Law

Master grifter meets his match at Livingston Happy Food Mart

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

But, even though the man, apparently an illegal immigrant (though from what country is one mystery) with more than 40 alias, apparently conned the local McClatchy Co. outlet into believing he at least recently came from a place called Stenton, another mystery. We never heard of it and either has Google. But the Sun-Star may have its zip code.

Who knows?

At least the suspect is calling himself Alvarez and not Alvernaz, and he has not apparently claimed any relationship to Sweet Potato Joe. 

--blj

 

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Why cometh the truant officer?

Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

How fondly we remember Carole Tomlinson-Keasey, the first chancellor of UC Merced, telling all us locals that, although they couldn't exactly measure it, they found it, nonetheless, universally true that proximity to a UC campus made people more intelligent.

"Proximity is destiny," was the slogan of that hour.  Of course, less interested observers like state Sen. President pro tem described this "destiny" as the biggest "boondoggle" he'd ever seen (and he saw the construction of Candlestick), and Capitol columnist Dan Walters described this "destiny" as "nothing but a land deal."

Presumably, if T-K, the "Cowgirl Chancellor, was correct, Merced children do not have to go to elementary or secondary school because the very air they breathe (at least on healthy air-quality days) fills them with genius.

So is this police overreach or just a return to the old-fashioned truancy officer of yore?

-- blj

 

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Westlands board votes to not support the Delta Fix

Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

“They’ve put two conditions [on the project] that can’t possibly be met,” said Patricia Schifferle of Pacific Advocates, an environmental group.

“They're saying, we’ll participate if you make others pay and give us a free ride on environmental protections. That is a nonstarter.” -- Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2017

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Chinese auto fuel policy

Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 At this point, the only car companies without major plans to overhaul are the big three U.S. carmakers: Ford, GM and Chrysler. -- Truthdig, Sept. 16, 2017

 

9-16-17

Truthdig.com

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Rep. Devin Nunes: a study in obstruction

Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 You get some of these boys too far from their mamas' cooking, put them in suits, give them some money and send them to Washington DC, and it's like they get Obstruction on the brain. First, being beloved-tools-for-a-season of San Joaquin Valley agribusiness, they develop the hubris required to imagine stopping the flows of whole rivers, damming, channeling, diverting flows for the greater good of fewer and fewer, larger and larger agricultural enterprises. 

Once they've drunk that wine, obstruction of justice like throwing monkey wrenches into investigations from which they have been recused with some prejudice is duck soup. 

Obstruction of justice is about the only thing his special interests understand.

--blj

 

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California League of Women Voters president opposes Delta "fix"

Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 9-8-17

Mercury News

Opinion: Delta twin tunnel ‘WaterFix’ bad for Santa Clara County, won’t fix anything

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Westlands and Reclamation: an eternal love

Submitted: Sep 08, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Westlands Water District floats like a tumescent turd through the sewers of the Trump administration. -- blj

 

Criticism of Westlands’ cozy relationship with Reclamation ramped up this year when Donald Trump’s administration picked David Bernhardt to be the No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of the Interior, which supervises the Reclamation bureau.

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Is Trump mentally fit to be commander-in-chief?

Submitted: Sep 06, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

6-16-17

Los Angeles Times

 

Op-Ed 

Is Trump mentally fit to be president? Let's consult the U.S. Army's field manual on leadership

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Merced Weed Chronicles, another absurd chapter

Submitted: Sep 02, 2017
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

There were aspects of Tuesday's Merced County Board of Supervisors' session on marijuana law that are not covered by the narrow, but laudable focus of the article below. Yes, it should be about the poor and sick and most vulnerable.

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