Monday, May 21, 2018

"We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did"



...Halper's contracts were funded through four annual awards paid directly out of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA). Established as the DoD's "internal think tank" in 1973 by Richard Nixon (whose administration Halper worked for), the ONA was run by foreign policy strategist Andrew Marshall from its inception until his 2015 retirement at the age of 93, after which he was succeeded by current director James H. Baker.... Halper's most recent award was noted recently by Trump supporter Jacob Wohl, which piqued the interest of internet researchers who continued the analysis....

The most recent award to Halper for $411,575 was made in two payments, and had a start date of September 26, 2016 - three days after a September 23 Yahoo! News article by Michael Isikoff about Trump aide Carter Page, which used information fed to Isikoff by "pissgate" dossier creator Christopher Steele. The FBI would use the Yahoo! article along with the unverified "pissgate" dossier as supporting evidence in an FISA warrant application for Page. ...





















Today, Gina Haspel is sworn-in as the first female Director of the CIA director.

"...the tool was “confusing, difficult to use, and frequently produced unacceptable assessments.”

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trump's prison reform turn: Unlikely allies confer on prison reform at the White House





























Gov. Jerry Brown: Attempts to Repeal the Gas Tax are 'Un-Californian'





Trump demands DOJ investigation of possible campaign infiltration











"With the individual mandate dead, the rest of Obamacare is unconstitutional"



“The bottom line remains: President Obama spied on the Trump campaign using wire taps, moles and spies, and James Comey’s FBI hid the fact from congress for nearly a year.”

Sunday Funnies







Prop 72: CFRW recommends a YES vote

Prop 72: Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessments Amendment

CFRW recommends a YES vote.

Ballot Title: Permits Legislature to Exclude Newly Constructed Rain-Capture Systems From Property-Tax Reassessment Requirement. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.







Ballot Summary:
  • Except in certain circumstances, under the California Constitution, construction on existing property requires reassessment for tax purposes.
  • The California Constitution permits the Legislature to exempt some construction on existing property from property-tax reassessment requirements.
  • Amends the California Constitution to permit the Legislature to exempt the construction or addition of rain-capture systems from the type of construction that would require a property-tax reassessment.
  • Applicable to construction or addition of rain-capture systems completed on or after January 1, 2019

Background

In 2012, the state legislature unanimously passed the Rainwater Capture Act, which allows Californians to build rainwater storage systems on their properties. Not all counties allow rainwater capture and storage, though. According to current property tax law, any “new construction” can be reassessed by your county tax assessor for taxable value. Prop 72 was passed in both houses of the legislature unanimously to protect taxpayers from higher property taxes if they choose to build rainwater capture systems on their property after January 1st, 2019. The only downside to Prop 72 is that it includes a sunset on January 1st, 2029. At that point the legislature would have to vote to extend the property tax exclusion. The voters have historically voted for and approved property tax exclusions, like Prop 72, for specific additions and new construction.

Talking Points

  • Prop 72 is a win-win for Californians. It promotes responsible water conservation while also protecting taxpayers from higher property taxes.
  • Prop 72 was supported by every Republican legislator in both the Senate and the Assembly. Though it was authored by a Democrat, this is the exact type of taxpayer protection legislation that Republicans have tried to get through the legislature for years.
  • Voters deserve the right to vote on protecting their property taxes. Prop 72 would give taxpayers the chance to show the liberal legislature that measures like this should pass with little to no opposition and by a high margin when it comes to protecting taxpayers.
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Official CFRW Positions

  • Prop 68: NO
  • Prop 69: NO
  • Prop 70: NO
  • Prop 71: YES
  • Prop 72: YES
June Ballot Measures

Proposition 68: California Parks, Environment, and Water Bond- would issue a $4 billion general obligation bond, with a 3.5% interest rate over 30 years, bringing the bill to the taxpayers up to $6.4 billion total. The CFRW says vote NO.

Proposition 69: Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment- states that Senate Bill 1 revenue from diesel taxes will be placed in a “lockbox” and used only for transportation fund purposes. The CFRW says vote NO.

Proposition 70: Vote Requirement to Use Cap and Trade Funds Amendment- would require a one-time vote in 2024 by a 2/3rds legislative majority to allocate state Cap and Trade program revenue. The CFRW says vote NO.

Proposition 71: Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment- changes the date for when voter approved ballot measures take effect from the day after the election to the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies the election. The CFRW says vote YES.

Proposition 72: Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessment- would exclude any new rainwater capture structures from property value tax reassessment from counting as a new structure. The CFRW says vote YES.

If you would like ALL the talking points for each proposition, please email our Advocate at advocate@cfrw.org.
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CALIFORNIA GOP ENDORSEMENTS FOR JUNE 5 PRIMARY

The electronic voter guide is user-friendly – a voter can enter his or her address and find the endorsed candidates who will be on the ballot. Statewide, congressional and legislative endorsements made by CRP will be listed first, followed by the list of your endorsements in local races. ◼ To view the electronic voter guide, click HERE. Enter the home address where you are registered to vote:

GOVERNOR: No Endorsement
Lieutenant Governor: Cole Harris
Secretary of State: Mark P. Meuser
State Controller: Konstantinos Roditis
State Treasurer: No Endorsement
State Attorney General: Steven C Bailey
State Board of Equalization - District 2: Mark Burns
US Senate: No Endorsement
Congress: US House - District 2: Dale K. Mensing
State Legislature: State Assembly - District 2: Matt Heath
Schools: State Superintendent of Public Instruction: No Endorsement

Statewide Propositions:
Proposition 68: NO
Proposition 69: No Endorsement
Proposition 70: NO
Proposition 71: YES
Proposition 72: YES

Saturday, May 19, 2018

You know things are tenuous within Deep State when congress openly starts asking the FBI to withhold information....





Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn’t have a memorable name. But for those of us who lived through Watergate it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.

This isn’t some burglary to get some dirt on the opposing party, and it isn’t a threat (unfulfilled) of using government entities to “get” the opposition. This is the marshaling of those government entities by one administration in order to “get” the next, and nearly succeeding.

And—as Roger L. Simon points out:
...One of the more notable differences between Watergate and the metastasizing scandals involving the FBI, our intelligence agencies, and the Obama administration — subjects of the soon-to-be-released inspector general’s report — is that the media exposed Watergate. They aided and abetted the current transgressions.

By providing a willing and virtually unquestioned repository for every anonymous leaker (as long as he or she was on the “right” side) in Washington and beyond, the press has evolved from being part of the solution to being a major part of the problem....


...Forget Donald Trump. Forget whoever is running. It could be your Aunt Fanny or Willam Buckley's random person from the Boston telephone directory. Forget whatever party we are talking about. This is the stuff of high treason of a type not imaginable to almost all of us in our lifetimes as American citizens. I and others have compared this plot to Lavrentiy Beria and the NKVD. At first, I admit, I was exaggerating a bit for effect. Now, not so much.

What we have here are people who think they are "good" driven to evil by their own self-righteousness.

So what will the mainstream media who participated so heavily in this, who were in effect the enabler of this disgraceful anti-democratic enterprise, do when the inspector general's report is finally published?

We may have gotten a taste in the nervous reaction of CNN's Jake Tapper to an informative series of tweets from the WSJ's Kimberley Strassel on the matter. Roughly a year ago, Mr. Tapper famously accused Donald Trump of himself being a purveyor of "fake news" for alleging he was being wiretapped (what an understatement that turned out to be!). Instead of apologizing for being wildly wrong or even acknowledging his mistake, Tapper tweaked Ms. Strassel for accidentally tweeting "Hurricane Crossfire" rather than "Crossfire Hurricane" (the name the FBI cribbed from Mick Jagger as a trendy name for their repellent activities).

Tapper is considered one of the more intelligent and putatively responsible of the MSM crew. If he is unable to face this coming press Armageddon, few will be. They bet the house that Donald Trump was the worst man in the room, but it turned out, and will be made quite explicit I would imagine, that there were many men and women far worse than he. It's not even close....













Just Married: Introducing The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

































If not for #Prop13, a California homeowner with a $350,000 house would pay over $9,000 a year in property taxes! How much would you pay?




Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI’s Trump Investigation























Glenn Beck: It's time to acknowledge everything @realDonaldTrump has done for America.