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California: Governor Brown panicking over High-Speed Rail? Updated.

Posted by: Phineas on January 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas From The Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters. It looks like Governor Brown, faced with recent legal defeats for his “Train to Nowhere,” may be starting to panic: Jerry Brown may be getting desperate about keeping the state’s increasingly unpopular – not to mention financially and legally challenged – bullet train project alive. Faced […]


CA High-Speed Rail Fail: Judge derails Gov. Brown’s choo-choo?

Posted by: Phineas on November 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Darn Judge Michael Kenny and his concern for the law! Doesn’t he know he’s standing in the way of the future? A Sacramento judge put the brakes on California’s plans to build a bullet train after dual rulings Monday blocked the sale of $8 billion in bonds and ordered the rail authority […]


CA High-Speed Rail Fail: $600 million spent, not a mile of track laid

Posted by: Phineas on November 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm » 16 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Because The Future! Or something: The latest accounting by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to state lawmakers indicates that the agency has spent almost $600 million on engineering and environmental consultants — all without turning a shovelful of dirt on construction. In the twice-a-year report (PDF) sent to legislative leaders on Friday, the […]


#Obamacare: California required the canceling of insurance policies

Posted by: Phineas on November 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Pushing back against the growing stories of people losing their individual health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare apologists have taken to scapegoating the insurance companies, even claiming that the cancellations were happening because the companies couldn’t compete, as in this mendacious Talking Points Memo piece. In California, at […]


#Obamacare: at last, CNN finds someone thrilled with it!

Posted by: Phineas on November 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas At long last, we’ve found people genuinely excited by our new, state-run healthcare system: strippers, escorts, dominatrices and other sex-workers! Only in California, my friends, and only in San Francisco: A burlesque dancer dressed as a nurse taunts her co-performer with a toy syringe, dangling the medicine seductively in an act that’s […]


Obamacare’s doctored coverage: destroying the private insurance market

Posted by: Phineas on October 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas I linked this in my last post, but it really deserves top-level billing of its own as a picture-perfect example of how Obamacare harms, not helps, the middle classes. Redondo Beach resident Steve Duschene has bought his own insurance on the individual market for several years now and has had to deal […]


Californians discover that -gasp!- Obama lied about their insurance costs

Posted by: Phineas on October 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm » 13 Comments

**Posted by Phineas The San Jose Mercury News ran an article a couple of days ago about “winners and losers” under Obamacare in the Bay Area, including individual buyers of health insurance who were shocked when faced with economic reality: when the government mandates higher costs on businesses, they will then pass those costs along to […]


#NewTone Watch: communications lessons from an expert, Allan Brauer (D). Updated, Brauer apologizes. Update 2, Brauer resigns

Posted by: Phineas on September 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This was an interesting morning on Twitter. After the House voted to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government but provides no money for Obamacare, conservative journalist Amanda Carpenter wrote the following: GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, […]


Questions for @RepSpeier (D-CA 14) about Bob “Filthy” Filner #WarOnWomen

Posted by: Phineas on August 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Dear Representative Jackie Speier, In an article excerpted today in the California Political Review, you are quoted as saying Bob Filner should resign as Mayor of San Diego: “In [Filner's] case, I think he was abusing his power, and I find it disgusting that he would hit on sexual assault victims in the military […]


(Video) Hello, I’m from California. Please nuke my state, now.

Posted by: Phineas on July 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas A noted 9-11 Truther circulates a petition to help Obama streamline government by eliminating the Bill of Rights… and people sign it! The Blaze describes the man with the mission: Well, to put it plainly, he’s … interesting. A noted 9/11 truther and Illuminati enthusiast, Dice has been featured in documentaries including […]