A Few Crumbs for Private Workers

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California’s Democratic leaders announced a “landmark deal” Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Yet it may be overshadowed by another milestone from the same day.

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, announced that his “Landmark Retirement Security Program” is moving to the next step in the legislative process.

Source: Steven Greenhut – The American Spectator

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Jury affirms #SanDiego’s tolerance for #SexOffenders 

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After deliberating for a little more than two hours, a San Diego jury determined Wednesday that former Mayor Bob Filner had harassed a longtime city parks employee because of her gender, but the panel found the harassment was neither serious nor pervasive.

The San Diego Superior Court jury also determined that no sexual battery had occurred during the April 2013 incident, in which Stacy McKenzie claimed the then-mayor had touched her breast and buttocks during an incident at a Mission Bay park.McKenzie, 52, was not awarded damages.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Brutal @AlamedaCounty deputies allowed to alter reports in beating case

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Shocking new allegations in the case involving two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies filmed beating a defenseless man in a San Francisco alley are prompting questions about why the deputies were allowed to alter their original reports on the incident after they and their attorneys viewed the surveillance video.

Sheriff Greg Ahern confirmed that Wieber and Santamaria had been allowed to resubmit their reports after viewing the video footage.

Ahern said this was all good with him.

Santamaria and Wieber submitted their revised reports four days after the Nov. 12 incident.

The surveillance-camera footage shows the deputies knocking Petrov to the ground, punching him and clubbing him with their batons, even after he appeared to surrender with his hands on his head.

The police state loving San Francisco district attorney’s office is investigating whether to file criminal charges against the deputies, who are on paid administrative leave.

“Investigating” WTF???

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

 

California’s absolutely unbelievable #ClimateChange hypocrisy

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The developer behind a controversial plan to ship coal from Oakland’s port is a longtime friend and campaign supporter of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has emerged over the past year as a world leader in the fight against climate change.

As Brown attended last year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, stoutly defended President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and urged other world leaders to take action, Phil Tagami was busy in the governor’s hometown pushing plans to export millions of tons of the black fossil fuel that scientists say is the leading cause of global warming.

“I can say he’s been a friend for the last 20 years,” Tagami said of Brown during a recent interview at his office in the Rotunda Building, a seven-story dome that he renovated in the late 1990s so it would gleam like a steel cathedral next to Oakland City Hall.

Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, were married there in 2005.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Dude, you appropriated my culture…WTF?

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The white San Francisco State student who was confronted by a black student over his hairstyle has come forward to defend his right to wear his hair in dreadlocks.

Cory Goldstein explained that he doesn’t believe that putting knots in his hair amounts to appropriation of black culture because people of African origin are not the only cultural group to wear dreadlocks.

The 22-year-old environmental studies major said he was accosted by the student in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.”I looked at her and she said, ‘Sorry, we don’t want people with your hair here,’ and I was like, wow, that’s really rude,” Goldstein said.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Marin County DA says hideous white murder suspects won’t face the death penalty

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Three young drifters accused of killing a Canadian tourist in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and a hiker near Fairfax will not face the death penalty in their upcoming murder trial, the Marin County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

The defendants — Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and 18-year-old Lila Scott Alligood — were charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old backpacker from Quebec, and Steve Carter, 67, a well-known tantra teacher and massage therapist.

The six attorneys representing Lampley, Angold and Alligood were notified Wednesday their clients would now face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

How anti-abortion activists exposed creepy Planned Parenthood fetal tissue sellers

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She was subdued and sympathetic on camera. Her recollections of collecting fetal tissue and body parts from abortion clinics in northern California lent emotional force to the anti-abortion videos that provoked a furor in Congress last summer.

In footage made public last July, Holly O’Donnell said she had been traumatized by her work for a fetal-tissue brokerage.

She described feeling “pain…and death and eternity” and said she fainted the first time she touched the remains of an aborted fetus.

Source: Los Angeles Times

#PoliceState Update: L.A. pols OK new law to criminalize the homeless

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The Los Angeles City Council approved a law Wednesday to rein in the tent-and-tarpaulin encampments whose dramatic spread has raised the political stakes of handling one of the nation’s worst homeless crises.

The ordinance — a revised version of the law known as 56.11 that was adopted in June — limits storage on sidewalks, parkways and alleys citywide to what homeless people can fit in a 60-gallon container, about the size of a city recycling or trash bin.

The measure passed on a 13-1 vote, with Councilman Gil Cedillo opposing.

Source: LA Times

Scathing audit shows how bad #UC shuns Cali kids in favor of high paying out-of-state students

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A scathing new state audit accuses the University of California of hurting in-state students by increasingly admitting applicants from outside the Golden State.

The proportion of out-of-state students has grown from about 5% of the student body in 2008 to 15.5% today.

Despite an increase in applications from in-state students, the University of California’s resident undergraduate enrollment has remained flat.

Source: LA Times

The @FBI begins unlocking iPhones around the country – #Apple’s #EpicFail

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If Apple’s goal was to protect privacy, they failed miserably.

The FBI has agreed to help prosecutors gain access to an iPhone 6 and an iPod that might hold evidence in an Arkansas murder trial, just days after the agency managed to hack an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino terror attacks, a local prosecutor said Wednesday.

Cody Hiland, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas’ 20th Judicial District, said that the FBI’s Little Rock field office had agreed to help his office gain access to a pair of locked devices owned by two of the suspects in the slayings of Robert and Patricia Cogdell.

They don’t need Apple’s help any longer.

Source: LA Times

White voters still call the shots in Cali…but not for much longer

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The economic concerns and political leanings of the people who vote in California’s elections are often very different from those of the state’s adults in general, a report by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

It’s the haves, not the have-nots, who make up the state’s likely voters, people who are older, better educated, wealthier and whiter than most Californians, with their own views of what’s most important and what’s not.

Of the state’s most frequent voters, 68 percent are 45 or older, 68 percent are homeowners, 42 percent are college graduates, and 55 percent have household incomes of $60,000 or more. That’s in stark contrast to the nonvoters, with two-thirds younger than 45, 66 percent renters, 17 percent college graduates and only 20 percent taking in $60,000 annually.

Even as California has become one of the country’s most racially diverse states, that ongoing change hasn’t shown up in the voting rolls. While 42 percent of the state’s adults are white and 36 percent are Latino, about 60 percent of California’s likely voters are white, while only 18 percent are Latino.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Evidence mounting against ruthless @AlamedaCounty deputies

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A San Francisco homeless couple said they watched Alameda County sheriff’s deputies severely beat the defenseless man with batons in an alley, and were then given the wounded man’s cash and jewelry as “hush goodies” by a deputy at the scene.

Jerome Allen and his partner, 31-year-old Haley Harris, said in interviews Tuesday that they were in a tent on Stevenson Street in the city’s Mission District on Nov. 12 when they witnessed the now widely publicized beating of Stanislav Petrov by deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber that was captured on video and is the subject of multiple investigations.

“They gave me his gold chain, his cigarettes, some change and some other stuff,” Allen, 50, said at a city shelter where he is staying. “They saw my eyes pop out of my head when I saw that chain.

They didn’t just decide to give it to me — common sense is it was hush goodies.”

Alameda County sheriff’s officials said the allegation is under investigation, and that a 20-year-veteran deputy implicated in the couple’s account has been placed on paid administrative leave.

At a news conference, Sheriff Greg Ahern said his agency had just learned of the account through media reports and Petrov’s attorneys.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Loretta Sanchez super PAC formed

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, is getting some outside help as she campaigns for the U.S. Senate.California’s New Frontier, a super PAC formed to support her candidacy, is gearing up to push her into the top-two positions in the June 7 primary against fellow Democrat Kamala Harris and a group of lesser-known Republicans.

Stu Mollrich, a consultant for the PAC who has done work for former GOP Govs. Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, said it has raised about $50,000 so far (“enough to get the lights turned on,”) but is in talks with politically active donors who are in position to donate well beyond the $2,700 maximum allowed.

Super PACs also are permitted to solicit unlimited contributions from corporate donors.Mollrich said the PAC will focus its public outreach on Sanchez’s strengths, including with Latino, Southern California and Central Valley voters.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Cali voters continue to surge Left

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This year’s elections will once again reflect California’s evolution over the last two decades from having a middle-of-the-road political ambiance to Democratic dominance.

Democrats hold all statewide offices and the vast majority of congressional and legislative seats. Republican voter registration has declined sharply to well under 30 percent.

Moreover, voters have repeatedly displayed their liberal tendencies, particularly on social issues, in ballot measures.

Notwithstanding all of that, the state would be even more liberal – much more – were its voters to reflect its adult population, a new study by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

Source: Sacramento Bee

Amazing, @WellsFargo screws consumers, #PoliceState keeps the money

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Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $8.5 million and better inform customers when they are being recorded, California officials said Tuesday.

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and district attorneys in five California counties sued San Francisco-based Wells Fargo last month, alleging the bank was breaking state law by not quickly telling customers that their telephone calls were being recorded.

Customers won’t be compensated under the agreement approved Monday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. But the settlement requires the bank to contribute $250,000 to each of two statewide organizations that promote consumer protection and privacy rights: the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the Consumer Protection Prosecution Trust Fund.

The settlement also requires the bank to pay more than $1.33 million to the attorney general’s office and each of five district attorneys’ offices, in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, San Diego and Alameda counties.

Source: LA Times

Feckless #Apple now suddenly wants to work with the @FBI

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Apple Inc. refused to give the FBI software the agency desperately wanted. Now Apple is the one that needs the FBI’s assistance.

The FBI announced Monday that it managed to unlock an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters without the help of Apple. And the agency has shown no interest in telling Apple how it skirted the phone’s security features, leaving the tech giant guessing about a vulnerability that could compromise millions of devices.

“One way or another, Apple needs to figure out the details,” said Justin Olsson, product counsel at security software maker AVG Technologies. “The responsible thing for the government to do is privately disclose the vulnerability to Apple so they can continue hardening security on their devices.”

But that’s not how it’s playing out so far. The situation illuminates a process that usually takes place in secret: Governments regularly develop or purchase hacking techniques for law enforcement and counterterrorism efforts, and put them to use without telling affected companies.

Source: LA Times

#Climatechange lie backfires on #BigOil

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Attorneys general from Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands announced Tuesday that they will follow the lead of California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman and launch their own independent investigations into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. misled investors and the public about climate change risks.

Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Maura Healey said at a news conference in New York that her office had a moral obligation to act.

“Part of the problem has been one of public perception,” Healey said. “Certain companies, certain industries, may not have told the whole story.”

Seventeen states and territories — including Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and the District of Columbia — are working together to explore legal avenues for fighting climate change, said Schneiderman, who led the event.

Source: LA Times

The iPhone was supposed to be a paradigm of security

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The iPhone was supposed to be a paradigm of security. Now, the FBI is sitting on a vulnerability that apparently defeats Apple’s security measures.

That could ultimately hurt Apple’s bottom line if consumers begin to take privacy more seriously as a result of the high-profile case.

Moreover, Apple is probably desperate to know how the FBI cracked Farook’s passcode. And there’s no guarantee — and perhaps little likelihood — the government will reveal to the company how it did it.

Source: LA Times

Business owners rush to cash in on $15 minimum wage

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Michael Papalia, owner of CiaoCristina! in Burbank, may soon be raising his menu prices.

Papalia, who has operated the West Olive Avenue restaurant for eight years, says after a landmark proposal that would eventually boost California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, he might be forced to pass the costs on to his customers.

“Actually we’ve been talking about it quite a bit,” Papalia said. “The bottom line is we are going to have no choice but to raise our prices. It’s the only option we have, frankly.”

Forced…yeah, right. Good one Michael.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

Supreme Court says hot teacher has to pay union dues

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The Supreme Court announced a tie vote today in what labor law experts had called a “life-or-death” case for public employee unions.

The split decision preserves a long-standing rule that requires about half of the nation’s teachers, transit workers and other public employees to pay a “fair share fee” to support their union.

The tie vote will come as a relief to union officials who feared the conservative court was on the brink of striking down the pro-union laws that authorized these fees.

But the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left the court without a majority to rule on the issue.

Source: LA Times

Thanks to Apple’s petulance, now the @FBI can look at anything on your iPhone

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You have an iPhone…? Now the FBI owns you.

The FBI said Monday it successfully hacked into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world’s leading technology companies.

The government asked a federal judge to vacate a disputed order forcing Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone, saying it was no longer necessary.

The court filing in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California provided no details about how the FBI did it or who showed it how.

Clueless Apple did not immediately comment on the development.

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

Unions still whining about tech shuttles

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There’s always a back story. Did you wonder why the San Francisco Board of Supervisors went back to the tech shuttle debate when it seemed that things were pretty well settled?After all, a survey prepared for the Bay Area Council showed that 62 percent of likely voters support allowing tech shuttle buses to use Muni stops to pick up and drop off employees.

In addition, an evaluation by the Municipal Transportation Agency on the alternative concept of “hub sites,” or central locations where the shuttles could cluster, found that none of the five proposed sites would work, either for lack of space or availability during peak travel times.

So why hash all that out again? Because of the labor unions, of course.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Federal prisons are just as bad as Cali’s

 

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Fewer than a quarter of federal prisons have maintained adequate medical staffs in recent years despite a nearly $200 million increase in funding for medical care, investigators said in a report issued Monday.

Stymied by relatively low salaries, grim working conditions and remote locations, the prisons have a hard time competing for medical staff, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General notes. And though the investigators focused on federal institutions, the problems they identified exist in state facilities, too.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

State & feds seek to delay Delta tunnel fight

 

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In response to dozens of pending protests, state and federal officials asked for a two-month delay in hearings that could decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

On Monday, the state Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – the agencies that run the huge Delta pumps – requested a 60-day continuance on hearings that were scheduled to begin in early May at the State Water Resources Control Board.

#TedCruzAffairs and #CruzSexScandal will be a big deal in the Cali @GOP race

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Ted’s got some explaining to do to California Republican voters.

CNN political contributor, Amanda Carpenter, got into a verbal fracas during a Friday segment. The former communications director for Ted Cruz (note this key point), who, along with five other women, is named in an alleged affair with the Republican presidential hopeful.

Carpenter defended herself from long-running allegations that she had an affair with Senator Cruz…allegations that were fed to the press by the Marco Rubio campaign.

Could she be shilling for Cruz? Maybe, she’s got a lot to gain if her friend and ex-boss Cruz becomes the president. We’re not sure, so we continue to wait for the story to unfold…as it no doubt will if she and Cruz are not telling the truth.

The National Enquirer exclusive story claimed its sources confirmed the Texas senator committed adultery while married to his wife, Heidi Cruz.  OK, we get it…it’s the Enquirer. They’ve been wrong before. But they’ve been right too. Ask John Edwards.

The news spread on Twitter after the hashtags #TedCruzAffairs and #CruzSexScandal went viral last week, shortly after the story broke.

The tabloid showed distorted headshots of Cruz’s rumored mistresses without mentioning names of the paramours.

However, Liz Mair, a well-known GOP strategist, took to her Twitter account and alleged that two of the five “other women” are Amanda Carpenter and Katrina Pierson.

Pierson is a Tea Party activist, who was supported by Cruz during her past campaign for Congress. She is now Donald Trump’s national spokesperson for his presidential campaign. If the allegations are true, she’ll be a key reason.

Cruz, already incensed by The Donald’s attack on his wife, Heidi, on Twitter, issued a statement about his alleged affairs. In his statements, Cruz continues to attack Trump, but spends little time denying the allegations.

Also dogging Cruz are questions about Heidi’s, cozy relationship with Wall Street bankers, her mental health and a dust up with the Austin Police Department.

Cruz is sticking to his “I am not a crook” defense: “Let me be clear. This National Enquirer story is garbage. It is complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen.”

We anxiously wait for the grand finale. So are California voters.

Source: Amanda Carpenter Gets Into Dust-UP With CNN Panelist Over Ted Cruz Scandalous ‘Mistress’ And ‘Sex’ Allegations

Some businesses say they can’t stay open without screwing their workers

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Maybe if you can’t keep the doors open without screwing your workers, you shouldn’t be in business?

A deal that would raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour was met with a mixture of joy and anxiety across the state Sunday.

Some workers and labor officials hailed it as a breakthrough in providing higher-wage jobs in fields where it’s a struggle to make ends meet.

Business owners feared the shift would hurt their bottom lines — and perhaps even put them out of business.

The debate is likely a preview for the weeks ahead as the minimum wage proposal works its way through Sacramento.

Source: LA Times

Your tax dollars at work: Militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

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Psychopath Islamics in Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border

The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed.

Nice…we’re sure the U.S. taxpayers really appreciate this.

Source: LA Times

Cali Poll: @BernieSanders is wasting everybody’s time

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Most of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters in California say they expect that come November, Hillary Clinton will be elected president — and, by and large, they’re OK with that.

While both Democratic camps prepare for a final battle in the state’s June 7 primary, the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll found that just over half of Sanders’ supporters said they expected Clinton to be the next president.

About a third of Sanders’ backers said they expected the Vermont senator to emerge the winner, and 12% said they thought Donald Trump would prevail.

So why doesn’t “Blowhard Bernie” just go home, sit down, shut-up and stop wasting everybody’s time?

Source: LA Times

Huh? @GOP elites have turned to Cruz, driving Trump people out of the tent – for good

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It’s hard to imagine that happening with this year’s Republicans. More than 3 in 10 of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s California supporters said they will not vote for Donald Trump if he is the November nominee.

Almost the same proportion of California Republicans overall said they wouldn’t vote for him.

Trump’s fans return the favor; half of them had an unfavorable impression of Cruz.

Such discontent can ease, but that process is smoother if trouble hasn’t been brewing for an awfully long time.

And the Republican split has been at a threatening burn for so long that an explosion was nearly inevitable.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Bullet-train continues to flounder as Cali remains in the transportation Stone Age

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State lawmakers will have their first opportunity to quiz the officials responsible for California’s $64 billion high-speed rail plans at a committee hearing Monday to review a new business plan that calls for overhauling its proposed route and postponing the first service by three years.

Those overseeing the project are expected to face tough questions about the plan to shift construction to the San Francisco Bay Area rather than head first to Southern California, an acknowledgement of the financial and political challenges that have plagued the project.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

The shaky deal to raise Cali’s minimum wage to $15

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The tentative agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, labor and legislative leaders would raise the minimum to $15 an hour in 2022 and would give small businesses another year beyond that to reach the $15.

The added time could be enough to persuade state business leaders to sign on, especially if the more aggressive minimum-wage increase looks like a winner in November.

Under the deal, the rate would increase by 50 cents the first two years, to $10.50 in 2017 and $11 in 2018, then by $1 per year until it reaches $15 in 2022.

The tentative agreement also includes the caveat that the wage increases could be halted during economic downturns, according to the email.

We’ll see…

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Sex-offender registry is broken…and impossible to fix

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The California Sex Offender Management Board wants to eliminate lifetime registration requirements for some sex offenders.

It’s proposing that lower-risk sex offenders be removed from the registry 10 to 20 years after their crimes to make the list more relevant and focused on higher-risk offenders.

That way, law enforcement and the public can better differentiate between offenders who pose the greatest risks and those not likely to re-offend.

But the board needs a change in law to do this, and the idea is opposed by some crime victim groups. It’s also not an easy feat to find an elected official to carry a bill that eases restrictions on sex offenders.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Thanks to Putin, Syrian forces recapture ancient city of Palmyra

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Syrian government forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday, scoring an important victory over Islamic State fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there.

The city known to Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert” is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins that once drew tens of thousands of visitors each year before IS destroyed many of the monuments.

The extent of the destruction remained unclear. Initial footage on Syrian TV showed widespread rubble and shattered statues.

But Palmyra’s grand colonnades appeared to be in relatively good condition.

The government forces were supported by Lebanese militias and Russian air power.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Tribeca decision humiliates Robert De Niro

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Anti-vaxxer whack-jobs make De Niro look like an idiot.

Robert De Niro is removing the antivaccination documentary “Vaxxed” from the lineup of his Tribeca Film Festival, after initially defending its inclusion.

“Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy,” was set to be part of the film festival when it opened next month.

The decision to include the film by antivaccination activist Andrew Wakefield came under fire, particularly because Wakefield’s contention that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine have a link to autism have been discredited.

While De Niro defended the decision Friday to include the film, he released a statement Saturday saying he had reversed his decision.

De Niro, who has a child with autism, said he had hoped to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue “that is deeply personal to me and my family.”

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Bera helped Obama…and now he’s in trouble

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Union guys are pissed at Bera ovr TPP….so what’s Obama going to do about it?

In the final push late in the 2012 campaign, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spent a day with Ami Bera knocking on doors, and helping knock off the Republican incumbent, Dan Lungren.

By the time results were tabulated, Bera had prevailed by 9,200 votes out of the 273,000 ballots cast, ending Lungren’s two-decade-long political career.

“That race was a chance for us to get someone who would help working people, someone who would keep his word,” Trumpka said by phone last week. “I thought he would make a good representative, someone we could trust.”

Four years later, Bera, D-Elk Grove, faces a challenge from Republican Scott Jones, the Sacramento County sheriff, and is confronting basic questions: Where does he stand on President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, which labor fiercely opposes?

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Cali plans state-managed retirement plan for everybody

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By the end of the decade, millions of California workers could be enrolled automatically in a state-run retirement program viewed by proponents as the most significant attempt to address golden-years poverty since the New Deal.

After more than two years of work, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board will vote Monday on a slate of recommendations to the Legislature on what a state-managed plan should look like. Those will be folded into pending legislation by Senate leader Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, with the goal of putting a bill on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk this summer.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Wow! Deception experts aren’t buying @TedCruz’s #CruzSexScandal spin

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Experts say guys who don’t tell the truth follow a pretty predictable pattern.

The eyebrow-raising story that appeared earlier this week in the National Enquirer, citing claims that Sen. Ted Cruz had engaged in five extramarital affairs, drew a sharp response from the Republican presidential contender.

Sharp as it was, however, it was strikingly weak in terms of denial, and strong in terms of attack.

And that combination is a telltale sign of deception that leads us to conclude that this is a matter that warrants further investigation.

Behaviorally, when the facts are the ally of an individual, he or she almost always tends to focus on the facts of the matter at hand. In this case, if the key fact was that he had not had these affairs, Cruz would almost certainly have been much more strongly focused on the denial.

Cruz’s lopsided attack-to-denial ratio is very consistent with what we have historically seen with deceptive people when allegations are levied against them.

We cannot help but conclude at this point that it’s not looking good for Sen. Cruz.

Source: LawNewz

NBC says Trump has a plan to control the GOP convention

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While Trump publicly dismisses talk of a battle in Cleveland, he is quietly assembling a team of seasoned operatives to manage a contested convention.

Their strategy, NBC has learned, is to convert delegates in the crucial 40 days between the end of the primaries and the convention – while girding for a floor fight in Cleveland if necessary.

The outreach is already underway.

Source: MSNBC

#Islamics celebrate Easter by blowing people up in Pakistan

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Pakistani police say at least 10 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a blast in a park in the eastern city of Lahore.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says the explosion took place Sunday in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.

He says the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing.

He says the area was crowded because Christians are celebrating the Easter holiday and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred.

He says the death toll could still rise as many of the wounded were in a critical condition.

Source: TIME

Wow!!!! Washington Times fires writer for confirming #TedCruzSexScandal

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Looks like Little Marco was right after all…

A Washington Times writer was abruptly fired after he “came clean” on Twitter about the Ted Cruz sex scandal. The writer, Drew Johnson, confirmed via his Twitter account that there was some truth to the Ted Cruz affair rumors noting that he knows at least two of the mistresses named by the National Enquirer are accurate.

The columnist says that other media outlets, columnists and reporters knew about the affairs but refused to run the story.

Source: Washington Times Fires Writer For Confirming Ted Cruz Sex Scandal, Claimed At Least Two Mistresses Accurate

#TedCruzSexScandal: “Ted Cruz is like Clinton — he preys on young admiring women”

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Courtesy of our friend Rick Sanchez in Miami…

This week the National Enquirer (which first reported the affair of failed Democrat party member John Edwards) broke a story that alleges Ted Cruz had multiple affairs with various women, while his wife Heidi Cruz was battling depression.

The Cruz campaign has yet to respond to the allegations, but a short phone call with the sister in-law of one of the women, after I found her online through use of the White Pages, appears to confirm the allegations.

The woman, whose brother is married to the alleged paramour — who appears on CNN as contributor, said, “It’s true.

They were together only a few times.” She added her sister-in-law, “was transfixed by Ted. He has a way of selling ice to an Eskimo.”

I asked when the affairs occurred.

“Right before Ted’s campaign for Senate,” she said. “They’d get together when Cruz visited DC.” She added, “The whole family knows, everybody knows about this.”

Cruz’s lover is married and has children.

“Ted Cruz is like Clinton though — he preys on young admiring women.”

“Randy Ted”, as the Enquirer labeled him, is accused of having at least five affairs with multiple women in multiple places, such as closets and bathrooms on campaign buses.

The affairs stand in stark contrast with the Christian moralizing persona Cruz has constructed on the trail.

Numerous media personalities and rumors have been circulating for weeks on Twitter about Cruz’s love making.

The hot Cuban (Canadian) blood runs deep apparently. Cruz’s father, Raphael, abandoned the family for reasons that are still unknown.

Source: L’affaire of Ted Cruz

Conservatives love big government if it targets women who want abortions

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Ted Cruz is OK with the Police State…as long as it’s HIS Police State.

Selling homemade baked goods without a license can get you six months in Wisconsin. In Iowa, braiding hair without a year of cosmetology school is punishable by up to a year in prison.

So is the unlicensed practice of interior design in Florida.Conservatives have long argued that legislators use ridiculous licensing requirements to restrict market participation under the pretext of protecting health and safety.

Such regulations are really intended to protect their cronies by limiting competition from newcomers.

But protectionist business lobbies aren’t the only political powers serving their own interests by limiting consumer options: Abortion opponents have found that licensing requirements are an effective way to artificially deplete the market for abortion services as well.

Source: The Atlantic

American #Islamics are bummed because everybody is pissed off at them

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No remorse for this crew…just more blaming the victims.

In a recent survey, 60 percent of American Muslims said they faced discrimination in the past year because of their religion.

High-profile terror attacks, and anti-Muslim rhetoric from some of the presidential candidates, are adding to the backlash.

As if we shouldn’t be mad about seeing Americans blown up and killed.

In Minneapolis, home to America’s largest Muslim Somali community, we sat down with Aman Obsiye, Asma Jama and Abdirizak Bihi in a coffee shop.

And as usual, there was the typical heavy dose of “Nothing to do with me” spin.

Source: CBS News

Guy slams #Islamics in a tweet, idiot Brit cops arrest him…really

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After terrorist outrages like the one in Brussels, our leaders always say the same thing: ‘We must defend European values against these evil killers.’ It seems the Metropolitan Police didn’t get the memo.

For they have just arrested someone — actually arrested someone — for tweeting something unpleasant about the Brussels attack, in the process trampling their coppers’ boots all over what is surely, or at least ought to be, the most important European value of all: freedom of speech.

Source: The Spectator