23 Feb

Season 2, Episode 8 – Senator Mendoza Resigns Due to MeToo?

In this episode —

Story 1 —

Will Trump pull I.C.E. and Border Patrol out of CA? Of course not but it’s pretty funny that he’d say it considering all of the caterwauling the (D)s do against him every single day. Mess with the bull and all that. Of course he doesn’t mean it so this is a #NothingBurger story that is just meant to amuse and or rile up specific people.

Story 2 —

Senator Tony Mendoza has resigned from the California legislature over #MeToo allegations, or owing to a witch hunt fueled by Kevin de Leon’s desire to ingratiate himself into that movement depending on whom you believe here. Another Senator, Cristina Garcia, is on leave for allegations which throws the premise of 2016’s Prop 50 into question.

While the first pair of allegations make for interesting and sad reading the third allegation takes the whole #MeToo movement and spritzes it with moral relativism.

From the article:

Mendoza repeatedly sent her text messages, some late at night with comments such as “thinking of you” and ending with a smiley face, she said.

Either this is fishing expedition, there is more going on here that isn’t be discussed or we’re jumped the shark of accusations of sexual misconduct.

This leads us into a segue to talk about Rape Culture, some of the stories that have confused the issue such as the UVA Rape Hoax and how “Rape Culture” ignores the prison problem.

19 Feb

Season 2, Episode 7 – Is Taxation Theft & Who Owns You?

In this episode my “Taxation is Theft” flag makes an appearance as we discuss if Taxation if Theft (Spoiler Alert: It Is) and ask who owns you.

14 Feb

Season 2, Episode 6 – Erik Nerds Out on SpaceX

This episode involves Erik nerding out over Elon Musk’s launch of the Falcon Heavy SpaceX rocket.

We explore a little more of the homeless issue at the Santa Ana River Trail (SART).

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-judge-order-20180207-story.html

We discuss the idea that in CA you may no longer have to “Bake the Cake” under certain circumstances.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-bakery-refuse-cakes-same-035822734.html

Joshua gets mad that a story on the CA legislature regarding homeschooling has no sourcing.

14 Feb

Season 2, Episode 5 – Solo on the Homeless

Episode 5 finds Joshua alone in his office talking about the Homeless issue surrounding the Santa Ana River Trail (SART). Supervisor Todd Spitzer was on KFI’s John & Ken show giving out some numbers:

62tons of trash. 2,290 needles. 400lbs of human waste. According to Spitzer.

https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2018-02-01-oc-supervisor-todd-spitzer-update-on-homeless-clear-out-along-river-trail/

I spend a little time going over the absurdity of the waste issue insofar as the courts won’t let the county move the homeless and yet the county won’t allow them to use porta john’s. The waste issue is an obvious one.

Activists install portable toilets for homeless at Santa Ana River bed; county says they’re unauthorized

Joshua also touches on the court order, throws in a little Hans-Hermann Hoppe regarding property rights and public spaces as well runs through a few smaller stories.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-oc-homeless-20180205-story.html

*Fair warning – the audio is terrible because I had to rip it out of the FB Live video owing to technical problems. This has caused delays in everything these last two weeks for which I, Joshua, apologize.

28 Jan

CA to Ban Straws? Another Law that Sucks

Watching and writing on CA politics is difficult because not only are our elected officials mostly demagogues trying to sound important but the media who reports on them basically runs on Press Releases.

Let us take the example of (D) Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon’s newest bit of brilliance – banning plastic straws from restaurants.

If you were to read the media accounts of this you’ll see that under this newest piece of nanny-state-paternalism, waiters could be fined up to $1,000 for offering you a straw (Google News Screen shot presented as evidence with highlights added).

Google Straw Law Results

Sometimes a new agency will dig into some of the pertinent details such as when Reason Magazine pointed out that the 500 Million Straws # being cited by Calderon is nonsense: Read More