EPA: Farmers can continue using deadly #chlorpyrifos on their crops

The Trump administration late Wednesday halted plans to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, rejecting conclusions reached by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists during the waning days of the Obama administration that the chemical is harmful to farm workers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pointedly announced he was “reversing the previous administration’s steps” by allowing farmers to continue using chlorpyrifos. “We are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results,” he said in a prepared statement.

California officials, who already are battling the Trump administration over climate change and tailpipe emissions, could ramp up the state’s regulation of chlorpryifos in spite of Pruitt’s decision.

“It’s a pesticide that’s definitely on our radar,” said spokeswoman Charlotte Fadipe of the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. However, she said the state isn’t considering an outright ban on the chemical.

While applauded by farm groups, Pruitt’s decision infuriated a coalition seeking to ban the pesticide altogether, including the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, United Farm Workers and Natural Resources Defense Council. The coalition noted that chlorpyrifos was banned for most household uses in 2001.

Chlorpyrifos is a toxin that can affect the nervous system; children are particularly vulnerable, according to the advocacy group Californians for Pesticide Reform. Its use in agriculture can compromise food safety, according to the group, but the risk is especially high for farmworkers and people living in rural areas.

“It’s widely used in the Central Valley, a lot of orchard crops, a lot of row crops,” said Patti Goldman of Earthjustice, a law firm that sued the EPA in 2014 to get the chemical banned. “It’s probably used in more crops in California than anywhere else.” Goldman said her firm plans to continue fighting in court over the issue.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

#JudgeWatson extends order blocking travel ban – terrorists gain constitutional protection

Islamic terrorists everywhere are no doubt pleased.

Feeling the need to help ISIS and the rest of the Islamic terror world gain unfettered access to the United States, a federal judge in Hawaii has extended his order blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban several hours after hearing arguments.

Extending the temporary order until the state’s lawsuit was resolved literally extends constitutional rights to Islamics desiring to come to America to kill people and blow stuff up.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

Bad news ladies, young men say they don’t want to be manly

Despite the decades-long drumbeat for gender equity, young American men still feel strong social pressure to adhere to traditional male roles to be tough, sexually aggressive and controlling.

That’s bad news ladies, most personally don’t believe in the tenets of old-style masculinity. They’ve become head-cases instead.

This disconnect between how they feel they should act and how they say they want to act leaves many young males in a sexual quandary.

Their bravado and outward posture that ‘all is fine’ masks deep insecurities, depression and frequent thoughts of suicide,” according to experts.

Compared to outside-the-box men, they engage in risky behaviors such as binge drinking and reckless driving, and are three to six times more likely to be victims or perpetrators of bullying and to sexually harass women.

For men outside the “box,” the dissonance between perceived social norms and personal beliefs looms large.

Basically these guys are losers. Maybe those old guys hitting on you at the clubs aren’t so bad after all ladies.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

In #Mosul, #Islamic from #ISIS are posing as nice guys in order to gain access to the West

“We think he may be Islamic State,” the Iraqi police officer said.

The officer was seated behind the window of a trailer outside a United Nations displaced persons camp 20 miles south of Mosul. A laptop computer in front of him displayed a spreadsheet containing names of more than 40,000 Islamic State suspects.

Among them was the name of the bearded man standing before him, Ahmed Hussein Hasan.

Dozens of suspected Islamic State militants have been detained over the last two weeks as officers examine those flooding into the camps.

That’s how it’s going in Mosul. Islamic from ISIS are posing as nice guys, in order to gain access to the West. Of course the European Union and Liberals in America will embrace them, and more innocents will die.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

#Britain officially bails on the #losers in the #EuropeanUnion

It has been described as the most complex divorce in history, but Wednesday afternoon, the breakup began in earnest as Britain formally launched its move to leave the European Union.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, received a letter in Brussels hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, which triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, setting off a two-year withdrawal process.

Minutes later, British Prime Minister Theresa May, who sent the letter to Tusk, announced in the House of Commons that her government was acting on the “democratic will of the British people,” who in June voted 52% to 48% to split from the 28-nation union.

In the minds of Liberal “New-World-Order” types, the move Wednesday signifies one of the greatest political changes the continent has faced since the end of World War II.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, where 62% of voters in the June referendum favored remaining part of the EU, the Scottish parliament voted Tuesday in favor of an independence referendum within two years, once the terms of Britain’s exit deal are known.

In Ireland there are concerns about the future stability of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement as the Republic of Ireland will remain in the EU, while Northern Ireland will be part of post- “Brexit” Britain.

May does not want Brexit to be seen as Britain turning its back on its European neighbors, but instead as finding a new way to exist as an independent, sovereign nation while maintaining robust economic, trade and intelligence ties with the continent.

She has also stressed that she would be willing to walk away from the negotiations at the end of two years with no deal, if the only option on the table is a bad one.

European leaders have naturally freaked-out.

The tone across the Channel on Wednesday was far from celebratory and Tusk struck a regretful tone during a news conference soon after receiving May’s letter.

More bad news for the hapless EU came as France announced it will hold presidential elections in April and May, and Marine Le Pen, one of the front-runners from the far-right National Front party, has vowed to hold a referendum on France’s membership in the EU.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Poll: Voters not so keen on sanctuary cities for criminal illegal immigrants

In the face of de-funding threats from the Trump administration, a Leftist poll has suggested to the media that California voters support communities declaring themselves “sanctuary cities.”

But the Berkeley IGS Poll found that a majority oppose cities and counties being able to disregard federal requests to detain illegal immigrants who have been arrested and are pending release from custody.

Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll, said the findings show voters have less sympathy for unauthorized immigrants who have been arrested.

“Some voters are making a distinction between immigrants that local officials happen upon” vs. those who have been arrested, he said.

The Berkeley survey, conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies, follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ warning Monday that the so-called “sanctuary cities” stand to be stripped of Justice Department grants for state and local law enforcement if they refuse to comply with federal immigration law.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

#FreedomCaucus: #Trump is going to be stuck with these #racist #moron #elitist #jerks for a while

When hapless and incompetent House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pulled the plug on the GOP’s Obamcacare overhaul, lawmakers spilled out of the Capitol basement, angry, frustrated and stunned.

But Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), leader of the conservative and rebellious House Freedom Caucus that led the fight against the bill, was uncharacteristically quiet, downplaying his political victory and mulling over the next move.

Naturally, since he single-handedly screwed every Republican voter in America.

After defeating the GOP healthcare overhaul, the Freedom Caucus has roared back to relevance as a political power in the Trump era. It has reasserted itself as not just a renegade assemblage of mostly back-bench lawmakers, but as a core block of votes that Trump will need to push past the healthcare debacle to tax reform, budget battles and other issues.

President Trump is going to be stuck with these racist moron elitist jerks for a while.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Raiders’ statement on leaving: Screw Oakland, screw California

As we predicted, Raiders owner Mark Davis received nearly unanimous approval from his fellow owners to move his team to Las Vegas. It was a no-brainer decision. What business would stay in Oakland, and in California, given the opportunity presented by Governor Sandoval, the State of Nevada, and the City of Las Vegas.

Following the vote, the Raiders released the following statement from Davis:

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.”

In short, screw Oakland, and screw California. You could see this coming a mile away. Another epic fail for Oakland, and California.

Read the whole story in the East Bay Times

For the #RaiderNation, it’s Vegas Baby!

On Feb. 11, 2016, Raiders owner Mark Davis and hapless Oakland city officials got together at Oracle Arena and smiled in front of all the TV cameras. They agreed to a one-year lease extension at the Coliseum and pledged to work together to build a permanent facility for the football team.

They haven’t met since.

And now Davis, frustrated at the lack of progress toward getting a new stadium in Oakland and city officials’ vows not to spend taxpayer money to get one, is locked in on a move to Las Vegas.

NFL owners are set to vote on the team’s possible relocation at their meeting in Phoenix. Davis needs 24 of 32 owners to vote “yes,” though contingencies attached to a vote could push the final approval back to May, during the next owners’ meeting.

League sources expect the move to be approved. The Raiders are confident enough that they were planning a news conference near the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

“Oakland is not really viewed as an alternative at this point,” one league executive said. “There’s nothing new on that end.”

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle


The #GOP numbskulls who saved #Obamacare and #PlannedParenthood

Just when you thought Republicans couldn’t get any dumber, along comes the House Freedom Caucus.

President Trump on Sunday took hard-line congressional Republicans to task over last week’s failed attempt to push through a healthcare overhaul measure.

In his Sunday morning tweet, the president laid the primary culpability for the failure to push the measure forward on the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Trump said the bloc of lawmakers, aided by conservative advocacy organizations Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, had “saved” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and Planned Parenthood, whose funding would have been cut by the measure.

The planned floor vote on the bill was hastily scrapped Friday when it became apparent that Trump and Ryan did not have the votes to win even in the Republican-controlled House.

The GOP-authored measure was intended as a high-profile repudiation of one of former President Obama’s signature achievements.

Read the whole story in the LA Times