SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A cluster of devastating wildfires that has killed at least 13 people and destroyed more than 1,500 homes and businesses raged virtually unchecked across the state´s treasured wine country for a third day Tuesday. Tens of thousands of Californians fled their homes, many of them holing up in shelters that authorities said could be operating for several days. Power outages and cellphone disruptions added to the chaos amid the fast-spreading blazes, prompting hundreds of missing persons reports. The fires, fueled by dry grasses and brush, heat and low humidity, were fanned by wind gusts reaching almost 80 mph.
#1, my folks moved us there in 1967 and I escaped in 1980, never looked back. And it wasn´t that bad then. I have to go back now and then because of an elderly father and boy, I can´t wait to get out of there every time. There is nothing about it that is remotely interesting or fun. Get out while you can.
I moved to California in 1991 and moved out in 96. During that time, my car was broken into and vandalized three times. Experienced one forced entry, during the day, where my apartment was robbed and my roommate pistol wiped. The perps pulled the same thing two buildings over three days later and killed the resident. I went through several wildfires, several earthquakes and was in the middle of the LA riots. Never ending drought, water restrictions, drive-by shootings and gangs. And for the record, I lived in a "safe" neighborhood.
I´ve always said the California is a beautiful state with 35 million too many residents. What´s sad is that LA gets worse, dirtier, more run down and more violent every time I visit.
When the order from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hit Mike Donovan’s desk, he thought there must be some mistake. Donovan does not run a bank or a financial services firm. His Virginia-based company, Nexus Services, specializes in securing bonds for detained immigrants. Nevertheless, the CFPB issued Nexus a “civil investigative demand” (CID) for voluminous documents, including all of its client information. Asserting its authority through the rationale that Nexus’ bond services are a form of credit, the bureau did not allege any specific wrongdoing in its demand, although it insinuated that Nexus may employ deceptive practices to land clients. Civil investigative
Ricardo Hausmann is no typical academic. The respected Venezuelan economist who is a professor at Harvard´s Kennedy school is known for going out on a limb and making the powers that be uncomfortable. He´s done it a lot and it´s because he loves his country. He was one of the first to call fraud on Venezuela´s recall referendum of 2004 and blast Jimmy Carter, who claimed all was free and fair. With Venezuela soon starving, he shocked the world ten years later by calling on Venezuela to default on its debts and use the cash to feed its people. He warned
In an interview with BBC Radio on Saturday, Michael Wolff, the author of the dubiously sourced gossip book targeting President Trump, boasted to host Nick Robinson that “the story” that he told, “will finally end...this presidency” once and for all. Wolff’s self-glorification was brought on when Robinson questioned the effectiveness of the book alone and wondered if it would help the Russia investigation in any way since that had a greater chance of getting rid of Trump. “Now, all of this is fascinating, it’s an insight, it’s gossip some of it, it may not be enough to stop him from being president.
The FBI did everything but drive Hillary’s getaway car. Former secretary of state Clinton is a free woman largely thanks to the tender loving care that the FBI provided her and her conspirators during its probe of her illegal, unsecure email server and related abuse of government secrets. GOP lawmakers concluded this after grilling FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on December 21, behind closed doors, according to John Solomon’s molar-grinding exposé in Tuesday’s The Hill. “For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken,” Solomon reported. This
Bottom-ranked NBC news host Megyn Kelly is refusing to host Michael Wolff on her show to talk about his new anti-Trump book, "Fire and Fury:Inside the Trump White House." According to the New York Post: President Donald Trump isn’t the only person who columnist and author Michael Wolff has recently left in a shaking rage. “Today” anchor Megyn Kelly refused to host Wolff on her show when he was promoting his book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” last week. That´s interesting because she is known for begging, borrowing and stealing any news "get," or interview, on whatever the hot topic of
Writing in the Washington Examiner, Eddie Scarry makes a good point asking how, if President Trump really is in the throes of dementia, can´t read, doesn´t learn, etc., as so many of Michael Wolff´s supposed White House whisperers claim, why hasn´t the public actually seen any of this? Wolff points out that Trump is a man who is continuously seen in public, far more so than any of his political rivals: Where was this version of Trump when giving one of his dozens of interviews, hosting his rallies, or delivering public remarks at any point between 2015 and now? Yes, Trump mostly spoke
Suddenly, suddenly, the FBI isn´t so blasé about the doings of the Clinton Foundation, launching a new investigation into its apparently corrupt activities. Might it really be a quest for the FBI´s lost credibility? According to a report from John Solomon of The Hill: The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as [s]ecretary of [s]tate, law enforcement officials and a witness tell The Hill. FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, vowing to reverse the Obama-era shambles that was made of the law, has promised to prosecute violators of federal marijuana laws, even in states whose voters that have made the weed legal. According to the San Bernardino Sun: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he will unleash prosecutors to enforce federal pot laws, a move widely seen as intended to slow cannabis-industry investment in states that have legalized the drug. Though marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in eight states and the District of Columbia — and has been approved for medical use in a total
SAN MATEO, Calif. — The literary pairing was inevitable. “When Breath Becomes Air,” Paul Kalanithi’s memoir of his final years as he faced lung cancer at age 37, was published posthumously, in 2016, to critical acclaim and commercial success. “The Bright Hour,” Nina Riggs’s memoir of her final years as she faced breast cancer at age 39, was published posthumously, in 2017, to critical acclaim and commercial success. The two books were mentioned together in numerous reviews, lists and conversations. Perhaps less inevitable was that the late authors’ spouses would end up together, too. “I’m still surprised,” said Lucy Kalanithi of her relationship
In his stemwinder piece on the early chaotic days of the Trump administration, Michael Wolff would have us believe that Donald Trump really didn´t want to be president. It´s a desperate, pathetic new narrative, because up until now, the left has been adamant that Trump colluded with the Russians to do it. Writing in the reliably anti-Trump New York magazine, the same one that published the gag-inducing photo spread of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as some kind of celebrity media love couple, Wolff now tries to discredit the Trump presidency and its many accomplishments by claiming that Trump was just somehow
My psychotic friend Mike from high school calls me every now and then to say hello. Mike was the smartest kid I ever knew – and also the most pot-smoking, acid-dropping, high-all-the-time kid. Vulnerable boys usually have their first psychotic breaks around age 20, and Mike has had about one hospitalization every year. He´s incurable and can´t hold a job or have a family, and his friendly phone calls are always the same weird word salad. He´s schizophrenic, but he wants to say he loves me, and I tell him the same. His learning ability seems frozen. To learn any new
Pundits have marveled at what a big surprise it was that ordinary Iranians have revolted against the mullahs. It´s a surprise to them, but no surprise to American Thinker´s readers, whose Iranian contributors have kept us posted for years about what is really going on in Iran. Just look at these pieces by Hamid Bahrami, Reza Shafiee, Hassan Mahmoudi, Amil Imani and Shahriar Kia. Over and over again, these writers warned there was a problem, and now Iranians´ protests against corruption, soaring prices, environmental ruin, revolutionary guard thuggery, poverty, and bank collapses have become the "surprise" story of the day.
Oprah Winfrey´s Golden Globes speech Sunday night inspired calls for her to run for president in 2020, and on Monday, sources confirmed she is serious about such an endeavor. One photo might have the ability to sink her candidacy, however. Winfrey posed while kissing the notorious Harvey Weinstein. (Weinstein has been credibly accused by more than 50 women of using his position in Hollywood to force them to have sex with him in order to help their careers.) (Snip) Winfrey´s Golden Globes speech actually underscores the significance of this photo and her time working with Weinstein in Hollywood. Winfrey dressed in black,
ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP wants to see white towels amid the crimson, white, red and black worn by fans to send a message to President Donald Trump during the national college football championship in Atlanta. Atlanta’s NAACP chapter said on its Facebook page that it wants fans inside the stadium for the College Football Playoff title game to wave white towels ”simulating a blizzard.” It’s one of several anti-Trump protests planned as Trump visits Atlanta on Monday night to attend the showdown between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.The NAACP also is urging people to hold anti-Trump
During a rousing nine-minute address, the talk show host touched on women’s rights, the importance of a free press and what it meant to be the first black woman to receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award. Before receiving a standing ovation, she closed with the promise “a new day is on the horizon”, adding fuel to rumours the entertainment mogul could have her eyes on the White House. (Snip) In response to her remarks, social media users were quick to support a possible presidential bid by the 63-year-old with many seeing her comments has an opening salvo to a
Clinton Scandals: As the media focus on Donald Trump´s mental condition and whether he can be kicked out of office using the 25th Amendment, something far more significant is taking place: Former slam-dunk-future-first-woman-president Hillary Clinton, after avoiding any serious scrutiny for her misconduct while secretary of state, now sits at the center of a growing number of investigations — any of which might lead to a special counsel and criminal charges. No doubt, Democrats, who with the leftist media allies have ginned up bogus charges of Russian collusion against Donald Trump, would like the Clinton investigations to go away. But
Some Democratic lawmakers are renewing their campaign this week of questioning President Trump’s mental fitness for office, aided by a psychiatrist who is drawing ethics rebukes from her peers for giving opinions about the president without having examined him.Lawmakers will gather for dinner Wednesday night at the Washington home of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, in a “salon-like” setting to hear from Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale University professor and forensic psychiatrist who believes Mr. Trump is “dangerous” and requires a mental-capacity exam.DeLauro spokesman Will Serio confirmed the planned dinner meeting but couldn’t say how many lawmakers are expected to
David Cameron thought Barack Obama was one of the ´most narcissistic, self-absorbed people´ he had ever dealt with, his former strategy guru has claimed. While in office the two leaders had a cosy bromance and were pictured high-fiving and playing rounds of golf and ping pong together. But Steve Hilton tore into Mr Obama for thinking he was ´smarter´ than everyone else in the room. And he claimed that his old boss Mr Cameron would get wound up by the ex President´s self absorption. He said: ´My old boss, former British prime minister David Cameron, thought Obama was one of the most narcissistic,
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski said her jet-setting friends are embarrassed to be Americans while discussing if there was any reason for optimism in the Trump era on Monday.“I had some friends that went to Paris over the holiday… and they said they were just viscerally embarrassed to be American,” Brzezinski said.The MSNBC star´s co-host and fiancé, Joe Scarborough, perhaps realizing she wasn’t speaking to the average American, tried to intervene with a joke, asking, and “Paris, Texas right?”“Paris, France,” she responded. “They said it was the first time that it was sort of chilling.”Brzezinski said her friends “didn’t even
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo thinks he has a way to end run President Trump. If the president´s federal tax overhaul plan is going to hit thousands of New Yorkers with higher tax bills, then New York will circumvent Washington by rewriting part of its complex tax code, Cuomo reasons. But it’s not so easy. The basic premise of the still-evolving state plan, vaguely unveiled during Cuomo’s State of the State speech last week, is to sharply reduce the state’s reliance on income taxes that employees pay by starting a new, statewide payroll tax that employers would pay. It’s
Wow. Follow up to THIS STORY – In a stunning rebuke to federal prosecutors a federal court judge has thrown out the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy “with prejudice”. Bundy and his sons cannot be retried, and will walk free. (Photo) In order for a federal judge to completely dismiss a case of this significance indicates the court has found serious and compelling evidence of “gross misconduct” on the part of the prosecuting team. LAS VEGAS — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an
The Alabama Crimson Tide came back to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime, 26-23, to win the college football national championship. Alabama’s win Monday night is the program’s 11th national championship and fifth since 2009.The Crimson Tide won the game in overtime behind freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Tagovailoa took the helm at quarterback after halftime, replacing Jalen Hurts who was mostly ineffective during his time playing. The Crimson Tide were down 13-0 to the Bulldogs at the half. Tagovailoa led Alabama to the victory with three touchdown passes...
White House policy adviser Stephen Miller was cut off during his interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday after an intense back-and-forth led to Tapper ending the segment. Now CNN claims that they had to escort Miller out of the building.A CNN official told the Washington Examiner that Miller was supposedly asked "politely" to leave the set of "State of the Union" multiple times, but he ignored CNN’s requests. In response, the network called security to escort him out.The interview started out cordial but quickly turned south when Miller started hammering CNN, which led to an intense exchange that lasted
Forget baby showers. There´s a proposal to give every newborn in the United States a Baby Bond account with somewhere between $500 and $50,000 in cash. Neither the kids nor their parents would be able to touch the money until the child turned 18. Then the young adult could spend the trust fund on attending college, buying a home or starting a business. The whole point of Baby Bonds would be to dramatically lessen wealth inequality in America, according to the economist who came up with the idea, Darrick Hamilton of The New School and William Darity of Duke University.