San Leandro, California to fly the Chinese flag in honor of Communist China and Mao Zedong.

Yeah, nice going, San Leandro.  Fly the flag in honor of one of the most oppressive regimes and worst mass murderers of the last 100 years.

What is wrong with the people running California?  It’s a beautiful state, but the people running it are maybe the worst state politicians in the U.S.

SAN LEANDRO — Over the objections of residents and human rights groups, the city will raise the flag of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, a day that honors the formation of the sovereign state in 1949 by communist leader Mao Zedong.

The City Council voted 4-3 Monday to approve the request by Councilman Benny Lee, a Chinese-American who said he intended the move as a sign of support for the city’s growing Chinese population and a sign the city is open for Chinese business and investment. The approval — endorsed by Lee and fellow council members Ursula Reed, Diana Souza and Jim Prola — garnered applause, as well as boos and shouts of displeasure from a packed council chamber.

“Raising the flag gives us the opportunity to show the openness to the people of China, the business people of China, to show that we welcome that investment and we welcome the prosperity,” Lee said. Raising the flag also is a way “to acknowledge and accept the people of Asian ancestry, Chinese ancestry” in San Leandro, he said.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/09/20/california-city-flies-flag-china

President Obama committing $320 million to bail out Detroit.

They’re trying to pretend it’s not a bailout since they’re not actually asking Congress for money and instead using grants and money from cuts to other programs.  That’s all well and good, but it’s still a bailout.

U.S. President Barack Obama is committing at least $320 million to revive bankrupt Detroit, primarily through grants and other programs, to raze blighted buildings, hire police and firefighters and improve transit.

A delegation from Washington led by Attorney General Eric Holder, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will meet with Michigan and city officials today.

“We’re going to continue to support the efforts under way in Detroit and ensure the federal government is an active partner in supporting the revitalization of the city,” Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and head of an interagency working group on Detroit, said in a statement.

Detroit, once an auto-manufacturing powerhouse, declared the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy in history on July 18 after years of decline in which its population fell by more than half, to 700,000 from 1.8 million. The city has more than $18 billion in long-term obligations and is plagued by unreliable buses, broken street lights and long waits for police and ambulances. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took over city finances in March.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-27/obama-set-to-deliver-320-million-to-aid-bankrupt-detroit.html

 

Pres. Obama’s best friend from high school arrested for assault and rape.

You know, it is kinda creepy how many shady characters Pres. Obama has been close with before he started a life in politics.  Jeremiah Wright, his openly racist and America-hating pastor, and Bill Ayers, a domestic terrorist, are a couple of them.  Now we have Obama’s close friend from high school whose life has been a downward spiral of late.  Apparently, this guy knows more about Pres. Obama’s early, high school days than just about anyone.

President Obama’s high school best friend, who at one time was ‘like a brother’ to him, has been accused of brutally raping and beating a woman, it emerged today.

Keith Kiyoshi Kakugawa, 54, from Eureka, California, was arrested at his home last Sunday and booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual penetration by force, oral copulation by force and battery.

The arrest is the latest in a long list of convictions for Kakugawa, who was close friends with the President when they both attended Panahou High School.

Since then, their lives have gone down completely different paths and Kakugawa is said to be so bitter over it, he even threatened to reveal stories from their school days after Obama became president.

Kakugawa is being held on $400,000 bond and if convicted, faces a lengthy prison sentence.

A source close to the former Wall Street trader told the Enquirer this may lead him to reveal his stories about the President.

‘Keith knows a lot of secrets that could prove to be embarrassing for the commander-in-chief if they get out,’ he said.

‘They are mostly youthful indiscretions, but he would know more about Obama’s teenage drug-taking than anyone. And now that he’s really desperate and facing a lengthy prison stretch, he could spill the beans.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2432151/Keith-Kakugawa-President-Obamas-best-friend-high-school-brutally-beat-raped-woman-apartment.html

Ted Cruz completes a 21-hour filibuster of the U.S. Senate in protest of ObamaCare.

Rand Paul did a 13-hour filibuster earlier this year in protest of Pres. Obama’s drone program, which even some Democrats praised Paul for.  And now Ted Cruz pulls off a 21-hour filibuster over ObamaCare.  That means constant talking the whole time you’re on the floor.  You can’t leave the platform to eat or go to the bathroom or for any other reason.  If you do, your filibuster is over.  How these guys physically are able to do this, I don’t know.  Whether Cruz’s filibuster will make any difference in whether ObamaCare gets funded, which is wildly unpopular according to every poll out there, or the government shuts down or not on October 1, I’m not sure.  Whether you agree with what they’re filibustering over or not, you have to admire their passion, if nothing else.  I don’t like idolizing politicians, but as far as I’m concerned, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and the rest supporting them are the closest thing Congress has right now to heroes.

Ted Cruz has proved himself the David Blaine of US politics. The freshman Republican senator’s 21-hour pseudo-filibuster was an immensely stylish endurance  stunt — a feat made all the more impressive by the rhetorical fluency that did not flag, the clarity of argument that was present in the first hour and the 21st and the unflappable demeanor.

Unlike Blaine, Cruz seemed none the worse for wear at the end. Remember: He didn’t sit; he didn’t go to the bathroom; the only relief he got was the occasional “question” that went on for a few minutes to give his throat a break.

In the last hour, even as he said he grew “weary” as his time arguing against ObamaCare was coming to a close, he found himself in a debate with the able and smart Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on the Congress’s generous health-care plan.

Durbin complained that Cruz wanted to deny health care to the uninsured; did he not, Durbin asked, enjoy the benefits of the generous congressional health-care package himself?

Cruz said he wouldn’t answer Durbin until Durbin first replied to three questions Cruz had posed. Durbin, with an “a-ha” gesture, responded by saying it was clear Cruz was simply refusing to answer his embarrassing question.

He’d walked into Cruz’s trap. For then Cruz said, no, Senator, I’m eligible for the congressional plan — but I’m not enrolled in it.

Durbin thought he had Cruz cornered by bringing up his reliance on the absurdly generous health package for Congress. But since Cruz doesn’t rely on it, Durbin humiliated himself in what was supposed to be his gotcha moment.

Despite his marathon of speaking and standing and arguing, after nearly a day on his feet, Cruz — there is no other term for it — squashed Durbin like a bug.

All in all, the Cruz performance was great political theater, and Cruz was astoundingly impressive both in demeanor and in the cogency and saliency of his arguments against ObamaCare. If there’d been any question before Tuesday about what a formidable presence he’s going to be in Washington and in the Republican party going forward, it has been laid to rest.

http://nypost.com/2013/09/25/who-else-does-ted-cruzs-triumph-help/