Welcome to ‘Hotel California’ | The American Spectator

 

 Welcome to  ‘Hotel California’ The American Spectator

      The progressive Left’s version of Utopian Paradise

Welcome to ‘Hotel California’ | The American Spectator

When I was a kid growing up in New York, California beckoned as an idyllic place of beaches, wine, wildflowers, and beautiful people. It was the land of “good vibrations,” “surfer girls,” and little “deuce coupes.”

I distinctly recall watching the Rose Parade from a cold couch in the winter of 1978, wondering where on Earth they had gotten all those flowers. Years later, after driving cross country in my 1992 Suzuki Samurai, I sat atop a sand dune in Malibu and thought I had reached paradise.

I took in the natural wonders of California like air: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Redwood Park, Death Valley, Half Dome, Monterey, Napa, China Beach.

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air*

There are parts of the Pacific Coast Highway that routinely move me to tears, particularly at sunset, when the evening tide bathes the beach heads in a brilliant palette of pink and vermillion. This is a place of astonishing beauty, but I’ve come to realize that it is also “a terrible beauty,” to quote W. B. Yeats.

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night.

After more than 20 years here, the landscape has changed. Rarely does a day pass when I do not encounter the genderless homeless and their dogs encamped at a traffic signal or in the littered brush at the edge of a parking lot. Errant shopping carts routinely make their way from local markets to freeway underpasses, where they function as the support columns for an endless tract of tent homes. Sleeping bags, plastic bags, poly tarps, and cardboard are the cooperative building materials of the street.

With a burgeoning homeless population of some 50,000, Los Angeles now boasts one of the largest unsheltered communities in the United States. It is a rough group of heroin addicts, prostitutes, the mentally ill, and folks who are simply down and out in Tinseltown.

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself
“This could be heaven or this could be Hell”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the city’s homeless population has surged 75 percent in six years, and it’s evident everywhere. This notoriously hip, rich, and progressive place has an ugly underbelly of filth and disease. Residents walk their dogs with pet boots in downtown L.A., not because it’s trendy but to protect them from Hepatitis A, which has blanketed Skid Row. The unsightly settlements have become as much a part of the California scene as wet suits and board racks.

“Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face.”

One UN housing official who visited homeless sites in both L.A. and San Francisco was so shocked by the conditions, she suggested that California was in violation of international human rights law. It’s an astonishing assertion for a state that is home to places like Atherton, where the median price for a house is upwards of $10 million and reserved exclusively for the likes of tech tycoons like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys that she calls friends

It’s no secret that the “City by the Bay” is also littered with trash, needles, and feces. Other parts of the Golden State are plagued by gangs, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, child prostitution, and people smuggling. Violent crime in California has increased over the past two years, and in some cities, like Sacramento, murder, robbery and rape are rising at twice the national average.

How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So, where are the resources? Where is the money? Where are the priorities? And, most important of all, where is the outrage?

They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Make no mistake, this is a one-party state. The Democrats have presided over the California Legislature for 40 years. The State Controller has been a Democrat for over 44 years. There has not been a Republican senator elected from the state in over 25 years. There has not been a Republican attorney general or a Republican state treasurer in over two decades.

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969”

Clearly, the charade of inclusiveness has proven to be a brilliant disguise for political power. Caring more about those who “live in the shadows” than those who “live in the streets” has won elections. Politicking by identity has kept homogenous groups within their respective sanctums for maximum exploitation as the rush to the moral high ground has left countless Californians in the gutter.

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said, “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”

Ironically, the Free Speech Movement was born in this state more 50 years ago. But in 2019, it has been choked off and muzzled. There is no healthy debate here — no passionate discourse, no differing opinions, and no democratic process. California is in the throes of the greatest economic, political, and public monopoly in the history of this country. And it’s failing miserably.

And in the master’s chambers
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

As a conservative living in Los Angeles for the past 20 years, my vote has had little impact — and yet election after election I have religiously cast it, in the hopes that one day the partisan stranglehold will be broken. The dupe of victimization runs deep, however. The outrage mobs, the oppression orthodoxy, and the redistribution of sound judgment have kept all of us in shackles.

From a gallon of gas to a gallon of water, the cost of living is scandalous. We find ourselves in a grossly overpriced one-star hotel from which residents are checking out and leaving en masse — to Arizona, Nevada, and Texas to escape high taxes, unsafe neighborhoods, failing schools, a wall of debt, a pension crisis, and a political ruling class that has neither the guts nor the will to effect change.

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before

The bright lights of family, civility, and entrepreneurship are flickering. Opposing voices are consistently cast into the wilderness, and even the Rose Parade doesn’t look or sound the same.

“Relax,” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!”

Ballot after ballot, proposition after proposition, the names and the dollar amounts change, but the policies stay the same — as the splendor of the cityscapes, the vibrance of the coast, and the allure of the once-beautiful rustic towns and communities slip into a steady chorus of deterioration, degradation, and decay.

“Welcome to the Hotel California….
We are all just prisoners here of our own device.”

The greatest tragedy, of course, is that it doesn’t have to be this way here — or anywhere else in America.

*Songwriters: Don Felder / Don Henley / Glenn Frey. Hotel California lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.

 

Heartland Institute Celebrates Halloween with 10 ‘Climate Scares Debunked’ Videos

The short, sharable videos, debunk some of the biggest phony climate scares meant to spook kids and adults, alike


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (October 31, 2019) – For environmental activists, every day is Halloween as they try to scare children about supposed catastrophes that will soon befall the earth due to climate change. They also try to frighten politicians in the United States and around the world into taking radical, economy-killing action to “stop” global warming.

But like most spooky stories told around Halloween, those climate scares turn out to be tall tales. From the supposed polar bear population crisis, to children never experiencing snow, to coastal cities being uninhabitable, one scare after another has proven false.

The Heartland Institute has released 10 videos for Halloween that debunk some of the most-popular climate scares pushed by radical environmentalists over the decades.

See the playlist at this link for the 10 videos that were released one per day for the last 10 days leading up to Halloween.

#10: Al Gore Says the Polar Ice Cap Will Disappear by 2013

#9: Children Won’t Know What Snow Is

#8: Polar Bears Are in Danger

#7: Syrians Are Fleeing Due to Climate Change

#6: Pulling Out of the Paris Accord Dooms Humanity

#5: We Have 12 Years to Save the World

#4: Hurricanes Are Increasing in Severity

#3: Climate Change Leads to Mass Starvation

#2: An Underwater New York City

#1: We’re Entering a New Ice Age

The scares for the videos were picked by staffers at Heartland, as well as our friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Energy & Environment Legal Foundation.

The Heartland Institute is a 35-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our website or call 312/377-4000.


Four Seasons Lodge Shuts off Water during Peak Occupancy

by Allen Williams


This past week I attended the 2019 annual Feast of Tabernacles located in the Ozarks. It is an annual eight day celebration depicting world peace and prosperity in the millennial.

The event was held at the Four Season's Lodge, a plush resort featuring championship Golf, a Japanese garden and SPA, ample meeting room accommodations and other amenities. Services were held in the Lodge's Marbella rooms located on the lower level of the main complex lobby with seating for more than 400+ attendees.

The hotel complex was built in 1964 before the Americans with disabilities act' was passed and so has a number of shortcomings although there has been an attempt to make internal improvements such as adding parallel ramps for those who prefer to avoid the stairs where small elevation changes permit. General lighting conditions are deficient in the Marbella room unless you're fortunate enough to be sitting directly under one of the overhead lamps. Lighting is poor in the hotel corridor access to a number of the hotel rooms and outside lighting along the walkways is virtually nonexistent and a sure fall hazard unless you have a cell phone or separate flashlight. There is only one elevator around the bend from the hotel's front lobby desk. I did not see a route to that elevator upon exiting several locations around the lower level Marbella room where we met. Stairs appear to be the only access in or out.

On October 18th about 30 minutes prior to daily services in the Marbella location we were informed that the water would be shut off for the entire complex for TWO HOURS. And when I say the entire complex, I mean ALL of the corresponding hotel rooms as well.

I immediately went to the hotel lobby desk to get confirmation of the shutoff as I was not certain that it hadn't been somewhat exaggerated. 
When I spoke to the young lady behind the hotel desk, she seemed somewhat shocked and promptly called hotel maintenance who confirmed the two hour shutdown. Why was this action necessary for the entire duration of our service? Why not two hours before or two hours afterwards? This maintenance effort is something you'd expect to be done in the off hours of the night when people are asleep, especially since there was no indication of serious leakage. The Four Seasons management likely wanted to save repair costs at the expense of the hotel guests. A likely consequence from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration titled 'Environmental Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry.' https://scholarship.sha.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1199&context=chrpubs

Later I checked with several patrons who confirmed water was shut off to their rooms. If someone was ill and needed to use the facilities during the shutdown, they were simply out of luck. In all the years that I've traveled, staying at some of the best hotels, I've never experienced anything like this! No word of apology from the hotel management,,,nothing..It's as if this was just another normal occurrence and according to Cornell it's entirely plausible.

Some individuals dared using the restrooms during the shutdown reported that hotel staff inside the restroom offered a bucket of water to patrons to flush the commodes. I can't confirm that as I hurriedly left to use the facilities at my hotel some 3 miles away as Erskine Caldwell's," Tobacco Road" came to mind.

UKRAINE SCANDAL EXPLAINED:

                                                             

                                          

                                                           

What the Ukraine Scandal is about? The real story of the Russian Collusion, how and why it was fabricated and by who?                          Glenn Beck walks you through it, step by step.

Clue: It wasn’t a phone call between Trump and the Ukraine president.

Ukraine: The Democrats' Russia: https://www.glennbeck.com/theblaze-tv/ukraine-scandal-explained-chalkboard-on-dnc-collusion-joe-biden-soros-trump-more

 
 

Little steps, divide and conquer

   Vote democrat, make a difference, don’t let that pesky constitution get in the way of progress..






Today in congress the Democrats wanted to push a gun confiscation bill which IGNORES all 2nd amendment rights and the right to due process. While the Democrats were successful at ramming the bill through, Congressman Jim Jordan tore them to pieces for passing a bill that blatantly disregards the constitution. Click HERE to subscribe to TheBlaze ...
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The end is near

   

                                    

          THE END IS NEAR !!!!!!!!

 

    A group of 500 esteemed scientists and professionals in climate science have officially notified the United Nations that there is no climate crisis and that spending trillions on a non-problem is ‘cruel and imprudent’. This letter will not make it into national or global media, nor will it cause the UN to change its ways. If these same scientists understood Technocracy, they would change their battle strategy. ⁃ TN Editor Climate changing why yes yes it is, It just changed from summer to fall today and in a few months it will change from fall to winter and so forth and so on.... You see the climate has been changing for 4/5 billion years and will continue to change as man has only been on earth for about 100-200 thousand years. And in all this time the earth has made extinct everything that has ever inhabited the earth will probably do the same thing to man. The sheer arrogance of humanity to think they can control the earth of its climate is a testament to the stupidity of man

 
 
 

the future?

      Is this the future we are supposed to except, is this the future we will except? The IS the future the left proposes.

An inside view of where the democratic party is leading America and some prominent DSA members
 


The Founding Fathers On the 2nd amendment

                                                         

      The Founding Fathers On
                                      The Second Amendment

 

          

                                                    

The Second Amendment states:
 
                                                                  

                                                       'A well-regulated Militia,

                                          being necessary for the security of a free State,

                                          the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,

                                                             shall not be infringed.'

 

                               

It is a very simple sentence, comprised of four parts with three commas, it’s not that complicated.

 
                               And yet our politicians elite just can’t seem to connect the dots, Be there any doubts as to the meaning of this simple
                                  statement all one has to do is listen to the men who wrote the constitution and Bill of Rights.
                                                  
                                          Here are the quotes from those men should anyone deny the meaning of it’s context.
                                                                                 https://rense.com/general9/second.htm
 
 

An Open Letter to Olathe City Council

by Allen Williams


Dear Mayor Michael Copeland and Council members:

Bott Radio Network has recently brought to the public’s attention Olathe City Council’s intention to enact a non discrimination ordinance which translates to special protection for a minority group over and above what everyone else enjoys.  Council has passed this ordinance so far without punitive measures for others seeking to live their lives according to their faith and convictions. How long this will last is anyone’s guess because existing ordinances are easy to amend and unfortunately,you’ve opened the door for the LGBTQ agenda of forcing people to affirm their lifestyle.

I would caution this council to thoroughly educate themselves on the ramifications of further ‘enhancements’ to this ordinance drawing from the lessons of harassment of master cake baker Jack Phillips in many legal challenges including his unwillingness to celebrate transgender transformations which is nothing short of persecution. Then there is Baronelle Stuzman punished for failing to allow government to dictate her artistic endeavors in producing flower arrangements for a gay wedding and sweet shop owners Aaron and Melissa Klein fined $135,000 for failing to bake a cake affirming a gay wedding.  I would ask is ‘choice’  relegated to abortion only?

Often these ‘non discrimination’ ordinances are used as a springboard to punish people who live by a different system of values. The fact that someone declines to support a message that opposes their religious beliefs is not harmful discrimination any more than it is for someone to refuse to vote for the candidate of LGBTQ choice. After all, isn't that what the First Amendment was intended to do protect free religious exercise? 

I would  suggest that council tread lightly on this footpath of ‘equality’ as the LGBT agenda has demonstrated that much more than mere equality is desired.  Anise Parker, the former LGBTQ mayor of Houston, thought it necessary to subpoena the messages of local pastors to ensure that proper ‘thought content’ was being conveyed to parishioners. We are rapidly moving in the magnitude and direction of Orwell in defining ‘thought crimes’.

The LGBTQ message appears to be ‘their one size fits all’.  We hope Olathe government is capable of learning from the mistakes of others and will not traverse the same disastrous path that leads to affirmation of one class of citizen’s rights over and above everyone else’s.  Otherwise this mayor and city council will leave an untoward legacy that may never be overcome.


Rest assured, we’ll be watching.