Flap’s Links and Comments for April 21st on 11:36

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These are my links for April 21st from 11:36 to 11:51:

  • Owners of Chuy’s restaurants in AZ, CA, indicted for Hiring Illegal Aliens – Federal agents arrested owners of several Arizona and California restaurants Wednesday on an indictment charging them with hiring illegal immigrants and evading taxes.

    Agents raided 15 Chuy's Mesquite Broiler restaurants in both states and served 20 search warrants. They detained about 40 suspected illegal immigrants who were working at the restaurants when the raids took place, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Vincent Picard said.

    The father and son independently own about 20 restaurants in the Chuy's chain. A company accountant also was arrested on a 19-count indictment.

    Mark Evenson, 58, of the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, and his son, Christopher Evenson, 39, of Oro Valley, Ariz., were being held pending an initial appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

    The Evensons and accountant Diane Strehlow, 47, of Tempe, Ariz., are accused of hiring illegal immigrants for the company's kitchen operations and paying them under the table. They did not collect state or federal income taxes for those employees, according to the indictment.

    Meanwhile, staff who worked with the public were legal workers and taxes were taken out of their checks.

    An attorney who has previously represented the Evensons in a civil case said he could not comment on the new indictment. Court records don't yet reflect an attorney in the criminal case. A message left at a telephone listing for Strehlow wasn't immediately returned.

    Eric W. Rose, a spokesman for the company that owns the franchising rights to the restaurant chain's name, said officials were "deeply concerned by the alleged actions" of the Evensons and Strehlow.

    Rose said the allegations of tax fraud and illegal hiring practices "do not represent the values and ideals of the Chuy's Mesquite Broiler Restaurants, the independent owners or our employees."

    He also pointed out that the Evensons have no ownership in several Chuy's locations in California and one in Tucson.

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    E-Verify is desperately needed.

    How about passing a bill House GOP?

  • Capitol Weekly looks at 100 California political warriors – Well, here it is: Capitol Weekly’s list of 100 political players. But since we don’t want you to gag, we’re giving it to you piecemeal. This week, we’re providing 51 through 100. Next week, we’ll do 1 through 50.  After that, we’ll disconnect the phones and head to Puerto Penasco.

    The most interesting aspect of this year’s rundown is that it clearly reflects the impact of the new Brown administration. Jerry Brown owes his election, in large part, to organized labor. And labor’s clout is demonstrated throughout with a number of labor chiefs and their lobbyists. The list really is a snapshot in time and “Top 100” may be a misnomer here: The rankings change yearly, even quarterly or monthly, as new players arrive, veterans depart and the administration goes through growing pains.

    Lists like these are interesting not only for who’s on them, but for who isn’t. There’s no Maria Shriver, no Susan Kennedy, no Henry Gomez. There’s no Grover Norquist, despite a dozen demands that we put him on – if he wants to be on our list, he can move to California.

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    Read it all.

    51-100 this week…..

    Hold on to your hats for 1-50.

Flap’s Links and Comments for April 14th on 13:00

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These are my links for April 14th from 13:00 to 13:23:

  • Gov. Mitch Daniels calls for immigration reform – Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels called on state lawmakers Wednesday to pass a proposal aimed at implementing immigration reforms in the state, adding that changes in the bill were necessary before passage.

    Mr. Daniels says a bill aimed at implementing an Arizona-style law should focus more on Indiana employers and less on law enforcement. The Indiana governor is the latest governor to call on state lawmakers to implement immigration reforms.

    “I think that legislation will be changed,” Mr. Daniels said Wednesday. “I support this, to drop the law enforcement provisions that have been the ones that have bothered most people.”

    The Indiana Republican and potential Republican presidential candidate says he hopes the law enforcement provision is remove, refusing to note whether that provision would cause him to veto the bill.

    “The idea I like is to deny them the tax deduction if they’re caught doing it,” he said. “It’s a fairly clean way to get at it, and really employment is the magnet that leads to the illegality.”

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    Again, the right will go wild here but Daniels is practical again.

    The Arizona law will be declared unconstitutional since the states are precluded from immigration enforcement – it is a federal responsibility.

    But, E-verify or state laws that give a disincentive to employers who hire illegal immigrants is a practical and realistic goal.

    Daniels should he run for President will be able to elaborate in a debate against the others.

    In the meantime, the Tom Tancredo right will go crazy against Mitch.

  • California Teachers’ Union plan built on emotion – The California Teachers Association this week declared a "State of Emergency" over the state budget and potential deep cuts to schools. It posted a 15-page "plan of action" on its website to help teachers, parents – and apparently children – lobby for tax extensions.

    Some of the union's ideas went beyond the usual letter-writing and rallying:

    • Attempt to close a major artery into town/cities.

    • Turn fire/earthquake drill into crisis response drill to the budget cuts (involve students and the community).

    • "Penny drive" where kids empty piggy banks to support teachers and deposit in the state Capitol.

    • Pay for everything with $2 bills to show the true impact of teachers.

    • Have students create a BIG poster on a school bus that is sent to Sacramento.

    • Take mug shots of teachers and students to make the point that prisons receive better funding.

    By Wednesday, the more creative ideas on the list had been removed. CTA spokesman Mike Myslinski said the list was "brainstorming" from the union's 800-delegate state council, and that CTA is not suggesting students be used as props.

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    Guess some of the leftists in the CTA (California Teacher's Association)thought the Wisconsin protests were a good thing?

  • Thousands rally at Cal State University campuses to Protest Education Cuts – Decrying what they called an assault on higher education, thousands of faculty and students at California State University campuses across the state rallied, marched and held teach-ins Wednesday to protest steep funding cuts and rising tuition.

    Dubbed the Day of Class Action, events were held on all 23 Cal State campuses, featuring speakers, workshops, gospel singers, guerrilla theater and, on one campus, a New Orleans-style "funeral" march.

    The protests were largely peaceful and there were no reports of disruptions, although student groups staged sit-ins in hallways outside the offices of presidents Jolene Koester at Cal State Northridge and James M. Rosser at Cal State L.A.

    No arrests were made, and students left the buildings by the end of the day. Peaceful sit-ins were also held at campuses in Pomona, San Francisco and the East Bay.

    With education funding at risk and higher tuition possible in many states, students and faculty at public universities elsewhere also held rallies and teach-ins Wednesday, including at Portland State in Oregon, Rutgers University in New Jersey and the University of Massachusetts' Boston campus.

    The goal, organizers said, was to raise public awareness of the consequences of continued disinvestment in higher education and to give faculty and students a greater voice in policy decisions.

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    The students and faculty should really direct their protests to the Democrat Governor and Legislature who have been ruling California for decades now.

    For every action the left-wing California Legislature takes there is an equal and opposite reaction by private business who vote by their feet – and leave.

    Also, for every new entitlement program and cost of living adjustment the California Legislature makes, there is less money for other programs, including a heavily subsidized public university education.

    But, true to from the left faculty will try to convince their students that it is the rich who are refusing to pay their fair share or something.

    Sometimes the truth is hard.

  • Texas reporter weighs in on California lawmakers’ visit – "People out here laugh at Perry walking down the main street of Dallas, waving a pistol around and talking about the crazy people in California who want to legalize marijuana," said veteran Democratic political consultant Chris Lehane.

    But some facts are clearly on Perry's side. Texas created more jobs last year than any other state: 253,900 vs. California's 89,400.

    Texas has no state income tax. It's a right-to-work state, so there are none of the collective-bargaining issues bedeviling states such as Wisconsin and (with high public-employee pensions) California.

    In the games that statisticians play, there are numbers favoring California, too.

    Texas has higher property taxes and oil extraction taxes. Its jobs pay less. It leads the nation in uninsured people and chemical pollution. And while Texas has created more manufacturing jobs, California's created more in semiconductors, computers, communications equipment and medical equipment.

    Texas has the Alamo; California has Disneyland . Texas has Ted Nugent ; California has Charlie Sheen.

    Which is to say we're different. So it's no surprise that Texas and California are taking different approaches to solving their budget shortfalls.

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    California and Texas are different states with different demographics and priorities.

    If they both can learn from each other, this is great.

    But, I would not hold my breath.

Flap’s Links and Comments for April 11th on 12:16

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These are my links for April 11th from 12:16 to 12:23:

  • The 9th Circuit strikes down Arizona’s immigration law – I examine the concurring opinion in some detail for two reasons. First, preemption doctrine requires a close reading of the statute and analysis of its purpose. Objections to a state statute cannot be brushed off because the federal government is “not doing its job.” That may be true, but this is a political and not a legal argument. Second, if immigration exclusionists think they are going to get a more satisfactory analysis from judges than the one rendered by Judge Noonan they are, I would suggest, kidding themselves. Noonan’s decision made Swiss cheese of the state’s law, an indication of how difficult it is to skirt the federal government’s dominance in the field of foreign policy and border control.

    A final observation: Conservatives are making a principled argument regarding Obamacare on the Constitution’s commerce clause in support of the federal system of government. That same structure that limits federal power also limits state power. They should be faithful to the words and intent of the Constitution in both situations.

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    If Americans are serious about illegal immigration here are the remedies:

    1. Enforce existing immigration laws, including enhanced employer's raids.

    2. Pass and implement E-Verify for employment.

    3. Secure the southern border with Mexico.

    The states should forget about Arizona type laws and Americans should hold their poltician's feet to the fire on the above 3.

  • What Tim Pawlenty’s hiring of Nick Ayers means? – Chris Cillizza reports that presidential contender Tim Pawlenty has hired the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association as his campaign manager.

    Pawlenty has been courting Nick Ayers for months. I am told by those involved in the process that Ayers, who served alongside Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour at the RGA, was waiting for Barbour, the candidate with whom he is closest, to make up his mind on whether to run. Now that Ayers has accepted a spot with Pawlenty, the chances of a Barbour presidential race have plunged. It may also be that Barbour’s extremely rocky start, overshadowed by his views on race, persuaded Ayers not to join him.

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    Probably not much.

    Tim Pawlenty may be a nice guy and all but is not very exciting. I would say about as exciting as Romney but without the personal fortune.

    If the GOP is going to throw a "Bob Dole" type candidate out there it will be Romney and not Pawlenty.

    Pawlenty for VP would really bore the GOP base.

Flap’s Links and Comments for April 8th on 16:42

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These are my links for April 8th from 16:42 to 16:48:

  • San Jose Democrats Dress Up Corporate Tax Dodges – But It is Crony Capitalism – San Jose's John Vasconcellos presided over the Assembly's budget committee for many years in the 1970s and 1980s and, liberal Democrat that he was, frequently railed about a lack of money for what he considered to be vital public services.

    Peculiarly, however, Vasconcellos also carried into law one of the most outrageously unfair and illogical corporate tax breaks ever enacted in California. It exempts custom computer software programs from sales taxes, but leaves in place taxes on consumers' off-the-shelf software.

    The exemption costs state and local treasuries an estimated $120 million a year.

    Perhaps there's a chemical in San Jose's water that compels liberal Democratic politicians to carry water for corporate interests because one of Vasconcellos' successors is doing the same kind of favor for airlines.

    Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, is carrying Assembly Bill 81, which would protect airlines from paying higher sales taxes on their fuel purchases in California when prices spike upward. It would levy taxes on the average of spot fuel prices for the preceding five years, rather than on the current price.

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    Crony capitalism by California Democrats in the Legislature at their worst.

  • Maryland House OK’s Illegal Immigrant In-State College Tuition – As many southern states pass news laws to crack down on illegal immigrants, the Maryland General Assembly is moving to allow them to pay in-state college tuition, if they meet certain conditions.

    The Maryland House voted 74-66 on Friday for the measure. The Senate already has approved similar legislation.

    Illegal immigrants would have to complete two years at a community college and show that their parents paid state income taxes for the three years before they enrolled to qualify for in-state tuition.

    Democrats say it creates opportunity for people who have lived in Maryland for years, but Republicans contend it rewards illegal behavior at taxpayers' expense

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    Maryland is a deep blue state and they are rewarding their Latino constituency despite the fact that it is unfair to native born taxpayers.

Flap’s Links and Comments for March 30th on 06:32

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These are my links for March 30th from 06:32 to 07:37:

  • Did Obama Administration Play Favorites With Energy Loans? Green Firms Financed By Obama Fundraiser Steve Westly Score Millions in Federal Loans – When the White House announced the federal government would loan $465 million to Tesla, a California start-up company with plans to develop an all-electric sedan, President Obama called it an "historic opportunity to ensure that the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks are made in America."

    The loan also represented a lucrative opportunity for Steve Westly, a major investor in the car company who had raised more than $500,000 for the president's campaign.

    In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy lent more than half a billion dollars to companies backed by Westly's California venture capital firm. In 2010, the White House tapped Westly for a seat on a special energy advisory panel that gives him regular access to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Westly boasts on his website that his firm is "uniquely positioned" to take advantage of the Obama administration's interest in green energy.

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    More CRONY capitalism from the Obama Administration

  • Black And Blue 2: Blacks Flee Blue States in Droves – Americans ultimately have to accept the reality that you can’t eliminate poverty by hiring professionals with postgraduate degrees and six figure incomes to sit in downtown offices and engineer policy solutions to urban ills. Poverty in a society like ours is a human problem and it is solved one human being at a time, usually through person to person contact: above all the parent but also the teacher, the preacher, the mentor, the entrepreneur who helps the lost and the overcome find solid ground on which to stand and build a life.

    As Blacks flee the citadels of blue thought, and as the paladins of blue like Bob Herbert move toward retirement, the problems of the inner cities and the underclass are still very much with us. Top down solutions and bureaucratic interventions have at best a limited utility in this new environment; it is time for a national re-think and a national re-engagement on the problems of race, poverty and class.

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Flap’s Links and Comments for March 25th on 19:37

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These are my links for March 25th from 19:37 to 19:55:

  • Former GOP Senate candidate Chuck DeVore joins O.C. supervisors’ race – Former Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a conservative candidate who lost the GOP Senate primary to Carly Fiorina last year, announced Thursday that he is running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

    The 2012 contest will be a raucous competition among two well-known Republicans and former state legislators. DeVore’s opponent is former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, who already served on the county board and has a healthy campaign war chest.

    In an email to supporters, DeVore focused on the state’s unfunded pension liability and accused Spitzer of being part of the problem in Sacramento — where he served in the Assembly — and Santa Ana.

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    From U.S. Senate to OC Supervisor. Wow! What a demotion…..

  • Birthing tourism: San Gabriel maternity center for Chinese women shut down – From the outside, they looked like other recently built San Gabriel townhouses — two stories, Spanish style, with roofs of red tile.

    Inside they were maternity centers for Chinese women willing to pay handsomely to travel here to give birth to American citizens.

    Southern California has become a hub of so-called birthing tourism. Operators of such centers tend to try to blend in, attracting as little attention as possible.

    But on quiet, residential Palm Avenue, neighbors had noticed an unusual number of pregnant women going in and out, and some complained about noise.

    On March 8, code enforcement officials shut down three identical four-bedroom townhouses functioning as an unlicensed birthing center.

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    Read it all.

    Anyone now want to change birthright citizenship?