Fires, which are a natural part of that ecosystem, were generally small — not just benign but beneficial. Land management focused on keeping the forest healthy for all involved, whether they were loggers, ranchers, fishermen, hunters, homeowners, or backpackers.
But then things started to change. Groups such as the Sierra Club and National Resources Defense Council began to drive a myopic agenda of protecting environmental interests at all costs. Logging was shut down. Grazing was banned. Controlled burning and undergrowth clearance were challenged and subjected to draconian regulations.
The Obama administration might have called these plagues “man-caused disasters.” They’re not natural. They stem directly from decisions made by elected leaders, some recent and some across several decades, decisions so poor that Dr. Pinsky describes them as “reckless negligence” worthy of setting sovereign immunity aside to make the officials who made them personally liable. Pharaoh did lose his army in the Red Sea.
While the state of California has been letting thousands of criminals out of prison since 2009 under Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison realignment law, California lawmakers are simultaneously proposing dozens of new gun control laws. Looked at separately, the two issues don’t appear necessarily connected. But closer scrutiny shows a dangerous correlation which has completely undermined the state’s Three Strikes law, while disarming law-abiding California citizens.
“Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature pushed and passed a variety of initiatives that gutted the criminal justice system. They did so by weakening parole (AB 109), downgrading a host of crimes to misdemeanors (Prop. 47), and making dangerous felons eligible for release when they have served just a portion of their sentences (Prop. 57),” Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys explained.
Every governor has signed regretful legislation, or made a disastrous pardon he or she would like a chance to re-do. California’s whacky outgoing Democrat governor has spent the last eight years trying to convince the people of California that we are to blame for droughts, wildfires and “extreme weather,” and that climate change is an existential […]
Our forests are now catastrophically overgrown, often carrying four times the number of trees the land can support. In this stressed and weakened condition, our forests are easy prey for drought, disease, pestilence and fire. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) The United States Forest Service was originally founded to protect forests from the ravages of fire […]
Hotter, drier, longer forest fires we are witnessing today have nothing to do with dangerous manmade climate change. They have a lot to do with idiotic forest mismanagement policies and practices. Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Advisor, CFACT Death and Destruction is the “New Normal” in California This past week, the New York […]
By Megan Barth and Katy Grimes The future of identity politics, and thus the moral and political mission of the left, is predicated on its capacity to organize people who are not white men. Linda Hirshman, The Nation California Senator, Kamala Harris, is the latest darling-du-jour of the radical Left. Democrats want you to […]
Nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently live within our borders. That’s 11 million people living in the shadows whom we know next to nothing about. Congressman Steve Israel, D-NY A “Fair Share” for the Shadows Progressives consistently claim that many American’s aren’t paying their fair share. Eating the Rich supposedly solves income inequality in […]
Last week, prior to the end of the California’s legislative session, I detailed how CA was days away from passing legislation making California the first “Sanctuary State” in the Union, providing sanctuary to at least 3 million illegal aliens who cost Californian’s $30.3 billion dollars per year. As predicted, the legislation passed along party lines. […]
Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting Benjamin Franklin This week, the California state legislature will vote to become a sanctuary state–and it will pass. This passage will provide sanctuary to approximately three million illegal aliens and their children. In other words, one in ten Californians are undocumented. According to new data from the U.S. […]