Category Archives: California

Even California Cannot Defy Nature Forever

The state’s horrific wildfires are a reminder that abstract progressive ideologies impose life-and-death consequences on millions.

California has been clouded under a blanket of smoke for weeks. Stanford University, where I work, sent students and faculty home early for Thanksgiving. The campus is more than 200 miles southwest of the 150,000-acre Camp Fire that just incinerated the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Paradise, and yet the entire Bay Area has been buried under collateral haze for days. I am a fifth-generation native Californian and remember many horrific Sierra Nevada fires, but never anything remotely comparable to the blazes of 2018.

Here in Fresno County, in the San Joaquin Valley, positioned between the Coast Range and Sierra Nevada mountains, the stagnant air for weeks has remained as polluted as China’s. When the normal northerlies blew, we were smoked in from the Camp Fire, 250 miles to the north. When the rarer southerlies took over, some of the smoke from the 100,000-acre Woolsey fire in the canyons of Malibu arrived from 230 miles distant.


California bar shooter posted to social media while inside Borderline Bar & Grill, cops say

Ventura County Sgt. Eric Bucshow told Fox News that Ian David Long posted on Instagram during the shooting but could not confirm what was posted as the gunman methodically shot and reloaded. The Instagram account has been taken down but it was up for several hours after the shooting — until law enforcement became aware of it.


Gunman shoots ‘dozens’ of victims at country music bar: Shooter ‘throws smoke grenades onto dancefloor and opens fire with a large handgun’ at event for students in Southern California

At least six people have been shot, including a deputy sheriff and a doorman, after the shooter stormed in the venue armed with guns and smoke grenades.

The shooter is thought to still be at large after opening fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill.

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San Fran: Now so bad, it’ll make you cry

“Twentieth-century San Francisco, Herb Caen’s beloved Baghdad by the Bay, has ceased to exist. It has been replaced by a city where the sidewalks around Market Street are, in places, caked in feces, urine, and vomit. The stink as you emerge from the BART batters you like frozen sleet, shocking and overwhelming. The hordes of homeless, sprawled in doorways and sleeping on the sidewalks, are a bitterly eclectic mixture of the mentally deranged; burnt out druggies; dead-eyed hippies; con artists; pickpockets; and hundreds of simply lost, forgotten souls.