Democrat pulls ahead in the Westlands congressional district

After being declared the loser in his race for the 21st congressional district and election night and for three weeks later,  TJ Cox has pulled ahead of Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford.
The LA Times speculates that the reason for the slow surge is that Cox hung Trump around Valadao's neck. After Kern and Tulare counties' counts were updated Monday, Cox was ahead by 43 votes.
If the count holds it would mean that Democrats will have a 40-seat advantage over Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Appleton, Fresno Bee, Nov. 6, 2018

To Trump re.the Camp Fire


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There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
12:08 AM - 10 Nov 2018

The sensitive li'l darlings at UC Merced

 This is a crock of the well known substance. Who are these pretentiously green, precious little people? Grade schools and high schools all over the region were open today, but the delicate li'l darlings and their even more fragile professors and their exalted administrators can't go to classes in their brand new ultra-green buildings?

Complexities of the caravan

“You just didn’t want to believe it,” Riofrio said. “We’ve gotten used to living in a certain way. We know that there’s been 14 murders. But we rationalized that it’s them killing their own people. They are not killing the good people.” -- Yesemia Amaro, Fresno Bee, Oct. 19, 2018

Fisk on President Tweet and other language destroyers

The Independent
Take my word for it, the English language is facing destruction
The long, slow decline of our primary method of communication shouldn’t concern only linguistic pedants. We are allowing a perversion of meaning to creep into our language, where words are used for control, rather than persuasion. That’s how dictators operate, says Robert Fisk

Merced City Council proves "growth pays for itself"

After a lengthy and serious public hearing, pitting angry citizens and against techno-babbling consultants and the city council and the Invisible Few who are paying for their re-election campaigns, the council voted 5-2 for a rate-increase scheme in which lower income and lower water users subsidize higher income, higher water users. 
Nobody was talking about how "development pays for itself" at that meeting.
And nobody talked about how Safeway bottles Merced City.2. water to sell.

Deportation and stolen children

 One reason we will be reminded of this nightmare regime we want to forget and another reason our children will learn about it is the fine work on display below, thanks to Associated Press and investigative journalists Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. They have made the banal horror of these authoritarian times live for us, always in danger of numbing down, and for historians in the future. This is an excellent first draft of the history our children and grandchildren should read because It Is Happening Here Now.
Bravo Garance and Martha! -- blj


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