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New #IRS scandal? Agency sued over stealing 60 million medical records — Updated

Posted by: Phineas on May 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas We’re in the best of hands: The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the […]


Shock and surprise: Diane Feinstein’s husband’s company lands big high-speed rail contract

Posted by: Phineas on April 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm » 14 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Because, at nearly $35,000,000 per mile, they surely had to be the cheapest: Out of the entire universe of those who could have won the first phase construction contract for California’s high speed rail boondoggle, who would stand out as the last person who would win it if there were no political patronage. […]


Quote of the Day: Doing business in Texas vs. California edition

Posted by: Phineas on April 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas An observation on why Texas might have more appeal to business owners, from John Harrington, owner of Shield Tactical, who recently relocated his company from Orange County, California, to Austin: In Texas, he said, “it’s an iota of bureaucracy.” In California, “it’s like before you put up your range you have to […]


You’re welcome, America: California’s high-speed rail will need a federal bailout

Posted by: Phineas on March 29, 2013 at 6:36 pm » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I just knew it would come to this: When California finishes tapping out the taxpayers in its state to pay for its nonsensical high speed rail, it will ask the taxpayers of other states to chip in, according to a new Government Accountability Office report requested by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). […]


This is why California can’t have nice things: taxing email

Posted by: Phineas on March 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Not yet, but a Berkeley (natch) city councilor thinks it’s a grand idea: Gordon Wozniak, a Berkeley city councilman, proposed taxing email messages during a recent city council meeting in an effort to reduce the spread of “spam,” or unwanted emails. Wozniak also said an email tax could raise money to keep […]


California’s big-government madness, drowning in a sea of laws

Posted by: Phineas on February 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I ran across an item today in the Los Angeles Times that just floored me. The article was discussing a proposed new tax on sodas to fight the “obesity crisis” (insert eye-roll as needed). See if you can spot what caught my attention: A proposal to tax sweetened soda in California has […]


The progressive war on the middle class: Kansas vs. California

Posted by: Phineas on February 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas A few days ago, reactionary liberal E.J. Dionne wrote a piece in The Washington Post, part of which he devoted to bashing states that implement conservative fiscal and governance policies. And he singled out Kansas, the state with perhaps the most “Tea Party” government, for a ritual “two minutes hate:” In some […]


#GunControl: California Democrats aim for de facto ban via stifling regulations

Posted by: Phineas on February 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas “Never let a crisis go to waste” was Rahm Emanuel’s famous dictum from 2009, and California’s legislative Democrats, giddy at having a super-majority in the legislature, are showing they’ve taken that to heart. Last Thursday, they debuted a package of ten bills aimed at curbing a putative crisis in gun violence (1). […]


#GunControl Has LAPD produced fake “rocket launchers” before?

Posted by: Phineas on January 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Following up on this story. It seems the press conference at which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck produced supposed rocket launchers as evidence of the need for stricter firearms regulations wasn’t the first time. They may even have been the same pieces: But upon looking into this story further, it appears that Chief […]


LAPD caught engaging in gun-control propaganda

Posted by: Phineas on January 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Remember when Los Angeles’ latest gun buyback program made headlines last month because a couple of “rocket launchers” were turned in? Pretty scary right? A dramatic, powerful argument for more “smart” gun regulations, no? A perfect illustration of Senator Feinstein’s attempt to ban weapons with a “military characteristic,” don’t you think? Only problem is, they […]