Occupy Oakland—Bring It All Down, Man!

I covered Oakland’s occupation march and shut-down for Townhall.com. My deadline was noon the following day. I’ve never had such a tight deadline. But I got it done. This is my take on the state of our endangered Republic. "It was a good day for the 99% movement." Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan In attending the [...]

By | 2012-02-11T16:55:40+00:00 November 5th, 2011|California|Comments Off on Occupy Oakland—Bring It All Down, Man!

Disaster by the Bay

Liberal progressive politicians and policies have destroyed the black community and family—and no where is this more evident than in Oakland. The damage done has devastated the once-great city. Original Article in April 2011 Townhall Magazine (pdf) Thucydides, our primary source for the 27-year Greek civil war we call the Peloponnesian War, portrayed Athens, his [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:17+00:00 April 22nd, 2011|California, Townhall Magazine|Comments Off on Disaster by the Bay

The California Crack-Up

Original article in Townhall Magazine (pdf) The crisis facing the Golden State serves as a powerful cautionary tale for the rest of America. If the United States follows the missteps of California, it will find the same fate. While Karl Marx believed that socialism—and ultimately communism—would replace capitalism as the morally superior societal system, it [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:18+00:00 May 1st, 2009|California, Townhall Magazine, US Financial Policies|Comments Off on The California Crack-Up

California Fractured and Fading

Original article in Townhall Magazine (pdf) If California doesn’t confront its illegal immigration problems and assimilate its people to American culture, it risks further balkanization—and we could be looking at a new Republica Del Norte. By A.D. 475, Bishop of Clermont Sidonius Apollinaris had led a five-year heroic resistance against the Visigoths. He recorded his [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:18+00:00 April 1st, 2009|California, Townhall Magazine|1 Comment

What’s Wrong in California Can Spread to the Rest of U.S.

Jack Cashill is a national treasure. His latest book, What’s the Matter with California: Cultural Rumbles From the Golden State and Why the Rest of Us Should Be Shaking, is a highly informative and an important commentary. I recently caught up to Cashill at a speaking engagement at a gathering of San Francisco Bay Area [...]

By | 2016-04-30T12:42:41+00:00 October 17th, 2007|California, Human Events|Comments Off on What’s Wrong in California Can Spread to the Rest of U.S.

California Faces Dire Consequences in Election Aftermath

For the entire week, the front page of my hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, has been devoted to two major stories: Gov. Arnold Schwarzennegger’s special election initiatives and the opening of the European front in the war between the West and militant Islam. The Chronicle reporters haven’t yet referred to the growing insurrection in [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:26+00:00 November 10th, 2005|California, Human Events, US Financial Policies|Comments Off on California Faces Dire Consequences in Election Aftermath

Devious Democrats Attack Arnold’s Initiatives

It’s weeks like these that make one wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger wished he stuck to movie stardom and real estate barony rather than trying to save California from itself, wishing instead that he were perhaps lounging on the French Riviera with fellow Europhiles like Johnny Depp and Gweneth Paltrow in salons where the conversations inevitably [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:26+00:00 November 7th, 2005|California, Human Events|Comments Off on Devious Democrats Attack Arnold’s Initiatives

Cindy Sheehan Indulges in Happy Fantasies of Perpetual Safety

Country Joe Mac Donald penned that 1960s memorable musical refrain—So it’s one, two, three, what’re we fightin’ for?/Don’t give a damn, next stop is Viet Nam. He was also one of the warm up acts for the Welcome Home Cindy Sheehan event held last week at the Grand Lake Theater here in Oakland.  Not one [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:27+00:00 October 26th, 2005|California, Human Events|Comments Off on Cindy Sheehan Indulges in Happy Fantasies of Perpetual Safety

Is California Ungovernable? 


Part One: Break the Gerrymander or Bust In the 1830s, Alexis de Toqueville, coined an immortal phrase, the tyranny of the majority. While touring our young country, the French journalist and aristocrat became an enthusiast for the American experiment, yet he presciently warned that, like republics of antiquity, universal suffrage leads to the ‘public treasury [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:28+00:00 September 21st, 2005|California, Human Events|Comments Off on Is California Ungovernable? 


Jack’s Piedmont Period

By April 1904, 100 years ago this month, Jack London, the illegitimate
 son of Flora Wellman, had become world-famous and the best-selling
American writer west of the Mississippi. It had been a banner, breakthrough year for the author and “revolutionist.” At a Piedmont hill-top hideaway he called the “Bungalow,” Jack London, a boyish man of 27 [...]

By | 2017-02-28T07:31:32+00:00 April 15th, 2004|California, Piedmont Post|Comments Off on Jack’s Piedmont Period