sell their retail wares because they weren’t first in line in the neighborhood,”

As fire fights with foreign soldiers, on the southern land border increase,  the Border Patrol reports that foreign nationals are attempting high-speed amphibious landings in San Diego County:

In the early morning of Aug. 26, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) stopped a panga off the coast of San Diego County loaded with 20 people attempting an illegal entry into the country.

At around 1 a.m., CBP Air Interdiction Agents in an OAM Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) King Air 350ER spotted the 30-foot panga around 30 miles from the coastal city of Del Mar.  The MEA crew directed two OAM Interceptor boats to the panga’s location.

Katy Grimes wrote a great piece about the attack on free market transportation over on Flash Report today:

This free market response to the heavily regulated, unionized and expensive taxi and shuttle industry, is brilliant. Uber, Sidecar and Lyft work beautifully, and usually flawlessly, unlike unreliable shuttle services, and sometimes hostile and unscrupulous taxi drivers. And it is significantly less expensive.

Some in the media have said consumers only care about the immediacy and convenience of the quick, easy-to-order rideshare car services, and not about who is driving, or if they have insurance.

The City of Solana Beach had two open Council seats in the November election: Tom Campbell was retiring and incumbent Democrat Mike Nichols filed to run for re-election. Three other candidates pulled papers to run against Nichols and for Campbell’s seat:

1- Ginger Marshall, the endorsed Republican candidate.
2- Patrick Germon, an independent businessman
3- Shannon Lerach, a newcomer to Solana Beach with long time ties to the Democratic establishment

Nichols, Marshall and Lerach qualified for the ballot and Germon decided to run in 2016. Lerach pulled out of the race on the last filing day, leaving only Democrat Nichols and Republican Marshall qualified for the two empty seats.

Virginia “Ginger” Marshall filed papers with the Solana Beach City Clerk today for the November City Council election. Marshall has until Friday to submit a petition with 20 signatures of registered voters in Solana Beach to qualify for the November ballot.

Marshall has lived in Solana Beach for over 12 years and has resided on both the West side of 101 as well as the East side of I-5. She is a licensed REALTOR with Allison James Estates & Homes and has been selling California real estate since 2007. Prior to that, Ginger worked as a mortgage lending professional in La Jolla and Vail, CO.  While living in Colorado, Ginger served as Chairman of the Eagle County (CO) Down Payment Assistance Fund and was given an “Award for Housing Excellence” by The Eagle County, CO Commissioners in 2000.

Americans aged 13-30 are much more libertarian than liberal, says a Reason-Rupe report.  That’s important for California Republicans to know because that generation represents close to one in five voters.  In five years, that number will grow to one in four voters.

Millennials have oft been described as the enigma generation when it comes to politics.  They eschew party labels but overwhelmingly supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012.   Why would a generation, saddled with student loan debt, living with their parents, underemployed, vote for a President with such a poor record on economic freedom?

Celebrate Independence, Not Government

Friday, July 4, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

We read the Declaration of Independence aloud last night at the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego meeting.  This tradition started last year when a few of us read it at the Del Mar Fair.  I won’t print all the words on this site but I invite you to read it before I continue.

This was (and still is) a radical document.  One has to fully appreciate the politics of the day to understand its context.  One on three colonists were loyal to the King, one in three were for the cause of secession from Great Britain, and one on three didn’t care at all.  Of the 33% sympathetic to the cause, only one in eleven of those people were actually doing something about it– hence the name “Three Percenters“.

Everywhere I look, I see the command /control economy failing.   I knew this instinctively, some thirty years ago when I attended “bottomless cup” fraternity parties. What started out as a “too good to be true” deal ended with an early dismissal for the guys and an invitation to the girls to stick around for the “after party”.  Naturally, I joined a fraternity.

What happened in Escondido the other night was very unfortunate.  The populist revolt against the conditional use permit, to house Central American refugee children at a temporary facility in Escondido, is an understandable reaction to failed federal immigration policy.  The federal government has failed to enforce our borders (almost willingly) for at least two Presidential administrations now.  Naturally, people are frustrated.

The protest looked really bad — indifferent at best and xenophobic at worst.  Doug Porter at San Diego Free Press suggests that it’s bigotry (it’s not) and Logan Jenkins thinks it’s a form of tea party, anti-DC, NIMBY-ism (closer to the mark).  It’s frustration, but it’s frustration with the wrong failed federal policy.  Make no mistake about it, these kids are war refugees, refugees from the failed war on drugs.

My friend, author Greg Swann released his controversial book Father’s Day: More Married. More Husband. More Father. More Man on this past weekend.  I had already read the advanced release of the manuscript but bought a few digital copies for friends (the Kindle version is less than a buck).  This hard-hitting, in your face, 80-page book is an important read for movement conservatives because it understands two things we talk about a lot:  (1) families are the most important civil institution in a vibrant society and (2) men need to take personal responsibility for making their marriages work.

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Dave Brat, economics professor, neophyte, and “underfunded” candidate has done the unbelievable — he decidedly defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Brat ran a campaign that attracted heavy tea party support, criticizing Cantor for his votes for the debt ceiling increase and his support for comprehensive immigration reform (italicized and emboldened intentionally).

Some observations:

1- You gotta pick your battles. VA CD-7 is a deep red district. It’s had a Republican House member since 1971 and three conservative Democrats (we used to have those) serving from 1935-1971.

How relevant are Second Amendment supporters in San Diego County elections?  In a county-wide election, it could mean as much as a 2-4% margin.  Let’s look at two unopposed, county-wide races. With 92% of the vote in:

  • Sheriff Bill Gore, running unopposed, had 100% of the vote with 240,394
  • County Treasurer Dan McAllister, running unopposed, had 100% of the vote with 246,890

That’s a difference of almost 6500 votes.  Gore, noted for his deliberate defiance of the Peruta decision, earned 6500 votes less than the unopposed, incumbent County Treasurer (an office which has nothing to do with gun permits and/or regulations).  When the remaining 4000 or so votes come in, I expect that difference to be about 7000.

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been sitting in a Mexican prison since March 31 for crossing the border with guns in his car.  Mexican citizens are not allowed to own firearms and  American tourists should be aware that transporting ammunition or firearms, across the Mexican border, is a crime punishable by jail time….Mexican jail time…sometimes in the La Mesa Penitentary, where cartel members and gangs rule the cell blocks.

Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer just broke their word, from Encinitas Undercover:

In a stunning display of bad faith, crass political calculation, and petty vindictiveness, Council Members Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer have initiated agenda items to strip Kristin Gaspar of her unanimously-agreed six-month turn as mayor that was to begin June 11.

12A. Council initiated item from Council Member Shaffer to reconsider Mayor and Deputy Mayor transition scheduled to take effect June 11, 2014.

2014-05-28 Item 12A – Council Member Shaffer Initiated Item

I received this email, from Kirk Jorgensen, about an hour ago:

Yesterday, my family received a political mailer (not connected with my campaign) that compared me and my opponent on national security issues. The mailer displayed a photo of me in my Marine Corps uniform from Al-Hillah, Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and a photo of my opponent, Carl DeMaio dressed in a costume.

While I agree with the importance of debating the differences between us on Foreign Policy, National Defense, Fiscal Reform, and our Constitution—I do not condone the use of distasteful language or inappropriate photographs to illustrate these differences.

I don’t care much for personal identity politics because it treats people like groups rather than individuals.  I understand the desire to organize around ideas or principles but organizing because of skin tone, ethnicity, or sexual orientation never quite made sense to me.  Having stated that, as long as those groups don’t initiate force (like ethnic heritage groups),  its really doesn’t affect me negatively.

Proposition 41 seeks to address the problem of homlessness among veterans and that is a noble pursuit.  It authorizes $600 million of already approved (but unissued) housing bonds to be issued, with the proceeds to be repurposed for the construction of multi-family housing units for low-income and homeless veterans and their families.  It is endorsed by by both political parties, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and most major dailies including the UT-San Diego.

I recommend that this proposition be defeated because I asked this question:

Should we trust the same people who gave us the crazy train with this task? 

The Republican political class loves to chatter about how a Donnelly for Governor campaign will affect down ticket races.  The premise is, even though he is the overwhelming favorite of the Republican volunteers, is that he will damage the “brand” forever because of his high-profile support for stronger borders.  Karl Rove suggested that Tim Donnelly at the top of the ticket will damage Republicans’ message to Latinos “for decades.”

I suggest that Kashkari will do more damage to the Republican message to REPUBLICANS.  This isn’t me talking, the video is of then-Representative Don Manzullo (R-IL), interrogating Kashkari when he was the administrator of the bailout plan called TARP:

Let’s start here; Councilman Ed Harris is an unelected Councilman with 8 months left on his term.  He can’t run for re-election so, in essence, he is immune from voter input.  One of his first acts, after being appointed to the office vacated by Mayor Faulconer, was to reaffirm his endorsement of  fellow Democrat Sarah Boot for his seat.

Unelected short-timers can be useful props in campaigns.  They can say things the candidate can’t.  To wit:

Councilman Ed Harris said density belonged in blighted neighborhoods in District 4, instead of Clairemont’s “family oriented community.”

Question The Endorsements

Monday, April 28, 2014
posted by Brian Brady

When a Congressmen says this about a person:

“You’re here today because Congress is convinced you played a bait-and-switch and you’re not doing anything to convince us otherwise.”

…and six years later says this about the same person:

“(insert state name) Democrats have a disastrous record of passing job-killing laws and regulations that have destroyed the middle class; it’s clearly time for new leadership to help restore the strength of our private sector and put people back to work. I’m pleased to endorse (insert candidate name) because he is an honest, hard-working person who is clearly committed to public service, and I believe he’s the right candidate to lead the Republican ticket in (insert state name) this November.”

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