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CALGUNS FOUNDATION SUES LOS ANGELES COUNTY, SHERIFF LEE BACA

Continuing its Carry License Sunshine and Compliance Initiative, The Calguns Foundation (CGF) has filed a lawsuit today in Los Angeles Superior Court against Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and Los Angeles County. The case, entitled Jennifer Lu, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al., challenges the Sheriff’s ban on accepting and processing applications for carry licenses submitted by city residents.

The Calguns Foundation is joined in the lawsuit, by three individual plaintiffs. “Sheriff Baca made the unfortunate decision to repeat historical failure,” noted CGF Chairman Gene Hoffman. “Apparently, the Sheriff and County do not feel bound to follow the precedent they set when the California Court of Appeals ruled against them in 1976. We look forward to refreshing their memory.” In the case of Salute v. Pitchess, the Court held that “[i]t is the duty of the sheriff to make . . . an investigation and determination, on an individual basis, on every application” for a handgun carry license.

Then-Los Angeles Sheriff Peter Pitchess had “a fixed policy of not granting applications . . . except in a limited number of cases.”California requires that people who desire to carry a handgun for self defense be licensed by the sheriff of the county in which they reside, or, at the applicants’ option, they can apply to their city’s chief of police. However, sheriffs cannot require applicants to first apply to and be denied by a city’s chief of police as a prerequisite to application.

“The State of California very intentionally established a standardized carry license framework: if you’re a sheriff, you have a duty to administer the carry license program for all residents of your county,” clarified
Brandon Combs, an officer of CGF and director of the Carry License Initiative. “Sheriff Baca’s intent in enforcing these unlawful regulations is quite clear: make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding residents of
Los Angeles County to defend their lives and those of their families. Not only does he treat some deserving applicants differently than others, he uses the rejections by cities’ chiefs of police – that his policy requires – as
evidence against the applicants when they apply to him.”

“Jennifer Lu and the other plaintiffs have every reason to desire a handgun carry license, not the least of which is that it is their fundamental right under the Constitution as Federal courts in both West Virginia and
Maryland ruled earlier this week,” said Jason Davis, attorney for the plaintiffs. “Sheriff Baca is circumventing state and constitutional law, and we’re confident that this case will bear that out.” A copy of the complaint and case filings can be downloaded at http://calgunsfoundation.org/resources/downloads/file/73-lu-v-baca-complaint.html.
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The Calguns Foundation (www.calgunsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which serves its members by providing Second Amendment-related education, strategic litigation and the defense of innocent
California gun owners from improper or malicious prosecution. The Calguns Foundation seeks to inform government and protect the rights of individuals to acquire, own, and lawfully use firearms in California.

Tonight on the Dark Side with Kira Davis

2/7/12 Tonight on the Dark Side we’ll run down primary results and I’ll tell you why I think non-Romney voters should still take heart.  We’ll also discuss the shocking school sex abuse scandal out of Los Angeles County and why the unions are directly to blame for years of abuse in one school.  Every parent with a child in the California public school system will want to hear the details of this sordid case.  Plus, the 9th Circus Court rules on Prop 8. Tune in tonight at 10pm ET, 7pm Pacific.

Judge prevents California from drowning America in "Carbon Intensity"

On Thursday, a Federal judge block the following language that was intended to promote “greener” fuels. The judge ruled that because it would cause indirect regulation of out-of-state producers of fuel, the rule should .not be enforced.

While the ruling itself is confusing, try the actual language the Times uses to try and explain it in normal terms:

The California rule is one of the first in the country to use a “life cycle” analysis to determine the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted in the course of producing and transporting a fuel, or its “carbon intensity.” By setting a carbon intensity standard, producers and distributors who emit less are rewarded with marketable credits; those who exceed the standard must buy credits, driving up the costs of their fuel.

Let me translate:

California is the first state to invent a craptastic term like “life cycle analysis” in order to create a prohibitively expensive regulation that only the artificially inflated energy prices of the Obama administration could make viable. By setting a made up “carbon intensity” measure, California hopes to break the back of every energy producing company in the nation, except Solyndra – and whatever else Obama likes.

California has gone off the deep end and is now trying to drag the rest of the country down with it. One Federal judge has decided to intercede.

While that judge may not save California from itself, he may well be saving the rest of us (except New York and select few other blue states) from California’s demise.

SAF, Calguns Foundation Sue California Over Firearms Statute

BELLEVUE, Wash., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Second Amendment Foundation has joined the Calguns Foundation and three California citizens in a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Justice and Attorney General Kamala Harris, challenging the state’s requirement that gun owners wait at least ten days before taking possession of an additional firearm.

The case is known as Jeff Silvester et.al. v Kamala Harris, et.al.

“We’ve joined in this lawsuit because it makes no sense for California to require a gun owner who already possesses a firearm from buying another one within a few days,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “We recall what Dr. Martin Luther King said, that ‘A right delayed is a right denied.'”

“Laws that infringe on the right to purchase arms have to be more than just merely rational and must directly serve important governmental interests,” added Gene Hoffman, chairman of the Calguns Foundation. “Here, the law is not just irrational but actually contradictory. We filed this case right before Christmas in the hopes that, by next Christmas, gun owners will not suffer this continuing infringement on their right to acquire firearms.”

“The State has absolutely no reason to infringe the rights of California gun owners who already possess firearms when they buy another one,” said  attorney Jason Davis who is representing the plaintiffs.

California currently requires the registration of handguns in California.  And, beginning January 2014, it will also require the registration of all newly-purchased rifles and shotguns. Notably, California keeps a current database of all residents who are prohibited by state or federal law from owning or possessing firearms. Individual plaintiffs Jeff Silvester, Michael Poeschl, and Brandon Combs each have firearms registered with the State of California. Mr. Combs and Mr. Silvester also have firearms licenses from the State that constitute ongoing background checks.

“In just about every other state in the U.S., I as a law-abiding gun owner could walk in and, after passing an instant national background check, walk out with a firearm to defend myself in my home,” Poeschl said. “What’s really frustrating is that California is one of the very few states that forces gun owners to register all handguns that they buy. If the State’s database saying that I already lawfully own a gun isn’t proof that I don’t need a ‘cooling-off’ period, then what is?”

“I have a license to carry a loaded firearm across the State,” Silvester noted. “It is ridiculous that I have to wait another 10 days to pick up a new firearm when I’m standing there in the gun store lawfully carrying one the whole time.”

“As a collector, I submitted to a Live Scan background check and obtained a Certificate of Eligibility to Possess Firearms from the State of California at my own expense,” added Combs. “In the Internet era, where every California gun dealer has a computer connected directly to the State’s databases, there is no logical reason to force me to wait 10 days and make another trip simply because California doesn’t want to acknowledge the Certificate that it issued to me. I have registered guns, and I have the State telling me that I can possess guns, but for some reason I can’t exercise my constitutionally protected rights for another ten days? That’s insane.”

Three Bills for One Tragedy – Penn State & California-style Solutions

By now the tragic, shocking events that transpired at Penn State are common public knowledge.  Ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was re-arrested last week on new charges of child molestation.  That brings the charges against him up to more than 50 counts.  Longtime coach Joe Paterno lost his job as the investigation continues.  The entire scandal from top to bottom is enough to make this mother two young children weep.  It is heartbreaking, infuriating and disturbing.

Naturally, when a story like this comes to light many people begin to ask the question, “How did this happen? What can be done to make sure it never happens again?”  A worthy question and one that not only the entire Penn State community will have to address, but also educational institutions across the country.  Here in California the question has been posed quite publicly.  The answer?  Why, more bills of course!  CA Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) will introduce a bill that would require all athletic organizations to provide employees with training on how to identify and report child abuse.  That doesn’t sound so crazy, does it?  Not necessarily, but consider this: last month two separate California representatives, Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) and state Sen. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) put forward two separate bills that would also require employees of universities and colleges to report suspected cases of child abuse to law enforcement.  That’s not all…Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has introduced similar legislation in D.C.   Why on earth would three different state politicians propose three different bills that cover the same issue?  Is it because they think 3 times the bills = 1.9 times the caring (I used government math for that one)?

Politics is big business in the state of California.  Besides a salary that averages $113, 000/year and a $162/day per diem (year round, don’t forget), politicians also earn big money with book deals and on the speaking circuit.  How do you become someone others will want to pay to speak at their fundraiser dinners and company retreats?  You pass a bill that has your name on it.  The more sensational, the better.  The Smith-Jones Human Waste bill or Jones-Smith Cat Leash bill simply aren’t exciting enough.  No one is moved (forgive the pun) by bills that deal with human waste and taking cats for walks, as an example ( by the way, these are not real bills…yet.  In Califorina-stan anything is possible when you have a full-time legislature run solely and completely by Democrats).  What you want as a politician is a bill that catches the eye, that speaks to emotions and very real public fears.  You want a bill that proports to solve a problem publicly and definitively, something you can speak about around the country.  You want a bill that identifies you as a public crusader.  It has little to do with content and public safety and everything to do with pride and money.

I understand people want to know that nothing like what happened at Penn State will ever happen again.  I don’t suggest that it is a poor idea to ask educational institutions to train their employees and talk about how to handle (God forbid) such situations, should they ever arise.  I am just like you, dear reader – disgusted and heartbroken at the selfish employees at Penn State who allowed young boys, children to be raped and molested right under their noses for years.  We have laws to deal with such heinous crimes.  But what is needed here is not more laws.  Our nation is drowning in legislation, much of it redundant.  With each new public tragedy there come more and more cries for better laws, stricter laws, updated laws, more specific laws.  There are so many laws on the books to be broken that our jails and prisons are overflowing with petty criminals, causing more violent offenders to be released early to create more room (that’s happening here in California thanks to…another law!)  Its natural to want to prevent more tragedy, but at what cost? In California Governor Jerry Brown has more than 600 bills on his desk awaiting approval before the end of the year.  They range from tighter helmet laws to school athletic awards.  The gridlock in Sacramento makes Washington look like amateurs. We don’t need to legislate common sense.  The national out-cry in response to the Penn State scandal proves that most Americans get that not reporting child abuse is wrong.  Do we really need more laws – THREE separate laws – to confirm that sentiment?

Every tragedy does not require a new law.  Our society would grind to a halt if every terrible accident or event resulted in a new law being passed.  What happened in Pennsylvania was outrageous.  The prepatrator is going to jail, hopefully forever.  Writing new, vague laws that most likely will end up creating even more fraud and trapping individuals in compliance loopholes will not make our kids safer. Just imagine the things that would be reported to the authorities under these new laws.  Every pat on the back, warm squeeze or lingering look could be reported by school employees terrified of prosecution if real allegations are ever proven; not to mention child molesting is a very serious charge and the simple suggestion of it can ruin an innocent person’s life forever.  Its too risky. Look at what’s become of sexual harassment laws in the workplace or the zero-tolerance policies in public schools.  We now have children being suspended for kissing or calling their teachers “cute”.  Why wouldn’t a new law governing issues of sexuality and molestation in higher education turn into the same fiasco?

I too want to ensure this never happens again but adding 3 more bills to the Governor’s desk is not going to change anything for the boys whose lives were destroyed by Sandusky.  We don’t need better laws.  We just need better people…and that subject is a longer post for a different day.

 

California Economic Activity Index Drops

DALLAS, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Comerica Bank’s California Economic Activity Index dropped in September, falling two points to a level of 100.  September’s reading is six percent above the index cyclical low of 94.  Year-to-date the index has averaged 102, two points below the 104 average for all of 2010.

“The California economy continues to struggle for traction, shown by the slide in our California Index through 2011,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “Slow-to-moderate job growth this year has helped to broaden the state’s economic base. However, the state has a long way to go before it regains its pre-recession peak employment. California’s unemployment rate of 11.7 percent in October was higher than any other state except Nevada. Silicon Valley is hiring aggressively but that has little impact on the state’s large base of lower skilled workers. Housing market activity remains very weak in many areas and represents a large and fundamental drag on the state’s economy. Manufacturing activity for high tech firms is starting to cool after a strong rebound through 2010.”

The California Economic Activity Index equally weighs nine, seasonally-adjusted coincident indicators of real economic activity.  These indicators reflect activity in the manufacturing, travel and trade sectors, as well as job growth and consumer outlays.  The Index levels represent a three-month moving average, used to smooth monthly volatility.  The Index is benchmarked so that 2008 equals 100.

Comerica Bank, with 104 banking centers in the key California markets of San Francisco and the East Bay, San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Cruz/Monterey, and the Inland Empire, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA).  Comerica is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping businesses and people be successful.

Gov.Jerry Brown Vetoes Babysitter Bill, Signs Gardasil Mandate

I recently wrote an article exposing the 600 bills waiting on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.  The sheer number of bills combined with their stifling and oppressive content caught the attention of a lot of readers.  Many people were shocked by some of the proposed bills that included a bill to establish a Fitness Award in schools, one banning minors from using tanning beds, and a California “Dream Act” that would allow illegal alien students to receive state aid for college.  Even Governor Brown has mentioned that the number of bills California lawmakers have sent him is a bit out of control.

One bill in particular caused quite a stir here in the state of California: The Babysitter Bill.  This bill would allow (require) babysitters and in-home caretakers to unionize.  It would have effectively ended the childcare industry in California by requiring parents to follow union employment standards.  That would mean date night would require two babysitters, one to relieve the main sitter every two hours for a mandated fifteen minute break and lunch breaks.  Also, parents would be asked to provide health insurance and workman’s comp insurance.  Maybe its just me, but dinner and a movie with my husband once a month is not worth the cost of a dental plan for my college-student sitter.  We’ll just do pay-per-view, thank you very much.

As it turns out, Governor Brown has decided to veto the Babysitter Bill, along with several others, including one that would have criminalized child skiing and snowboarding without proper head gear.  Oh, did you need to read that again?  Yes, there was actually a bill on Brown’s desk to monitor every kid on every slope in California-stan to make sure they have the proper head gear.  In reference to that bill  Brown said:

“While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state.  Not every human problem deserves a law. 

I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children.

I never thought I’d say this, but Brown makes sense! Of course, he lost any “common sense” points by signing other job-killing, questionable bills such as:


SB 651- eliminates the requirement that homosexual “domestic partners” live together; allows minors to become “domestic partners”.

SB 397 – permits online voter registration (opening up for more fraud).

SB 126 – forces farmers to allow agricultural workers on their private farms to unionize without witnesses or elections.  If one worker decides to unionize, the rest will be forced to do so as well.  Californians can expect food prices to raise significantly in the coming months.

But the most disturbing bill Governor Brown signed into law has to be AB 499, which allows school staff, nurses, and others to push the HPV vaccine upon girls as young as 12 years old, without parental consent. With all the attention paid to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Gardasil mandate, it seems strange that this isn’t a bigger deal in the news.  Schools will be allowed to give girls a vaccination for a sexually transmitted disease without parental consent or even notification.  As the mother of a 4 year old daughter I find that absolutely chilling.

Jerry Brown seems to be walking a strange tightrope in the state of California.  As a Democrat he is still beholden to the unions that basically run the state, but as Governor he is privy to the dearth of inside information regarding California’s fiscal state.  Brown is no idiot.  He knows that California is dying, and every new bill regulating the day to day lives of average earners is another nail in the coffin.  But Brown is also a typical, self-interested liberal.  In the end, its his own job and legacy that matters to him.  He’ll continue to alienate and destroy the actual producers in this state for as he can, until one day California will simply collapse under the weight of its own regulation.

600 bills.  725 new laws.  “Prosperity” sure comes with a lot of red tape these days.

 

Abortions And Gardasil For 12 Year Old Girls

WARNING:  THIS POST MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME AND MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR WORK

WARNING:  THIS POST MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME AND MAY NOT BE SAFE FOR WORK

On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed AB499 into law.  This bill is basically what’s known as the law that let’s young girls (as young as 12) decide to get preventative treatments against HPV (like Gardasil) without consulting their parents.  They can go wherever this service is being offered and get a $500 series of vaccinations without so much as telling their parents they’ve chosen to do so.  An interesting point that crosses my mind is that any parent who has a 12 year old daughter that can “disappear” long enough to get Gardasil administered to her without her parents noticing is probably the same parent that would have a sexually active 12 year old in the first place.  The monster feeds itself on this one.  (please note that this is conjecture on my part, and it’s somewhat tasteless conjecture at that)

While studying this story, I also came to a realization that is so shocking that I had to double check it and then check it five more times before I was willing to believe it.  In California, there is no parental involvement when it comes to getting abortions regardless of how young the girl is.  The same 12 year old girl that can get these HPV vaccinations can presumably get an abortion too.  Chew on that for a second.  Abortions can be performed on minors without the parents’ consent and without notifying the parents either.  That is astounding.

So, basically, a sixth grade girl can decide to get the HPV treatments, have sex with an adult for all we know, get pregnant, and have an abortion all without her parents ever finding out.  If you ever wanted to know why California is in such bad shape, I think this scenario would be a good place to start looking.  AGAIN, THIS PIECE IS STRICTLY MY OPINION AND POSSIBLY OFFENSIVE TO SOME.  But I don’t see how any good can come from the foundation this state has set in place.

Jamie Oliver doesn’t think kids in L.A. are smart enough to pick what flavor milk they can drink.  Why does anyone think they can decide on what is prudent with their health or their sexual organs?  Why are minors allowed to decide to have an abortion?  At this point, I don’t even consider myself a prude; I just don’t think any good can come from children having this much control without any way that parents can intervene.  And that’s the irony, don’t you think?  Who gets in trouble when children break the law?  Who does that onus usually fall on?  The parents, right?  How many shades of grey do there really need to be in California?  I have a child, and I live in California.  What will this state let my offspring do behind my back by the time they are “old enough to make these decisions”?  That is an anxiety that no parent should have to feel, but I feel it.

I know that proponents of these laws say it’s because if these laws weren’t in place, then parents would let dreams of sexual abstinence cloud the reality of teenage intercourse or some crap like that.  And you know what, there is some truth to that.  A little bit…  But this is California.  I think most parents are pretty well aware that their kids might start screwing at younger age than what is desirable.  I also think those parents (myself included) would like to think they have some say-so when or if that happens.  In California, we don’t.

And then there is the truly frightening paradox.  On one hand, my child is so fragile, that they “need” to stay on my insurance until they are 26 years old.  But on the other hand, they can kill a baby when they are 16 (or even younger).  Please explain how this social and legal schizophrenia sounds rational to anyone.  Maybe in 1956, it was common for fathers to scare their daughters so badly that they resorted to a back-alley abortion, but in 2011, I just don’t think it happens that often.

But you know what?  I’m a reasonable man.  How about a compromise?  If a minor decides she wants vaccines or an abortion, why not have an advocate of some sort present in police stations.  Some officers come to the home and explain that the minor is pregnant and/or sexually active and scared.  She’s scared that her parents will hurt her if they find out, so these advocates come and explain it to the parents, while creating a safe atmosphere.  Now maybe my idea for advocates is crap.  I haven’t put enough thought into it to fight you over it, but I think it’s a lot better letting a 12 year old see doctors or kill babies behind my back.  There has to be some sort of middle ground, even in Progressive California.

These are my thoughts, and this is my rant.  This is in no way an objective piece of analysis.  These are just my thoughts. (and there were two warnings at the start of the piece, in case you didn’t notice them)

With that said, I’ll leave you with this video I made which mocks the policies in California.  Like this post, the video may be offensive to some.

Regulated to Death in California-stan

 

There are currently 600 bills on the desk of California governor Jerry Brown waiting to be signed.  Yes, you read that right- 600 bills.  In a state gridlocked with overregulation and arbitrary laws, the legislature has decided what is needed the most is more regulation!  This should hardly be a surprise to anyone who is at all familair with life in California-stan.  Legislators in California are the highest paid in the nation, receiveing over $113,000 in taxpayer money per year.  Add to that a per diem of $162/day for every day the legislature is in session and it doesn’t offer much incentive for lawmakers to get vital state business finished quickly and go home.  A Senator in California-stan can earn up to an extra $40,000/year (on top of their salary) simply for showing up to a job they already get paid to do and signing in, as long as the legislature is officially in session.  That works out to over $19,000/day taxpayers are giving away to lawmakers just to sit and make laws (which, again they already get paid to do).  Many representatives also keep a second residence in the capital of Sacramento, apart from their families in other parts of the state.  They are not engaged in the day to day responsiblities of running their own households, and thus have nothing better to do than collect money to devise new ways to meddle in the day to day activities of the taxpayers.  With an abundance of time and money on their hands, and the opportunity to attach their name to a bill or law, California legislators piled 600 new bills onto the backs of their constituents.  Here are just a few examples of the "necessary" bills waiting to be signed by Governor Brown.

AB 1319-Ban the chemical BPA ­ bisphenol A ­ from baby bottles, sippy cups and other food and beverage containers intended for children ages 3 and younger.

AB 746-Prohibit children under 18 years old from using tanning beds.

AB 353- restricts local police from impounding cars at sobriety checkpoints solely because a driver is unlicensed.

AB 101-Allow unions to organize child-care providers who work out of the home and handle subsidized clients. (dubbed the Babysitter Bill)

SB 292 and AB 900-would provide for an expedited judicial review of environmental challenges to a proposed NFL football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. AB 900 extends the same break to large projects involving clean energy generation or downtown stadiums that get environmental certification. (update: Brown signed this bill into law last week)

AB 6 – Among other things, remove the requirement that food stamp recipients be fingerprinted.

AB 131 – Allow undocumented California State University and community college students who are eligible for in-state tuition to receive publicly funded student aid. (CA Dream Act)

AB 200 – would require the state board to establish the Health and Fitness Award Program to recognize schools that conduct their physical education courses pursuant to the model content standards

AB 564- would allow a taxpayer to designate on a tax return that a specified amount in excess of his or her tax liability be transferred to the Municipal Shelter Spay-Neuter Fund

SB 702-This bill would prohibit any public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group from releasing to an owner seeking to reclaim his or her dog or cat, or selling or giving away to a new owner, a dog or cat that has not been microchipped, except under a specified circumstance.
 
These are only 10 of the bills waiting for a signature.  There are 590 more. 590.  Even Governor Brown himself has commented on the ridiculaous and unnecessary number of bills coming across his desk.  The California legislature is has passed so many bills they now find themselves having to pass bills to waive off the results of previous bills.  For example, Governor Brown recently signed AB 155, which postpones by a year the online sales tax earlier enacted against Amazon.  The previous bill drove Amazon to move its business out of California, much to the disappointment and detriment of small business owners who rely on Amazon for retail sales.  The governor was also forced to sign AB 900 in order to waive off some of the stifiling environmental regulations previoulsly encacted that would stand in the way of a very lucrative football stadium being built in Los Angeles.  When a government must pass bills to fix other bills, it can be officially stated the government is the problem and not the actions of its citizens. 
 
In 2011, 725 new laws will be enacted in the state of California.  The amount of regulation imposed on the taxpayers in California is staggering.  It is no wonder the state is ranked dead last in business creation and business-friendly climate in the nation.  For all their rhetoric about job creation, law-makers have been working overtime to stifle creation of any kind.  It is sickening to think that taxpayers will pay over $15,000,000 in salaries this year alone simply for the priviege of being regulated into poverty and/or relocation. 
 
Congratulations California-stan!  In a battle of the government versus the people, the government wins! Your prize?  The fastest declining population and the highest unemployment rate in the union at 12.1% (seasonally adjusted, of course!). 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Freedom of Religion- Except in the O.C.

Despite the fact that this great nation was founded on religious freedom, officials in San Juan Capistrano, California, are trying to deny this basic right to Chuck and Stephanie Fromm. The Fromms hold weekly Bible studies with their friends in the SJC home they live in. T Officials from SJC claim the Fromms are operating as a “church” because it is a regular gathering of more than three people. There have been times that the Fromms have had upwards of fifty people at their Bible study, and all are without incident.

via ABC News- Courtesy Nicole Fromm

The Fromms have been fined $300 and are facing further fines of $500 per meeting if any more “religious” meetings are held. The gathering of friends have not caused any disturbances according to neighbors of the Fromms. Their neighbors have even written letters to the city in support of the Fromms.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

1st Amendment of The United States Constitution

Liberals are quick to throw the 1st Amendment up in their right to free speech arguments, but conveniently forget about the 1st Amendment guaranteeing freedom of religion and the exercise thereof. The Fromms have assembled peacefully to exercise their religious freedom with their Bible studies, yet have been issued fines for it.

The city official cited that “a regular gathering of more than three people” is the reason they are considering the Bible studies a “church”. “A regular gathering of more than three people”, could that mean your weekly friendly poker game with your four or five buddies could possibly get you fined for having “church”?

It is tempting to speculate that during these hard economic times the City of San Juan Capistrano is trying to make up some of their lost revenue with frivolous fines. Maybe it is an overzealous liberal official that wants to make it hard to be a Christian in SJT? Either way, there is no question that it is an attack on the freedoms of a citizen(s) of the United States of America.

For anyone that resides in San Juan Capistrano, please contact your elected officials and city offices and help the Fromms correct this wrong. Even if this story does not directly affect you, the next time the city officials attack personal freedom, it could be your freedom they are coming after.

Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina Viewed as Best States for Business

California, New York and Illinois Ranked as Worst for Business

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TexasNorth Carolina and South Carolina are viewed as having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released here today.

The poll pinpointed California, New York and Illinois as the U.S. states with the least favorable business climates.

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996.

“With the battle for business more intense than ever, states and their economic development organizations need to pay close attention to the results of this survey,” said DCI President Andrew T. Levine. “Whether accurate or misguided, perceptions about a location’s business climate often play a crucial role in site selection decisions and where companies invest money and create jobs.”

Nearly half (46%) of the 322 corporate executive who responded to the survey indicated that their firm would make a location decision in the next 24 months – whether a move, expansion or consolidation of a manufacturing plant, offices, distribution center or other facilities. More than half (51%) said that they would outsource a portion of the site selection process to a real estate broker or site selection consultant.

Texas was the clear-cut favorite among the respondents to the survey, with 49.4% naming the Lone Starstate as having one of the most favorable business climates in the nation. North Carolina ranked second with 27.8%; South Carolina has 14.3% of the votes. Texas and North Carolina have consistently landed in the top spots since the survey began more than a decade ago. Texas has held the #1 ranking since 1999, while North Carolina has been #2 since 2002. South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida have frequently traded top positions in the survey and 2011 marks the return of South Carolina to the #3 slot.

When asked why they selected the states they did as being best for business, the corporate executives frequently cited low operating costs and a pro-business climate. In the 2008 survey, more executives pointed to the availability of a strong workforce than they did in 2011.

For the fourth consecutive time, California was deemed as having the least favorable business climate, with 70.5% of the responses. New York was named second most frequently with 46.5%, followed byIllinois (24.4%) Taxes, high costs and “anti-business climate/regulation” spurred most of the negative opinions.

The comprehensive survey also asked a series of questions to divine the most effective economic development marketing tools, the leading sources of information that influence executive perceptions of a community’s business climate and the most important factors in business location decisions.

DCI conducted the survey online, polling a random selection of C-level executives at U.S. companies with annual revenues of $25 million or more. The survey was augmented by 250 location advisors/consultants.

For a free copy of the full “Winning Strategies” survey report or an executive summary, visit www.aboutdci.com/winning-strategies.

Best States for Business

1. Texas 49.4%
2. North Carolina 27.8%
3. South Carolina 14.3%

Worst States For Business

1. California 70.5%
2. New York 46.5%
3. Illinois 24.4%

Bill to Ban Self-Serve Alcohol Sales in California Lands on Governor's Desk

Brown Encouraged to Sign AB 183 to Help Reduce State’s Annual $38.4 Billion in Alcohol-Related Harm

Senate Members Applauded for Voting Yes to Reduce Youth Access to Alcohol

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Alcohol Justice (formerly Marin Institute) is calling on California Governor Jerry Brown to quickly sign AB 183 to ban alcohol sales through self-serve checkout machines in California. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), passed through the state Senate last week on a vote of 21 to 16 with 3 abstentions.

“We thank the Senators who voted yes on AB 183 and now ask the Governor to take quick action and sign it into law,” stated Michael Scippa, Public Affairs Director at Alcohol Justice. “The rise in self-serve checkout lanes in California stores that sell alcoholic beverages is creating a recipe for disaster. Easy access to alcohol is a key driver of underage drinking, which in turn causes violent crime, car crashes, and high-risk sex.”

Research over the past few years from UCLA and San Diego State University shows that self-checkout machines failed to operate properly almost 10% of the time when alcohol was scanned, and that up to 32% of the time students were not asked to show ID. Moreover, Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry found that young people were able to “game” the self-checkout system almost 70% of the time, by scanning a 12-pack of soda and bagging a 12-pack of beer. Also, self-serve checkout machines do not prevent already intoxicated adults form purchasing more alcohol.

“Unfortunately the main opponents of this bill, the California Chamber of Commerce and state grocer associations, chose to ignore the evidence-based data,” stated Jorge Castillo, Alcohol Justice Advocacy & Outreach Manager. They attempted to characterize the measure as a self-serving  ‘union-sponsored bill,’ but really only succeeded in showing their true colors – protecting profits instead of public health and safety.”

A broad alliance of supporters for AB 183 includes MADD, Consumer Federation of California, California Council on Alcohol Problems (CalCap), Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California, California Police Chiefs, Alcohol Justice, California Narcotic Officers Association, Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry, California’s Police Officers (PORAC), California Professional Firefighters, and other organizations throughout the state.  They campaigned for passage through the legislature and are now asking the Governor to sign AB 183 to protect youth and help reduce alcohol-related harm in California – a catastrophic annual $38.4 billion dollar drain on the state.

“In California we don’t allow ‘vending machine’ sales of dangerous products, like tobacco, spray paint, many drugs, guns and ammo,” added Scippa. “We should not allow the sale of alcohol, the most dangerous and abused drug of all, in any manner other than a face to face encounter with a trained clerk.  AB 183 will accomplish that as soon as the Governor signs it into law. We ask him to do it soon .”

To take action and send a message to Governor Brown, go to: http://bit.ly/nGzjyO

For more information on the dangers of self-serve alcohol sales, go to: http://bit.ly/nC0jnU

SOURCE Alcohol Justice

As Homeschooling Goes Mainstream, 2012 Regional Homeschool Conventions Announced

CINCINNATI, Sept. 6, 2011 — In the face of widespread budget cuts and one-size-fits-all teaching in public schools, families from all walks of life are turning to homeschooling in record numbers. In recognition of that growth, Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. has planned five regional homeschool conventions for 2012 — and with dozens of renowned speakers, hundreds of homeschooling workshops and over 200 curriculum exhibitors at each convention, Great Homeschool Conventions aims to put homeschool resources within reach of every homeschooling family.

“The five regional convention sites allow GHC to provide home education information and resources to homeschool parents nationwide,” stated Mary Jo Dean, a homeschool parent who, with her husband, Brennan, founded Great Homeschool Conventions, Inc. in 2006. “We are excited to see homeschooling growing so dramatically, and we look forward to providing parents with the information and encouragement they need to have successful homeschooling experiences.”

To that end, GHC’s regional homeschool conventions will be held throughout the country to make them accessible to as many homeschooling families as possible. The conventions kick off in the spring at theSoutheast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, S.C., March 22-24, 2012, followed by the Mid South Homeschool Convention in Memphis, Tenn., April 12-14, 2012, and the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 19-21, 2012. For homeschool families in the West, GHC has scheduled the California Homeschool Convention May 24-26, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif. The season wraps up with the Northeast Homeschool Convention in Hartford, Conn., June 14-16, 2012.

Those attending the GHC regional homeschool conferences will find camaraderie, support, entertainment, and a wealth of practical information. The conferences’ featured speakers include Chuck Colson, Andrew Pudewa, Diana Waring, Dr. Jay Wile, Amanda Bennett, David Hazel, Dr. Carol Reynolds, Todd Wilson, Sonya Shafer, John Stonestreet, Dr. Susan Wise Bauer, Pastor Tedd Tripp, John Rosemond, Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Kerby, Dr. Jobe Martin, and over 20 other homeschool experts. Musicians and comedians will be on hand at each convention to provide family-friendly evening entertainment.

But the meat of the conferences is in the workshops. Parent-teachers can choose the workshops that are most appropriate for their families in subjects like math, science, language arts and music at all educational levels, along with workshops in special topics, including learning styles, gifted children, special needs and unit studies. Parents can also participate in workshop tracks covering creation apologetics and parenting, while teens and parents alike can attend the Teen Worldview Track, led by Summit Ministries of Colorado staff and speakers.

“All homeschool and unschool families are welcome at the GHC regional homeschool conventions,” said Dean. “We look forward to meeting more homeschoolers and hearing about their struggles and successes in home education.”

Register for any of the GHC regional homeschool conventions and learn more at http://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com.

FREE CONCERT In Redding, CA September 3, 2011

 

REDDING, CALIFORNIA

FREE CONCERT HONORING OUR VETERANS

Featuring

Chris McCandless and the Back To Basics Band

Saturday, September 3
4:00pm-7:00pm
Library Park behind Lady Lorenz Downtown Redding
(Same place where Market Fest was held)

Bring your lawn chairs * No Alcohol Please

Special Guest:
Joe Nunes singing hits from the Frank Sinatra era
Brianne Hicks singing the National Anthem and other hit songs

Visit Chris McCandless’ website

Small Town Company Thrives Against All Odds

Fighting Diabetes and a Bad Economy at the Same Time

SIERRA MADRE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — In the quaint little town of Sierra Madre, one budding business just joined the ranks of companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. By helping hospitals all over the country, Wound Care Advantage has reached #316 on Inc. Magazine’s “500″ list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. The recognition comes despite a volatile healthcare industry and down economy. They were ranked #1,190 just one year ago and are the only wound care company to make the 2011 list. Wound Care Advantage is thriving by helping hospitals keep their doors open to fight the crippling complications of a deadly disease – diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. Currently, 60 million Americans are prediabetic. Diabetes and other growing conditions are leading to chronic wounds. Chronic wounds affect more patients than heart attack and stroke victims combined. These non-healing wounds account for $20 billion in healthcare expenditures and over 150,000 amputations every year. Wound care centers around the country are being overwhelmed with this challenge as the recession and an unpredictable industry give them a run for their money.

Wound Care Advantage is helping these medical centers fight back by providing them with financial planning, management, marketing, as well as equipment and training on new wound healing techniques. WCA’s hospitals retain some of the highest profit margins in the industry while simultaneously healing patients faster than ever before.

The company’s success is in large part due to their emphasis on technology. The company’s implementation of hyperbaric oxygen therapy among other techniques has achieved an average healing time of 34 days for wounds that traditionally took months to heal or resulted in amputation. Their Cloud Wound Care technology has cut costs and improved efficiency; it puts everything from electronic medical records to financial statistics at the fingertips of administrators in real time.

The Founder and CEO behind this small town powerhouse is Mike Comer. Comer has rapidly expanded his company with experience, vision, and passion. “Over 50% of patients who receive an amputation die within five years,” says Comer. “We founded WCA to heal these wounds before amputations are necessary.” The team’s passion for partnering with community hospitals and helping patients heal is apparent on the company’s website. One webpage boldly displays “Six Rules to Live (or Work) By,” which include rules such as “We should earn your business every day” and “We must do well, in order to do good.” Wound Care Advantage is doing very well by doing a lot of good for a whole lot of people.

Whether it’s their website, technology, or ten-year track record, this small town company is making a big noise by climbing 874 spots in just one year to rank at 316 on the Inc. 500. Comer states, “If you happen to be by our office, drop in at 3:16 – we will be popping champagne.”

Wound Care Advantage is a healthcare management company founded in 2002, focused on the development and management of outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapies for community hospitals. The company’s business is centered on empowering hospitals with their own wound care programs and delivering the best care for patient healing. To learn more about WCA, please visit http://www.thewca.com.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Mike Comer, please call Morgan Craven at 888-484-3922 or send an email to [email protected].

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