Become a City Manager, pay yourself $1.5 million a year, go to jail for six years, keep your pension.

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Richard Rizzo, the City Manager of Bell, CA, who paid himself $1.5 million a year.

Robert Rizzo, the man who made Boss Tweed look like an amateur.

In 2010, Robert Rizzo, the Chief Administrative Officer of Bell, CA became the poster boy for corrupt politicians who rob taxpayers blind and get away with it because local news is the least-read section of the paper. Continue reading

Special on Tiger Salamander: $13,636/lb.

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Most people are familiar with the concept of a snipe hunt, but few of us have ever actually rummaged about the weeds in a campground, armed with only a flashlight and a paper sack, attempting to nab one of the elusive little critters.

The California Tiger Salamander. Not exactly priceless, but close.

I’ll have mine rare.

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Want to take America back? Start by taking back your own back yard.

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Now that Obama has been gone for two years and liberals and progressives are still outnumbered in the Senate, some people think the country is returning to a degree of normalcy. I disagree. Because I’ve seen liberals, progressives, and twits in local governments do far more damage to our freedom than deep state politicians in the federal or state governments could dream of.

It’s time to watch the sausage being made, and the fools who make it.

Until recently, I lived 50 miles north of San Francisco, so I could write a whole book about the craziness in my former back yard, but unfortunately, the fools in local government are spread across more zip codes than you can imagine. In fact, in America’s 50 largest cities, 34 mayors are Democrats, 13 are Republicans, and three are Independent.

So in this blog, I’ll bring you local horror stories from coast to coast; from dense urban conglomerations and dinky hamlets alike. What kind of outrages can you find in here? I’ve lumped them into three basic categories: the massive amounts of your money that local governments waste; the stunning intrusions they make on your personal liberty, and the things they do that are so flat-out dumb that nobody could possibly make this stuff up. Three examples:

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