The Green Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina on July 20, 2011, in Oroville, California, followed by current drought levels on Aug. 19, 2014.
benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI!
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Vacaville, California Fellowship Baptist Church Pastor Mike Lewis is accused of encouraging three homeless people in his church’s care to throw a Molotov cocktail through the front window of his ex-girlfriend’s parents’ house.
When asked if he paid these three homeless people in his charge to terrorize his ex-girlfriend, he only said that “[t]hat’s a sad statement, because I never did pay them.”
In North Korea, Issa would be shot.
In California; Issa is re-elected again, and again, and again.
Via: Huffington Post / National Geographic Traveler
“The Golden Gate Bridge, just before sunrise.”
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Via: Mother Jones
I’ve mentioned before that Obamacare’s rollout problems really are all about the website. Rate shock and network shock may be real problems for some people, but they aren’t deal breakers and they aren’t as serious or as widespread as Fox News (and of course, my Nephew Dave) is trying to make them out to be. Fix the website and Obamacare will be in pretty good shape.
Paul Krugman produces some pretty good evidence for this today: California. It is, he says, an excellent test case:
First of all, it’s huge: if a system can work for 38 million people, it can work for America as a whole. Also, it’s hard to argue that California has had any special advantages….[It] came into health reform with 22 percent of its nonelderly population uninsured, compared with a national average of 18 percent.
Finally, the California authorities have been especially forthcoming with data tracking the progress of enrollment. And the numbers are increasingly encouraging.
For one thing, enrollment is surging. At this point, more than TEN-THOUSAND (10,000) applications are being completed PER DAY, putting the state well on track to meet its overall targets for 2014 coverage.
Equally important is the information on who is enrolling. To work as planned, health reform has to produce a balanced risk pool — that is, it must sign up young, healthy Americans as well as their older, less healthy compatriots. And so far, so good: in October, 22.5 percent of California enrollees were between the ages of 18 and 34, slightly above that group’s share of the population.
Read more, HERE:
For many years, it was ‘So goes California, so goes the Nation’.
It’s great to see California is BACK!
Via: Shorpy – ‘Always Something Interesting’
“Drought refugees in California.”
See more Dorothea Lange photos, HERE:
Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange’s photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
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As the mid-day sun beat down, a group of parishioners huddled under a tree looking for shade, but seeking a miracle.
Rosemarie Navarro, a parishioner at a Fresno, California Catholic Church says, “I said my prayer and asked the Lord to give me a miracle cause I’m really, really sick.”
Navarro counts herself among the believers, a small but growing group that thinks the liquid dripping from this Crape Myrtle tree is the tears of God.
Parishioner Maria Ybarra says, “When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus name’ the tree starts throwing out more water.”
ON CLOSE INSPECTION, arborist Jon Reelhorn agrees, something is falling from the tree in front of St. Johns Cathedral. But it isn’t water.
“The aphides will suck the sap, the sap goes through the aphid and then it is a honey dew excrement from the aphid and it gets so heavy in the summertime that it will drip down,” Reelhorn says.
He also found another tree dripping across the street.
Via: Huffington Post
California’s teen pregnancy rate has dropped nearly 60 percent as a result of expanded sex education programs, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Wednesday.
The report –- which was based on data collected until 2011 — revealed that the California teen pregnancy rate reached a 20-year low that year.
While in 1991, there were 70.9 births for every 1,000 teens aged 15-19.
In 2011 this number decreased to 28 births per 1,000 teens.
Teen pregnancy rates fell across all ethnic groups, according to the report.
The Hispanic teen birth rate dropped from 73.6 in 2001 to 42.7 in 2011 –- although Hispanics continue to be the group with the highest teen birth rate. Teen pregnancy rates for African-Americans, Whites and Asian-Americans also decreased significantly.
Several factors contributed to the falling pregnancy rates, the department said in a press release. One factor was the state’s school sex education program, which law requires to be comprehensive and medically accurate. The report also credits community-based education programs that provide sexual health information to teens and their parents.
Read more, HERE:
As a former Californian, it’s great to see the state taking such an important lead, again.
Via: Think Progress
New California House Candidate Funded By Advocate For ‘Total Integration Of BIBLICAL LAW’
California State Sen. Mimi Walters (R) announced Tuesday that she will run for the open seat of retiring Congressman John Campbell (R-CA), with the endorsements of seven current California Republican Congressmen.
While the Orange County Republican says she is running to promote small government and freedom, one of her largest career campaign donors is a millionaire advocate for strict biblical law in the United States.
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