I realize that things are getting fairly skimpy in the mainstream press.  Layoffs, downsizing, and–you know–saving money.  But it’s starting to get ridiculous.  Some cases in point:

Two stories in the same newspaper –on the same day.  First headline: Winter holiday anti-DUI campaign nets 57 arrests in Butte County.   Second headline:  Butte County logs 92 holiday DUI arrests.  I never did find out which story was right.  Okay, which is it?

Here’s another from the internet’s Money News.  Euro UNLIKELY TO LAST THE DECADE.  Same internet page: Euro is world’s MOST SOLID CURRENCY.  Okay, which is it?

From the Sacramento Bee, a news story about the inclement weather in southern California:  Branches from one falling tree hit Greg Mora’s car.  Mora SUFFERED A GASHED FOREHEAD.  NO INJURIES were reported from the toppling trees.  Okay, which is it?

And finally, this gem:  Two stories, same subject, two different news sources.  From the Sacramento Bee dated December 10th:  For the sixth year in a row, MORE PEOPLE LEFT CALIFORNIA FOR OTHER STATES than came here from them, according to the Department of Finance.  But on the very same day in the Chico Enterprise Record, there’s this from the Associated Press:  California’s population grew less than 1 percent in the last fiscal year as FEWER PEOPLE MOVED TO OTHER STATES.

It certainly gives impetus to the ol’ saying “Don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers –or on the internet for that matter.



It was an interesting election  few years back.  That’s when California voters went to the polls and voted “yes” on Proposition 215.  It was called “The Compassionate Use Act.”  It allowed people who were knocking on death’s door the legal right to smoke a little pot to ease their pain.  After all, taking morphine might cause them to become addicted during their final days on this planet.

Californians…being sympathetic to those in pain, overwhelmingly approved Proposition 215.  Of course there was no organized opposition to the ballot measure.  Who in their right mind would want to prevent someone with terminal cancer from leaving this world in pain.

But a strange thing happened following that election.  Californians revealed that we live in a very sick state.  There are more sick people in this state per capita than any other state in the union.  It also revealed a new source of income for doctors.  You see, in order to legally get high on pot, a person has to have a note from a doctor.

Today, anyone with an abscessed tooth, a bad back, athletes foot, a headache, a hangnail or hemorrhoids can get a note from a doctor granting the “patient” permission to legally get high (as long as the “patient” can cough up the hundred bucks or so to pay the doctor.)  When it comes to renewing the permission slip, that’s another fifty bucks.

In a college town like Chico, California, that permission slip and it’s annual renewal has generated mucho bucks (under the table?)for local doctors (who apparently aren’t paid enough for heart transplants to make their yacht payments.)

Proposition 215 also opened up other avenues to generate revenue.  Advertising.  In this college town, the Chico News and Review is a weekly newspaper which carries advertisements for the “medicine” being sought by so many “patients.”  The “medicine”…with such names as Super Lemon Haze, Pineapple Skunk, Headband, and Crack.

Daily specials are also advertised with special “sales” except the word “sales” is never used.  It’s still against the law to sell marijuana. The terms to avoid such breaches of the law are “transactions” or “donations”.  For example, one such advertisement states “Greatly reduced.  Suggested donation $135 per ounce.”  Another offers $8 off any ‘transaction over $25.  And still another offers a free gram with any transaction.  Still another advertises a delivery service only.  How cool is that!

Yes, Proposition 215 changed everything, proving once and for all that Caliornia is not just the land of fruits and nuts.  It has become the land of pot heads.  It’s illegal to light up a Camel in public in so many places, but it’s okay to light up a joint (as long as you’ve got your permission slip.)




It seems rather strange heading into election day knowing that all the candidates on the ballot are crooks! I make that statement based on all the campaign ads hitting the airwaves and mailers hitting the mailboxes. Based on the ads, it seems that every candidate is either a drunk, an adulterer, a thief, a puppet for special interests, a Muslim, a Christian, an Atheist, a Witch, and on and on it goes.

Having an interest in politics since the age of five (at which time I campaigned for Franklin Roosevelt while pulling my little red wagon along 2nd street yelling “vote for Roosevelt” — the campaign trail being only a block long ‘cause my mom wouldn’t let me cross the street) I must admit our current election cycle is the dirtiest that I’ve ever encountered.

It was former president Bill Clinton who coined the term “politics of personal destruction.” It was bad back then, but it’s worse now. It appears to me that the only way to win an election is to demonize an opponent even if it means playing fast and loose with the truth. Truth is the first casualty in an election season. There may be a tiny element of truth in a negative ad….say…..one percent, while ninety nine percent are absolute lies.

 Here’s an example of how that works: Say, John Schmuck is running for Congress. He’s clean, articulate and honestly believes he can do a good job in the office he seeks. His opponent, suffering in the polls has to do something to destroy Mr. Schmuck. He creates an ad accusing Schmuck of taking campaign donations from special interests out of state. Turns out, the donation of ten dollars to Schmuck’s campaign was from his grandmother, who lives out of state.

That’s how it works! And it gets worse in the final week before the election. A candidate who is the target of a negative ad has no time to respond. So just remember, if you hear or receive a flyer in the mail stating “Do we really want to send a killer to Congress”, that “killer” was merely caught on camera, SWATTING A FLY….but that part was intentionally left out.

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For twelve years, I sat behind a microphone hosting the talk show KPAY Liveline. During every election cycle, I asked listeners the following question: “Why is it that every candidate running for office dons the clothing of Conservatism, regardless of party affiliation?”

I asked that question repeatedly over the years because after elections were over, the fake conservatives  threw off their conservative clothes and revealed themselves in all their nakedness of Liberals.  Our current election cycle is no different.  Running for governor of this state, our two combatants on the Republican ticket (Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner) are spending their cash trying to out-conservative each other.

As history has shown the winner will cast off the conservative clothing once elected, and reveal himselfor herself in all their naked splendor.  It’s the same old “wolf in sheep’s clothing” story.  Neither of the aforementioned candidates are Conservative! Both are liars!

Of the eight candidates running for governor on the Republican ticket, only one is truly a Conservative.  That would be Lawrence Naritelli.  Unfortunately, he’s not a multi-millionare, and face it, it takes  millions to run for such a high office in this state.

When the primary is over, California’s voters wil be left with the following choice for governor:  Meg Whitman versus Jerry Brown, or Steve Poizner versus Jerry Brown.  It’ll be yet another case of “hold your nose and vote for one.”


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to bring charges against CIA operatives (for preventing attacks on this country.)  The Left-wing(nuts) say that’s not enough.  Dick Cheney and George Bush should be brought up on charges, too (for keeping this country safe in the eight years following 9-eleven.

Personally, I believe all CIA agents involved in the war on terror should receive the Medal of Freedom, and likewise, should Bush and Cheney.

But who got the medal?  On August 12th,  President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to the late Harvey Milk, that sick, demented, homosexual child-predator….the individual who did more to harm and tarnish the youth of this country than that drug-crazed University professor when he urged his students to “tune in , turn on….and drop out.”

Here in California, the Democrat-controlled legislature wants all schools to honor that pervert with a special day, called Harvey Milk Day.   The governor vetoed the idea last year, but it’s back on his desk again this year, and the Medal of Freedom presentation in the White House might just be enough to earn the governor’s signature.


I got my start in politics by campaigning for Frankli Roosevelt who was running against Windell Willkie.  I didn’t know anything about Democrats and Republicans at the time.  I just didn’t like the name Windell Willkie and I pulled my little red wagon up and down 2nd Street in San Dimas yelling “Vote for Roosevelt.”  Then, it was Harry Truman versus Thomas Dewey  I didn’t like the name Thomas Dewey either, so I was in favor of Truman.

As I grew older and wiser, I began paying closer attention to the presidential candidates and their political parties without concern for their names.  I wanted to know what philosophies separated the parties.  I began studying their political platforms to see which ones conformed to those of our Founding Fathers.  Here’s what I found:

Norman Thomas…six-time presidential candidate on the Socialist party ticket said “The American people will never vote for Socialism, but under the name of ‘Liberalism’ the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day, America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.  I no longer need to run as a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party.  The Democrat Party has adopted our platform”

Some readers of Tidbits are perhaps too young to remember that under the Truman administration, it was proposed that we have a compulsory federally funded health insurance program for all people in the United States.  The American people at the time were adamantly opposed and soundly rejected the idea…so it was scrapped.

In 1961, Ronald Reagan said “One of the traditional methods of imposing socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.  It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.”  Reagan wasn’t even president at the time.

In spite of the American people being on record for not wanting socialized medicine,  Democrat Congressman Foran introduced the Foran Bill.  This was the idea that all people of social security age should be brought under a program of compulsory health insurance.  This would not only be the senior citizens and their dependents, but also for those who were disabled.

Congressman Foran was subscribing to the “foot in the door” philosophy because he said “If we can only break through and get our foot inside the door, then we can expand the program after that.” The Socialists themselves had this to say.  “Once the Foran bill is passed, this nation will be provided with the mechanism for socialized medicine capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.”  which is exactly what the Socialists wanted.


As history shows, the Bill  passed…not under the Foran name because by this time, he was out ofoffice.  The final product was the Kerr-Mills bill which passed, and Medicare was attached to the Social Security progam.  Now, under President Obama, the third and final leg of the Socialist’s scheme;  Compulsory health insurance for the remaining populace.

James Madison in 1788 said “Since the general civilization of mankind, Ibelieve there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”

I believe we would all do well by taking those words to heart…and remember…the nearest cousins to Socialism are Liberalism and Communism!  Is that the CHANGE we the people voted for?



While Californians were concentrating on the special election ballot measures, our lawmakers (both Assembly and Senate) were quietly passing the “Harvey Milk Gay Day” bill which (unless vetoed by the governor) will affect children as young as kindergarten.  SB 572 directs every public school in California to conduct “suitable commemorative exercises” every May 22nd in support of the radical sexual agenda of Harvey Milk.

While only one Republican voted in favor of the bill (Sen. Abel Moldonado) not a single Republican Senator stood up to speak out against it.  So far, not one Republican has called on the governor to veto it.

What’s really interesting about this “in your face” vote by our legislature is that it runs counter to a statewide poll by Survey USA.  That poll in early March found that sixty nine percent of Californians OPPOSED creating Harvey Milk day” while only 19 percent approved.  In spite of the poll’s results, the democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly thumbed its noses at us and in effect said “screw you!”

It’s obvious that our democrat-controlled legislature is determined to promote the homosexual lifestyle as a role model for our children.  Randy Thomasson of Save California.com says “It’s absurd–the gvernment school system teaches children not to smoke or use drugs, yet SB572 will teach children as young as kindergarten that homosexuality is good and healthy.”

According to the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report dated March 2009, homosexual and bisexual behavior causes up to 82 percent of all HIV transmissions in California…and yet…the text of SB572 states that “On Harvey Milk Day, exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, and recognizing his acomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state, should be conducted; specifically, all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe, and conduct suitable commemorative exercises.”

I, for one, couldn’t care less if some sicko gets his jollies by dipping his wick in a cesspool…but when that sicko tries to tell our school kids that it’s normal and healthy (and our Democrat-controlled legislature agrees) then it’s obvious….California has become one VERY SICK STATE!