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Richard Rider – FlashReport http://www.flashreport.org/blog ...on California's most significant political news... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:28:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 A solution to the “employable” homeless problem http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/10/12/a-solution-to-the-employable-homeless-problem/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:31:07 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72152 California is the nation’s epicenter for the homeless problem. But ask yourself this question: IF todayyoufound yourself without both shelter and the funds to rent a place, what state would you most prefer to be in to “live under a bridge”? More specifically, what CITY would you rather be in?

Answer: California — and specifically San Diego, my town. Best homeless weather in the nation.

Solutions to this growing problem are not easy, as California politicians (and their voters) vigorously support an intentional policy to keep housing high priced and scarce — high priced BECAUSE it is scarce, and expensive to build. So what CAN be done to help these unfortunate people?

Let’s start by recognizing that there are two broad, sometimes overlapping categories of homeless people:

1. The “helpless” — the mentally ill, the druggies, the drunks (these are also overlapping categories) — those who have pretty much given up on — or are incapable of — improving themselves, and are (in their present state) largely unemployable. Yes, some DO rise from their despairing… Read More

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California is the nation’s epicenter for the homeless problem. But ask yourself this question: IF todayyoufound yourself without both shelter and the funds to rent a place, what state would you most prefer to be in to “live under a bridge”? More specifically, what CITY would you rather be in?

Answer: California — and specifically San Diego, my town. Best homeless weather in the nation.

Solutions to this growing problem are not easy, as California politicians (and their voters) vigorously support an intentional policy to keep housing high priced and scarce — high priced BECAUSE it is scarce, and expensive to build. So what CAN be done to help these unfortunate people?

Let’s start by recognizing that there are two broad, sometimes overlapping categories of homeless people:

1. The “helpless” — the mentally ill, the druggies, the drunks (these are also overlapping categories) — those who have pretty much given up on — or are incapable of — improving themselves, and are (in their present state) largely unemployable. Yes, some DO rise from their despairing… Read More

California is the nation’s epicenter for the homeless problem. But ask yourself this question: IF todayyoufound yourself without both shelter and the funds to rent a place, what state would you most prefer to be in to “live under a bridge”? More specifically, what CITY would you rather be in?

Answer: California — and specifically San Diego, my town. Best homeless weather in the nation.

Solutions to this growing problem are not easy, as California politicians (and their voters) vigorously support an intentional policy to keep housing high priced and scarce — high priced BECAUSE it is scarce, and expensive to build. So what CAN be done to help these unfortunate people?

Let’s start by recognizing that there are two broad, sometimes overlapping categories of homeless people:

1. The “helpless” — the mentally ill, the druggies, the drunks (these are also overlapping categories) — those who have pretty much given up on — or are incapable of — improving themselves, and are (in their present state) largely unemployable. Yes, some DO rise from their despairing… Read More

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Updated California unemployment rate — disturbing http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/10/03/updated-california-unemployment-rate-disturbing/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 01:38:10 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72120 Quick update on California (and Texas) unemployment. I include Texas simply because it’s the state most hated and denigrated by smug progressives. A state that is deep in a petroleum recession (54% price drop inside three years), Texas was widely predicted by MSM pundits to be sliding back into the ooze. Then when the deluge hit in August, much of the Lone Star State supposedly washed out to sea. Well, liberals HOPED that such was the case.

So, how did the Texas unemployment rate fare? Let’s check on both states.

The CA unemployment rate (August, 2017) has stopped improving and slipped a bit. We are now the 7thworst state – 5.1% (up a full 3/10th of a percent in one month) – largely due to a declining percentage of people seeking work in CA.

The national unemployment rate is steady at 4.4%. The CA unemployment rate is 18.5% higher than the average of the other 49 states. Texas? 4.2%.

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

and… Read More

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Quick update on California (and Texas) unemployment. I include Texas simply because it’s the state most hated and denigrated by smug progressives. A state that is deep in a petroleum recession (54% price drop inside three years), Texas was widely predicted by MSM pundits to be sliding back into the ooze. Then when the deluge hit in August, much of the Lone Star State supposedly washed out to sea. Well, liberals HOPED that such was the case.

So, how did the Texas unemployment rate fare? Let’s check on both states.

The CA unemployment rate (August, 2017) has stopped improving and slipped a bit. We are now the 7thworst state – 5.1% (up a full 3/10th of a percent in one month) – largely due to a declining percentage of people seeking work in CA.

The national unemployment rate is steady at 4.4%. The CA unemployment rate is 18.5% higher than the average of the other 49 states. Texas? 4.2%.

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

and… Read More

Quick update on California (and Texas) unemployment. I include Texas simply because it’s the state most hated and denigrated by smug progressives. A state that is deep in a petroleum recession (54% price drop inside three years), Texas was widely predicted by MSM pundits to be sliding back into the ooze. Then when the deluge hit in August, much of the Lone Star State supposedly washed out to sea. Well, liberals HOPED that such was the case.

So, how did the Texas unemployment rate fare? Let’s check on both states.

The CA unemployment rate (August, 2017) has stopped improving and slipped a bit. We are now the 7thworst state – 5.1% (up a full 3/10th of a percent in one month) – largely due to a declining percentage of people seeking work in CA.

The national unemployment rate is steady at 4.4%. The CA unemployment rate is 18.5% higher than the average of the other 49 states. Texas? 4.2%.

http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

and… Read More

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Only one in four Americans can name the three branches of government http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/09/29/only-one-in-four-americans-can-name-the-three-branches-of-government/ Sat, 30 Sep 2017 03:25:45 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72109 I know that, from time to time, we all see these amazing examples of widespread public ignorance of fundamental facts about America. But this one jumped off the U-T editorial page at me: Only about one in four American adults can name all three branches of government.

Stated differently, three-fourths (actually 74%) of Americans — and presumably American voters — don’t know the three branches of our federal government. Of course, this means that most Americans don’t understand America’s “separation of powers” principle, or what “checks and balances” are about.

Naturally as a geezer I am now compelled to point out that “back in my day,” we learned all this in a JUNIOR HIGH “government” class. Sex-obsessed squirrel that I was in 8th grade, I still was inculcated with these all-important facts at that time. Today it appears that most college grads can’t name these three branches.

The decline in citizen familiarity with this fundamental tenet of American government has been ongoing, and even accelerating.TRead More

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I know that, from time to time, we all see these amazing examples of widespread public ignorance of fundamental facts about America. But this one jumped off the U-T editorial page at me: Only about one in four American adults can name all three branches of government.

Stated differently, three-fourths (actually 74%) of Americans — and presumably American voters — don’t know the three branches of our federal government. Of course, this means that most Americans don’t understand America’s “separation of powers” principle, or what “checks and balances” are about.

Naturally as a geezer I am now compelled to point out that “back in my day,” we learned all this in a JUNIOR HIGH “government” class. Sex-obsessed squirrel that I was in 8th grade, I still was inculcated with these all-important facts at that time. Today it appears that most college grads can’t name these three branches.

The decline in citizen familiarity with this fundamental tenet of American government has been ongoing, and even accelerating.TRead More

I know that, from time to time, we all see these amazing examples of widespread public ignorance of fundamental facts about America. But this one jumped off the U-T editorial page at me: Only about one in four American adults can name all three branches of government.

Stated differently, three-fourths (actually 74%) of Americans — and presumably American voters — don’t know the three branches of our federal government. Of course, this means that most Americans don’t understand America’s “separation of powers” principle, or what “checks and balances” are about.

Naturally as a geezer I am now compelled to point out that “back in my day,” we learned all this in a JUNIOR HIGH “government” class. Sex-obsessed squirrel that I was in 8th grade, I still was inculcated with these all-important facts at that time. Today it appears that most college grads can’t name these three branches.

The decline in citizen familiarity with this fundamental tenet of American government has been ongoing, and even accelerating.TRead More

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WaPo verifies that Muslim terrorists are looking at attacking America’s passenger trains http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/09/23/wapo-verifies-that-muslim-terrorists-are-looking-at-attacking-americas-passenger-trains/ Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:17:23 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72102 Back in 2010 I wrote a piece about how terrorists would LOVE California’s High Speed Rail (HSR). It appeared in several places, including SDRostra.com (see the link below). It generated an unusual number of comments — with several commenters ridiculing the idea. I strongly recommend you review the article — the comments are also instructive. https://sdrostra.com/richard-rider/terrorists-will-love-california%E2%80%99s-high-speed-rail/

Fast forward to August 2017 and the WASHINGTON POST publishes a disturbing article about howal-Qaedahas come out with a manual for how to attack trains in America. Suddenly it’s not such a farfetched idea after all.… Read More

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Back in 2010 I wrote a piece about how terrorists would LOVE California’s High Speed Rail (HSR). It appeared in several places, including SDRostra.com (see the link below). It generated an unusual number of comments — with several commenters ridiculing the idea. I strongly recommend you review the article — the comments are also instructive. https://sdrostra.com/richard-rider/terrorists-will-love-california%E2%80%99s-high-speed-rail/

Fast forward to August 2017 and the WASHINGTON POST publishes a disturbing article about howal-Qaedahas come out with a manual for how to attack trains in America. Suddenly it’s not such a farfetched idea after all.… Read More

Back in 2010 I wrote a piece about how terrorists would LOVE California’s High Speed Rail (HSR). It appeared in several places, including SDRostra.com (see the link below). It generated an unusual number of comments — with several commenters ridiculing the idea. I strongly recommend you review the article — the comments are also instructive. https://sdrostra.com/richard-rider/terrorists-will-love-california%E2%80%99s-high-speed-rail/

Fast forward to August 2017 and the WASHINGTON POST publishes a disturbing article about howal-Qaedahas come out with a manual for how to attack trains in America. Suddenly it’s not such a farfetched idea after all.… Read More

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Nevada “turning” — becoming a progressive zombie state — avoid moving there http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/09/17/nevada-turning-becoming-a-progressive-zombie-state-avoid-moving-there/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:40:43 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72070 In April of this year I wrote an article about what a disgruntled California conservative or libertarian should consider when pondering a move to another state. I recommended looking at the 2016 “Trump vote” as a simple indicator of the future probability of a conservative state “turning” (to use zombie parlance).

Nevada had obvious warning signs. It voted for Hillary. BOTH state legislatures are now controlled by Democrats. Only the governorship remains in GOP hands.

Even the political future of Texas is suspect long term. I have a soft spot for Tennessee, a state that voted almost 2-1 for Trump and is completely phasing out its remaining state income tax. BTW, I’m not much of a Trump fan, but that presidential vote is a great indicator of the political leaning of a state. Here’s my article: http://riderrants.blogspot.com/2017/04/2016-trump-vote-tells-us-californians.html

I thought I’d look again at one state — perhaps the first state many Californians consider:… Read More

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In April of this year I wrote an article about what a disgruntled California conservative or libertarian should consider when pondering a move to another state. I recommended looking at the 2016 “Trump vote” as a simple indicator of the future probability of a conservative state “turning” (to use zombie parlance).

Nevada had obvious warning signs. It voted for Hillary. BOTH state legislatures are now controlled by Democrats. Only the governorship remains in GOP hands.

Even the political future of Texas is suspect long term. I have a soft spot for Tennessee, a state that voted almost 2-1 for Trump and is completely phasing out its remaining state income tax. BTW, I’m not much of a Trump fan, but that presidential vote is a great indicator of the political leaning of a state. Here’s my article: http://riderrants.blogspot.com/2017/04/2016-trump-vote-tells-us-californians.html

I thought I’d look again at one state — perhaps the first state many Californians consider:… Read More

In April of this year I wrote an article about what a disgruntled California conservative or libertarian should consider when pondering a move to another state. I recommended looking at the 2016 “Trump vote” as a simple indicator of the future probability of a conservative state “turning” (to use zombie parlance).

Nevada had obvious warning signs. It voted for Hillary. BOTH state legislatures are now controlled by Democrats. Only the governorship remains in GOP hands.

Even the political future of Texas is suspect long term. I have a soft spot for Tennessee, a state that voted almost 2-1 for Trump and is completely phasing out its remaining state income tax. BTW, I’m not much of a Trump fan, but that presidential vote is a great indicator of the political leaning of a state. Here’s my article: http://riderrants.blogspot.com/2017/04/2016-trump-vote-tells-us-californians.html

I thought I’d look again at one state — perhaps the first state many Californians consider:… Read More

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Berkeley cop on video legally grabbing money from unpermitted street vendor http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/09/16/berkeley-cop-on-video-legally-grabbing-money-from-unpermitted-street-vendor/ Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:07:44 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72066 Occasionally the public gets upset about our “bully boy” policing system. A recorded incident of a cop taking money from an unpermitted hotdog vendor in Berkeley created substantial online blowback.

There have been calls for the officer’s firing. But in truth he was “just following orders.” It’s the practice of many California police departments to grab any cash at the “scene of a crime” under the guise of “asset forfeiture.”

I feel so much safer, knowing that my California police force (each cop making well over $150,000 in total compensation annually) is out there ticketing (and stealing from) these “street criminals.” It’s a GREAT ad for why we should end asset forfeiture.

Keep in mind — these are the same Berkeley police who have REPEATEDLY refused (on orders, but still refused) to actively prevent violent left wing attacks on peaceful right wing demonstrators. REPEATEDLY.

But in the cops’ defense, there are a LOT of “illegal” street vendors out there to ticket and steal money from. It’s a matter of priorities, I guess.… Read More

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Occasionally the public gets upset about our “bully boy” policing system. A recorded incident of a cop taking money from an unpermitted hotdog vendor in Berkeley created substantial online blowback.

There have been calls for the officer’s firing. But in truth he was “just following orders.” It’s the practice of many California police departments to grab any cash at the “scene of a crime” under the guise of “asset forfeiture.”

I feel so much safer, knowing that my California police force (each cop making well over $150,000 in total compensation annually) is out there ticketing (and stealing from) these “street criminals.” It’s a GREAT ad for why we should end asset forfeiture.

Keep in mind — these are the same Berkeley police who have REPEATEDLY refused (on orders, but still refused) to actively prevent violent left wing attacks on peaceful right wing demonstrators. REPEATEDLY.

But in the cops’ defense, there are a LOT of “illegal” street vendors out there to ticket and steal money from. It’s a matter of priorities, I guess.… Read More

Occasionally the public gets upset about our “bully boy” policing system. A recorded incident of a cop taking money from an unpermitted hotdog vendor in Berkeley created substantial online blowback.

There have been calls for the officer’s firing. But in truth he was “just following orders.” It’s the practice of many California police departments to grab any cash at the “scene of a crime” under the guise of “asset forfeiture.”

I feel so much safer, knowing that my California police force (each cop making well over $150,000 in total compensation annually) is out there ticketing (and stealing from) these “street criminals.” It’s a GREAT ad for why we should end asset forfeiture.

Keep in mind — these are the same Berkeley police who have REPEATEDLY refused (on orders, but still refused) to actively prevent violent left wing attacks on peaceful right wing demonstrators. REPEATEDLY.

But in the cops’ defense, there are a LOT of “illegal” street vendors out there to ticket and steal money from. It’s a matter of priorities, I guess.… Read More

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The consequences of “simple majority” tax increases http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/09/07/the-consequences-of-simple-majority-tax-increases/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:18:14 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=72025 Here’s my U-T SAN DIEGO op-ed criticizing the CA State Supreme Court ruling that may allow local tax increases to be passed with a simple majority vote. It’s one of those “pro and con” formats with an op-ed representing each side.

I encourage those who agree with me in this crucial matter to make comments NOW on the U-T website (if you have access) — I’m sure my opponent (a labor union-funded functionary) is doing the same thing with his legions of union members. Also feel free to comment on my OPPONENT’S pro-tax op-ed at:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-tax-initiative-ruling-20170906-story.html

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Here’s my U-T SAN DIEGO op-ed criticizing the CA State Supreme Court ruling that may allow local tax increases to be passed with a simple majority vote. It’s one of those “pro and con” formats with an op-ed representing each side.

I encourage those who agree with me in this crucial matter to make comments NOW on the U-T website (if you have access) — I’m sure my opponent (a labor union-funded functionary) is doing the same thing with his legions of union members. Also feel free to comment on my OPPONENT’S pro-tax op-ed at:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-tax-initiative-ruling-20170906-story.html

========= … Read More Here’s my U-T SAN DIEGO op-ed criticizing the CA State Supreme Court ruling that may allow local tax increases to be passed with a simple majority vote. It’s one of those “pro and con” formats with an op-ed representing each side.

I encourage those who agree with me in this crucial matter to make comments NOW on the U-T website (if you have access) — I’m sure my opponent (a labor union-funded functionary) is doing the same thing with his legions of union members. Also feel free to comment on my OPPONENT’S pro-tax op-ed at:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-tax-initiative-ruling-20170906-story.html

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The amazing, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools http://www.flashreport.org/blog/2017/08/27/the-amazing-eye-popping-success-of-success-academy-charter-schools/ Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:57:53 +0000 http://www.flashreport.org/blog/?p=71998 If you want to see why liberal apologists and teacher union bosses foam at the mouth when voicing their opposition to school choice, look how badly public schools come off in NY state — compared to the Success Academy Charter Schools. Read the full piece.

The tragedy is to realize that these successful kids constitute just a tiny fraction of the students that could be helped by school choice. Only the KKK and Democrat politicians can love the current repressive, monopoly, government plantation-mentality education found too common in urban areas.

NOTE: The students are selected for these charter schools by lottery. Most are minority, low income students. 93% are “children of color.” And they are kicking ass.

AEI

The amazing, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools

Mark J. Perry

August 24, 2017 11:04 am |AEIdeas

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If you want to see why liberal apologists and teacher union bosses foam at the mouth when voicing their opposition to school choice, look how badly public schools come off in NY state — compared to the Success Academy Charter Schools. Read the full piece.

The tragedy is to realize that these successful kids constitute just a tiny fraction of the students that could be helped by school choice. Only the KKK and Democrat politicians can love the current repressive, monopoly, government plantation-mentality education found too common in urban areas.

NOTE: The students are selected for these charter schools by lottery. Most are minority, low income students. 93% are “children of color.” And they are kicking ass.

AEI

The amazing, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools

Mark J. Perry

August 24, 2017 11:04 am |AEIdeas

Read More

If you want to see why liberal apologists and teacher union bosses foam at the mouth when voicing their opposition to school choice, look how badly public schools come off in NY state — compared to the Success Academy Charter Schools. Read the full piece.

The tragedy is to realize that these successful kids constitute just a tiny fraction of the students that could be helped by school choice. Only the KKK and Democrat politicians can love the current repressive, monopoly, government plantation-mentality education found too common in urban areas.

NOTE: The students are selected for these charter schools by lottery. Most are minority, low income students. 93% are “children of color.” And they are kicking ass.

AEI

The amazing, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools

Mark J. Perry

August 24, 2017 11:04 am |AEIdeas

Read More

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