Pricey Choo-choo; Transparent Carbon; Free Condoms Bust: Your Top 3 Weekly Numbers

John NienstedtJohn Nienstedt Leave a Comment

To read some of the great Edgy Interviews of San Diego notables over the years, click here! To be added to the Competitive Edge email list and receive these weekly, please send a request to info@cerc.net. Sources: https://www.vta.org/blog/inflation-and-other-factors-boost-estimated-cost-vta-bart-silicon-valley-completion https://apnews.com/article/california-climate-change-companies-businesses-disclosure-emissions-fcd2408d66c40330345a06676114551d https://www.news-herald.com/2023/10/09/california-governor-vetoes-bill-to-make-free-condoms-available-for-high-school-students-citing-cost/

The Limits of Christian Charity

J. S. ScifoUndesignated Leave a Comment

“If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” Or so said Josef Stalin.  The same can be said of the undocumented and the homeless. As the federal government dumps thousands of people who have crossed the border illegally in San Diego County, I find myself contemplating that sentiment. It’s easy to …

Destroying America’s Criminal Justice and Political Institutions to Get Trump

Guest ColumnGuest Column Leave a Comment

Boise Insight: Destroying America’s Criminal Justice and Political Institutions to Get Trump by David King Most Americans have deep personal convictions about whether Donald Trump should be president again. As said by many a bouncer, “Take it outside.” This column is about the Lilliputians, the legions of prosecutors at all levels of government, bringing criminal charges against Trump — all …

A Lost Generation: Post 9/11, who is winning at our expense?

Guest ColumnGuest Column Leave a Comment

Guest Commentary by Garrison Ham “You are all a lost generation.” – Gertrude Stein The world changed for many of us on 9/11. Millennials growing up in the 90s witnessed their world become noticeably darker. At the same time, it was a defining moment for a generation. This was our Pearl Harbor moment. The 22nd anniversary just came and went. …

Understanding the Current State of Affairs

J. S. ScifoUndesignated Leave a Comment

Below is an excerpt from “Fragments,” my book of essays available at https://jsscifo.substack.com/ September/October 2022 Talk of civil war is in the air these days.  Elements of the Right see action, perhaps even violent, against the federal government and the ruling Left elites as necessary to protect individual rights and the Constitution as written. The Left views such notions as an …

Green City Intrigue; TEX-MEX Alliance?; Gems Losing Luster: Your Top 3 Weekly Numbers

John NienstedtJohn Nienstedt Leave a Comment

To read some of the great Edgy Interviews of San Diego notables over the years, click here! To be added to the Competitive Edge email list and receive these weekly, please send a request to info@cerc.net. Sources: https://dailyprogress.com/news/nation-world/business/billionaires-plan-new-city-in-rural-california/article_051fbae0-13eb-5481-aa3c-34ed8045f5e5.html https://finance.yahoo.com/news/could-mexico-help-texas-become-110000541.html https://www.jewellermagazine.com/Article/12542/Declining-demand-GIA-slashes-laboratory-workforce

Hard Time for Mark Ridley-Thomas; Local Control of Homes Goes To Supreme Court; Beyonce at Levis Stadium: Your Top 3 Weekly Numbers

John NienstedtJohn Nienstedt Leave a Comment

To read some of the great Edgy Interviews of San Diego notables over the years, click here! To be added to the Competitive Edge email list and receive these weekly, please send a request to info@cerc.net. Sources: https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/mark-ridley-thomas-sentenced-3-12-years-prison-corruptly-securing-benefits-son-school https://www.dailynews.com/2023/08/24/orange-county-leaders-to-appeal-housing-decision-to-state-supreme-court/ https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/beyonce-renaissance-world-tour-levis-stadium/3303209/

CA State Worker Raise; Homeless Disparity; Stealing Home: Your Top 3 Weekly Numbers

John NienstedtJohn Nienstedt Leave a Comment

To read some of the great Edgy Interviews of San Diego notables over the years, click here! To be added to the Competitive Edge email list and receive these weekly, please send a request to info@cerc.net. Sources: https://www.seiu1000.org/article/member-protest-arrests-drive-state-back-bargaining-table https://www.kalw.org/housing/2023-08-21/california-officials-visit-texas-for-advice-on-homelessness-crisis https://sports.yahoo.com/dodgers-max-muncys-home-burglarized-180703975.html

All media stories now follow this pattern

Guest ColumnGuest Column Leave a Comment

Michael Schwartz shares his latest gem… Here’s the pattern for any story these days: NEWS: This is the biggest thing to ever happen. Your neighbors are all gonna die because they aren’t watching us for information on this horrible catastrophe that we promise we aren’t exaggerating for ratings. GOVERNMENT: Do everything the news tells you to do, and do what …

The Unheavenly City

J. S. ScifoUndesignated Leave a Comment

Although California faces many crises—housing, energy, affordability generally, public disorder bordering on mayhem—none is more vexing than homelessness. It is no accident that most of the problems referenced above have at their root some misguided government policy. However, unlike those problems, homelessness has the additional misfortune of resulting, to a large degree, from the dysfunction of an individual human. In …

First results in County Supe 4

Thor's AssistantRostra Administrator (Thor's Assistant) Leave a Comment

Update: Wed morning, August 16, 2023… Amy Reichert has pulled slightly away from Janessa Goldbeck in two late Tuesday tally updates, increasing her numbers from the 28.67 percent shown below, first to 28.87, then to 29.00. Goldbeck dropped overall to 25.32. Those are small amounts, but do indicate a trend in Reichert’s favor to hold the second spot, meaning she …

The Guns of August

J. S. ScifoUndesignated Leave a Comment

The president and his Department of Justice have unleashed forces they do not understand and cannot control.  It will not end well. Having just finished watching the BBC miniseries 37 Days about the month or so leading up to WWI, I am newly reminded of how miscalculations, ambition, and “good intentions” can lead to calamity of biblical proportions.  Barbara Tuchman’s …

Tyranny—California Style

J. S. ScifoUndesignated 2 Comments

We are constantly being told that California is a place of endless possibilities where a person can choose his identity, his gender, and who he loves all while living off the state’s generous social welfare, even if he (or she or ?) is in the country illegally. Or as Gavin Newsom said in his second inaugural speech: “Whether your family …

Another newspaper folds; Schools’ E-Waste Crisis; Tony Bennett Leaves His Mark: Your Top 3 Tuesday Numbers

John NienstedtJohn Nienstedt Leave a Comment

To read some of the great Edgy Interviews of San Diego notables over the years, click here! To be added to the Competitive Edge email list and receive these weekly, please send a request to info@cerc.net. Sources: https://www.independent.com/2023/07/23/santa-barbara-news-press-files-for-bankruptcy/ https://www.extremetech.com/computing/thousands-of-chromebooks-are-expiring-forcing-schools-to-toss-them-out https://www.today.com/popculture/music/tony-bennett-i-left-my-heart-in-san-francisco-history-rcna95544

As Breen leaves the Union-Tribune, some thoughts on political cartoons

Barry JantzBarry Jantz Leave a Comment

If you missed Steve Breen’s farewell cartoon in The San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday, it’s worth seeing, along with his departing message. I shared it on Facebook, resulting in a couple messages from those who apparently don’t always appreciate Breen’s politics. As a student of journalism and the history of journalism, I came to love the history of editorial cartoons in …

Happy Kidnapping Ending; Undo the CA Travel Ban; Evasive Otter: Your Top 3 Weekly Numbers

John NienstedtJohn Nienstedt Leave a Comment

To read some of the great Edgy Interviews of San Diego notables over the years, click here! To be added to the Competitive Edge email list and receive these weekly, please send a request to info@cerc.net. Sources: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/bay-area-woman-home-kidnapped-mexico/3273411/ https://sd39.senate.ca.gov/news/20230714-bridge-project-sb-447-garners-support-san-diego-passes-first-assembly-committee https://www.ksbw.com/article/santa-cruzs-surfing-otter-continues-to-escape-fish-and-wildlife/44553195#

Road to White House, Redux

J. S. ScifoJ. S. Scifo Leave a Comment

In May I wrote that the only way a Republican could win the White House (“The Republican Road to the White House Goes Through the House”) was if there were a contested election that threw the decision to the House of Representatives. The only real way to get a contested election (one in which no nominee wins 270 electoral votes …