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Gavin Newsom’s got 99 problems — and Larry Elder is the biggest one

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Weary Californians are ready to send California Gov. Gavin Newsom to the Andrew M. Cuomo Memorial Home for Incurable Politicians. 

The Democrat faces a recall election in September after 1.3 million Californians — including hundreds of thousands of registered Democrats — signed a recall petition damning his performance on everything from illegal immigrants to water-use policies to taxes. 

Right now, Newsom has three distinct sets of problems. 

His first set of problems can be filed under “Gavin Newsom Is Not Very Good at Politics.” 

Newsom made himself into a figure of contempt when, in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown he ordered and ruthlessly policed, he and his lobbyist cronies — medical lobbyists at that! — discarded the masks he had mandated for the peasantry and sat down for a splendid meal at the French Laundry, arguably America’s most froufrou restaurant, running up a $12,000 tab for wine alone. 

Gov. Newsom called it a “bad mistake,” as though he had simply tripped and fallen into a $2,800 bottle of Domaine François Raveneau. 

After that comical performance, California Democrats probably wanted to forget he was one of them — which is what Gov. Newsom apparently did. California’s sitting Democratic governor will not be listed as a Democrat on the recall ballot, because he failed to file the paperwork identifying himself as a member of his party before the deadline. In a state where Democrats have a sheer numerical advantage, that is a critical strategic failure. 

After imposing a strict mask mandate and lockdown for his state, Newsom was spotted having an unmasked meal at the French Laundry.
After imposing a strict mask mandate and lockdown for his state, Newsom was spotted having an unmasked meal at the French Laundry.
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The second set of problems is found in an even larger file labeled “Gavin Newsom Is Not Very Good at Being Governor.” Newsom’s plutocratic escapades might have been amusing if California were thriving in general — but it is not. California still looks golden for the sort of people who dine at the French Laundry, but for non-gazillionaires, the going is rough: Crime is up, the cost of living is impossible for people who are not big kahunas in Silicon Valley or celebrities in Beverly Hills, vagrant encampments are to be seen everywhere, the streets of many California cities are Third World-style gauntlets of beggars. 

And it is going to get worse: Even as booming stock prices provided California with a one-time $15 billion budget surplus, Newsom and his Democratic allies in Sacramento have put the state on track for a string of multibillion-dollar deficits beginning in two years. That’s going to mean higher taxes or cuts in services — neither of which would be welcome. 

Newsom’s third set of problems is Larry Elder. 

The popular, black talk-show host and columnist from inner-city Los Angeles is the leading candidate to replace Newsom in the recall effort. 

Crime is up and vagrant encampments are everywhere in Newsom's California.
Crime is up and vagrant encampments are everywhere in Newsom’s California.
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What’s more, the usual Democratic playbook is going to hit some roadblocks against Elder, a conservative who is practically engineered to discomfit a self-righteous Bay Area progressive. It is going to be funny watching a rich white guy named “Gavin” sneer at a black man from South Central Los Angeles as a friend of white-nationalist hooliganism. It is going to be positively hilarious to hear a graduate of Crenshaw High School being denounced as a tool of the ultra-wealthy by a San Francisco aristocrat educated — in French, no less — at the Ecole Notre Dame Des Victoires, the sort of thing your family can afford when your father is legal counsel for Getty Oil. 

It’s the sage from South Central vs. the schmuck from the French Laundry. 

Newsom will pretend he is running against the ghost of Donald Trump, economic injustice and climate change. But what is lacking in California isn’t utopian visions and globe-spanning progressive crusades — it is ordinary competence in down-home governor stuff: crime, budgets, taxes, education, housing, roads. Of course, the French Laundry scandal won’t help: Like Cuomo, Newsom may end up being done in by hubris when incompetence alone would have been grounds for retiring him. 

Newsom may survive. The polls right now suggest that he will squeak past in an embarrassingly close call. But if it goes the other way, he would not be the first preening Democratic governor of a big blue state taken down by arrogance, vanity and self-indulgence. 

Hell, he wouldn’t even be the first one taken down this summer. 

Kevin D. Williamson is the author of “Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the ‘Real America.’”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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