Open letter to Gov. Gavin Newsome

(The following letter was sent in by a parent who, because of the industry in which they work, cannot use their name, but wanted to make sure Governor Newsom knew of the heartbreak and damage his policies are causing California’s families.)

Governor Newsom,

The boxes are filled. The bags are packed. The hearts are breaking. My family is about to be divided, separated, perhaps forever. I wish you cared.

Our wonderful daughter, along with her husband and their two young children has given up on life in California. The only place they’ve ever called home has become intolerable for them. They’ve found a new home in a southern state, far away from here, in the real America.

I’ve heard the story innumerable times – people leaving, or wanting to leave, what was once the paradise of the West Coast. Not so long ago, kids could walk down to the corner store, or to school, without their parents worrying about their safe return. No more.

You once could visit a neighborhood park, and not fear for your life. No more. Walking across the street did not require careful examination of the pavement to avoid feces or used hypodermic needles. Now it does. Illnesses are again being seen in this state that had beenrare or non-existent until recently. Typhus, Tuberculosis, Mumps, Measles, Hepatitis A, B, and C are all here again. A worker on the upper floors at L.A. City Hall recently came down with typhus, spread by rats living in the disgusting conditions around the Civic Center.

But you’re concerned that I might ask for a plastic straw.

Your priorities for managing this state are crystal clear, and the middle class is nowhere near the top of the list. I learned in Civics class years ago that the primary job of government is to keep the people safe. What happened? When did our safety and well-being fall off the radar? Not too long ago, my daughter had her new vehicle stolen from her driveway in the short time it took her to walk the kids to school. Someone was watching, waiting for them to leave. It gives me chills just thinking about it.

You release violent criminals back onto our streets to terrorize our communities; you proudly remove the death-penalty as an option, sending a friendly message to the worst of the worst; and you handcuff our law-enforcement officers, challenging their every move. Officers now must take an extra moment, perhaps just a second, questioning their training and best judgment, before using any amount of force to apprehend a violent criminal. When this results in another dead cop - and it will – the blood will be on your hands, sir.

A few weeks ago, we watched on television as a violent felon led police on a three-hour pursuit, destroying property and narrowly missing pedestrians and other vehicles. We saw himbrutally beat his female passenger while driving close to 100 mph. Then last week, amurder suspect shot at police out the window of the carhe was being pursued in. It’s a miracle nobody was killed. Turns out, both suspects were free on “early release” through AB-109, that you and other politicians (who all live behind walls, with armed security) forced upon us in the name of compassion. Where’s your compassion for law-abiding citizens, Mr. Governor?

And don’t get me started on taxes and regulations. The amount of money taken from us by this state is criminal. Just living here is expensive enough, but imagine trying to run a business and stay afloat. We have the highest gas prices/taxes in the country, and still our roads are a mess. I recently hit a pothole and the damage to my car was over $1000.

We pay you enormous sums to manage the state’s affairs, yet people by the thousands sleep on our streets at night. Homeless encampments are everywhere, in neighborhoods we never imagined they’d be. And still, you want more. There’s a move now to weaken Prop. 13. No doubt it will pass. And I just read that you want to tax online sales now, too. Along with proposals to tax water, telephones, dairy products, fertilizers, health care, and more. But taxing those things will not affect the “super rich 1%.” They’re just more hits on the middle class. You Sacramento politicians have an insatiable addiction to other people’s money. But many citizens have had enough and are walking away.

Which brings me back to my family.

They’re closing their business here. You’ll get no more of their hard-earned money. They’ve purchased a home in their new state, big enough for the four of them and a dog or two. Maybe even a horse. The kids will get a great education. They’ll be able to leave a window open at night, knowing that the criminals are the ones who are afraid- afraid of the police, afraid of the courts, and afraid of the citizens who exercise their right to defend themselves. Oh, and gas there is about $2 a gallon. Somehow, they’ll have to survive without a Fantasy Train to nowhere, but I’m sure they’ll find a way to get by.

Meanwhile, your tax base shrinks and Atlas shrugs. Soon the only people left here will be the very rich and the very poor. It’s almost as if you planned it that way.

And now my family is broken, as are countless others. No more school plays, no more little league games. No more weekend breakfasts at IHOP or Thanksgiving dinners. I’ll happily burn a ton of fossil fuel to go visit them at their new home as often as I can. But, I won’t be there as an instant babysitter when needed on short notice, and I’ll actually notice their growth from visit to visit. I’ll pray every night for their safety and happiness in the years to come. And I’ll cry that I can’t hold them tight. I’m angry as hell, and I miss them desperately already.

But they’ll get no going away card from you and no apologies. You simply don’t care.

Name withheld for obvious reasons



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Editorial note – If you thought CA entitlements were a magnet before, wait for next year.   Free healthcare for illegal aliens, but not for you Mr. and Mrs. Citizen!  That’s beyond stupid, beyond unfair…it’s nuts.     

American Thinker – The leftists running California’s one-party state have done it again. They’ve rolled out a $312 billion budget that includes $98 million for free health care for illegal immigrants under the age of 26 and over age 55.  That’s a dinner triangle to all able-bodied foreign nationals working off the books that the free ride is about to arrive.

According to the Sacramento Bee:

The expansion will take effect Jan. 1, 2020 and cost $98 million in the upcoming fiscal year. It will make California the first state to allow undocumented adults to sign up for state-funded health coverage.

The budget includes a fine on people who don’t buy health insurance known as an individual mandate. The fines were initially implemented as part of the federal Affordable Care Act law known as Obamacare, but Republicans acted in 2017 to roll them back. Newsom and legislative leaders say re-imposing the penalty at the state level will shore up the state’s health insurance marketplace and keep premiums from rising dramatically.

As if that $98 million is really going to cover it as migrants from Central America and beyond surge into the U.S. in record numbers, and five million from Latin America alone planning to enter the U.S. with or without papers.

PS  Who here believes $98M will cover the costs of this giveaway?  If you raised your hand, did you also think the bullet train was a great idea?

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Abortion Discussion – ((((KABOOM!!!))))

by Jack

Both the prochoice and prolife  share irrefutable logic as well as overlapping moral concerns and both are very passionate in their belief, that’s a given. 

Currently, some states are making it very difficult for a woman to get a government subsidized abortion or an abortion period, regardless who pays.  Missouri is one of those states and this state is getting strong support from the right, especially the Christian right.  However, it’s also causing a very loud pushback from the pro-choice side made up of mostly women on the left side of politics, but some on the right are also joining them because they see it as a woman’s rights issue and not so much as a Christian moral issue.

It is such a powerful issue that yesterday, presidential candidate Joe Biden, reversed his position in just 24 hours after drawing fire from his base of supporters and his other fellow candidates!  

Both sides are prepared to move mountains to achieve victory.   This is the greatest moral dilemma to date since slavery was ended in 1865.   I sure hope we won’t need a civil war to decide this issue!

Here are the major points taken from both sides, beginning with pro-choice and in the conclusion I voiced my opinion and I hope you would add in your opinions: 

Pro-Choice persons “believe that individuals have unlimited autonomy with respect to their own reproductive systems as long as they do not breach the autonomy of others.”

CHOICE – Abortion ought to be a choice between the patient/mother and her doctor.  Because its her body and her life and this falls within Constitutional guarantees.

CHOICE – Nobody knows her situation any better, least of all the government and therefore nobody should come between her and her doctor on what is best for her in her present circumstance.

CHOICE – Until 1973, government had the absolute right to intercede in this most personal decision, but then the USSC ruled in Roe vs. Wade that she did have a Constitutional right to make that decision.   Prior to this decision abortions were limited to medical concerns for the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest.  Abortions still happened, but because they were illegal they were often not medically supervised and this endangered the life of the patient. Many women lost their life due to botched back alley abortions.

CHOICE -  Overturning Roe vs Wade would once again place women at risk and cause unwanted children to be at risk too.  This would not be healthy for society and would have many unintended negative consequences, not the least of which would be extra costs to the taxpayers.  Abolishing Roe vs Wade may reduce the total number of abortions, but it will increase the number of unsafe, high risk abortions and the deaths associated.

CHOICE -  Not every fetus is viable.  Some fetus will not survive outside the woman’s womb.  Some might be born unable to be aware of light, sound or emotion, existing only in a vegetative state, to cared for by medical staff until death.   Why would we do this when we have limited resources to help and care for patients that have at least a chance for a real life?

CHOICE -  We should never confuse the fertilization of an egg with pregnancy.   Typically infants do not survive outside the womb until after the middle or 3rd trimester.

On the right . . .

Pro-Life persons “believes that the government has an obligation to preserve all human life, regardless of intent, viability, or quality-of-life concerns.”

LIFE – The Constitution clearly states that we are granted specific unalienable rights that mankind can’t take away because they are God given.  Chief among these rights is the  right to life.  Thomas Jefferson’s wrote in his 1st draft,, “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; … .  Later, the Committee of Five edited Jefferson’s draft.   Their version survived and was approved by Congress intact, and it reads:   We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

LIFE – The framers were very specific about life  and they made this declaration the center piece of all that followed for good reason.

LIFE -  There is legal precedence that recognizes the right of the unborn as living human being. In all states, even radical California, the courts have allowed the unlawful death of the mother and her unborn child to be charged as the murder of two people.

LIFE – Putting aside for the moment when life begins, what logic supports the murder of an unborn child that can live outside the womb?  How is that not murder?    Yet, many pro-choice advocates would quickly pass laws allowing taxpayer money to be used to murder a viable, healthy child, if they were not restrained by people of good conscience.

LIFE -  The Catholic News Agency replies to the pro-choice argument that it would be “unjust” to require the mother to carry her baby to term because it would require her to quit school, abandon her career, suffer for the rest of her life never knowing where her child was if she placed the child for adoption, or face the stigma of “unwed” motherhood, or an endless number of other scenarios…   I am paraphrasing,  the only way a pregnant woman can accomplish anything is for her to kill her baby?  What is even more incomprehensible is that some women accept this specious reasoning and actually fight to keep the ability to legally kill their unborn child as a claimed “right!

LIFE – Our most advanced medical science proves beyond any doubt that an unborn child is alive from the point of conception and it has the potential for a future existence.   If our U.S. Constitution can’t protect the rights of the most helpless among us, then how can it protect any of us?

END –   (I realize there are many other points to be made, so feel free)

My personal conclusion

No nation worthy of a future has ever viewed life as [arbitrary].  To extinguish a life because it arrives at an inconvenient time or is the wrong gender, is the height of being arbitrary!  Who shall live and who shall die should never be made arbitrarily by one person.

That being said, if a woman is not morally grounded and does not know the whole truth about abortion, then she can never make a truly informed decision.   Logic says, a potential mother has a duty to her unborn child to make a fully informed and rational decision in concert with medical advice, before deciding on an abortion.  And further, she must make that decision at the earliest possible time; hopefully within the first 3 weeks and certainly not after the time the baby is viable and able to live outside the womb.

In our current time we are not advanced and our knowledge of the universe is like a drop in the ocean.  Wes really can’t know all the facts on either side, so we should err on the side of caution.  However, it is equally clear to me that the abortion issue is so divisive that we better come up a compromise that is as fair as humanly possible.   But, if that  compromise is still absolutely unacceptable to some, we should respect that.  We can offer them a deferment of sorts.   They can abstain in the same way any conscientious objector is allowed to do.

A healthy society, must determine its own moral boundaries.   We can’t legislate it and it can’t be religiously imposed.  History says that never works.   If those boundaries are wrong, if they violate absolute moral imperatives, then it will soon become apparent, because only truth endures the test of time.  








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What If… History

by Jack

My last comment to J.S. got me thinking about how different the world might be today without the United States.  The following is a little exploring of that “what if” question. 

The map below depicts what North America looked like in the 1600’s, before the first European immigrants arrived to set up colonies.   Now lets say some catastrophe happened and that first wave of settlers never arrived.   No Pilgrims, no French fur traders, etc.,  lets say it just stays as is for the next 200 years.

The America we know today would be a mix of many tribal societies using many languages.  No reason to think it would be peaceful either, since many tribes were constantly warring against each other, taking slaves, committing genocide and even cannibalism.

There’s also no reason to think that if left alone to their own devices that North American Indians would have progressed suddenly to meet the challenges coming from global exploration.    So, without our earliest ancestors coming here to create a new nation, how long do you think this tribal nation of the 1600’s would have lasted against other world powers?

How long would they have kept their status quo and would they have been better off today or just extinct?   Remember, this is a land of fabulously rich resources defended only by tribes that had not yet reached the technology level of the bronze age.

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MECHA Latinx Graduation at Chico State

by Jack

¡ Casi 4000 estudiantes se graduaron del estado de chico este año!  Ese es un número increíble, pero otro número increíble fue 33% que eran hispanos.   Naturalmente, la ceremonia se celebró principalmente en español, que es la segunda lengua oficial de California.   Vea el vídeo de Latinx a continuación:  

Nearly 4000 students graduated from Chico State this year!  That’s an incredible number, but another incredible number was the 33% that were Hispanic that made up another graduation ceremony.

Why a separate ceremony, you may wonder?  As it was explained to me years ago, the Hispanic graduates wanted an intimate ceremony, where Spanish speaking friends and relatives could feel more comfortable among their own and speaking their own native language.  In this way they could understand what was happening,  cheer and celebrate, not only the accomplishments of these students, but the liberation of Hispanic people from yoke of oppression by a racist, imperialistic, sexist and homophobic (white) society.  These are not my words, these words come from MECHA representatives.  Further, this ceremony is about preserving a cultural identity of indigenous Anahuak peoples.   Anahuak, an ancient name for a Mesoamerican, particularly Aztec.   Naturally the ceremony was held mostly in Spanish which is California’s un-official second language.

This special ceremony is called Latinx and it was created right after the tumultuous anti-war years that saw campus radicals from coast to coast burning draft cards, American flags and rioting.   So it was that 42 years ago the Hispanic group MECHA began recognizing  Hispanic graduates in a sperate ceremony.  This great tradition separation and race based accolades continues on to this day increasing numbers,  in Chico and many other colleges in CA and the Southwestern States.  Kinda makes you proud to be an American Anahuakian!

And now without further commentary, I bring you Latinx Class of 2019 at CSUC!


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Thanks go to J. Soden for this great find.

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F4 Phantom Painting – Jack Lee Art #41

Painting by Jack Lee.  Acrylic on canvas.  “Loaded for Bear”.  All comments welcome.

This was a difficult plane to work on and no joy to fly either.  It had a real bad stall spin and its twin engines left a black smoke trail.  But, until the F15 came along it was the best we had during Vietnam war.   Missiles didn’t work well during a dog fight, but later versions came equipped with a 20 mm cannon – that helped. The cockpit is not well designed either (see below). Not user friendly.

Update:  Every painting I entered at the Silver Dollar Fair won. (Yea)  I was told that I almost took best of show, but first in class is great.


McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom Specifications

Wingspan: 38 ft. 4-7/8 in.

Length: 63 ft.

Height: 16 ft. 6 in.

Empty Weight: 29,535 lbs

Gross Weight: 61,651 lbs

Top Speed: 1,485 mph

Service Ceiling: 62,650 ft.

Range: 1,885 miles

Engine/Thrust: Two General Electric J79s/17,900 lbs each

Crew: 2

Armament: One M61A1 20-mm cannon; various combinations of AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles

Ordnance: Up to 12,980 lbs of ordnance on four wing pylons


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Home Schooling (those over 60 can relate)


  • 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.  
    “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished
    2. My mother taught me RELIGION.  
    “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”  
    3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.  
    “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle
    of next week!”
    4. My father taught me LOGIC.  
    ” Because I said so, that’s why .”  
    5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC  
    “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going
    to the store with me.”
    6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.  
    “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an
    7. My father taught me IRONY.  
    “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”  
    8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS..  
    “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”  
    9 My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.  
    “Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”  
    10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.  
    “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”  
    11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.  
    “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through
    12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.  
    “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t
    13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE..  
    “I brought you into this world, and I can take you
    14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .  
    “Stop acting like your father!”  
    15. My mother taught me about ENVY.  
    “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world
    who don’t have wonderful parents like you do…”
    16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.  
    “Just wait until we get home.”  
    17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.  
    “You are going to get it from your father when you get
    18.  My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE .  
    “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are
    going to get stuck that way.”
    19. My mother taught me ESP.  
    “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are
    20. My father taught me HUMOUR.  
    “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t
    come running to me.”
    21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.  
    “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”     
    22. My mother taught me GENETICS.  
    “You’re just like your father.”  
    23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.  
    “Shut that door behind you… Do you think you were born in a
    24. My mother taught me WISDOM.  
    “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand…”  
    25. My father taught me about JUSTICE.  
    “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like

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Extra Funny

Thanks go to J. Soden for this one. . .

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