MEXIFORNIA IN METLDOWN: First, illegal immigration is the problem. CA has spent hundreds of billions on illegal aliens and their bills — public schools, free meals at school, special bi-lingual teachers, healthcare, housing allowances, low income energy assistance, aid to families with dependent children, prisons, cops, courts, public defenders, welfare, food stamps, and a hundred other gov handouts. And don’t forget lower college tuition for illegal immigrants. WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
DIANNE FEINSTEIN, CROOKED, WAR PROFITEER, PLUNDERER OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE and
SERVANT of RED CHINA FOR RAW CASH!
IN THE November 2006 election, the voters demanded congressional ethics reform.
And so, the newly appointed chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., is now duly in charge of regulating the ethical behavior
of her colleagues. But for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own
ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics experts.
Feinstein: Kavanaugh Believes Trump Is an 'Oligarch'
One of Democrats' concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is that he would let President Trump skirt above the law. Some of Kavanaugh's past writings show that he believes a sitting president should not be subjected to investigations. That should wait until after he or she leaves office. But, Democrats point out, he had a different opinion when Bill Clinton was president. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Kavanaugh was all about pursuing answers about the president's conduct. The senators wanted to know what changed.
What changed, Kavanaugh said, was the September 11 terror attacks. The country was at war and he thought President George W. Bush should be shielded from controversy while trying to perform his duties.
Kavanaugh says that September 11 changed his perspective on the power of the presidency, and persuaded him the president should be above any sort of investigation that might interfere with their duties
"Seeing President Bush when he came into the Oval Office on September 12, 2001 in the morning," Kavanaugh reflected. "President Bush said this will not happen again. He was of single minded focus every morning for the next seven years."
His answer did not placate Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). On Sunday, she told an audience at the Year of the Woman luncheon in Santa Barbara that Trump likes to hold himself “above the law,” and Kavanaugh would go right along with it. He believes Trump is an "oligarch."
“The president believes he is above the law," she said. "And this nominee believes this president cannot be investigated, cannot be tried.”
Feinstein added that if moderate Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) don't come through and vote against the nominee, he will be confirmed.
Other Democrats have pointed out that Kavanaugh once questioned the court ruling in Nixon vs. United States. But, the nominee debunked that theory at last week's hearings too, noting that he has called that court case one of the most important in history.
With crime soaring, rampant homelessness, sanctuary state status attracting the highest illegal immigrant population in the country and its “worst state in the U.S. to do business” ranking for more than a decade, California and its expansive, debt-ridden, progressive government is devolving into a third-world country. In cities such as San Francisco, public defecation is legal, drug use is flagrant, and tent cities are designated biohazards. In once pristine San Diego, contractors have been spraying down homeless encampments with household bleach to stave off a hepatitis A epidemic. The so-called “Golden State,” which now has the highest poverty rate in the nation, is tarnished beyond recognition with such serious problems that the sublime climate and striking coastline may no longer be enough to sustain its reputation and cachet. With laws that benefit criminals and illegals, big government that endeavors to control every aspect of residents’ lives from plastic bags to straws; sanctioned street, tent, and vehicle dwelling; and an unaffordable overhyped bullet train boondoggle that will cost taxpayers almost $100 billion, California is headed for economic disaster. BLOG: SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN'S HUSBAND RICHARD BLUM IS ONE OF THE PARASITES FEEDING ON THE BULLET TRAIN. HE FEEDS ON ANYTHING A BRIBE OR FEINSTEIN CAN VOTE ON.
In the past few years, California has instituted criminal justice reform legislation and initiatives, ostensibly to reduce budget expenditures and prison overcrowding, which has led invariably to the release of more criminals into the state’s population.
Proposition 47, a referendum passed in 2014, reclassified certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors and required misdemeanor sentencing for theft when the amount involved is $950 or less. Drug possession for personal use is now considered a misdemeanor.
Proposition 57, a statewide ballot proposition passed in 2016, changed parole policies for those convicted of nonviolent felonies. But the proposition failed to define “nonviolent crimes”. The result was that those committing “nonviolent” crimes such as rape of an unconscious or intoxicated person, assault of a police office, domestic violence, hostage taking, drive-by shootings, and human trafficking of a child became eligible for early parole based on a paper review in lieu of a parole hearing.
Assembly Bill 1448 and Assembly Bill 1308 allow for the early release of prisoners who are 60 years or older who have served at least 25 years of their sentence and prisoners who committed crimes at least 25 years or younger who have served at least 15 years, respectively. Both were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017.
In June this year, Gov. Brown signed into law AB 1810, that gives defendants a chance to have their charges dismissed and evidence of their arrest erased from the record if they can convince a judge that they suffer from a treatable mental disorder. Such defendants could be offered a pretrial diversion of two years to undergo mental health treatment.
As may have been expected with lenient policies, violent crime and property crime rates in the state increased and will mostly likely soar in the aftermath of some of the newly implemented measures. An FBI study of crime rates from 2014 to 2015 found that 48 California cities saw overall increases with 24 experiencing increases in the double digits for property crime, an increase directly attributable to Prop. 47, according to Marc Debbaudt, past president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys.
As of 2017, California had a homeless population of over 134,000, or one quarter of the nation’s homeless. UCLA researcherWilliam Yu notedthat 26% of California’s homeless are severely mentally ill, 18% are chronic drug abusers, 9% are veterans and 24% are victims of domestic abuse. Orange County Supervisor, Tod Spitzer attributes much of the problem to legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown over the past few years that markedly decreased the penalties for drug use, possession, and petty crimes, thereby reducing arrests and eliminating mandatory treatment for drug abuse and mental health treatment.
Where other states have successfully instituted welfare-to-work programs, California’s liberal government has resisted pro-work reforms and retained a system of cash disbursements with no strings attached. This has led to a state bureaucracy that continues to grow and expand its budget, staffing, and client base. Inordinately high housing prices, somewhat driven by restrictive land use and environmental regulations, have exacerbated the problem.
Civil rights organizations such as the ACLU have made the homelessness issue a difficult one to tackle. In 2003, the ACLU filed a lawsuit, Jones v. City of Los Angeles, on behalf of homeless people who were ticketed and arrested for sleeping on public sidewalks at night. In 2006, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the lawsuit by striking down the Los Angeles ordinance that made it a crime for homeless people to sleep on the streets when no shelter is available. Not only is it permissible to pitch a tent in many areas in the state but also vehicle dwelling is allowed in Los Angeles residential areas from 6:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and in business and industrial areas from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Illegal Immigration BLOG: COME TO MEXIFORNIA, AND YOU WILL SEE 15 MILLION OF THESE "4" MILLION ILLEGALS IN SOUTHERN CA ALONE!
California, a sanctuary state, is home to at least 4 million illegal immigrants and their children. National Economics Editorial, a website that covers economic issues, has estimated that those in the state illegally contribute $3.5 billion in taxes while costing California approximately $30.3 billion annually, or 17.7% of the state budget. BLOG: THE $30.3 BILLION HANDED TO ILLEAGLS IS ON THE STATE LEVEL. COUNTIES PAY OUT MORE WITH LOS ANGELES HANDING THEIR ANCHOR BABY BREEDERS MORE THAN A BILLION YEARLY. According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), more than half are unskilled, uneducated, and lack English proficiency.
Services to illegals include welfare, food stamps, meal programs, free immunizations, low-cost housing and in-state tuition rates. In addition, children of illegals make up 18% of the public-school population, straining the already burdened school system by increasing student-to-teacher ratios and by impeding the learning process with supplemental, English-language instruction.
Unchecked illegal immigration comes with a marked increase in crime rates. Those who have broken the law to come to the United States are overrepresented in murder charges, drug trafficking, and gang violence. Increased policing, court, and incarceration costs put additional strain on the justice syste. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that illegal immigrants committed over 13% of all U.S. crime, and a particularly high level of violent and drug-related crimes, according to criminologist and law enforcement expert Ron Martinelli. A substantial illegal immigrant population coupled with a policy signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 that protects criminal illegal immigrants by reducing their sentences to fall below federal standards for deportation further aggravates the problem. This, at a time when59% of Californians want to increase deportations of illegals.
In a measure that would add to costs and incentivize illegal entry, California gubernatorial candidate, Gavin Newsom, plans to issue an Executive Order to grant universal healthcare, if elected. Former governor Pete Wilson warns that a system that removes all market-based competition could produce annual budget shortfalls of $40 billion, add six million illegals to the healthcare rolls, encourage medical tourism, and restrict the range of care and increase waiting times for California citizens. The resulting elimination of competitive private sector health care options would mean that more businesses and sources of tax revenue will leave the state.
Poor Business Climate
In 2014, Chief Executive magazine quoted CEO comments like “California goes out of its way to be anti-business,” “California continues to lead in disincentives for growth businesses to stay,” and “The regulatory, tax and political environment are crushing.” California’s reputation as the worst state to do business has a lot to do with its high tax rates. In addition to having the highest state income tax in the nation, it has the highest sales tax rate, the 9th highest corporate income tax rate, one of the highest property tax rates and the highest gasoline tax rate. Yet, with a shortfall of $612 billion when future pensions, bond repayments and other debts are added to the budget shortfall, the state is drowning in debt, more than twice as much debt as any other state. In addition, the cost of living is 36% higher than the national rate, and, at 23.4%, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to former California Assemblyman Steve Baldwin.
California, a world leader in technology, entertainment, agriculture, and a past global trendsetter in culture and innovation, has been dominated for decades by a government made up of far-left ideologues. These so-called "progressives" have supported an ever-growing and onerous regulatory climate that effectively redistributes wealth by adding to an already burdensome rate of taxation and expanding entitlement programs. Given the current business environment and policies on crime, homelessness, and illegal entry that are likely to continue, the once “Golden State” could become a failed state in short order if left unchecked. In the words of Steve Baldwin, “A state cannot chase away the producers and attract the takers year after year without economic consequences.”
“The drug epidemic is the product of capitalism and the policies of the capitalist parties, both Democrats and Republicans. There is, first of all, the role of the pharmaceutical companies, which have amassed huge profits from the deceptive marketing of opioid pain killers, which they claimed were not addictive. Prescriptions for opioids such as Percocet, Oxycontin and Vicodin skyrocketed from 76 million in 1991 to nearly 259 million in 2012. What are the numbers and profits now?
OPIOID AMERICA: CHINA AND MEXICO PARTNER TO ADDICT AMERICA
“While drug distributors have paid a total of $400 million in fines over the past 10 years, their combined revenue during this same period was over $5 trillion.”
“Opioids have ravaged families and devastated communities across the country. Encouraging their open use undermines the rule of law and will do nothing to quell their continued abuse, let alone the problems underlying mass addiction.”
Congress Seeks Ways to Punish China for Sending Illicit Synthetic Opioids to U.S.
WASHINGTON—Lawmakers are seeking ways to hold China accountable for its role in fueling the opioid crisis.
China is the source of most illicit synthetic opioids that end up in the United States, either through the postal system or via Mexico and Canada.
More than 71,500 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017, according to provisional datareleased Aug. 15 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 40 percent of those deaths can be attributed to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which was originally developed as a painkiller and anesthetic.
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin—two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dose for a non-opioid user. It is often mixed with heroin or pressed into fake painkiller pills made to look like real prescription drugs, making them more deadly.
“I know that [China] could take offense at anything we say here, but we have to be candid—our American brothers and sisters are dying in every one of our districts,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for Africa, global health, global human rights, and international organizations, at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Sept. 6.
“Chinese officials have repeatedly dodged the blame for contributing to the fentanyl crisis,” he said.
Top Chinese officials have pushed back on any blame, saying there is no proof that illicit fentanyl is coming from China and that the United States should focus on controlling demand, Smith said.
Paul Knierim, deputy chief of operations of global enforcement for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said China is one of the world’s top producers of the precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and fentanyl, as well as the chemicals used to process heroin and cocaine.
“Over the past several years, DEA has identified numerous illicit fentanyl-class substances and hundreds of synthetic drugs from at least eight different drug classes, the vast majority of which are manufactured in China,” Knierim said.
“Because of its low dosage range and potency, one kilogram of fentanyl purchased in China for $3,000 to $5,000 can generate upwards of $1.5 million in revenue on the illicit market—with the potential of being lethal for 500,000 people.”
Using the Postal System
Knierim said drug traffickers often use freight forwarders—companies that arrange importing and exporting of goods—to ship fentanyl to the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
“The original supplier will provide the package to a freight forwarding company or individual, who transfers it to another freight forwarder, who then takes custody and presents the package to customs for export,” Knierim said.
“The combination of a chain of freight forwarders and multiple transfers of custody makes it challenging for law enforcement to track these packages. Often, the package will intentionally have missing, incomplete, and/or inaccurate information.”
For small packages, the U.S. Postal Service is the preferred method for drug traffickers, as the total volume is high, and less information is required to get a package through.
The USPS handled more than 275 million inbound international packages in 2016, according to an investigative report conducted by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and published in January.
That volume is three times larger than the combined volume (approximately 65.7 million) handled by the three largest express services—FedEx, UPS, and DHL.
On average, for the 2017 calendar year, 64 percent (or 204 million) of packages sent to the United States had no advanced electronic data about “who sent the package, where the package was going, or what was in the package,” according to the report.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for identifying suspicious packages sent through the international mail stream—primarily at mail centers located at five major airports, in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami.
For many years, packages from China weren’t sent from the USPS to CBP for inspection, due to high volume.
Kirsten Madison, assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, said the State Department is trying to deepen counternarcotics cooperation with China.
“This bilateral cooperation has yielded concrete results, including arrests, seizures, and takedowns of clandestine labs by Chinese law enforcement,” she said.
The Department of Justice announced its first indictments against two Chinese manufacturers of fentanyl and other opiate substances last year.
Approximately 160,000 chemical companies operate in China, according to the State Department.
On Aug. 29, China added a further 32 new psychoactive substances, including fentanyl analogues, to its controlled substance list, bringing the total to 175 since 2015. However, clandestine chemists can easily continue developing and synthesizing new synthetic opioids that don’t appear on any schedule of controlled substances, said Knierim.
“Sadly, these substances are often first discovered when DEA receives reports from local hospitals and coroners in connection with a spate of overdoses,” he said. “Unfortunately, the existing process to temporarily schedule a substance is reactionary and not agile enough to keep up with bad actors engineering illicit substances for the express purpose of skirting our laws.”
The DEA has operated an office in Beijing for the past 30 years to work with the Chinese regime. Knierim said the agency also plans to open bureaus in Guangzhou and Shanghai.
Opioid addiction isn’t a problem in China, and Smith doubts the regime has any real motivation to stem the flow.
“The Chinese have been masters in purporting to be in compliance with international treaties,” he said, citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “They’ve milked that big-time, for years.”
“It doesn’t take much for a police state like China, if it’s serious, to crack down,” he said. “They certainly crack down on dissent, they crack down on labor unions. … They know what people are saying when they go on Facebook, or any other social media. Their abilities there are incredible.”
Smith asked Madison if the State Department would look into using the Global Magnitsky Act—which targets corrupt officials and human-rights abusers—against Chinese officials who might be complicit in the illicit opioid trade.
“Perhaps it is time we start thinking outside the box and use something like Global Magnitsky to ensure that corrupt Chinese officials and narco-traffickers are held to account,” he said.
“I’ve chaired 65-plus hearings on Chinese human-rights abuses and the complicity of the Chinese government in human-rights abuse is legendary. It is so awful.”
A pharmacy technician grabs a bottle of drugs off a shelve at the central pharmacy of Intermountain Heathcare in Midvale, Utah, on Sept. 10, 2018. (George Frey/Getty Images)
Benzodiazepines, a class of sedative that comes in the form of drugs like Valium or Xanax are meant to calm anxiety, improve sleep, or quell depression. But the study, compiled by researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M), found patients ran a “high risk” of becoming drug dependent.
Researchers found that one in four senior Americans (averaging 78 years old) who were prescribed these benzodiazepine sedatives ended up using them in the long term, for at least one year after.
The findings, published on Sept. 10, in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal looked at benzodiazepine use by low-income older adults in a Pennsylvania program that aids with drug costs.
Researchers studied 576 adults who received their first benzodiazepine prescription between 2008 to 2016. Of them, 152 (26 percent) still had a current or recent prescription one year later.
The findings come despite warnings against the long-term use of Benzodiazepines, especially among older people. Usage can potentially raise the risk of car crashes, falls, broken hips, and other harmful side effects.
They found that for every 10 additional days of prescribed medication, the patient’s risk for long-term usage nearly doubled over the next year.
Lauren Gerlach, the lead author of the study and a geriatric psychiatrist at U-M said stricter prescribing rules and alternative treatments need to take place.
“This shows that we need to help providers start with the end in mind when prescribing a benzodiazepine, by beginning with a short-duration prescription and engage patients in discussions of when to reevaluate their symptoms and begin tapering the patient off,” she said in a statement.
“We also need to educate providers about effective non-pharmaceutical treatment alternatives, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, for these patients.”
Gerlach also pointed out 2 other “concerning” findings from the study.
The first was that Benzodiazepine users who ended up using the drug long-term were more likely to have a diagnosis of anxiety, which the report noted is sometimes an indication for long-term use.
The second finding was how long-term users were more likely to report sleep problems. Benzodiazepines are not recommended for long-term use as a sleep aid, since it may detrimentally affect sleep times the longer they are used.