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What is really behind Dianne Feinstein's newfound criticism of government snooping activities?November 13, 2013
Another National Security Agency spying scandal recently erupted when some of the documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. was even spying on the heads of state of American allies, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone.
Northern California, Southern Oregon Counties Revive Idea of Forming State of JeffersonOctober 22, 2013
You might be excused for considering it a bit of a novelty when Siskiyou County voted last month to secede from California. After all, the rural county in the northernmost section of California is not often the topic of the state's political discourse. But then the Board of Supervisors in Modoc County, adjacent to Siskiyou County in the northeastern corner of California, followed suit and voted to pursue leaving the state as well. When the secession issue was discussed, only two citizens voiced opposition to the motion. Butte County is scheduled to take up a similar motion in an Oct. 22 meeting, and Lassen County is also considering a vote on secession, although the Redding City Council just voted 3-2 against the idea.
California Seeks Sweeping Control on Guns and AmmunitionSeptember 11, 2013
It's not easy being a gun owner in California. The state already has the strictest gun laws in the nation, with the possible exception of New York, and a flurry of bills are making their way through the legislature that seek to solidify California's position of chief gun-hater. Senate Bill 53 is the latest in an anti-ammunition effort being led by State Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).
A couple of months ago, I wrote a column for the U-T San Diego on the proposed statewide plastic bag ban in California. In it, I made a quick mention of the fact that a plastic bag ban would bring with it a new bureaucracy and regulatory costs that would ultimately fall upon consumers and taxpayers. On this point, I received a message from Anthony van Leeuwen, who runs the "Fight The Plastic Bag Ban" site. In his note, he confirmed my suspicions and detailed how such bag ban bureaucracies are affecting consumers and taxpayers who shop and live in the many local governments in California that have imposed such bans.
First, the environmentalists wanted to get rid of paper grocery bags because they were the result of destroying too many trees. Then the market developed a lighter, stronger alternative in the form of plastic bags. Now the environmentalists want to get rid of these, too, and force everyone to bring their own reusable bags when they go to the store.
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October 1, 2008
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