The Manhattan Aftermath

So a long time friend forwarded a video that a former colleague of his shot as he cruised the streets of Manhattan where all the high-end luxury stores used to reside before the rioting and looting that occurred there.

Basically, if you want to purchase luxury items in New York, it won’t be from these formerly prosperous stores in Manhattan.

I am incensed with all the BS from the leftist anarchists and looters posing as demonstrators and believe a day of reckoning is coming.

The silent majority is watching and our level of disgust is mounting.

Have you noticed that the mainstream media has stopped covering continued rioting Seattle, Portland, and who knows where else? Mum is the word.



Gavin Newsom – It’s All In The Family, Unfortunately

By Dan Walters | Jan. 6, 2019 | Commentary, Dan Walters

Gavin Newsom was the first Democrat in more than a century to succeed another Democrat as governor and the succession also marks a big generational transition in California politics.

A long-dominant geriatric quartet from the San Francisco Bay Area – Gov. Jerry Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – have been slowly ceding power to younger political strivers.

Moreover, Newsom succeeded someone who could be considered his quasi-uncle, since his inauguration continues the decades-long saga of four San Francisco families intertwined by blood, by marriage, by money, by culture and, of course, by politics – the Browns, the Newsoms, the Pelosis, and the Gettys.

The connections date back at least 80 years, to when Jerry Brown’s father, Pat Brown, ran for San Francisco district attorney, losing in 1939 but winning in 1943, with the help of his close friend and Gavin Newsom’s grandfather, businessman William Newsom.

Ties among the Brown, Newsom, Pelosi and Getty families date back three generations. Click on the image for a larger view. Graphic for CALmatters by Nazneen Rydhan-Foster.

Fast forward two decades. Gov. Pat Brown’s administration developed Squaw Valley for the 1960s winter Olympics and afterward awarded a concession to operate it to William Newsom and his partner, John Pelosi.

One of the Pelosis’ sons, Paul, married Nancy D’Alesandro, who went into politics and has now reclaimed speakership of the House of Representatives. Another Pelosi son married William Newsom’s daughter, Barbara. Until they divorced, that made Nancy Pelosi something like an aunt by marriage to Gavin Newsom (Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law was Gavin Newsom’s uncle).

The Squaw Valley concession was controversial at the time and created something of a rupture between the two old friends.

William Newsom wanted to make significant improvements to the ski complex, including a convention center, but Brown’s Department of Parks and Recreation balked. Newsom and his son, an attorney also named William, held a series of contentious meetings with officials over the issue.

An eight-page memo about those 1966 meetings from the department’s director, Fred Jones, buried in the Pat Brown archives, describes the Newsoms as being embittered and the senior Newsom threatening to “hurt the governor politically” as Brown ran for a third term that year against Ronald Reagan.

Pat Brown’s bid for a third term failed, and the Reagan administration later bought out the Newsom concession. But the Brown-Newsom connection continued as Brown’s son, Jerry, reclaimed the governorship in 1974. He appointed the younger William Newsom, a personal friend, and Gavin’s father, to a Placer County judgeship in 1975 and three years later to the state Court of Appeal.

Justice Newsom had been an attorney for oil magnate J. Paul Getty, most famously delivering $3 million to Italian kidnapers of Getty’s grandson in 1973. While serving on the appellate bench in the 1980s, he helped Getty’s son, Gordon, secure a change in state trust law that allowed him to claim his share of a multi-heir trust.

After Newsom retired from the bench in 1995, he became administrator of Gordon Getty’s own trust, telling one interviewer, “I make my living working for Gordon Getty.” The trust provided seed money for the PlumpJack chain of restaurants and wine shops that Newsom’s son, Gavin, and Gordon Getty’s son, Billy, developed, the first being in a Squaw Valley hotel.

Gavin Newsom had been informally adopted by the Gettys after his parents divorced, returning a similar favor that the Newsom family had done for a young Gordon Getty many years earlier. Newsom’s PlumpJack business (named for an opera that Gordon Getty wrote) led to a career in San Francisco politics, a stint as mayor, the lieutenant governorship and now to the governorship, succeeding his father’s old friend.

He’s has been keeping it all in the extended family.

And there is even more in the video below.





Our Goodbye To Gracie

A little over 16-years ago we brought Gracie home to share life with us and our two cats Rodney and Bently.

She was such a tiny little girl at first and cute in every way.

Here she is on our front porch taking in a little morning sun.

Gracie loved her toys and would trout around the house with them playing little games she thought were fun.

She played with her buddies, the cats all the time. They acted like she was bugging them, but it was all an act. It was common to see Gracie chase Rodney down the hallway into the bedroom, and then a few seconds later they would return with Gracie being chased by Rodney.

Bently was slow to love her, but in later years he would lick her to make sure she was clean.

Everything was something to play with, even a branch that she was trying to walk away with.

A game of hide and seek, with her buddy Rodney.

Aren’t I cute!!

Lets play ball until I drop. But she never got tired.

Tugg of wars would go on and on, with lots of growling.

Aren’t I ferocious!!

Years went by and then the little grey chin appeared.

She never liked being held because we believe she was afraid of being dropped. But she was sure enjoying this moment with Georgia.

She used to go out on the boat with us all the time. She could jump in and out of the boat with ease, but a few years ago she couldn’t make it back in again.

She was always such a happy girl but began experiencing lots of pain, so the vet prescribed pain killers that she was given three times a day. Georgia prepared them with lots of love and Gracie enjoyed them because even though the liquid smelled awful, it was mixed with turkey lunch meat.

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago on the same porch she explored some 16-years ago. We were around the corner in the courtyard, but now she just stayed here because it was so hard to get down and back up the steps again.

Gracie left us yesterday afternoon and took a big chunk of our hearts with her. She was a wonderful little girl and loved everybody, especially little kids. It will be hard for us, but at least we have photos like these and lots of wonderful memories.

Goodbye Gracie Girl, you will never be forgotten and are loved by all who had the honor of knowing you.

And your toys are lonesome now.