by William Bigelow 29 May 2015
Dem Legislators Raise Filing Fees to Stop Ballot Initiatives
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File
Democrats in the California State Assembly passed a bill this week that would
increase the filing fees for ballot initiatives (or referenda) from $200 to $8,000, thus
excluding most ordinary citizens from filing a petition and leaving the field open for
unions and corporations, according to Capital Public Radio.
Using, as a pretext, a bizarre ballot initiative that actually called for the deaths of gays and lesbians, legislators acted
in the apparent hope of exerting greater control of the initiative process. The filing fee has not been raised since
1943, but the percentage of the increase far exceeds the inflation in the intervening period.
As Joel Fox of foxandhoundsdaily.com wrote, “The argument that the fee has not been raised in over seventy years
rings hollow when any on-line inflation calculator will tell you that inflation over that time has risen no more than onefourth
the amount that the bill, AB 1100, co-authored by Democratic assembly members Richard Bloom and Evan
Republicans opposed the bill. Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove agreed that the petition calling for the
execution of gays and lesbians was “vile and reprehensible,” adding, “The issue is not about that person. The issue
should be about the people’s rights to be able to have a grievance against their government through the initiative
process if that’s what they choose to do,” according to the Sacramento Bee. The Bee quoted Assemblyman Tom
Lackey, R-Palmdale, calling AB 1000 “a money grab which would make it harder for Californians to make their voices
Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, told the Bee that the Assembly had gone too far, asserting, “We’re
fundamentally changing the initiative process. We’re getting all spun up about something that will die as it should die
a natural death. We are giving the author way much more already than the 15 minutes of fame he thought he would
be getting out of this stupid initiative.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that Grove estimated that an increase based on the inflation since 1943 would raise
the fee to $2,700. Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, told the Times, “Californians are very
protective of the initiative process and they will likely view an absurdly high increase in the filing fee to be an attempt
by the Legislature to thwart they public’ access to that process.”
In addition to the hike in the filing fee, the Assembly also passed Assembly Bill 884, which would allow the state
attorney general, who writes summaries for ballot measures, to include a disclaimer warning on ballot measures
indicating that the measure would violate people’s constitutional rights.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a name for herself taking on the predatory rich and championing the middle-class.
Who knew that, while she rallying against the so-called “1%” of richest Americans, she was out making a fortune by selling foreclosed homes.
In one instance, she even paid a sick old lady just $30,000 for a historic Oklahoma City home–which Warren turned around and sold for $145,000 just five months later.
Differences Between Left and Right: Part I
5/26/2015 12:01:00 AM – Dennis Prager
Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters. In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose.
But if you can’t explain both sides, how do you know you’re right?
At the very least, you need to understand both the liberal and conservative positions in order to effectively understand your own.
Shock: NYT Finds ‘Family-Friendly’ Policies Can ‘Backfire’
“For employers, it becomes much easier to justify discrimination.”
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At least one writer for the New York Times has figured out that some government-imposed “equality” policies don’t always end up working out so well in the real world.
In a piece called “When Family-Friendly Policies Backfire,” gender and family writer Claire Cain Miller walks through a couple of recent “family-friendly” policies in other countries that have turned out to actually hurt the women they were supposed to help.
Here’s how Miller begins:
In Chile, a law requires employers to provide working mothers with child care. One result? Women are paid less.
You Need to Know What Really Happened in Ireland
on 27 May, 2015 at 12:10
I almost never do this, but I felt it was very important to share a letter with you so that the whole world could
understand what really happened in Ireland as this predominantly Catholic nation voted decisively to redefine
After the vote, I posted this on Facebook:
What can we learn from the vote to redefine marriage in Ireland, a traditionally Catholic country?
1) Traditional “Christian” religion cannot stop the juggernaut of gay activism. Only a living, vibrant faith
will have the energy and commitment and depth to stand firm.
2) Sex-scandals in the Catholic Church in the 1990’s robbed the Church of its moral authority. How
can the Church speak to the society about sexual morality when it has largely disqualified itself?
Scandals like this take a long time to get over, and here in America, we have been plagued by
Evangelical scandals as well, involving some of our well-known leaders. To the extent we are deemed
hypocritical, to that extent we lack moral authority.
3) Ireland was not ready for the massive influx of gay activist funding from America. Sadly, from
President Obama down, America has been an aggressive force for normalizing homosexuality, and
without American funding and vision, it is doubtful that Ireland would have voted so strongly for such
May 23, 2015
Obama: Church Shouldn’t Focus Too Much on Protecting the
Unborn & Marriage
A couple of weeks ago President Obama took part in a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University where
he launched into an attack on the focus of the Christian church in America.
The panel was moderated by the famous Washington liberal E.J. Dionne, so it naturally gravitated to praising the left
while attacking the right when it comes to poverty. No discussion was had about the disparity in charitable
giving between red and blue states, but simply to the fact that conservatives didn’t believe the government should be
used for charity, while the left believes the government should be the main source of charity.
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Boy Scouts of America bans water gun fights; ‘pointing a firearm’
is not kind
President Obama has a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp
David in this June 11, 2011, file photo. (Official White House Photos by Pete Souza)
– The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Justice Ginsburg Eviscerates The Case Against Marriage Equality
In Just Five Sentences
Posted on April 29, 2015 at 8:54 am
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by Jack Jenkins
How Atheists Are Turning ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Against
Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:00 am
“How Atheists Are Turning ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Against Religion ”
In Wake Of Fall Of Ramadi, White House Calls ISIS Strategy A
At today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked point blank whether he considered
the President’s ISIS strategy a success. With the fall of Ramadi this weekend, Earnest’s answer seems pretty out of
JON KARL (ABC): “Would you say that overall the strategy has been a success?”
EARNEST: Well, uh, Jon, Yeah. Overall, yes. It doesn’t mean there haven’t been areas of setback as
we saw in Ramadi.
Karl then goes on to list the various ways in which the strategy has clearly not been a success. Amazing.
But then again, they are just a JV team. So it doesn’t really count. The Iraqi army fleeing at high speeds and the loss
of a city Americans fought and died to protest is just a setback, after all. And anyway, they have a foolproof plan:
Court Orders D.C. to Drop “Good Reason” Requirements for Gun
Advocates of the Second Amendment are celebrating an important victory for gun rights after a legal ruling issued
Monday barred the District of Columbia from requiring applicants for a concealed carry license to prove that they
have a “good reason” for needing to carry a weapon.
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New Study Undermines Key Global Warming Claim of Obama
by AWR Hawkins 4 May 2015 San Bernadino, CA
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept: Hands Up, Don’t Tase
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California Senate Passes SB 277, Throws in ‘Grandfather Clause’
The California Senate passed the controversial vaccine bill, dubbed Senate Bill 277, on Thursday, May 14, amid
enough resentment from parents who took to the streets and rammed into committee hearings, to testify against the
Continue reading California Senate Passes SB 277 Vaccine Bill