Goldberg: Hitler and Bush.
The sound of losers.
The show must
Democrats for Saddam.
Cal Dems gonna split on war? Nah.
Hillary fundraiser gets nailed.
UCI prof dazed and confused by Prager.
to CRO Blog
policies that turned a $9 billion surplus to
a $24 billion deficit in just 18 months are
continued and expanded in a state budget which,
though just three weeks old, is already unraveling
before our eyes."
The plea to save police and fire services is
a disinformation scam to let loose the Car Tax.
A history lesson: raise the sales tax and watch
retail sales plunge.
toThe Shadow Controller
the spending, Stupid.
Money laundering the budget.
Lord Gray’s clean hands.
Times says “cut,cut,cut”
to The Fabulous Budget
Save Saddam Fashion Accessories.
Let the stars rip way on Oscar night.
Chicks: we don’t care if you’re
Martin Sheen: Don’t hate us because we’re
Calling them out by name.
The President of the Left
to Celebrity Brigade
Rep. Stark, it’s not too late to be a
Golden State sorta human shields.
Rushing to the streets of San Francisco
to scream in the night.
Save Saddam at the Cal Dem confab.
Anarchists for Saddam.
to The Western Front
friends like these.
64% unfavorable, but recall lacks
to The Recall Follies
The House condemns the 9th Circuit ruling.
Spitzer slams early release.
9th gets an adult.
Debra Saunders and 3 strikes. Chemerinsky makes
the wrong case.
Volokh on Megan’s Law
9th Circuit now has its own special view of
Week: 3/16/03 – 3/22/03
Register Budget Index
Today's deficit index: $49.4 million, the amount needed
per day through June 30, 2004, to balance budget.
Fluctuates with changes in economy, taxes, state service
levels and the time the state has left to correct
Budget Update at OC
From Opinion Journal
An ideological con artist is the favorite for
By John Fund
With Hollywood in a fever pitch against the war in
Iraq, Michael Moore is likely to win the Oscar for
Best Documentary at Sunday's Academy Awards. "Bowling
for Columbine," Mr. Moore's work of anti-American
propaganda, has grossed over $15 million, an amazing
sum for a film billed as a documentary. But the film,
a merry dissection of America's "culture of fear"
and love of guns, is filled with so many inaccuracies
and distortions that it ought to be classed as a work
Mr. Moore is naturally a big hit among the French.
The jury at the Cannes Film Festival created a special,
one-time only award to honor his film and then gave
it a 13-minute standing ovation. "Not since Gore
Vidal and Norman Mailer have we seen such a successful
export of anti-Americanism," observes Andrew
Sullivan in London's Sunday Times.
at Opinion Journal
SADDAM – THE CELEBRITY BRIGADE
The Shame of
By Tammy Bruce
While most of us are disgusted by the hypocritical
attitudes of actors during this time of life and death,
it really shouldn’t surprise us. They’re
what I term in my new book The Death of Right and
Wrong “malignant narcissists.” People
like Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman, Selma Hayak and
others cannot see beyond themselves, while they then
wrap their fear, self-obsession and hate in the banner
of “peace” or “justice.”
The fact that the Oscar® show isn’t being
cancelled is only one indication of the absurd hypocrisy
the Leftists in Hollwyood represent. The awards producer
has insisted that the truncation of the pre-show red
carpet extravaganza is to de-glam the proceedings,
but people in this town know the real reason. The
privately acknowledged reality is that the actors
are afraid to be in public and afraid to be asked
questions about the war. At first, scores of celebrities
demanded to be allowed to enter the back door of the
Kodak Theatre because of concerns of terrorism, and
the risk it posed being too close to “regular”
at FrontPage Magazine
SAVE SADDAM – THE WESTERN
By Brian Sayre
As the day progressed, their point became more clear
- to cause as much havoc as possible. Despite the
best efforts of the San Francisco police force, they
were unable to clear the streets, no doubt because
of their refusal to lower themselves to the protestors'
violent level. By mid-morning, at Post and Grant,
people pushed cars out to blockade the street. By
noon, crowds were roving up and down Market, blocking
traffic - and just when the police had restrained
a large number by the Federal Building, and were preparing
for a mass arrest, a 'Black Bloc' of anarchist protestors
assembled elsewhere and began their own march. Leading
a march reportedly two thousand strong, this black-clad
mob headed for the Financial District, opening a fire
hydrant and breaking windows - windows of police cars,
windows of the Federal Building.
at FrontPage Magazine
SAVE SADDAM – THE HOME
We Be More Like the French?
The California Assembly can’t bring itself
to support the troops and the President.
With our troops in harm’s way – rushing
headlong toward the liberation of Iraq and the disarmament
of Saddam Hussein – the progressive ideologues
in the Assembly can’t bring themselves to voice
support the President and our troops.
Quoted from the Bee
Jackie Goldberg reminds us of her deep seated political
animus for the President ["It's not about supporting
the troops; it's about embarrassing people who hold
a different viewpoint and trying to shut up dissent
in America," said Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg,
D-Los Angeles. "It's a very un-American thing
to do." | Goldberg said she does not blindly
buy the argument that everyone should rally behind
the president once fighting breaks out. | "That's
exactly what the Germans did around Hitler,"
Goldberg said. "And look how the world condemns
them now for being quiet. ... Nobody wants our troops
to be killed, but supporting them is getting them
out of there."]
It’s great to know that so progressive and that
we have so much in common with the French.
From American Prowler
Arts and Sciences
By The Prowler
On Sunday night, the Academy Awards will allow all
winners to make a political speech -- if they choose
to do so -- of between 45 seconds and one minute in
"As long as it's in good taste, we're happy to
let these citizens speak their minds. Obviously our
government doesn't care about what they say, or else
we wouldn't be going to war," says a voting member
of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
in New York.
at The American Prowler
THE SF CHRONICLE
By Debra J. Saunders
Former Governor Pete Wilson has been enjoying himself
since he was term- limited from office. He's had his
fun. He has learned to drive again -- not that he's
an ace behind the wheel, according to my sources.
So it's time for Wilson to get back to work: He should
run against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
The California Republican Party needs the win -- and
Wilson is the most likely person to deliver it.
at the SF Chronicle
THE OC REGISTER
Deluge of Democrats
Early primary makes state a magnet for would-be presidential
by Doug Gamble
If a visitor asks for directions in Anytown, California,
over the next 11 months, they might sound something
like this: "Go down a block, turn left at John
Kerry, continue on past Dick Gephardt, hang a right
at Joe Lieberman, go another block past John Edwards,
take another left at Howard Dean, and it's right across
the street from Al Sharpton."
California is going to see so many Democratic presidential
candidates so often between now and next March's primary
that municipalities might want to consider installing
"Caution: Democrats crossing" signs on street
at OC Register
We think that socio-politics will guide the voting.
Streetsweeper (posted 3/17/03)
Here at CRO we’ve put a political barometer
against the Academy nominee list and come up with
our own prediction of how progressive Hollywood will
vote. The upcoming ceremony is a perfect opportunity
for a Tinseltown message to America. You see, for
Hollywood 9/11 is over – it was a “tragedy”
and it’s behind them, sort of like the credit
roll at the end of a disaster flick. This Iraq thing
is bad, the evil corporate U.S. – led by an
illegitimate President – is going to spill blood
for oil. Hollywood has a unique opportunity to make
a statement. Sure, some of the winners will spout
cocktail napkin ideology from the podium, but collectively
the members have an opportunity to speak to the world
with their votes.
Okay, maybe we’re way out on a limb, but here’s
the basic idea. “The Hours” is a glorious
vision of core Hollywood “American Beauty”
values with a heavy dose of feminism and bisexuality.
Perfect. “Chicago” is a Watergate-era
anti-government romp with Fosse sexuality. See? “Gangs
of New York” creates a new mythology of the
Irish worker class that fits with the socialist worldview
of Academy voters and it’s got proletariat sex.
to whole column
FROM L.A. DAILY NEWS
by Chris Weinkopf
A fresh take on an old philosophical riddle, courtesy
of state leaders in Sacramento: If a tax goes up,
but no one votes to raise it, can anyone be held accountable?
Gov. Gray Davis is hoping the answer is no.
Desperate to fill his 11-figure budget deficit, the
governor has long been itching to triple the state
car tax, but didn't want to take the political heat
for socking the average California family to the tune
of an additional $124 a year -- and a lot more for
families owning more than one car or newer models.
For a while, he tried dumping the responsibility onto
state controller and would-be successor Steve Westly,
but Westly would have no part of it. Two months into
office, he wasn't about to commit political suicide.
So last week, the two Democrats came up with a compromise:
No one would raise what's euphemistically called the
"Vehicle License Fee." It would raise itself,
like a tree -- a tree in the forest, one that no one
at LA Daily News
The Week: 3/9/03 – 3/15/03
SADDAM: the celebrity brigade
FROM NATIONAL REVIEW
of the Left
No, he’s not president. Martin Sheen only
plays one on TV. But ...
By Andrew Stuttaford
If there is anyone more sanctimonious than The
West Wing's Jed Bartlet, it's the moralizing
old ham who plays him. But prissy, preachy Martin
Sheen wasn't always this way. There were times, back
in the depths of the wicked, whacked-out 1970s, when
today's straitlaced star was a boozer, a three-packs-of-cigarettes-a-day
man, and who knows what else. It was also the decade
when he gave two of the greatest performances in the
history of American cinema. As the restless, murderous
Kit Carruthers, Sheen was an astonishingly convincing
guide to the beauty, brutality, and strangeness of
Terrence Malick's hypnotic Badlands. In Apocalypse
Now, he took audiences on a different journey,
this time deep into a heart of darkness so profound
that it engulfed not only the character he portrayed
but also, ultimately, Sheen himself.
The making of Apocalypse Now was —
like the war it described — a chaotic, prolonged
nightmare, with the tropical heat of its Philippines
location only adding to the pressure on an actor "interiorly
confused" and also busy partying far, far too
hard. By the end of filming, Sheen had suffered a
heart attack so severe that he was given last rites.
But the "white light" that was, reportedly,
a part of his near-death experience seems to have
had an effect roughly equivalent to that more famous
light seen on the road to Damascus. He cut back on
the drink, reconnected with the Catholic Church, and,
in the ominous words of a profile in the London Daily
Telegraph "took up politics." While his
movie career seemed doomed never to regain its former
heights (forget Damascus, the road from Apocalypse
Now to Beverly Hills Brats can't have
been easy), when it came to politics, Sheen shone.
at National Review
Car Tax Distortions
The Shadow Controller says that the Car Tax is
not linked to police and firefighters.
By Tom McClintock, Shadow Controller
California's spending lobby has recently erupted into
a veritable Mount Vesuvius of misinformation over
the state's car tax. It amounts essentially to this:
Unless the car tax is immediately tripled, police
and fire protection will be decimated.
In the five years since the car tax was reduced, local
governments have not lost a penny of funding, and
they won't in the future. It would take a vote of
the Legislature to approve such a reduction, and both
houses have already unanimously rejected the idea
at The Shadow Controller
Bay Area Activism
Cradle for the Revolution
By Brian Sayre
Sarah Sloan is a bespectacled young woman in her early
20s, who looks like a typical college student. When
she is speaking to audiences whom she wants enlist
in the movement that has become her life, she presents
herself as one of the chief organizers for International
ANSWER, the main group behind the anti-war protests.
She speaks both at rallies and in high schools to
oppose the war.
But there is much more to Sarah Sloan than this. International
ANSWER, is a front for the Worker's World Party, a
self-styled "Communist Party," whose mecca
is North Korea. Sarah Sloan is a functionary of this
party. This is how she can make statements that seem
more appropriate to an al-Qaeda communiqué,
than to a "peace" organizer: "This
is our task: to abolish NATO. And, moreover, to abolish
at FrontPage Magazine
by George Neumayr
Last Sunday 22 illegal immigrants from Mexico piled
into a stolen Chevrolet pickup and led the California
Highway Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol on a chase
near San Diego which reached speeds of 95 miles per
hour. The wobbly vehicle darted on to a central divider,
traveled eastbound on a westbound interstate, and
then spun out of control after the driver tried to
bypass a police spike strip. The car flipped, resulting
in the death of the driver and one other passenger
and injuries to the other 20 passengers, according
to the Los Angeles Times.
Guess who the Mexican Consulate in California is blaming
for the crash: the reckless bordercrossers who imperiled
innocent motorists and their own lives? No, Mexican
officials lay the blame on U.S. authorities. The CHP
and Border Patrol are guilty of "gross negligence"
for using spike strips, says Consul General Rodulfo
This is crassness of staggering proportions. And yet
such crassness largely defines Mexico's policy toward
the United States. Mexico says its policy is based
on "self-interest." Try shameless selfishness.
In their mindless nationalism, Mexican officials won't
give even the slightest nod to justice.
at American Prowler
On the Tinseltown Beat
A Stupid White Man
By Jan Golab
By awarding Michael Moore for his film “Bowling
for Columbine,” The Writers Guild of America
(WGA) has once again demonstrated Hollywood’s
leftist gulag mentality. “Columbine” is
filled with inaccuracies, deliberate misrepresentations
and outright lies, a fact already detailed in numerous
published reports. A “documentary” filled
with fiction, “Columbine” is an entertaining
(and admittedly well-written) work of anti-gun propaganda.
Like most organizations on the left, the WGA has chosen
to pursue agenda over truth. Like the Pulitzer Prize,
this award was granted for excellence in the pursuit
at FrontPage Magazine
By Hugh Hewitt, Principal CRO Contributor
March 9 was a beautiful, sunny Southern California
Sunday, with tip-off at 12:30: Lakers vs. 76ers at
Staples. Nearly 19,000 in attendance. A match between
Kobe and Iverson, a test of Shaq's returning game.
CAMP 93, Kuwait – Navy construction battalions
are finalizing plans to quickly build camps in Iraq
for thousands of Iraqi prisoners of war, in an effort
that is also designed to keep Saddam Hussein from
being able to claim that captured soldiers are being
mistreated ... Using aerial reconnaissance and other
intelligence, Navy Seabees have already picked tentative
locations for POW camps, although those plans could
change depending on what happened on the battlefield.
–Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2003
The crowd is always the same. Penny Marshall with
her baseball cap under the basket. Dyan Cannon wandering
down behind the players. Barry Diller next to Jimmy
Smits. And Jack, of course, though he was late. Church
must have gone long. And thousands more of L.A.'s
finest rising and falling stars and players and deal-makers,
excruciatingly casually dressed.
Hates Conservatives III
By Steve Feinberg
Being a conservative never has been easy in Hollywood.
Being anything in Hollywood never has been easy. Now,
things have been ratcheted up a notch and Hollywood
is going after conservatives with frenetic bloodlust.
Conservatives think that a war with Iraq is the only
way to rid the world of the terrorist thug, Hussein,
and to free a tortured and frightened people; that
they may live their lives without the threat of being
annihilated by that psychopathic clown with a hat
fetish. Hollywood believes that UN inspection teams
should go on forever -- like taxes, Route 10, and
The Tonight Show. It believes that we are rushing
to war; we believe that twelve years of broken resolutions
are enough. Hollywood has forgotten about September
11th. Conservatives haven't. Hollywood is concerned
that terrorists are being mistreated by America; conservatives
are concerned that America is being mistreated by
at FrontPage Magazine
Big Man on
by George Neumayr
Ronald Reagan was "America's version of Adolph
Hitler," says Todd Boyd, a tenured professor
of hip-hop at the University of Southern California.
Reagan was "a sad-ass actor" and "white
in the worst possible way."
The Los Angeles Times calls Boyd "Notorious PhD."
He will show up for class in sunglasses and a cravat,
or more casually "wearing a blue Orlando Magic
jersey over a gray T-shirt," reports the Times.
Tenure has given Boyd the green light to behave like
a jackass, says the Times: "He says it was upon
winning tenure six years ago that he decided to follow
his instincts, figuring he had nothing to fear."
at The American Prowler
FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE
By David Horowitz
…At Stanford University, to pick one site, hundreds
of students went on "strike" and 26 Stanford
professors cancelled their classes in sympathy with
The National Youth and Student Peace Coalition has
a website (www.nyspc.net) where the Stanford organizers
of the strike are plainly listed (www.nyspc.net/strikelist.html)
as the Stanford Labor Action Coalition and the Young
Communist League - the youth branch of the Communist
Party, U.S.A. Clara Webb, the president of the Stanford
Young Communist League is listed as the contact person
for both organizations…
at Front Page Magazine
FROM THE OC REGISTER
Bail Out State
Aid from D.C. would only prompt lawmakers to overspend
by Richard Vedder
Adjunct scholar with the American Legislative Exchange
Facing an unprecedented $26 billion budget shortfall,
Gov. Gray Davis and state lawmakers are clamoring
for a massive federal bailout. Some sympathetic congressional
leaders offer support, arguing that a federal bailout
would relieve the state's deficit while providing
economic stimulus. Don't believe it. A federal bailout
is the wrong solution to the wrong problem.
at OC Register
is wrong Rx for Californians
Sally C. Pipes, President Pacific Research Institute
A new plan for a system of government health care
in California is being touted by its author as a grand
idea. That is a strange description for a measure
that would be costly, counterproductive and a danger
to the well being of all Californians.
at Pacific Research Institute
American Prowler – The Life of David
None Dare Call
By George Neumayr
Kevin Spacey, who stars in the anti-death penalty
movie The Life of David Gale, made a blunder on Charlie
Rose a few weeks ago. He told the truth. Rose was
interviewing Spacey, the movie's director Alan Parker,
and a few other members of the cast. Spacey said the
movie's message in the end is "muddled."
The others quickly corrected him. The proper word
is "ambiguous," they told him.
at American Prowler
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
by Arnold Steinberg
"We ought to focus on sidewalks, not Saddam,"
prudently observed Los Angeles Councilman Jack Weiss.
"I didn't run on a foreign policy platform."
Yet, nine of the 15 members of the Los Angeles City
Council passed a resolution against U.S. policy on
"We're not a bunch of crazy councilmen,"
argued Councilman Ed Reyes, who inexplicably can discern
stupidity from mental illness. Further, council members
are not pro-Iraq, just pro-United Nations. How convenient.
at The Washington Times
THE AMERICAN PROWLER
The San Francisco
By George Neumayr
San Francisco's latest fiasco -- the city's police
chief and three of his top commanders have been indicted
for allegedly covering up a police brawl over steak
fajitas -- revolves around the city's crackpot district
attorney Terence Hallinan. San Franciscans are asking:
How did things come to this? The answer is simple:
You elected a cop-hating former felon as your district
at American Prowler
the Washington Times
As Pesky as France, But with
By Wesley Pruden
SANTA MONICA, Calif. Not so long ago California was
the mother lode of American politics, the place where
both parties came to find issues, candidates and luck.
Think Earl Warren, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan. Even,
for one brief shining five minutes, Jerry Brown.
The only California pol with pizzazz now is Martin
Sheen, the ersatz president of television's "West
Wing," and his pizzazz is ersatz, too. But he's
a celebrity, and celebrity is about all California
has left from the glory days.
at the Washington Times
The Weekly Standard
The Boxer Rebellion
by Hugh Hewitt
Contributor Hugh Hewitt previews
the political climate facing the reelection of the
Senate's most liberal member - our very own Barbara
...If there were intelligence, grace, or good humor
behind this hard left record, Boxer might be a more
formidable candidate, but she lacks any of the qualities
that can soften a fanatic's edge. Weekly
THE CLAREMONT INSTITUTE
Democracy in California
by Ken Masugi
The opening of the California State legislature should
strike fear into friends of liberty. While it is true
that this particular legislature will be more inclined
than previous ones to regulate and tax, and encourage
moral license, similar fears have moved Californians
going back to the Gold Rush days. whole
column at Claremont.org