Friday, August 23, 2019

GOP and Immigration Amnesty Funding Politics Thrown into Confusion, as Billionaire, Libertarian Open Borders Zealot David Koch, Who Went form Right to Left, is Dead at 79

By R.C.
Fri, Aug 23, 2019 8:47 a.m.

One of the world's richest people US billionaire David Koch dies at 79

New York Times Unveils Massive Propaganda Campaign; Italian Prime Minister Resigns

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The Headline

New York Times unveils massive propaganda campaign

The Action

The New York Times will be spending the next two years trying to convince us that America was founded in 1619 - the year the first Africans were brought to Virginia to be sold as slaves.

Through its "1619 Project," the paper hopes to "reframe the country's history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are."

In an interview with PBS, project leader Nikole Hannah-Jones describes the goals of the 1619 Project:

"We're really trying to change the way that Americans are thinking that this was just a problem of the past that we've resolved and show that it isn't," says Hannah-Jones. "If we truly understand that black people are fully American and so the struggle of black people to make our union actually reflect its values is not a negative thing against the country, because we are citizens who are working to make this country better for all Americans. That is something that white Americans...should also be proud of and embrace that story. We cannot deny our past. And if you believe that 1776 matters, if you believe that our Constitution still matters, then you also have to understand that the legacy of slavery still matters and you can't pick and choose what parts of history we think are important and which ones aren't."

As Hannah-Jones explains, the paper will be sending speakers and copies of its 1619 Project essays to schools throughout the country.

The Reaction

Critics see the 1619 Project as a blatant attack on President Trump - especially in light of a leaked transcript that revealed the paper's executive director, Dean Baquet, talking about the project as a replacement for the paper's focus on the Trump-Russia narrative.

In a recent meeting, Baquet spoke to his colleagues about his "vision" to make race the central theme of the paper's coverage for the last two years of President Trump's term.

"We built our newsroom to cover one story," he said, referring to the Trump-Russia narrative. "Now, we have to regroup...and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story."

That story is race - about how everything in America came from the slave trade and how Trump is a racist.

"Race in the next going to be a huge part of the American story," continued Baquet. "And I mean, race in terms not only of African Americans and their relationship with Donald Trump but Latinos and immigration."

On Sunday, GOP Senator Ted Cruz (TX) accused the Times of completely abandoning journalism.

"There was a time when journalists covered 'news.' The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals," tweeted Cruz.

"The NY Times 1619 Project should make its slogan 'All the Propaganda we want to brainwash you with,'" added former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

President Trump took his criticism one step further, describing the Times as "an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party."

The Takeaway

The accomplishments of black Americans are certainly important in the history of this country, but the claim that the US was founded in 1619 and not 1776 is hard to swallow.

Considering Baquet's comments, the 1619 Project looks like a propaganda effort designed to defeat Trump in the upcoming election.

If the project fails, it will destroy the Times's reputation for good. If it succeeds, it will teach our next generation that race is the most important thing in our society and in so doing will inflame racial tensions for years to come.

End Of The Line
The Headline

Italian Prime Minister resigns after fight with coalition partner

The Grind

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday after a fierce argument with Matteo Salvini, head of the far-right League Party.

Conte described Salvini as "irresponsible" and accused him of creating a political crisis for "personal and party interests."

Conte also said he could no longer work with the Five Star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment party led by Luigi Di Maoi.

In 2018, Salvini's League and Di Maio's M5S formed a coalition government and appointed Conte - a law professor who did not run for parliament - to serve as an independent prime minister.

The Details

Salvini has been "looking for a pretext to return to the polls" since his party came out on top in the European elections in May, said Conte, adding that Salvini's habit of "combining political slogans and religious symbols at rallies" was "unconscionable."

Di Maoi agreed with Conte, accusing the League of "having decided to bring everything down, opening a government crisis in the middle of August." Di Maoi confirmed that his party was not afraid to hold another election.

Salvini did not speak ill of his coalition partners, but mentioned that he had delivered a "safer Italy" over the past year. "I am not afraid of the judgment of Italians," he said, adding that his party was the only party pushing for a Democratic vote.

Moving forward, President Sergio Mattarella will ask party leaders to form a new coalition government or will call for new elections.

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Another Case of IMMS? Vietnamese Woman Linda Nguyen, 47 ("Ontario Mother") Expected to be Booked into Jail for Murdering Her Daughters

By R.C.
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 10:26 p.m.

Linda Nguyen, 47, remained hospitalized Thursday but was expected to be booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga upon being medically cleared, according to police. Her teenage and infant daughters were discovered dead

R.C.: Another case of Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome. ™️

Instead of Waging War on Crime, San Francisco Board Wages War on the English Language

By An Old Friend
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 5:38 p.m.
San Francisco board rebrands "convicted felon" as "justice-involved person," ... [brief]

AOF: I've red-boldfaced a choice paragraph below.

N.S.: Everyone will simply make the necessary adjustment, and see "justice-involved person" as the euphemism it is for convicted felon. It's just like when NYC kept changing the name of welfare to "social assistance," to "income maintenance," and then to something else again, black women kept on calling their case-worker, "the welfare lady," as one welfare lady confirmed to me.

The sanitized language, though unlikely to do much to address the crime problem, may result in some convoluted descriptions of crimes in the future.

Murderous, Hispanic, Wrong-Way Driver Sentenced to Life

By A Texas Reader
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 9:22 p.m.

A man who was driving the wrong way on I-20 in Duncanville, causing a deadly crash, has been found guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. Investigators say Guillermo Saurez...

Jury Finds Wrong Way Driver Guilty, Sentenced to Life

A man who was driving the wrong way on I-20 in Duncanville, causing a deadly crash, has been found guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested in the killing of a retired Cal State Fullerton administrator which occurred on a campus parking lot Monday. Fullerton police announced that Chuyen Vo

Thu, Aug 22, 2019 9:31 pm
Subject: A 51-year-old man has been arrested in the killing of a retired Cal State Fullerton administrator which occurred on a campus parking lot Monday. Fullerton police announced that Chuyen Vo

Thursday, August 22, 2019

419! 419! 80 Indicted In ‘Sophisticated’ Nigerian Online Fraud, Money Laundering Scheme

 Thu, Aug 22, 2019 9:35 pm
Subject: 80 Indicted In 'Sophisticated' Nigerian Online Fraud, Money Laundering Scheme

Is this a cliche?

Or a stereotype?

Lawsuits: Jeffrey Epstein forced at least four women into same sex marriages: Two OTHER women in his entourage were made to wed by the pedophile to stop one from being deported

By R.C.
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 9:48 p.m.

Jeffrey Epstein forced at least four women into same sex marriages: Two OTHER women in his entourage were made to wed by the pedophile to stop one from being deported

Nearly a Dozen Convicted Murderers are Walking Free after Then-Gov. Rick Snyder Granted Them Clemency Without Explanation

By R.C.
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 10:11 p.m.


R.C.: Trump was just handed his re-election.

All he has to do is run on a law-and-order platform.

Guaranteed to win.

Recidivists will cause violent crime to explode in the inner cities.

N.S.: No matter. The authorities will "disappear" most of the crime, and say, "overall, crime is down."

More Latino Family Values: Driver Francisco Pasillas, 33, Shot and Killed by Other Driver in road Rage Incident in Garland, Texas

By A Texas Reader
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 10:18 p.m.

More Latino family values: That driver, later identified as 33-year-old Francisco Pasillas, was hit by the gunfire. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. His wife was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Charge: While His Wife was in Hospital to Give Birth, a "Man" Tried to Rape a 12-Year-Old Girl; a "Man"

By Prince George's County Ex-Pat
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 9:19 p.m.

A man tried to rape a 12-year-old girl while his wife prepared to give birth to their unborn child at the hospital, Montgomery County Police allege in court documents obtained by ABC7. Luis Perez-Giron, 28, of Montgomery Village,

PGCE-P: Montgomery County, Maryland used to be lily white, affluent and crime-free.

No longer.

Black Man Commits Suicide by Cop in Fort Worth

By A Texas Reader
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 10:49 p.m.

The four officers shot at Malone and he was hit once, Kraus said. Malone was pronounced dead at a hospital.

ATR: Now he's channeling Ted Kennedy and John McCain.

A Central Valley Man's Lifelong Quest to Build His Own Nazi Library

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It's Thursday, Aug. 22, and I'm writing from Stockton.

History usually belongs to the conquerors, or the esteemed academics. But sometimes it also gets told by whoever most carefully corrals all the pieces and wrestles them into place.

The Chicano Research Center, a storefront library on a rundown stretch of Stockton's east side, is the product of one Central Valley man's obsessive, expansive quest.

Richard Soto, a 75-year-old, semi-retired educator, has spent the lion's share of his life quietly building his collection of Chicano literature and history — first as a young man hungry to learn more about his own identity, and later with the dream of someday sharing it with the public like this.

He opened the Chicano Research Center as a nonprofit in 2016. All are welcome to come in, and Soto will probably offer you coffee at the door. He estimates that he has about 20,000 books, journals and ephemera (along with cases of corrido-filled CDs and LPs) housed in this former panaderia.

He built the bookshelves lining every inch of the room himself, with $3,000 worth of pine wood (including his 10% U.S. veteran discount) from Home Depot.

The library is organized according to the self-described "Soto" method, starting with indigenous history in the front corner of the room furthest from his desk, and wrapping all the way around to the present day, with labeled sections based on historical periods and events, individuals and other topics. (The library's focus includes Mexican history as well as Mexican American history: "One of the things that I learned is that you can't read Chicano literature, and appreciate and understand it if you don't know Chicano Mexican history," Soto explained.)

[See also: "Chicano Research Center is freeze-frame into the past" in the Stockton Record]

The walls are brightly punctuated with art, flags, and framed awards and accolades from Soto's career as an educator, as well as a certificate honoring him for his bravery as a Brown Beret medic during the Chicano Moratorium.
Chicano Research Center
A section of books at the Chicano Research Center in Stockton. (Julia Wick / Los Angeles)
Soto's collecting quest began when he was a young man, just back from Vietnam and participating in the Chicano Movement. He went looking for the books that would speak to his story — as a Mexican American born in the United States — but the books he wanted didn't seem to exist.

"I wanted to know what contributions had we made and what had we done," Soto said. "And for me, I always wanted to know why people hated me. You know, I pretty much let people alone, but for some reason they had this, I don't know, hereditary hatred for me."

During his two years at San Joaquin Delta College, he "found all of maybe five books." He went to Sacramento State and "found 10 more." It was only when he left Sacramento for San Francisco that he started to really find what he was looking for, at a now-shuttered progressive bookstore called Modern Times in the Mission District.

After getting his master's in counseling from San Francisco State, Soto returned to his Central Valley hometown of Tracy, where he worked as a high school counselor for nearly 40 years. He'd loan his students books to learn their history and build their self esteem, parceling out poetry or history or biography depending on what they seemed to need.

"There's so much beautiful Mexican history. There are so many dynamic Mexican men and women, social political activists that have done something that is just not out there," he said. "So, I started buying all this stuff."

Time marched forward and all the while he quietly built his collection, bit by bit. He bought what he could, when he could and stored it where he could. "Everywhere I went, I created a room for all the books."

When he officially retired, he took another full-time job teaching at an adult school. Suddenly, he had an income and a pension.

"I had a lot of extra money. So I thought man, I'm gonna really hit this," he recalled. He would turn to the bibliographies in history books and mark off everything he already had, to see what was still missing. Then he would spend a few hours every morning on eBay, looking for discarded library books.
Richard Soto
Richard Soto holds an item from his collection — a laminated program from a 1949 event featuring a young Dolores Huerta (then known as Dolores Fernandez) — at his Chicano Research Center in Stockton, Calif. (Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times)
And finally, he found this space and carefully renovated it to house and share his glorious, sprawling collection.

"Most people, when they come here, they're overwhelmed," he said. "They can't believe that something like this exists."

And now, here's what's happening across California:


The Trump administration is moving to dismantle decades-old protections for immigrant youth, rolling out new regulations that would give the government the ability to indefinitely detain minors and families with children. President Trump and his aides have long railed against the so-called Flores agreement, the seminal 1997 court settlement that said the government must provide a minimum standard of care for migrant children in U.S. custody. The new regulations, expected to be formally published Friday, will take effect in 60 days, absent legal challenges. Los Angeles Times

San Francisco's top officials met Wednesday afternoon to respond to a recent series of violent altercations along the city's northern waterfront. The group included Mayor London Breed and the heads of the police, health and homelessness departments. They plan to indefinitely beef up foot patrols and social services outreach in the Embarcadero after two more people were attacked this week. (Despite the recent attacks, violent crime remains down in San Francisco.) San Francisco Chronicle

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made climate change his key issue, is ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Los Angeles Times

(See also: 2020 campaign reporter Matt Pearce's June 2019 profile of Inslee: "Jay Inslee's 2020 plan: Become president, save the planet")


For the first time, the Los Angeles Police Commission will have a woman leading the oversight panel of one of the nation's largest police forces. Los Angeles Times

The L.A. County D.A. has dropped charges against the man who allegedly stole Frances McDormand's Best Actress Oscar statuette in 2018. It remains unclear why the criminal case was suddenly dropped. Deadline Hollywood

History forgot these female composers. An L.A. music writer is helping us remember. Los Angeles Times

As summertime wanes, our City Beat columnist delivers a personal ode to the lasting benefits of taking a vacation and fully unplugging from the city and gadgets. Los Angeles Times

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Assemblyman Todd Gloria has taken control of San Diego's mayoral race after winning the Democratic Party's endorsement. Per the Voice of San Diego, the "party's endorsement is potentially pivotal because the race so far includes only Democrats, and registered Democrats in the city outnumber registered Republicans by nearly two to one." Voice of San Diego

An anti-vaccine activist was cited for assault by the Sacramento Police Department on Wednesday after he livestreamed a physical confrontation with state Sen. Richard Pan, author of legislation to restrict vaccine exemptions. Los Angeles Times
State Sen. Richard Pan
State Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) speaks on behalf of his vaccine bill at the state Capitol in April. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
A California lawmaker asked Twitter: What does "Republican" mean to you? Chad Mayes, a Republican state lawmaker who represents the Coachella Valley in the California Assembly, got more than 10,000 replies. The Desert Sun


Police in Long Beach thwarted a possible mass shooting this week when they arrested a disgruntled hotel cook they say threatened to carry out violence at his workplace. Los Angeles Times

The owner of a popular San Francisco truffle shop was attacked by a stranger outside his store. The store proprietor was rescued by his 13-year-old son, who heard his father yelling for help and came out with a bat to scare the attacker off. SFGate


As megafires become the new normal, the tools and techniques capable of stopping them remain elusive. But prescribed burns could help prevent those megafires. So why aren't we doing more of them? New Yorker

Is California too rich to get help from FEMA during the next deadly disaster? New guidelines that tighten eligibility for federal disaster recovery programs worry emergency planners. Sacramento Bee

The ShakeAlert early warning system will be expanding to Lake Tahoe with new federal earthquake funds. Sacramento Bee

Federal officials suppressed a lengthy environmental document that details how one of California's unique salmon runs would be imperiled by Trump administration plans to deliver more water to Central Valley farms. Los Angeles Times


Red light cameras will soon be reactivated in Sacramento County. Sacramento Bee

San Mateo cops have been sleeping in their cars to avoid an hours-long commute at the end of a 12-hour shift. The city plans to convert a portion of an old fire station into a sleeping barracks for far-flung officers who can't afford the extremely expensive housing in the area. San Francisco Chronicle

A proposal to build an affordable housing complex in San Jose for low-income and formerly homeless elderly residents is facing backlash from neighbors who worry it will bring more crime and traffic to south San Jose. Mercury News

There will be free admission to Joshua Tree and Yosemite national parks this Sunday as the National Park Service celebrates its 103rd birthday with free entrance to sites nationwide that typically charge a fee. The Desert Sun

The ultimate mapo tofu recipe has a California twist on the classic Sichuan dish. Los Angeles Times

The 100-foot neon swirl sign at the Montclair Plaza mall in San Bernardino County has come down. San Bernardino Sun


Los Angeles: sunny, 84. San Diego: sunny, 72. San Francisco: partly sunny, 72. San Jose: sunny, 86. Sacramento: partly sunny, 99. More weather is here.


Today's California memory comes from Frank Tobe:

"I remember a TV newscaster saying that there were only 29 smog-free days in L.A. and they came the day after it rained; that the rain washed away the smog and other particles in the air. He was right. I could see from the roof of my home the Santa Monica mountains and all the way to the San Bernardino mountains. I could see the snow. And the air smelled fresh and clean. As a Santa Barbara resident today, when I come to L.A. I'm impressed by how clean the air has become, how great the views, and how much I appreciate all the regulations that made it happen. … I was one of those kids that was particularly susceptible to coughing and itching and had to go indoors often — except those 29 days I got to play outside."

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please keep your story to 100 words.)

Please let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to you. Send comments, complaints, ideas and unrelated book recommendations to Julia Wick. Follow her on Twitter @Sherlyholmes.