Businesses Flee California Over Heavy Taxes & Burdensome Regulations—Shooting The Golden Goose

Number Of U.S. Gun Makers Refusing Sales To Gov’t In ‘Firearms Equality Movement’ Triples In Two Weeks

On February 22, “Right Views” reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens’ rights to own them.

In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the “Firearms Equality Movement,” has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118.

The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies.

Wilson Combat, a custom pistol manufacturer located in Berryville, Arkansas, joined the movement on February 28 stating the following:

“Wilson Combat will no longer provide any products or services to any State Government imposing legislation that infringes on the second amendment rights of its law abiding citizens. This includes any Law Enforcement Department, Law Enforcement Officers, or any State Government Entity or Employee of such an entity. This also applies to any local municipality imposing such infringements.”

Wilson lists the states included on its no sale policy as: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C. and The City of Chicago, Illinois.

The statement also reads:

“Wilson Combat will in NO way support the government of these states or their anti-gun agenda that only limits the rights of law-abiding citizens. Wilson Combat will continue to supply any product and/or service they can legally sell in these states to all non-government affiliated citizens.”

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California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.

Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General’s office.

During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.

Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show.

Most of the drop in firearm-related injuries and deaths can be explained by a well-documented, nationwide drop in violent crime.

The number of California injuries and deaths attributed to accidental discharge of firearms also has fallen. The number of suicide deaths involving firearms has remained roughly constant.

Two caveats: State figures track gun sales, not ownership. They treat a family’s first gun purchase the same as a collector’s twelfth. Second, gun sales in California peaked in the early 1990s, as violent crime also peaked.

These charts show gun injuries, deaths and sales trends over the last ten years.

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Has California Reached It’s End?

The Golden State has been forced into a sort of economic rehab after years of runaway spending.

Now, California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office says the state may be bottoming, and there is reason to hope.

Californians just passed Prop 30, raising taxes, but the LAO says the state will still have to close a $1.9 billion budget gap over the next two years. However, there could be a budget surplus beginning in 2014.

“We’re not out of the woods,” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. “There’s a lot of desire, pent-up desire, to invest more in research and development and issues of education and the like, and so we’re going to have to hold the line.”

Newsom was speaking at the Milken California Summit in Beverly Hills, where the issue of the state’s economy and notoriously poor business climate were front and center.

Proposition 30 will raise the top state income tax rate to 13.3 percent for millionaires. “That’s not a great way to encourage folks to come here and stay here,” he said.

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San Francisco Approves Taxpayer-Funded Transgender Surgeries

Taxpayers in San Francisco, California will now pay for “gender-switching,” transgender surgeries to “help ease the mental anguish of people who feel they are trapped in bodies of the wrong gender.” These operations will be covered under San Francisco’s universal health care program for the uninsured.

The San Francisco Health Commission on Tuesday approved of these controversial operations; public health officials in the city and transgender rights advocates discussed how they could get procedures such as mastectomies and genital reconstruction surgery covered under San Francisco’s universal health care system for individuals who consider themselves transgender.

These measures were approved even though San Francisco, under current Mayor Ed Lee, has had to slash local services and increase the local tax burden on residents to cover the city’s record $7 billion budget for the last fiscal year.

Kristina Wertz, program director for the Transgender Law Center, said “all Americans” should be able to receive taxpayer-funded transgender surgeries.

“That’s why we applaud San Francisco’s decision to allow transgender people the ability to receive the medical care they need to be healthy,” Wertz proclaimed.

Thomas Moyer, a San Francisco resident who authored “A Conservative Survival Guide To San Francisco,” said San Francisco taxpayers could not foot the bill for transgender surgeries.

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California Legislature Passes Nation‘s First Bill Banning Gay ’Conversion Therapy’

California’s state legislature this week passed a first-of-its-kind ban on controversial therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The fate of the legislation banning so-called “conversion” or “reparative therapy” for minors — even if their parents request it — now rests with Gov. Jerry Brown (D). He has not taken a public position on the issue. The legislation passed in the California assembly on Tuesday and a final version was approved by the state Senate Thursday.

If signed, the law would apply only to licensed psychologists and professional therapists, not counseling offered by religious groups, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Supporters of the measure say conversion therapy is ineffective and can contribute to depression and even suicide among LGBT youth.

“These attempts are quackery and this kind of psychological abuse of children must stop,” said state Sen. Ted Lieu (D), the bill’s author.

Several openly gay lawmakers cited their own personal experiences while championing the bill during a floor debate, Reuters reported.

“One of our No. 1 priorities in this house is to protect the next generation of Californians,” Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D) said. “And some of those are sissy boys. And some of those sissy boys grow up to be assembly members. And some of those sissy boys need help. And we are here to stand with those sissy boys.”

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Big Brother set to use eminent domain powers to rip off investors

Eminent domain powers have long been a rallying point for believers in the primacy of the Constitution and the importance of protecting private property from the rapacious hands of Big Government. A new issue has arisen that may stoke the ire of Tea Party folks and others concerned with the prospect of an ever growing role for politicians and their allies in our lives.

Various California communities are exploring — with the help of Democratic investor cronies connected to Bill Clinton and others — their eminent domain powers to seize mortgages owned by private investors. These mortgages would then be sold to a newly formed investment company who hope to buy these mortgages on the cheap and profit from them in the months and years to come.

Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal reports :

A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.

Investors holding the current mortgages predict the move will backfire by driving up borrowing costs and further depress property values. “I don’t see how you could find it anything other than appalling,” said Scott Simon, a managing director at Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE.

Eminent domain allows a government to forcibly acquire property that is then reused in a way considered good for the public–new housing, roads, shopping centers and the like. Owners of the properties are entitled to compensation, which is usually determined by a court.

But instead of tearing down property, California’s San Bernardino County and two of its largest cities, Ontario and Fontana, want to put eminent domain to a highly unorthodox use to keep people in their homes.

The municipalities, about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles, would acquire underwater mortgages from investors and cut the loan principal to match the current property value. Then, they would resell the reduced mortgages to new investors.

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Fleeing taxation

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, California, New York … all of these states have one thing in common: They have high taxes that are driving out residents. The latest example is New York.

Between 2000 and 2010, New York claims that prize for the state that saw the biggest exodus of any state in the nation. During that decade, 3.4 million residents left New York. When considering the amount of folks who migrated to New York, it works out to be about a 1.3 million net loss in New York residents.

When people migrate, so does their money. The loss of these residents also represents a net tax loss of $45.6 billion.

Where are these New Yorkers fleeing? More than 600,000 of them moved to … Florida! The liberal excuse is that it is because of the weather. But then the proggies can’t explain why California (with a wonderful climate) is hemorrhaging people. One of the predominant realistic explanations is taxes. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax. It also doesn’t impose an estate tax. Where do I live? Florida.

Over a similar time period (1998 to 2007), “more than 1,100 people every day including Sundays and holidays moved from the nine highest income-tax states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Ohio and relocated mostly to the nine tax-haven states with no income tax, including Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Texas.”

There’s a message here for politicians, but they’re too hungry for power, and eager to buy the votes that preserve that power, to listen.

Farrakhan Laments

The day before Memorial Day, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan lamented that Mexico had lost territory to America due to the Mexican-American War and disparaged American military action around the globe.

The poorly-timed rant took place in San Diego in front of a partially Hispanic audience. The oft controversial minister began by disparaging “White Mexicans” of Spanish decent before announcing that “Africans were in that part of the World [Mexico] maybe before [Mexicans] got there.” The minister lamented that illegal Mexicans are called “aliens” and declared that Americans “ought to be praising the Mexicans because we living on land that was once theirs.”

Farrakhan went on to declare that he was “sad that Mexico lost California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado” after the Mexican-American War “trickery.” This led to the minister generalizing about the American people as “a people that make war and blame the person they makin’ war on and then take your land.”

However, The minister sounded overjoyed that minority births outnumber white births in America, according to recent US Census reports. Given the news, Farrakhan noted that white people will soon “be the minority in their own country that they took from the native people.” He also projected that minorities will soon “become governor of every state.”

Read more here.

‘Like Food Nazis’

Organic Pastures, a dairy farm run by the McAfee family near Fresno, is California’s first raw milk dairy farm that has certified organic land as pasture for its herd. Earlier this month, though, the farm was placed under quarantine due to reports of harmful bacteria found in samples of some dairy products and cow manure.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture cleared the farm on Friday after eight days of quarantine as now meeting all food safety and sanitation standards. What some found unusual, however, is how individual customers of the dairy products were contacted, some even saying officials tried to “confiscate” their legally-purchased milk.

Natural News reports the founder of Organic Pastures Mark McAfee said he was told by one of his customers during the quarantine time frame that she was called repeatedly by the health department of L.A. County and told to give up her raw milk. Here’s more of McAfee‘s account of the events as told to him by one of his customers that has milk dropped off at her home from the dairy farm via UPS:

[…] they showed up at her house and demanded that she give her raw milk to them. She was getting ready to call 911 for the Sheriff’s department and have them removed from her front doorstep, and she was threatening to use her camera to take a picture of them and post it on Facebook for harassing her over her raw milk… The investigators left after she told them she was not going to give them the raw milk and to get the Hell off her property.

This is what’s going on, it’s like food Nazis, it’s incredible what these people are doing, trying to collect food from people’s houses, that have not made them ill!

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