Post New Article

Welcome to ‘Hotel California’

Original Article

Posted By: Pluperfect, 11/5/2019 4:42:48 AM

When I was a kid growing up in New York, California beckoned as an idyllic place of beaches, wine, wildflowers, and beautiful people. It was the land of “good vibrations,” “surfer girls,” and little “deuce coupes.” I distinctly recall watching the Rose Parade from a cold couch in the winter of 1978, wondering where on Earth they had gotten all those flowers. Years later, after driving cross country in my 1992 Suzuki Samurai, I sat atop a sand dune in Malibu and thought I had reached paradise. I took in the natural wonders of California like air: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Redwood Park, Death Valley, Half Dome, Monterey, Napa, China Beach.

Post Reply

Reply 1 - Posted by: Kerryman 11/5/2019 5:07:24 AM (No. 227423)
Must read! Semper Fi
14 people like this.

Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum 11/5/2019 5:37:41 AM (No. 227431)
Progressive democrats destroy everything they touch. They are so corrupt that they believe that taxpayer money is theirs to spend or steal The needs or wishes of their constituents mean nothing as long as they can line their pockets and hold on to their power. What the democrats have done to California is their strategy for the rest of the country. You can see it creep into our big cities as we witness their descent into a Mad Max world where anarchy reigns. The rest of us want nothing to do with it and we certainly do not want out tax dollars going to bail these awful places out. When you feed the beast of lawless corruption it will eventually devour you. Welcome to Hotel California, indeed.
23 people like this.

Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232 11/5/2019 6:19:27 AM (No. 227455)
I lived in Los Angeles in the 90's, and I understood exactly what Dan Quail ment when he said "closet republicans". He was mocked for it. I was labled a racist for supporting legislation to deprive illegal aliens state funding. I was labled an extremist for being pro-life and a nazi for not buying into dame sex marriage. Between the wild fires, earthquakes, dive by shootings, gangs, illegal aliens, high cost of living, taxes, regulations, air quality and the states politics, one home invasion, several vehicle break ins, vadalism and graffiti, I couldnt leave fast enough. I never felt safe, even in my own home and I had to watch everything I said. I lived in a city where even the police chief was denied a concealed carry permit.
21 people like this.

Reply 4 - Posted by: F15 Gork 11/5/2019 7:16:22 AM (No. 227496)
Liberalism - fails every time it’s tried......
12 people like this.

Reply 5 - Posted by: worried 11/5/2019 7:47:50 AM (No. 227540)
Wow! Mahon nails it! And who would have believed the song would come true?
6 people like this.

Reply 6 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 11/5/2019 8:19:45 AM (No. 227586)
I think a more fitting epitaph for the State of California is the final track on the Hotel California album. It's called "The Last Resort." The final verse: They called it paradise I don't know why You call some place paradise Kiss it goodbye
11 people like this.

Reply 7 - Posted by: Timber Queen 11/5/2019 8:47:35 AM (No. 227623)
We're still in, yet out. Twenty years ago we moved to our bastion of sanity; 40 acres inside a private wildlife preserve, gated subdivision of 6,000 acres in the wilds of Mendocino County. It takes 10 minutes to get to Hwy 101 with a good-sized town (pop 5,000) twenty minutes south, or a smaller town (pop 1,500) ten minutes north. We have solar inter-tie with PG&E on private lines, generator back-up (and a back-up generator) that is connected to our propane tank so we're not dependent on gasoline. We also store 40 gallons for use in our vehicles. Everyone around here has "blackout" stories from last week. We have our own well and water system, and septic system. We have long-term food and water storage in the house, the workshop and the cabin. We are active NRA members. TK has done everything to make sure we can hunker down when needed. Twenty-six years ago we decided to stick it out in California and purposely bought our property. We will ride out the storm and be ready for the rebuilding. The commie's are going to lose California because their are millions, like me, who will not give them our birthright. MAGA - Its for all 50 states.
20 people like this.

Reply 8 - Posted by: Sanguine 11/5/2019 8:52:15 AM (No. 227628)
This article is a Must Read. We love visiting California every chance we get. We have traveled its length and breadth multiple times for many years. Each time we head back home to flyover country, we remark how thankful we are to have grown up in the Midwest. The decline of this enormously beautiful state is nothing short of a travesty.
6 people like this.

Reply 9 - Posted by: udanja99 11/5/2019 8:52:41 AM (No. 227629)
“...residents are checking out and leaving en masse — to Arizona, Nevada, and Texas to escape high taxes, unsafe neighborhoods, failing schools, a wall of debt, a pension crisis, and a political ruling class that has neither the guts nor the will to effect change.” And then they inflict their political idiocy on their new states.
10 people like this.

Reply 10 - Posted by: Timber Queen 11/5/2019 8:53:11 AM (No. 227630)
P.S. I grieve for my hometown of Los Angeles. I pity my fellow citizens stuck in the cities. It was after the Rodney King riot that we decided to buy property and get out of LA. We saw the writing on the wall. Its just all so sad. LA was a great place to grow up in the 50-60-70's.
10 people like this.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Yuban 11/5/2019 9:29:27 AM (No. 227668)
We will not leave California because of Liberals any more than we would leave our Country, America, because of Liberals. We have chosen to stay and fight. There are plenty of Conservative areas to live in California. For us,the Klamath River is across the road. Elk Creek is a short walk down the street. We are surrounded with the Siskiyou Mountains. Hiking trails are numerous and lead to untold beauty. No traffic signals within 60 miles. We have a grocery store, gas station, post office, two restaurants, six churches and no bar. Folks, keep your priorities straight, God, Family, Country, and life can be awesome no matter where you live.
11 people like this.

Reply 12 - Posted by: planetgeo 11/5/2019 9:39:14 AM (No. 227681)
Outstanding article. Brought back still vibrant memories of growing up in California when it was still paradise, and nailed the list of reasons why we now finally moved out. #7,I wish you and TK the best of luck, but I'm not sure you can out-hunker a tsunami. Even in Mendocino. The Democrats have not just opened the floodgates, but have cranked up the wave machine. NO place in California (or eventually the entire US) is safe any more. I am now sadly convinced that it's going to take more than just an election to stop what the evil Democrats have unleashed on this great country.
6 people like this.

Reply 13 - Posted by: seamusm 11/5/2019 10:03:51 AM (No. 227716)
Patricia, you are one Californian that I'd welcome to Texas.
3 people like this.

Reply 14 - Posted by: Old Army Vet 11/5/2019 10:04:46 AM (No. 227719)
What the leftoid democRAT progressive liberal communists have done to kalifornia they want to do to the rest of the country. I am on the downhill side, however, I feel for the coming generation of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If we don't wake up very soon, it's all over for America.
4 people like this.

Reply 15 - Posted by: clancyb 11/5/2019 10:28:56 AM (No. 227744)
The Four Seasons of California: Fire, Flood, Earthquakes and Riots!
3 people like this.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Strike3 11/5/2019 11:29:09 AM (No. 227798)
Sad story but like many other people and places that can officially be named tragedies, California will have to hit rock bottom before any hope of recovery can take place. They aren't quite there yet but the fat lady is warming up for her song.
2 people like this.

Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 11/5/2019 11:58:13 AM (No. 227824)
Born in Cali, left long ago, still visit about once a year, sometimes skip a year. Each trip back is sadder and madder than the last, seeing and experiencing what has become of a formerly great state. SO, SO sick of the damned Mexicans everywhere, and then the leftist insanity slopping over all of it. Lots of beautiful country still, but too many crazy people. Always happy to leave and go back to Kansas. Flying home during the King riots, looking down and counting over 60 individual fires along the edge of the huge dark brown smoke column rising from many, many square miles of LA.....I was never happier to be leaving a place. Being on the ground with only 15 rounds of ammo was not a good feeling.
2 people like this.

Below, you will find ...
Most Recent Articles posted by "Pluperfect"
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Most Recent Articles posted by Pluperfect"
The media protected Jeffrey Epstein
and crucified Brett Kavanaugh
5 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:48:08 AM Post Reply
Is it any wonder the American public distrusts the media? This week, Project Veritas released a video featuring ABC News anchor Amy Robach on set, speaking in August with a running camera and a hot mic. In her conversation with others off-camera, apparently during a setup or commercial break, Robach noted with some frustration that she had the story about the allegations against Jeffrey Epstein all to herself three years ago and with about as much detail as anyone could expect. But her network, she added, inexplicably refused to air it. "I've had the story for three years. I've had this interview with Virginia Roberts [Giuffre].
Testimony Transcript Shows William
Taylor Never Talked To Trump,
Wasn’t Even On July 25 Phone Call
6 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:41:19 AM Post Reply
A key Democratic witness against Trump admitted in congressional testimony last month that he was not part of the July 25 phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents, that he didn’t see a transcript or readout of it until late September when it was declassified and released, and that he has never even spoken to President Donald Trump. William Taylor, the charge d’affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, told lawmakers in secret testimony two weeks ago that his opinions about an alleged quid pro quo demanded by Trump were formed largely from conversations with anti-Trump staffers within the diplomatic bureaucracy.
The House of Stephanopoulos Airbrushes
Jeffrey Epstein Down the Memory Hole
1 reply
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:34:14 AM Post Reply
This morning, RedState's "Sister Toldjah" wrote that “Brian Stelter’s Hot Take On ABC/Epstein Story Is Everything Wrong With Journalism And Media ‘Firefighters’ Today:” “Tuesday’s video clip caused widespread outrage, particularly on the right, with many commentators using it to stoke hatred of the media writ large,” Stelter wrote in his newsletter last night. Just to review: ABC News’ public face is George Stephanopoulos, the former communications director for Bill Clinton. In 2015, Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which the Sunlight Foundation has described as a “slush fund for the Clintons” — which Jeffrey Epstein claimed he co-founded in a 2007 letter
Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’
plan is 100 percent fairy dust
4 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:30:28 AM Post Reply
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new Medicare for All plan proves P.J. O’Rourke was right: If you think health care’s expensive now, just wait ’til it’s free. Never mind expensive, Warren’s plan isn’t even workable. It would bury America in historic new taxes, leave health providers scrambling and likely push budget deficits to peacetime-records. Start with the chutzpah of a politician and her team of elite college professors spending three weeks redesigning a fifth of the US economy. Six years ago, Washington failed to design a functioning ObamaCare Web site, but now the best and brightest are going to shepherd 330 million Americans into a top-down,
Seattle to shut down a tiny homes village
for the homeless because residents
won’t allow city workers inside
6 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:21:22 AM Post Reply
A battle between the city of Seattle and homeless advocates over the fate of a tiny home village has been going on for seven months. Recently, the city announced it would shut down Northlake Tiny Home Village for good because the residents there won’t allow the city contractors access to the site.The players in this conflict are a developer of low income housing called the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) which contracts with Seattle to run a series of tiny home villages for the homeless. On the other side is a group of homeless advocates called Nickelsville which encourages residents of the villages to essentially form their own government
Protesters slam Melania Trump's visit
to Boston hospital with cuddling
program for babies born on drugs
9 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:16:27 AM Post Reply
First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday to meet with caregivers and administrators of a pioneering program that uses cuddling to help infants who are born dependent on drugs or alcohol. Outside Boston Medical Center in the city's South End, as many as 200 workers protested the visit, saying the first lady represented an administration who they say has discouraged immigrants from seeking health care with tough immigration policies. Some carried signs that read "BMC cares for all patients" and "We believe that healthy women = healthy families = healthy society."
Rand Paul blocks Senate push to
protect Trump whistleblower
2 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/7/2019 4:12:02 AM Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., on Wednesday blocked a resolution to reaffirm whistleblower protections, accusing Democrats of “selective outrage.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D.-Hawaii, made a unanimous consent request, meaning all 100 senators must agree with no objections, to adopt a resolution underscoring the importance of protecting whistleblowers. "I support whistleblowers, and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable ... but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine,” said Paul, as The Hill reported.
Lefty Pundits to Democratic
Presidential Field: 'You're Losers!'
5 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/6/2019 4:21:00 PM Post Reply
What is it that lefty pundits can see that Democratic presidential candidates -- with all their highly-paid teams of election experts -- can't? How to win an election, apparently. Over on the far left, New York magazine's Jonathan Chait writes that the latest battleground states poll shows that Democrats are living "in a fantasy world." Chait starts off praising the Democratic 2018 House contenders for wading "into hostile territory" to flip 40 House districts, using a "formula centered on narrowing their target profile by avoiding controversial positions, and focusing obsessively on Republican weaknesses." Party affiliation aside, Chait is right -- that's how you flip seats,
Whistleblower not entitled to anonymity –
He’s an informant acting as a Democratic operative
11 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/6/2019 4:18:02 PM Post Reply
The notion that the Ukraine “whistleblower” is somehow entitled to anonymity was probably first peddled by the Flat Earth Society. It is a myth and demonstrably so. It is understandable why unscrupulous Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have perpetuated the canard. As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – which is presiding over the current impeachment “witch hunt” – Schiff is determined to conceal his own involvement with the faux “whistleblower” and his subsequent deceit about those machinations. But it is incomprehensible why most of the media have failed to expose the hoax. Likely driven by their abiding liberal bias and pervasive laziness, they have simply accepted as scripture
‘Justice Can Never Be Too Late’:
Bill Clinton Accusers Speak After
Ronan Farrow Says Former President
Was ‘Credibly Accused Of Rape’
7 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/6/2019 11:56:58 AM Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton’s accusers still want justice, they told the Daily Caller News Foundation after reporter Ronan Farrow said on Nov. 1 that the former president was “credibly accused of rape.” Farrow wrote the book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” which is about NBC News’s alleged attempts to silence his reporting surrounding sexual assault allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. He spoke on CBS’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Nov. 1 and said Clinton’s alleged victim Juanita Broaddrick “credibly” accused the former president of rape and that the accusation was “overdue for revisiting.”
English Is the International Language
of Success — Except in California
9 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/6/2019 11:52:00 AM Post Reply
It’s been two decades, but I still remember the excitement of helping to pass California’s Proposition 227, which I thought would rescue Spanish-speaking kids from an education ghetto of frustration and failure. It was an uphill battle. We fought an education bureaucracy including California’s powerful teachers’ unions, book publishers who received lucrative government contracts, and even Jerry Perenchio, the late Republican billionaire CEO of Univision, who donated $1.5 million to the efforts to maintain California’s “bilingual” education system. We won. Sixty-one percent of Californians were ready for a change.
The Last Trusted Prosecutor in Washington 26 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 11/5/2019 5:02:53 AM Post Reply
John Durham may be the most consequential and least known figure in Washington right now. In May, U.S. attorney general William Barr selected Durham, a longtime prosecutor with a résumé so sterling it nearly glows, to investigate the origins of the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether it was properly predicated. Some Trump fans believe there was a vast effort by a “deep state” of high-ranking intelligence and law-enforcement officials to smear Trump or hinder his campaign by creating a perception of corrupt ties to Russia. In late October, the New York Times quoted unnamed sources who said that Durham’s probe
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Sea levels set to keep rising for
centuries even if emissions targets met
32 replies
Posted by Ribicon 11/6/2019 12:56:41 PM Post Reply
Sea level rise is set to challenge human civilization for centuries to come, even if internationally agreed climate goals are met and planet-warming emissions are then immediately eliminated, researchers have found. The lag time between rising global temperatures and the knock-on impact of coastal inundation means that the world will be dealing with ever-rising sea levels into the 2300s, regardless of prompt action to address the climate crisis, according to the new study. Even if governments meet their commitments from the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, the first 15-year period of the deal will still result in enough emissions
Kansas City votes to remove Martin
Luther King’s name from historic street
26 replies
Posted by MissMolly 11/6/2019 11:36:25 AM Post Reply
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King’s name from one of the city’s most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon. Unofficial results vote showed the proposal to remove King’s name received nearly 70% of the vote, with just over 30% voting to retain King’s name. The debate over the name of the 10-mile (16.1 kilometer) boulevard on the city’s mostly black east side began shortly after the council’s decision in January
Scientists urge people to eat less meat
amid declaration of climate emergency
24 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 11/6/2019 9:23:17 PM Post Reply
Scientists are imploring members of the public to eat less meat as they warn that the world is facing a climate emergency. In a paper published today in journal BioScience, a global team of scientists have declared a climate emergency, detailing six areas of action they say must be addressed that can help slow down the impact of climate change. The paper, which features more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, was authored by scientists from the University of Sydney, Oregon State University, the University of Cape Town and Tufts University. The team of researchers conducted a scientific analysis
Kamala Harris proposes incentives
for schools to extend school days
by three hours
21 replies
Posted by Imright 11/6/2019 9:54:21 PM Post Reply
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would incentivize school districts to extend school days as a way of accommodating parents' work schedules.The program would offer five-year, $5 million grants for schools to "develop high-quality, culturally relevant, linguistically accessible, developmentally appropriate academic, athletic or enrichment opportunities for students."“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” said Harris, who is running for president. “So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. ... My bill provides an innovative solution
'Aliens have seized his brain': Hillary
Clinton jokes about the change she
has seen in Giuliani
20 replies
Posted by Imright 11/6/2019 5:11:56 PM Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that she did not understand the change she has seen in former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in recent years, joking that it seemed as if "aliens had seized his brain." She made the comment after "Late Late Show" host James Corden asked Clinton if she had been surprised by Giuliani's behavior. "Totally," she said, laughing. "He was mayor during 9/11. I was a senator, I worked with him, and I don't know what happened. It's almost like aliens have seized his brain."
Libertarians relish spoiler role in Kentucky
governor’s race as Bevin trails
20 replies
Posted by Moritz55 11/6/2019 2:40:05 PM Post Reply
Kentucky’s Libertarian Party appears to be relishing its role as a potential spoiler in the state’s gubernatorial contest – as incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin trails the state's Democratic attorney general in the results of the closely watched contest Tuesday. "We are always happy to split the vote in a way that causes delicious tears. Tonight there are plenty of delicious tears from Bevin supporters," the party said in a Facebook post Tuesday night.
Jeff Sessions To Run for His Former
Senate Seat…
17 replies
Posted by earlybird 11/6/2019 7:46:03 PM Post Reply
Oh boy, have the wounds healed? According to multiple media reports former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is poised to run for his longtime Senate seat in Alabama. He would be challenging Senator Doug Jones who is considered the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate. Mr. Sessions was generally disappointing during his tenure as AG; driven primarily by his recusal from all issues around the 2016 campaign, including the Mueller investigation. President Trump requested his resignation the day after the mid-terms, and President Trump stated giving Jeff Sessions the AG job was the biggest mistake of his presidency. On the upside, Sessions was a good Senator and dependably strong on immigration and
ABC’s Excuse for Failing to Report on
Jeffrey Epstein Makes Absolutely No Sense
16 replies
Posted by earlybird 11/6/2019 12:04:30 PM Post Reply
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, a group that has often infiltrated news organizations to uncover liberal bias, has released an explosive “hot mic” video of Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach venting about ABC’s decision to spike a story about Jeffrey Epstein’s nefarious activities three years ago.(Snip)Robach now claims, through a network statement, that she was caught “in a private moment” of frustration over the lack of progress on a story. “I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn’t air because I could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations.”
Rob Schneider mocks California
voters: 'Would vote for a bowl
of s--- if it had D next to it'
15 replies
Posted by Ribicon 11/6/2019 10:29:39 PM Post Reply
Actor Rob Schneider one-upped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the mentality of Democratic voters. And added an obscenity. The former “Saturday Night Live” comic disparaged deep-blue California’s electorate in the context of commenting on an article about “the Left’s ignorance of Stalin’s tyranny.” “Unfortunately, people in California would vote for a bowl of s—t if it had ‘D’ next to it,” he tweeted. Mr. Schneider himself spelled out the obscene term. Last spring, Mrs. Pelosi disparaged the victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a New York congressional district, saying a “glass of water with a D next to its
Desperate Dems Drop ‘Quid Pro Quo’
Rhetoric, Now It’s ‘Extortion’ And ‘Bribery’
15 replies
Posted by StormCnter 11/6/2019 12:09:47 PM Post Reply
As the hours of transcripts of witnesses in the Ukraine impeachment inquiry rack up and continue to underwhelm, Democrats and their allies in the media have seized on a new tactic. The old, archaic term “quid pro quo,” is about to go the way of the Dodo. In its place the terms “extortion” and “bribery” will fly about like hot air balloons in California wine country. Here we see the new terms in action from Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., yesterday on CNN. The supposed justification for this ramping up of the rhetoric is an amendment that Ambassador Gordon Sondland made to his testimony before the impeachment inquiry in which he said
Romney: Whistleblowers ‘Should Be
Allowed to Remain Confidential’
14 replies
Posted by tisHimself 11/7/2019 6:24:37 AM Post Reply
While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) reacted to calls to reveal the whistleblower’s identity by stating that whistleblowers, especially those speaking about government action, “should be allowed to remain confidential.” Romney said, “My own view is that whistleblowers, particularly those that are blowing whistles on action within the government, should be allowed to remain confidential.”
Obama-appointed judge strikes
down HHS rule protecting medical
providers objecting to abortion
14 replies
Posted by Ribicon 11/6/2019 1:23:19 PM Post Reply
A federal judge Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s rule allowing healthcare workers to refuse to provide abortions—and other procedures—that violate their religious beliefs. The administration’s rule was set to take effect this July but the Health and Human Services Department delayed the effective date to Nov. 22 after the “conscience” rule, which is aimed at protecting religious or moral objections to various medical procedures, was challenged in court by more than a dozen states. Judge Paul Engelmayer, an Obama appointee, sided against the Trump administration. “Contrary to HHS’s depiction of it as mere housekeeping, the rule relocates the metes and bounds
Post New Article