The Best Coffee Shop in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California

At nine, two flows of humanity cross each other in front of Lulu Carpenter’s, the upscale coffee shop at the top of Pacific Avenue. Pacific Avenue is the main walking commercial thoroughfare, surprisingly well re-designed after the destruction 1989 earthquake. It’s nothing like the collection of cheap motels leading to the Boardwalk that greets the … Continue reading The Best Coffee Shop in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California

A Tale of Two Cities (in Santa Cruz, California, USA)

There is a Veterans Hall right in downtown Santa Cruz. It’s called “Veterans Memorial,”  says so on its facade. It’s next door to the US Post Office and across the street from a marble monument to those children of the county who participated in World War One or in World War Two. Every Wednesday morning, … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities (in Santa Cruz, California, USA)

Duckshit and Bullshit in Santa Cruz, California.

Today, interestingly right before Memorial Day, thousands of residents of Santa Cruz are hiding their faces like a bunch of old nuns who would have caught sight of a naked man by mistake. (I should stop saying this; it’s may not be fair to nuns.) The cause of their emotion: a front page article in … Continue reading Duckshit and Bullshit in Santa Cruz, California.

Tea Party in the People’s Green Republic of Santa Cruz

On April 15th, my wife and I went to a tea party to protest the Obama-Pelosi spending and its probably consequences. (For those of you who read me from overseas: April 15th is the last day Americans may pay their federal income tax without a late penalty. They also pay taxes to their state, to their … Continue reading Tea Party in the People’s Green Republic of Santa Cruz

A Real Town Meeting in the People’s Green Republic of Santa Cruz

Tuesday night, I took in, in person, two and a half hours of town hall meeting with the same congressman, Sam Farr, in my own town of Santa Cruz, this time. Now, it’s important to understand that Santa Cruz is, overall, a seventies throwback, left-liberal to communist anti-American. To give you an idea, on my long … Continue reading A Real Town Meeting in the People’s Green Republic of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Vandals, Drums, and Left-Wing Authoritarianism

I live in wonderful times in a wonderful place. Important history is re-playing itself before my eyes. This a sequel to my recent previous blogs (“Freedom Fighters…” and, “The Leftist Municipality….”) The story has to do with the fact that a few fast-moving people dressed in black caused about $100,000 worth of damage in six … Continue reading Santa Cruz Vandals, Drums, and Left-Wing Authoritarianism

Immigration in the Time of Joe Biden: What to Do (Part 4 of 11)

The Nation-State and Borders Nation-states have to possess immigration policies or they cease to exist. I mean any number of things by “cease to exist,” including falling apart organizationally and economically, to the point of being unable to provide a minimum degree of order, of predictability. (This last sentence might rub pure libertarians the wrong … Continue reading Immigration in the Time of Joe Biden: What to Do (Part 4 of 11)

And the Surfers Shall Lead the Revolution

The central coast of California where I live has been cursed and blessed by sunny weather this winter; it has also been blessed and cursed by unusually high waves. The curse of good weather when it should be raining, known as “drought,” is that it may feed into more horrendous forest fires next summer, same … Continue reading And the Surfers Shall Lead the Revolution

The Revolt of the Baristas

For several weeks, nearly every night, I have a déjà vu experience. First, I watch Fox News where I see crowds of younger people in dark clothing breaking things, setting buildings on fire, and assaulting police. (I infer they are younger people because of the suppleness of their movements.) Then, I switch to French news on … Continue reading The Revolt of the Baristas

The World Health Organization Revisited; Individual Rights

Two things today (4/17/20). First, there is a vast misunderstanding of the World Health Organization around the US. (WHO) It’s been promoted unwittingly by the President’s own seeming ignorance. WHO operates on two different gears. In times of crisis, like now, it’s usually found wanting. That’s because the top of its hierarchy takes over at … Continue reading The World Health Organization Revisited; Individual Rights

Authoritarianism in Tiny Steps

All the power in both the County and the City of Santa Cruz (where I live) now resides in the hands of a County health official. Yesterday, she just closed all parks and all beaches in the county for at least a week. She had the courtesy to post a long letter explaining her reasons. … Continue reading Authoritarianism in Tiny Steps

Coddle the Old, Spoil Them; Everybody Else, Back to Work!

I am more worried by the day about the economic consequences of the current isolation policy intended to change the shape (not the numbers) of the corona-virus epidemic in America. This, in spite of the a large infusion of (national debt) money, that I would approve regretfully if it were my sole decision. (Note: I … Continue reading Coddle the Old, Spoil Them; Everybody Else, Back to Work!

Asking for 9/11

Pres. Trump discontinued the on-going talks with the Taliban without indication there will be a resumption. What took him so long? A couple of days before the announcement, the Taliban claimed an attack in Kabul that killed a dozen people including an American. (This is important.) Two weeks prior, the Taliban had massacred the guests … Continue reading Asking for 9/11

A Small Reason Why I Don’t Want Big Government

Santa Cruz, California is really Silicon Valley Beach. It’s the closest; the next one is quite far. That’s in addition to drawing visitors from deep into the Central Valley of California, and a surprising number of European visitors. One attractive beach close to its municipal wharf has only two (2) toilets. On Labor Day weekend … Continue reading A Small Reason Why I Don’t Want Big Government