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.
A diver separated from his boat off the coast of Australia said Sunday he was lucky to be alive after being forced to swim 7.5km back to shore – shadowed by a large tiger shark. The spear fisherman, named in local media as John Craig, was underwater off Western Australia state Friday when his boat was swept away due to engine problems and strong currents. “I put my head in the water to check I was in the same place and suddenly saw a huge four-metre tiger shark approaching within arm’s reach,” Craig told commercial broadcaster Channel Nine. “It was easily the
California´s wunderkind Democratic Senator, Kamala Harris, is loading up for a presidential run. According to the Washington Free Beacon, she´s doubled her campaign spending on the media company that first raised Bernie Sanders´ profile with voters, and gone all in on hiring Hillary Clinton´s leftover campaign staffers to a newly rented office in Washington, D.C.. She´s also made the rubber chicken circuit in the tony Hamptons in search of big dollar donors among the rich liberals, the kind who previously bankrolled Cliinton´s campaign. The money that went to Revolution Messaging during the third quarter is more than double the $110,000 the
California-based auction house Julien´s Auctions has sold Donald Trump´s sketch of the Empire State Building to a winning bid that far exceeded initial expectations. The 12-inch-by-9-inch drawing, made with a black marker, was created by Trump in the early 1990s during an art festival in what would later become the Mar-a-Lago club. According to the note attached to the lot, "during this time the Empire State Building occupied a great deal of Trump´s attention as he was attempting to take over the iconic New York landmark." At its 1990s public debut, the sketch fetched under $100 at a charity auction. As
What is it about sex harassment and the glitzy, hipsterly, hyper-cutting-edge left? In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex harassment scandal, now it comes to light that Vox.com, the smarter-than-thou left-wing website founded by JournoList creator Ezra Klein, has a few sex harassment problems of its own. Late Thursday, the company announced that it had fired Lockhart Steele, its editorial director, after a website called Medium published allegations of drunken gropings in the backseat of a New York cab on a now former staffer named Eden Rohatensky.
Remember Linda Bloodworth-Thomason? The Hollywood writer from the Friends of Bill days, the crafter of President Clinton´s Monica Lewinsky talking points, the woman caught jumping on the bed in the rented out Lincoln Bedroom? With so many Hollywood denizens coming out of the woodwork in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Bloodworth-Thomason has a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter, decrying the culture of sexism such as she saw it herself in Hollywood, and then offering a half-baked old-hat Hollywoodish proposed solution about the girls teaming up to fight the establishment (as if that hadn´t been acted out before in
As wildfires continue to burn in California, here’s a look at the size of the burned areas compared to cities – and even a state. California’s major wildfires have burned more than 330 square miles, the state Governor’s Office of Emergency Service said Tuesday. That is about equal to the size of Sacramento, about 100.1 square miles; Fresno, about 114.7 square miles; San Francisco, about 46,87 square miles; and Oakland, about 77.86 square miles, combined. The area burned has surpassed the size of New York City’s five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island – which measure
After 10 days of battling wildfires throughout Northern California, firefighters are finally beginning to talk about having the upper hand. The Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County that destroyed hundreds of homes in Santa Rosa is 91 percent contained and fire personnel said Wednesday they have stopped the blaze’s forward progress. There are still some hot spots within the fire lines. “The fire is looking real good, so we’re feeling really good about that,” Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said at a midday press conference.
CNN political reporter Daniella Diaz sent a tweet on Monday pointing out that President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell locked hands while walking up stairs at the White House following their Rose Garden press conference. Diaz seemed to be mocking the Republican duo – but while followers quickly pointed out that the Kentucky senator is a polio survivor, the tweet remains on her feed nearly 24 hours later. “That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though,” Diaz wrote with video of the incident. A CNN colleague called out Diaz, quoting her tweet and explaining the situation. At the time this article was
Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is denying, emphatically, to Congress, that she ever requested 260 unmaskings of Americans caught up in intelligence surveillance dragnets during President Obama´s last year in office. She says someone else did it. The Daily Caller reports: Someone within the Obama administration’s intelligence apparatus made requests to unmask the identity of Americans named in intelligence reports on behalf of Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. That’s what Power told the House Intelligence Committee last week during a closed-door interview.
I realize that it must be intensely humiliating for members of the Obama foreign policy team to see President Trump making good on his promise to eliminate ISIS. The rapid fall of the Jihad Caliphate is showing up the bloody fecklessness of the Obama administration, which, after the President ridiculed ISIS as the jayvee, was forced to lamely account for its failure effectively dispatch it. But Marie Harf has gone the extra mile into absurdity in dealing with the shame, actually trying to credit her former boss, President Obama, with the victory. She was, in other words, “harfing.” The Urban Dictionary now
Jane Fonda made it clear she is not proud of America. During a recent interview with the BBC, Fonda was asked, "Are you proud of America today?" The actress was very quick to reply with a hard "no." "But, I’m proud of the resistance," she elaborated. "I’m proud of the people who are turning out in unprecedented numbers and continue over and over and over again to protest what Trump is doing. I’m very proud of them, that core." During the same interview, the 79-year-old was asked if she had a "sense of regret" for her visit to North Vietnam in 1972. The
A nurse fleeing California’s raging wildfires said “neigh” to leaving her pony behind. Lauren Mesaros decided to drive away from the Tubbs Fire flames Monday with her pony, Stardust, in the backseat, after realizing the trailer she had could only fit two of her three horses, SF Gate reported. “He actually walked right into the car like a dog would,” Mesaros said. The quick-acting woman lured her steed in the back of her 2001 Honda Accord, with the help of friend Carol Spears, whom she called “a horse whisperer.” Her sister-in-law posted a Facebook photo of the pony filling up the backseat, his snout
Bowe Bergdahl, the Army deserter who walked off his base in Afghanistan, is whining that the US treated him worse than the Taliban. The 31-year-old sergeant told British TV journalist Sean Langan in an interview reported in The Sunday Times of London: “At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat.’ ” That got him less upset than the “administrative duties” the Army assigned him while awaiting trial, he said. “Here, it could be the guy I pass in the corridor who’s going to sign the paper that sends me away for
Actor Tom Hanks is blasting President Trump for his handling of a phone call to the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier, calling it “one of the biggest c**k-ups on the planet Earth.” "I´m only knowing what I read in the newspapers and what have you, and it just seems like it´s one of the biggest c**k-ups on the planet Earth, if you ask me," Hanks said in an interview with CNN. "This is a tragedy of the utmost consequence and it goes much longer beyond who´s going to come out on top of the news story. I think it´s
Freelance reporter and political consultant Michael J. Hout tweeted a photo of Hillary Clinton using forearm crutches during a visit to Yale Law School Saturday. Clinton’s use of the walking aide comes after breaking her toe during a UK book tour to promote “What Happened.” Clinton visited her alma mater on the same day she held a book signing event at the Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore in Middletown, CT. The bookstore had strict guidelines for book signing attendees — “She will sign a maximum of two books for each attendee and will not personalize books,” posted Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore
Let’s put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads — the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. The Facebook-ad buy, which started in June 2015 — before Donald Trump entered the race — was more left-wing agitprop (ads pushing hysteria on racism, immigration, guns, etc.) than electioneering. The Clintons’ own long-time political strategist Mark Penn estimates that just $6,500 went to actual electioneering. (You read that right: 65 hundred dollars.) By
WASHINGTON – Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron said President Trump declared war on the press but the media is not at war with him, despite the “hostile” environment that’s been created. “The president on his first day in office went to the CIA headquarters and he said, I have a war with the press. The reality is we don’t have a war with him: we are not at war, we are at work. We are doing our jobs every day the same way we have always done it. You talk about fact-checking; we’ve had a fact-checker at the Washington
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is no fan of President Donald J. Trump, but at a recent awards gala for LGBT youth, the bombastic Democrat made a disturbing claim that she would “take Trump out.” Kyle Olson of the American Mirror reported the statement on Friday, but Youtube pulled down the original video. At the Ali Forney Center gala in New York City, Waters jumped right into the liberal audience’s applause by making the off putting, only a mere four months after multiple Republican members of Congress were gunned down by a democrat mad-man who actually wanted to take them out.
n Monday, Sen. John McCain denounced President Trump’s philosophy, agenda, and conduct. On Thursday, former President George W. Bush did the same thing. Neither mentioned Trump by name, but their target was clear. They echoed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who spoke out against Trump last year. These three indictments, issued by the men who represented the GOP in the four elections leading up to Trump’s, are more than ghosts of a dead party. They point toward an alternative vision of conservatism. Staff has corrected mispelled byline.
A plan to quadruple the size of the Alamo with a major restoration project has been attacked by conservatives over worries its history will be sanitized. At a time when Confederate statues are being removed across the country, some Texans are fearing the battle site will become the latest victim of ´political correctness´. Land Commissioner George P. Bush - son of former Florida governor Jeb - is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna´s troops in 1836. The site´s size would quadruple after excavation and restoration of historical
The major developing stories this week have been so scantily and poorly covered in the mainstream press that you may want an easy primer. To fully understand it you have to look at alternative media because just as Harvey Weinstein counted on complicit enablers -- his colleagues, victims and the press -- Hillary Clinton, Robert Mueller and a cast of characters, including a press determined to cover for them have hidden what occurred. It’s taken some time, to be sure, but the evidence of their wrongdoing is becoming harder and harder to hide. Stalling and misdirection are their last redoubt.
Trying to quell accusations that he is ousting activists from the party´s left flank, Democratic Chairman Tom Perez told fellow Democrats on Saturday that unity is crucial in the fight against President Donald Trump, whom he lambasted as an "existential threat" to the nation. "We have the most dangerous president in American history and one of the most reactionary Congresses in American history," Perez said as he addressed the first Democratic National Committee gathering since his February election. The former Obama Cabinet official blistered "a culture of corruption" that he said extends to Trump´s Cabinet, House Speaker Paul Ryan and
Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be. This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that
WASHINGTON -- Despite lukewarm reactions from President Trump this week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Thursday he has the support of at least a 11 Republicans, not including his vote, to save Obamacare subsidies. The White House announced last week that the Department of Health and Human Services concluded "there is no appropriation" for the subsidies, and "in light of this analysis, the government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments." Trump characterized the move as cutting off "a subsidy for insurance companies." Democrats slammed the move as a cruel swipe at